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After The War

After The War

4.8 20
by Jessica Scott

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"Beautifully written." - JoAnn Ross, New York Times Bestselling author of the Shelter Bay series.

A terrible loss...

Captain Sarah Anders lost her husband to the Iraq war and has nearly lost the career she loves. Sent to Fort Hood, she only wants to do her job and take care of the daughter she's raising on her own. She never counted on running straight into a


"Beautifully written." - JoAnn Ross, New York Times Bestselling author of the Shelter Bay series.

A terrible loss...

Captain Sarah Anders lost her husband to the Iraq war and has nearly lost the career she loves. Sent to Fort Hood, she only wants to do her job and take care of the daughter she's raising on her own. She never counted on running straight into a memory she'd tried to forget.

A love he never forgot...

Captain Sean Nichols never got over Sarah. He simply tried to forget her amidst the war and the chaos of combat. But when she's assigned to investigate his unit, he comes face to face with the woman no war or any amount of time could make him forget.

A dark secret...

As Sarah gets closer to the truth, Sean must accept that actions he took during the war may end the tentative love building between them. And even if Sarah can forgive him, Sean may never be able to forgive himself.

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Jessica Scott
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Homefront , #2

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After the War (Homefront, #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can only imagine how similar this scenario is to what many of our soldiers serving in combat might suffer. I loved this book as I have each of Jessica Scott's novels. They only get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Mrs Scott books. I hope she keeps them coming. I could read them over and over and never get tired of reading her books. Thanks for all the great books. I promise to keep reading them no matter what.
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Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
This is such a GREAT read!!  So real, so heartbreaking, so filled with love for each other.   Thank you Jessica for your Heartfelt stories.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of Jessica Scott's military romances, I knew I would have to give this one a go. I love second chance romances, so it was a no brainer I had to read it. The romance in this one takes a back seat to the actual storyline though. This didn't bother me because I was so engrossed in what was happening and seeing Sean and Sarah deal with the aftermath of a fight between soldiers. Still, what we do get of Sarah and Sean is really well done and I liked the slow building nature of their relationship. Sarah and Sean have quite the past together and even though time has passed, they still remember the hurt they caused one another when they ended. Now, Sarah has been widowed by a good man whom she loved dearly and now has a daughter to care for. Sarah is hesitant to start something with Sean, as she feels it would be a betrayal to her late husband's memory. She has so much on her plate as it is, with dealing with her confusing feelings for Sean, being a single career mom, and dealing with an unforgiving supervisor. Sean is no different, with both of the fighting men being in his unit. It is hard for him to step back and look at the situation clearly, as he has served downrange with both, and one of which has been with him through some pretty dark times. These last few books by Scott have been so enlightening as to what goes on between deployments and what it's like to be back on base, trying to acclimate. They are also incredibly heartbreaking, as some of them do not acclimate well and their drinking and drug use really become huge problems for them and their ability to do what is necessary for their jobs. While the romance in this one is more on the subtle side, I did really like seeing Sarah and Sean find their way back to one another and giving the other some much needed hope that they can move forward and be happy.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
After The War is the story of Army Captains Sarah Anders and Sean Nichols. Sarah and Sean are former lovers who reconnect when they are both based in Fort Hood in Texas. After the years and distance between them, they finally come face to face with one another when Sarah is assigned to investigate Sean's unit. A war widow, Sarah still misses her husband and grieves his loss while raising their daughter as a single mother in the Army which is not easy on her. Sarah has her moments where the juggling of parenting and her duty to her country weigh on her, but Sarah does her best. Her relationship with Sean is complicated as they view the end of their relationship in two entirely different ways. The hurt and anger occasionally bubble to the surface but the chemistry between the two of them is also noticeable.  Sean Nichols is not the man he used to be. He has grown up and changed and along with that change has come different views. His character isn't as strong as he comes off and during his POV you can see the underlying insecurities and his loyalty to those under his command and in his life. While at first glance Sean comes off as a character you may not originally like, by the end of the book you change your mind completely and fall in love with him.  After The War is a realistic, emotional, and heart wrenching story of love, loss, and the effects of war. This book will touch you as it's grabs hold of you and keeps your attention on it's pages. This book is not light-hearted, humorous, or flirty but it is real and it will touch you to your core. After The War is probably the most realistic and best military books I have ever read. Jessica Scott is an incredible writer and will leave you a fan. I cannot wait to read more from this talented author.