This special boxed set edition includes five contemporary romance books from a big family romance series fans have fallen in love with....
He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could....
Growing up I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start a family. Then one night I was taken....
Andy Friessen has packed up everything and moved his family two states away to Montana to protect his wife Laura, his newborn babies, and his stepson Gabriel from the threats of his mother....
Joe Wilde, drives up one morning with a teenage boy and a horse with a problem, Margaret turns into the klutzy misfit she used to be, and the torch she silently carried for Joe is rekindled....
For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers....
New York Times best-selling Author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you He Came Back, one woman's haunting journey when her husband returns home and everything she thought she knew about their life together has suddenly changed.
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Unlike many romances that deal with PTSD , Annie and Sean were already married and had already experienced other tours of duty. This was to be his last one before leaving the military and joining the Coast Guard so they could concentrate on having a family. However, nothing goes according to plan.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Although normally swerve from anything that smacks of too much romance, something about the description of this book drew me in. This is a compact third-person narrative. It is told with an economy of words without skimping on character development, freshness, or interest. We get a full on frontal from the protagonist (the wife). We also get snatches of what other’s going on in the minds of other characters (the husband and his friends). From these perspectives we learn about the world the author has built. From the opening paragraph until the end, I remained pretty much engaged.
There were concerns. At one point early in the story the protagonist says to herself (I'm paraphrasing here) that her husband is someone she loves more than her next breath. A few chapters later the husband to a friend "I love her more than my next breath." Too much sap and obvious repetitiveness can kill a good story and this is a good story. Also there are some conveniences that were just too convenient. For example the husband's best friend served time in the military and now is a cop and is married to a cop and flurry of other lineups that compromise credibility. These neat pockets of "outs" serve the author rather than the story, but they are not deal breakers. What almost killed the story was the protagonist's quick, poorly explained change of heart which occurred multiple times, and overall made the story lose texture.
The saving grace was the complex and curious play between the wife and the husband's friends. This is what kept me listening.
The narrator's performance could have been stronger, less flat reading, more authentic connection with each of the characters. Also there was not enough distinction between the female characters and between the male characters.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
this book was ok. it really didn't go into too many details about what was going on
While the premise of the story is hardly unusual nor is the plot terribly original, the skill of the storytelling grips you and holds you. I didn't particularly find the characters to be really fascinating either. But as the end approached I was shocked to find out that I really, really CARED about what happened to the characters, especially one of them. Not fancifully written, not calling attention to what it's doing to you as you read, but definitely doing it to you! Caroline McLaughlin's narration is also quietly perfect. Very well done, and boy did I care! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
The story starts leading the listener to believe this will be about a married couple working through the consequences of PTSD. Sean is on his last tour in the military and he and Annie are looking forward to the time when he will not be gone for months at a time. They plan to start a family and live a normal life. Unfortunately for them, Sean is involved in an event that leaves him shattered and he returns home with PTSD.
I felt the whole story was a bit unfocused. PTSD is devastating and many times will take years of therapy to overcome. Instead of allowing the listener to understand the damage PTSD does, not only the person that has it but to all those who love and care about them, it jumps to another couple, Zac and Diane, who apparently have worked through their own PTSD issues, though we never really know what happened to cause their's.
The book was less than three hours and I listened to it all without interruption, so it did hold my interest. Caroline McLaughlin was the perfect narrator choice.She told the story with compassion and care and brought the characters to life, especially in the short amount of time she had to do it. She did a wonderful job
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At first the story was all about Sean and Annie than it became Zac's and Dianne's so who was the main character? And why in gods name would Annie not seek medical attention not wanting to use her husband's insurance is a cop out. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a beautiful job.
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This book was predictable from beginning to end. Not only was it predictable it was depressing, And the end just felt very rushed. I have read other books about p t s d and have found them to be very enjoyable. Unfortunately that is not the case with this book. I was voluntarily provided this review copy by the publisher author or narrator
The plot line is intriguing and keeps the reader guessing until the end. I loved it and can't wait to read the next in this series.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
He Came Back
: Lorhainne Eckhart
A romance between husband and wife who are together after his military service. Sean is unable to talk about things that happened while he was deployed. They experience episodes of his PTSD that may break them apart.Another couple, friends of Sean help them try to work through their problems. A very realistic story, but the ending felt a bit rushed.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed by Caroline McLaughlin.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."