I'll Be Home For Christmas

I'll Be Home For Christmas

by Jessica Scott

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BN ID: 2940161414910
Publisher: Jessica Scott
Publication date: 01/19/2019
Series: Coming Home , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 701,284
File size: 762 KB

About the Author

Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of stories set in the heart of America's Army. She's an active duty army officer and holds phd in sociology focusing on status and morality. She has 12 years prior service, earning the rank of SFC prior to commissioning in 2007. She commanded at Fort Hood twice and deployed as part of OIF/New Dawn in 09 with 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division.

She has written for the New York Times At War blog, War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, PBS Point of View Women and War and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012. She has published multiple novels and novellas about soldiers returning from war.

She has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home. She holds a Ph.d & Masters Degree in sociology from Duke, a Masters Degree in Telecom Management from University of Maryland University College, and a BA in Cultural Studies from State University of New York.

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I'll Be Home For Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a good military romance. I'm also a sucker for a good Christmas romance. Combine the two and it's a 5-star read for me. I love the fact that it's an already married couple fighting to keep it together between deployments. Vic and Nicole Carponti have a beautiful relationship but Vic fears his deployments are taking a toll on his wife. Vic is always the funny one. He's always keeping it light so the mood doesn't get too dark. This deployment feels different to both him and Nicole but neither says anything about it. Travel down that military road with Vic Carponti and see how this funny guy deals with the tragedies of war. This is an emotional, real-life-like look at the toll war takes on married couples. Jessica Scott has captured the feelings, fears, and all of the military member and his/her spouse. I have not read the first 2.5 books in this series but I will correct that oversight immediately! I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this fantastic author!
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In I'll Be Home For Christmas by Jessica Scott, Jessica gives us a peek at military life through the eyes of both the deployed soldier, and the family left at home. Vic is being deployed to Iraq again, and this time he has a really bad feeling about it. Vic is the joker, always making others laugh. This time he doesn't really feel like laughing...but he does anyway. Nicole is Vic's wife. She knows what to expect, but she is still lonely for him, worrying about him, and hoping he'll be home for Christmas. In Iraq, Vic is torn between wanting to be home with his wife and not wanting to leave his team. Nicole is really feeling the separation this time...she has her phone with her everywhere, longing for the phone calls to hear Vic's voice and assurance he's ok. Some things Vic just doesn't want to talk about, even if Nicole wants him to talk to her. He is terrified of losing her and she is terrified he won't come back. I'll Be Home For Christmas is a novella in a series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone. Jessica brings to life the horrors of war...the sorrows, loneliness, and coping mechanisms (Vic learns to sew...). Jessica also brings to life a wide range of emotions that will leave the reader really feeling like you know Vic and Nicole. Not necessarily their experiences, but the feelings. Vic and Nicole are both strong people who you can't help but admire and respect. I really liked reading about Vic and Nicole also because they were already a well established couple. I really, really love I'll Be Home For Christmas. Jessica will make you feel a myriad of emotions from humor, to sadness, to love and hope. This is one of those books that will make you stop and think about what's really important. Jessica does this with her powerful, realistic, heart felt writing. I'd highly recommend this to any romance lover, especially military romance readers. You won't be disappointed!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
There are no words for how wonderful this story is. This is Nicole's and Vic Carponti's story of their time spent apart during the Iraq war.  It tugs at the heartstrings because it gives you THE viewpoint of the war with Iraq, of everything that these men and women are sacrificing  and gives a life-like look at the realities of war. The love between the two characters is live and palpable.  It made me sad when the story came to an end because I wanted it to continue forever. This is a keeper, as all of Jessica's books are.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. A bittersweet story of a young military couple and the challenges they endure. Beautifully written and so very touching. A highly recommended read.
Jennd1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters in this book ,they were real, it has lots of little details that add those special touches. It is the story of a military husband who must choose between spending Christmas with his wife who has recently lost her father and will have a hard Christmas alone or staying with his unit who also needs him. Life is what happens when you are busy making plans so they say and Vic does not really make his own decision but life finds a way to remind him of his Christmas blessings and all her has to be grateful for.
Foxy_Roxy_Bookfriends More than 1 year ago
This is A Coming Home Novella. It’s a military based story about Vic Carponti and his wife Nicole and how they make it through his deployment. He is sent to Afghanistan and hopes to be home for Christmas. As in war, it’s unpredictable and scary. Vic has a witty sense of humor which makes him a good morale leader to his platoon. His sense of humor will have you laughing out loud at how he can turn any serious conversation into one that ends in giggles. The love that Nicole and Vic share shows how deep a love for someone can run. Even with an ocean separating them you can still feel the love. The characters were well developed, entertaining and very relatable to anyone who has been separated from their loved ones for any amount of time. The story of being based in the Afghanistan war makes it relatable to anyone from our generation you’d have to be living under a rock for it not to be. The war being the back drop to the story provides the catalyst for the drama that these two characters must go through. There are so many casualties of war figuratively and physically that this story makes you aware that life is to short and how you handle adversity says a lot about your character. I would highly recommend this book. I haven’t read any of her other work but I will be changing that in the near future. Jessica Scott’s ability to put humor in a situation that is no laughing matter makes this book a pleasure to read.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Sergeant Vic Carponti and his wife Nicole are one very HOT couple.  