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog If you don’t already know, Jessica Scott writes extraordinary tales of men and women in the Army. After The War is her latest and second installment to Homefront series. This spin off from Coming Home Series, focuses on military lives after the war, reminding us that survival of the fittest is not only physically, it is also emotional strength. “War has a way of changing people. Making you see what’s really important.” Did it ever and definitely the case for Captain Sarah Anders and Captain Sean Nichols. After their relationship had ended so long ago, their lives had done a complete turn around. Where Sarah, avoided to be strapped down to have a family, she now has a daughter. And where Sean once wanted to settle down and have kids, he is now committed to the Army and is still single. Fate demands them to have a second chance and the time is up to see if they’ll take advantage of the opportunity. This is not my favorite of Scott’s books but as always, Scott writes about heroes or heroines with real life issues capturing any readers heart. And it deserves no less than a four star rating. Sarah and Sean were strong despite the beat down the war has given them. Their love, though it was from the past, stayed strong making the opportunity of second chance easier to accept. This took the insta-love equation from the story and that’s always a plus. I enjoyed their union despite the issues with their jobs. It was nice to ee them fall right back from where they left. I would have like to see more interaction between Sean and Sarah’s daughter. She was adorable and since she is a big part of Sarah’s life, I don’t think she had enough page time. Overall, another great read and always, I recommend any of Scott’s books if you have the need for a military read.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
WOW! This one touched me in so many ways I don't know where to start. There are several stories going on in this one, each one special and unique. It's a touching reunion story between the H/h, Sarah and Sean, but the rekindling of their feelings for each other brings along feelings of guilt and great loss. This series sheds light on what our soldiers face once they return from war, and how difficult it can be dealing with day to day life while serving in the military. This is a fantastic story and I highly recommend everyone have it on their must read list.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, tragedy, secrets, second chance at love, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Homefront (Homefront #1) This is Sarah and Sean’s story. Sarah and Sean were in love before up until they could not agree on life’s big choices.  They went their separate ways.  Sarah married and is raising her daughter on her own after losing her husband.  Now she and Sean are stationed at the same base.  Sarah needs to investigate two of Sean’s men.  While she investigates they get closer.  Sean has never forgotten Sarah and to this day still wants her.  Can he convince her to give him a second chance?  Or will the secrets he is keeping be what keeps them apart forever?  I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and this series
lorireadsld More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book and I really enjoyed it. Jessica gives the reader a real life view of what it is like for our Military families. I loved how she was able to bring the reader into Sarah and Sean's lives and showed how being in the Military effects their day to day lives. Sarah is not only serving our country but she is also the widow of a fallen soldier with a young daughter to raise. Sean is a former love in her life and is in the Military and now the Military has brought them back together. I love how they found their way back to each other and also how the have learned to adapt their lives and family around the Military life. This is a great story and a terrific read.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Sean Nichols didn't want Sarah Delaney to be a soldier. When he proposed she said no because a soldier was all she wanted to be. She didn't want kids and didn't want to be a wife, so they broke up. Eight years later, she'd been married, widowed and shortly after found out she was pregnant and now has a five-year-old daughter.  Sean's grown up a lot since then.  They both hold different positions in the military.  Amongst all the chaos of investigations and interviews, can these two find their way back to each other or has too many years passed? Jessica Scott has done it again. She writes military romance so true to life you feel like you're watching someone's life unfold before your very eyes.  I hate that Sarah lost her husband to the war.  I am happy that a second chance romance was a possibility for her and Sean.  I can't imagine being a single mom in the military.  The push and pull of the job seems to be exhausting.  Thank you Jessica Scott for another fabulous read in the new Homefront series. I can't wait to read more. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Peachy1960 More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty much a newcomer to Jessica Scott's books but I have to say I can't get enough! I have become a huge fan of all her work and can't wait to read her next story. This book is about Sarah and Sean and their second chance at love. Both are in the Army and had fallen in love years before when they were both pretty young. Sean wanted to marry Sarah, but he didn't want her to stay in the Army. Sarah felt the Army was all she was good at and didn't feel like Sean should ask her to give it up. They broke up and moved on only to find themselves stationed together several years later. Sarah is now a mother and a widow and Sean is torn because he knew Sarah's late husband and is feeling guilty because he served with her late husband, only he didn't know they were married, and was there when her husband died and he wasn't able to save him. This book is about second chances and about putting your fears aside so you can grab onto happiness when it presents itself, no matter what life may have in store for you tomorrow. I can't say enough about Jessica Scott and her military romances. All of her books are well written and worth the read. I highly recommend them all.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
