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When a soldier with a troubled past and a struggling songwriter agree to a marriage of convenience for the military benefits, neither expects much after saying “I do.” Then tragedy strikes, and the line between what’s real and what’s pretend begins to blur in this smart and surprising romance perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.
Cassie Salazar and Luke Morrow couldn’t be more different. Sharp-witted Cassie works nights at a bar in Austin, Texas to make ends meet while pursuing her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Luke is an Army trainee, about to ship out for duty, who finds comfort in the unswerving discipline of service. But a chance encounter at Cassie’s bar changes the course of both their lives.
Cassie is drowning in medical bills after being diagnosed with diabetes. When she runs into her old friend Frankie, now enlisted in the Army, she proposes a deal: she’ll marry him in exchange for better medical insurance and they can split the increased paycheck that comes with having a “family.” When Frankie declines, his attractive but frustratingly intense friend Luke volunteers to marry Cassie instead. What she doesn’t know is that he has desperate reasons of his own to get married. In this unforgettable love story, Cassie and Luke must set aside their differences to make it look like a real marriage...unless, somewhere along the way, it becomes one...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A marriage of convenience stirs up some very real emotions in this intense military romance. Newly out of work and drowning in medical bills, Cassie hatches a wild plan to marry her childhood friend Frankie, who’s enlisted in the army, in the hopes that they both benefit from the increased “family” paycheck. Frankie declines, but his very attractive—and very troubled—friend Luke offers instead. As Cassie and Luke navigate the stress of keeping up appearances, some surprising feelings bubble up. Author Tess Wakefield does an astounding job of making Luke’s demons feel raw and visceral, while Cassie’s drive and steely determination feel equally real. (So do the couple’s clashing personalities and red-versus-blue political beliefs.) Purple Hearts is full of drama and intensity.
Lacks the emotional depth of the film
The book is very different to the film. And I really enjoyed the film. The characters are difficult to like and focused on their own struggles. Difficult to understand what they see in each other and how they open up enough so that the love can develop.