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Verdict Pappano (coauthor, Christmas Confidential) opens her “Tallgrass” series with the sweet pairing of a woman who agonizes over leaving everything as it was before her husband died and a soldier who thinks if he ignores his artificial limb, his own leg will still exist. Authentic details of army life and battle experience will glue readers to the page. This poignant and engaging title is a good fit for all romance collections.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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Posted August 8, 2013
Marilyn Pappano’s A Hero To Come Home To is an emotional story about love and its many trials.
Carly Lowry has built a good overall life for herself after the untimely death of her husband over in Afghanistan. She loves her job teaching third grade and has developed a close group of fellow widows to socialize together. Carly really doesn’t think anything is missing in her live but that all changes when she meets Staff Sergeant Dane Clark.
Staff Sergeant Dane Clark is in Tallgrass, Oklahoma after his paratrooper’s career ends in a mission that went terribly wrong. He likes the city and is slowly meeting new people. Dane is drawn to Carly’s quiet strength and her love of her friends and family. After his marriage broke up Dane is less then willing to put his heart out there but there is something about Carly that gives him hope to forge a new life.
But Dane hasn’t been less then honest with Carly about the full extent of his injuries. He is afraid to open up and it might be to late unless he tells her everything.
A Hero To Come Home to is a moving story of making the most of the hand that life deals to you. No relationship is perfect and it takes hard work on both sides. Dane and Carly start out as friends and their love builds and grows. Carly’s group of friends each has a story that will move and touch your heart. Looking forward to the next story set in Tallgrass.
Posted July 11, 2013
A Hero to Come Home To opens up 13 months after Carly lost her military husband in Afghanistan. She is still struggling, still has so much sorrow, and is finding life so difficult. When she talks first with Therese, then bonds with a group of others widows (The Tuesday Night Marguarita Group), by a year later, with the support and understanding only they can provide, she is slowly move forward with her life.
On one of their excursions, she meets Dane...he is serious, and dealing with problems of his own after returning injured from combat. He is still trying to deal with that, how he feels his life has changed, and what he'll do next. He's always intended to put 20 years into the army. His own mother now feels he is not whole, his ex-wife cheated and left, Dane is definitely not looking to have a relationship with another woman at this point in his life.
By coincidence or fate, Carly and Dane keep running into each other, then start getting together as friends. Both of them start to feel more towards each other, but at the same time are dealing with issues. Carly still wears her wedding ring and has all of her husbands belongings in their house. The house still looks the same as when he left on his last mission. She struggles with some guilt over the feelings she is developing for Dane, but at the same time knows she needs to carry on with life. She has wonderful support not only from her friends, but also from her in-laws and especially her sister-in-law who assures her she has enough love in her to love two men at different points in her life. Carly is starting to feel things she hasn't felt in a long time and she is feeling good, especially when her relationship with Dane moves along and she starts thinking of him as her boyfriend.
Dane is not coping well with his injury, and is scared to tell Carly the extent of it for fear that she likes perfection and will see him as flawed. As they slowly move forward they both want more, but Dane is holding back. Carly can tell something is up with Dane, but she is very patient knowing there are some things you have to wait for and not push. The longer Dane holds back with Carly though, the harder it is for him to be honest with her. Dane is going to have to take the risk if he wants to get anywhere in his relationship with Carly. Dane holds on to his secret for too long though, and when Carly finds out she is very upset. Not because of Dane's injury (yes, she is sad for him about that), but because she feels he didn't trust her enough, know her enough after their time spent together to understand the person she is and what she values. This is the real bump in their relationship that they will either drive them apart or bring them closer together. It's all up to Dane now.
I loved the characters in this book. Carly is struggling, but she is finding the strength to carry on. She has some guilt over a new relationship, but she is not over ridden with it and it doesn't control her. She wants to live again and this makes me feel so happy for her, because she deserves it! "She would never stop hurting or missing Jeff, but she could live without him. The thought brought both incredible satisfaction and incredible sorrow. He was the only man she'd ever loved, the light of her life, but she could live without him."
I really felt for Dane. He is struggling so much. Very few people know the extent of his injury, he is afraid to tell anyone, afraid of their reactions. While a part of him knows how lucky he was to come home alive when others didn't, he is still going through a major adjustment. Carly might be just the woman to help him if he'll give her a chance.
Marilyn gives us a wonderful romance with real life, real time issues in A Hero To Come Home To. While it is Dane and Carly's story, we also meet a lot Carly's support group ladies. We also see quite a bit of Dalton, a military husband struggling with the loss of his wife in Afghanistan. I loved this addition to the story, because it is not only men who are lost in war. I am hoping to see more of him in the next book of this series. At times my heart broke for them, at other times I was in awe that they are so strong and can carry on after such tragedy that most of us can only imagine.
A Hero To Come Home To is a serious, very well written romance about life after loss. Marilyn writes with substance and does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life for us, giving us a glimpse into their world. A Hero to Come Home To is not all serious and sorrow, Marilyn balances that out with humor and fun, and the hope of love. Even though it is a fictional book, this does happen in real life and the reader feels with the characters. I highly recommend A Hero To Come Home To!
Posted July 9, 2013
I would give more stars if I could. I love this book this will be one that I reread. Carly and Dane are a great couple and touched emotions. I have not felt emotions like this for book in a very long time. Run do not pass Go to read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2013
I really enjoyed this book both because of the story line and because of the insight it gives to the lives of the wounded warriors and to their families. It's sometimes a bit difficult to read about the traumas these men and women go through and it brings home how much they have sacrificed for our sakes. It's a good to read just for the sake of enjoyment but then you also get the satisfaction of learning more about our service men and women.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
This is a lovely romance novel about a really hard subject. Carly Lowry is an elementary school teacher whose husband, Jeff, made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. She is living her life by merely existing, counting the days and wondering if she will ever feel normal again. She bonds with a group of other women in the same situation and finds her life getting somewhat better. During one of the group’s adventures she meets Staff Sgt. Dane Clark sitting alone in a cave and contemplating his life. Dane was a paratrooper who lost his foot in an IED explosion and had to have two subsequent amputations of more of his leg due to complications. He has not adapted to his new normal and on the fence about what the future holds for him.
This is not your typical light hearted romance. That said there are moments of humor and silliness. Most of the time this story is an honest look at the sacrifices that military spouses have made and respectful of how they cope when their loved ones die in battle. Carly and her friends live their lives and hope for future happiness but they have bittersweet memories that will never be left behind. . Ms. Pappano does an excellent job of portraying characters that are trying to balance the past and the present with an uncertain future. The relationship between Carly and Dane unfolds at just the right pace and feels realistic given the circumstances. They deserve a second chance at love and they have to work to get it.
Carly is further along the healing process than Dane and that causes some bumps in their road to happiness. There are friends and supporting characters who add so much to the story, especially Carly’s friend Therese who will be featured in the next book in the Tallgrass series- A Man to Hold On To.
Posted July 22, 2013
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Posted June 30, 2013
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