As the author said herself, this book definitely has even darker details of the realities of war. It's a wonderful story of second chance romance. Again, I'm in awe of how Jessica Scott can get you caught up in the sadness and the love, all at the same time. Wonderful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"After The War" just became my favorite of Ms. Scott's military books. I have read them all, and am always glad that she includes characters from her other books. I believe that this book paints a very realistic view of what military life does to an individual and how it affects them after they return home. Sarah and Sean were not meant to be together when they were young - they needed to experience life and each grow in their own way. The growth in both of them could be felt and appreciated, and they both realized what they lost, but more importantly, what they could have now and in the future. I loved the interaction of Sarah's daughter Anna. She brought some laughter into the story. It was a heart-wrenching yet beautiful story. You will not be disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series by Jessica Scott takes your breath away. This series is about second chance romances that make you run the full emotional spectrum, but always wanting to come back for more. I've had the privilege to read all of her books and they only keep getting better. She writes about the tough stuff in our daily lives that have to do with love, marriage and parenting, all the while having a loved one who serves their country by having a career in the military. Her stories aren't for the faint of heart and for the most part these couples have to dig their way out of the trenches to get to their HEA. In this story Sean screwed up years ago trying to tell Sarah that she couldn't be a soldier if they married, but years later seeing her again makes Sean realize that he made the biggest mistake of his life because he still has feelings for her.  Sarah is missing her husband and leery of the feelings that she still has for Sean after all of these years, but what she can't get past is him making her choose between him and her career. All she had ever wanted was to be a soldier not a wife and mother. Sean just hadn't been able to accept the fact that her career was very important to her. Loving each other is easier now with years of separation and maturity developed not only by age, but life experiences they both have found that their HEA is more important than anything else that they might have to contend with. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.   Lori P
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Jessica Scott I have loved every one of Jessica Scott’s books and I’ve read all of them except her non-fiction ones (I’ll get to them eventually). In her Author’s Note she states that she thinks this is the darkest book she’s ever written. Personally, I didn’t feel like the book was a dark one. I suspect that part of the reason why is that I’ve never been a soldier, or ever even talked to one intimately enough to have any idea of the things they go through. My only knowledge comes from reading her books, and while they are works of fiction, I have to believe that the fact that she is still in the army gives them credibility. So perhaps I can’t really understand what might make this a “dark” story. All I know is that I loved reading it even though it tore my heart out in places. Sean and Sarah’s story is one of second chances – one of my favorite tropes – but it’s also much more. Sarah is a single mother in the Army, not an easy thing under the best of circumstances, and her XO’s (Major Wilson), attitude towards mothers in the military makes it that much more difficult. Sean realizes he made a huge mistake years ago when he couldn’t cope with Sarah having a military career. Now he has a second chance with her but he’s having trouble coming to terms with the fact that she’s the widow of one of his buddies who was KIA. He also has secrets that are tearing him apart inside. How Sean and Sarah find their way back to each other was a very compelling story for me. If you like romance books with a military theme no one does them any better than Jessica Scott. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I'm glad you came home." Stars! After the War is the second book in Jessica Scott’s Homefront series, whereas book one, entertained but didn’t really blow me away, Sarah and Sean’s story pulled me in, and gradually turned me into a blubbering mess, as it progressed. Funny how a decade at war changed everything. I get a perverse pleasure when a book evokes such a strong emotional reaction from me, as it happens very rarely nowadays. This couple, their past, the potential for their future and everything that happens in the course of their lives in the nine intervening years before their reconnection has been put together into a story that you cannot help but get invested in. I think the one thing that always rings true for me when I read a book by Jessica Scott, regardless of how much I like the storyline or characters, I know I am getting a ‘true grit’ version of life for someone who is in the Army, has spent time in the theatre of war, or is now dealing with the aftermath of those two things. Jessica writes from the heart, you can feel the authenticity of the experiences her characters go through not to mention the depth of their emotions and the feelings it provokes in you as a reader because of it.  ”This doesn’t feel wrong to me. I just wanted you to know that.” There is a lot going on in this book, but each and every part of it is relevant to Sarah and Sean’s blossoming relationship, a little intrigue and suspense, characters you will love and others you will hate, Jessica for me ticked every box with their story, in relation to the type of book I want to read, and exceeded my expectations with others (see the paragraph outlining my emotional blubbering!) ”You will always be first in my life.” I don’t know anything about life in the Army, having a family while serving in the Army, raising a child as a single parent in the Army, or losing someone who is serving in the Army, but After the War has given me at least a small insight into all those things, it’s not all hearts and flowers, the risk definitely outweighs the reward most of the time, and you are most certainly a very special person if you have the strength of character, and the willingless to act in such a selfless manner for others, who a lot of the time do not even appreciate the sacrifices that are being made for them. Face the Fire the next book in the series is due in June, and I look forward to seeing where Jessica takes this series next. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
