"Beautifully Written" JoAnn Ross - New York Times Bestselling author of the Shelter Bay series
Welcome back to the Texas military community where the men are strong and the women who dare to love them.
To everyone who knows him, Gale Sorren is a grumpy first sergeant who, despite his gruff exterior, cares deeply about protecting those around him. What no one can see is that he’s been running from his mistakes his entire life. He’s never forgiven himself for letting his wife walk out of his life with their infant daughter but because of the war, he’s never had a second chance.
Mel was too young to be an Army wife and when everything became too overwhelming, she ran, thinking it would be easier to keep her heart from breaking every time she thought about her husband leaving on another deployment. Raising their daughter along hasn’t been easy but Mel is wracked with guilt, wondering how much her choices have lead to hear daughter’s struggles. The last thing she’s planning on is bringing Gale back into her life so when he shows up at a company party, she’s completely blindsided with the realization that she’s never stopped loving him.
But now that he’s living in the same small town, he’s forced to make a choice: keep running or face the fact that he’s always loved her. And together, they have to find a way to convince their daughter that she’s worthy of the love she’s always deserved but he hasn’t been around to give.
Army officer Scott's first Fort Hood contemporary portrays the deeply moving reunion of a couple long separated by the instability of army life. After 15 years of serving all over the world, including Iraq, Sgt. Gale Sorren is finally stationed in Fort Hood, Tex., where his overwhelmed ex-wife, Melanie, lives with their rebellious, self-harming teen daughter, Jamie. "Angry spouses, cheating soldiers, and everything in between" make military life feel "more like a reality TV show." Gale and Melanie's resentment and sorrow are expertly contrasted with simmering desire and their determination to team up to parent Jamie. Though a rather convenient complication ensures Gale and Melanie's reconciliation, the intricacies of Stateside military lives are portrayed rivetingly, with fully realized characters who will stay with the reader long after the book is finished. (BookLife)
This book hit home in many ways for me and it has nothing to do with an ex military man coming home. How the author dealt with cutting had me in tears. Unless you've been through it or known someone who has you don't know the feelings a parent goes through. The anger, the thought you've done everything wrong and the hurt. Then you find out what the cutter feels all those things I listed plus self hate and many more. I would love to read more about Jamie in the future. I can see her with a military man just like her Daddy!!
Wonderful story about second chances. Gale & Mel have a long and painful past. Gale has to admit he didn't give what he should. Mel has to figure out if she cut and run too quickly. The chemistry is undeniable! They both did what they thought they had to do. Now, as a reader, you can't wait to see how they can make this relationship come back together. And not just for the sake of their daughter!
I love Jessica Scott's writing and I particularly enjoy this series. It makes you seriously wonder how relationships survive military service. But it gives you hope that it can survive! Awesome read!
Fantastic military romance!
Homefront is about life in the military and how hard that life is on soldiers and their families. It's about how war changes these soldiers who put their lives on the line for all of us every day and when it's over, they count themselves lucky when their family is still there waiting for their return. For some it's a struggle to put the pieces back together. First Sergeant Gale Sorren had to learn to be a dad to his teenage daughter after being gone so long. He also had to figure out a way to get back in the good graces of his ex-wife and hopefully back in her bed because he never stopped loving her.
You must read this amazing story about a strong military man who's trying to put his life and family back together again. The emotions are real. It's quite amusing watching him deal with his teenage daughter for the first time. I can't wait for the next book by this extremely talented author.
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.