"There is not a doubt in my mind that this book will be one of the top books of 2018 for me.” —5 stars, Julie from Hey Girl HEA
The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.
I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone.
That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again.
The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do.
From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas.
93,000 words/400 pages
Force's sobering standalone is a tribute to those who must wait behind as loved ones deploy in the military. Twenty-one-year-old college graduate Ava Lucas meets and falls in dizzying love with serviceman John West. They spend two blissful years together, cocooned in a world all their own. Remarkably and implausibly Ava has no idea John is vulnerable to deployment until the day he packs his "go bag," kisses Ava goodbye, and heads overseas, cutting off all contact. She searches for him to no avail. Again, remarkably, Ava stays put for five years awaiting John's return. Then she moves back to her family home in New York, begins a new life and new job, and finds new love. She's happily engaged to marry a wonderful man, but the specter of what might have become of John still haunts her and then he returns. Force's treatment of grief in a state of limbo, not knowing closure, is what makes this otherwise unremarkable book worth reading.
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Heartbreakingly good book
I had preordered this book, and while I received it the day it was released, I read some of the reviews & knew it was more than a “romance”, a book that would take its toll on the readers heart. Well, about 6 months later, I preordered the sequel & decided it was time to read this first book.
Needless to say, this book IS more than a romance. It focuses more on the girl he left behind than the soldier. It’s romantic, heartbreaking, funny, devastating & happy.
Now, I can’t wait for book 2.
Five years gone
I dint cry or get emotional like other reviewers. Glad she ends up the right way but after all the hype in the book the end was very anticlimactic
FIVE YEARS GONE
Loved the writing of this story, kept me wanting to read more. Have Kleenex handi, very emotional!!!