knit4fun1 More than 1 year ago
I received book two of the Homefront series for review and it is by far one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Sean & Sarah are exactly who you would want protecting your country. They both are loyal to a fault and had to overcome a lot of heartache to find their way back to one another. Earlier in their military careers they were a couple but Sean gave Sarah an ultimatum and she checked out of the relationship. Sean had regretted his mistake too late. Years later they both are stationed at Ft. Hood. You won't want to miss this book. Ms. Scott has a way of making you believe you are actually there. She also knows her stuff about the military. This book is so real and there is no sugar coating when it comes to expressing the trials and tribulations that both Sean and Sarah are going through, have gone through and the guilt they have for their feelings. There is also the the secret that Sean is keeping from Sarah that could drive her away for good.
LGZ More than 1 year ago
I feel very fortunate to have received a copy of this book for a review.  I have read some of the books in Ms. Scott’s Coming Home series and enjoyed each one.  It was good to see Claire and Evan again and their happy news.    Ms. Scott is adept at crafting plot lines, building a trail to follow with some suspenseful situations, and describing the characters.  I could visualize just what was going on in a scene and could feel the emotions of the characters. Ms. Scott doesn’t give us a sugarcoated romance story with a fairytale HEA.  I have/had many family members in the military (USMC & USAF) so these stories are of particular interest to me.  She doesn’t hesitate to take on serious issues like illness, injury,  parent’s leaving their young children, addiction, PTSD, and death.   I appreciate that she has taken on such serious issues and written such a moving story.  At times, I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough! I love a second chance romance but this one especially pulled at my heartstrings.  Sean and Sarah knew each other when they were young and they fell in love, but didn’t have the maturity to figure out how to make a relationship work.  Sean wanted Sarah to leave the military and follow him, whereas she wanted her own career.  Many years later she married a man who made her feel like an equal, who didn’t make her choose between him and a career, and then she lost him in the war.   As Sarah’s career path changes, she and her daughter end up at Fort Hood, Texas.  Unknown to both, Sean has also been stationed there and they meet at the beginning of an investigation.  The story follows the loyalty Sean has to his team members, along with Sarah’s trouble with her battalion executive officer.  Major Wilson believes that only women who are unmarried and without children should be in the Army.  Otherwise, she believes they work less due to family needs and cause others to work more in their place.  Every scene between the two women just irritated me with the attitude of the Major and felt such empathy for Sarah trying to do her best at both her job and as a single parent.   Unfortunately, without getting into a political debate, I can certainly understand that things happen during war that wouldn’t happen at other times.  Parts of military life can be terribly uncomfortable depending on the location you are based or deployed, and long absences from family can cause physical, emotional, and financial strains, dealing with the loss of team members, stressful situations, etc.  The men and women have to leave their families behind, live and work through difficult situations, then deal with re-entering their ‘normal’ lives.   Sarah got over her love for Sean and still loves her husband, even though he was killed six years ago.  As Sean and Sarah spend more time together, he realizes that he never stopped loving her and wants her back and the family he had always dreamed of.  Sarah is hesitant but you can just feel the chemistry that is still there between the two.  I could feel the conflict in her heart and mind, not wanting to betray her husband and the confusion of finally feeling something for another man.  Sean has matured and realizes what he had asked of Sarah all those years ago and has lived with overwhelming regret.  Sean has dated but never felt about another woman like he did for Sarah.  He decided to focus on training for war and has become a battle-hardened warrior-soldier.  My heart just ached for the two of them but especially Sean, since he never really found someone else.   I fell a little bit in love with Sean, not only his physical description but his strength and loyalty.   I was holding my breath for Sean and Sarah to get back together, knowing there were several conflicts.  Ms. Scott can definitely write sensual love scenes! Sarah is like most moms that work outside the home; they feel guilty to a certain degree being away from their child/children, and yet having a career is important also.  Mothers are made to feel bad by family, friends, co-workers, and bosses for either staying at home or having a career.  A child is never going to be ill when it is convenient and I know the guilt from having to leave work, and wishing someone else could help with your child.  Most employers believe that mothers will always have to take off work and the fathers/husbands are too busy working to take care of a child.  Ms. Scott provides the reader with a story of a strong woman, one that we don’t see that often.   This story is more realistic than most, with deployments still scheduled, absences to be endured, and worry for their loved ones safety.  I’m glad that Ms. Scott noted that the book was initially written while her husband was on his second deployment.  She mentions that his first tour was bad but doesn’t give specific details, which I’m sure her husband and the military appreciate.  Both she and her husband made difficult decisions to stay in the military, where the threat of injury and death are much higher than most civilian jobs.  Any job that routinely takes you away from your family is a difficult one.   I love epilogues and while this one was short, it wasn’t lacking in emotion.  I think you could call this a HEA with the normal hope of a beautiful future together.  I highly recommend Ms. Scott’s compelling work and look forward to reading more of her intriguing stories. A solid 4.5 stars!!