He covers every stressful situation with jokes and a positive attitude, and Nicole supports him in every minutes because she realizes the horrendous stress of his work when he is in Iraq fighting a war that leaves far too many wounded or dead.  Their romantic life is not only sizzling but creative when they are both together and apart, with the addition of “dirty” letters and videos fueling their insatiable desire for each other. Each has very significant fears, however, that never get displayed, or at least rarely.  How close are they to losing each other? Off to Iraq Vic Carponti goes, arriving at a scene where IED attacks alternate between constant frequency and dropping off that provokes even more tension as one knows the absence of attacks presages something awful.  Into this mix there are some crude and irritating soldiers of different ranks who seem to delight in demanding conformity, not realizing the need for the Sergeant’s levity in the middle of indescribable tension.  But nothing holds Carponti back, that is until one of his best buddies is seriously injured and has to be flown to Germany for the extensive treatment necessary to save his life.   When the attacks and Glenn’s injuries loom large, Vic finds himself unable to call Nicole because he fears “losing it.”  Yet he relies on her constant presence by Skype to keep him strong.  They both have friends whose relationships collapse from the inability to handle the constant strain.  They lack the passion Vic and Nicole so clearly have for each other; but Jessica Scott doesn’t make this into a fairy tale.  The dangers and realities of war-time military life are clearly and potently depicted but without becoming maudlin beyond credibility. Vic will be coming home to Nicole, alive but different from his latest service.  The reader anxiously awaits how each will adjust to their new poignant stresser but will not be disappointed. Jessica Scott knows how to present the hottest sexy moments and succinctly present the brave moments too often ignored by an American public who have idealistic images of war that are blown apart herein.  Fine, fine balance, Jessica Scott, that is both exhilarating and powerful!!! Very, very nicely crafted!
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ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - and all the other books in this series. Jessica Scott writes real characters; ones that will make you laugh and cry. Once I started each of the books in this series I couldn't put it down and I hated when it ended because I loved the characters. I kind of wish that I had read the books in the order of the events as they happened instead of the order they were published but each of them does stand alone and all are wonderful to read. Recommended reading order from the author's website: Coming Home .5: I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Coming Home 1: BECAUSE OF YOU Coming Home 1.5: ANYTHING FOR YOU Coming Home 2: BACK TO YOU Coming Home 3: UNTIL THERE WAS YOU Coming Home 4: ALL FOR YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so well written that it reallly opened my eyes aout what my son went through when he first lostt his legs and continues to go thru still, especially the part about the sad looks and stares Very well done
Jan_Smith More than 1 year ago
Excellent story and characters! I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of the books in this Series and highly recommend then. The characters are well drawn, very believable and begin feeling like friends as the stories progress.
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beeLG More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story immensely. A lot of dynamics from drams, romance, and emotions. Vic and Nicole's story was very emotional but I loved their relationship and trust they shared. At the end they dealt with many after effects of the war. Definitely recommend this book. Jessica Scott is definitely proven she can write a terrific story given she is a new author.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews I have to admit, initially when I started reading this book, I got a little confused. This novella doesn’t pick up where the last book/novella left off. It goes back to the first book in the series, Because of You and runs parallel with that book. I’ll Be Home for Christmas gives you a look into the deployment of Vic Carponti and his team from Fort Hood in early 2007 through the eyes of Vic and his wife Nicole. I love this book for the true romance of it. And what I mean by that, is that you can truly feel the love that the Carpontis have for one another oozing from the pages. There is nothing more romantic than pure love. I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the story of a married couple dealing with the separation of deployment and the fallout of what happens when an explosion rocks their world. Vic is a man who obviously learned to live his life by making a joke out of everything. His comic relief is what people need in order to get through tough situations and when he gets injured and has to live with his new reality, his sense of humor is what he relies on to get him and his wife that he loves more than anything through it all. This book will give you laugh out loud moments, tender moments, and moments when you will forget to breathe. But most importantly of all, I’ll Be Home for Christmas will teach you that true love can conquer all and home is really and truly where the heart is. It's simply a feel good story. Source: NetGalley
MiRxMom More than 1 year ago
This novella was perfectly timed for holiday reading although the focus is not so much the holiday but Carponti and his wife, Nicole, dealing with being separated. His injury and the beginning of his recovery are also chronicled. I like Carponti as a character and Nicole holds her own with her wise-cracking husband. We have a glimpse of what the future holds for them in the first Coming Home novel but I would like to know more.
VivianaEnchantressofBooks More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Jessica knows how to make you laugh and cry all within the same story! She has a gift for writing truth into her stories that tug at your heart. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is a holiday novella that gives us more insight into the sarcastic, smart-mouth and funny SGT Vic Carponti. I have a soft spot for him. Perhaps he reminds me of someone I know............. lol! Jessica Scott's ability to give the readers an insight look at the military lifestyle, both of the soldier and that of the spouse is realistic and heartfelt. The relationship between the men in the unit and the women that love them is beautiful. The friendship between the guys and how they each handle things differently, both at work and their personal lives showcase the traditional male relationships and the sensitivity of their fears. The woman are smart, individuals, and strong. I always said it takes a special person to be with a soldier. It takes a strong person who is devoted and committed to their relationship! As with any relationships, there are ups and down and one must work at staying together. Being with a soldier..... added stress and life changing possibilities are always on the horizon. We get to see a glimpse into the life of a soldier and their families. One of the things I love about these stories, is that it takes the "taboo" out of the conversation.  It brings to light, not only the major struggles of both the life of the soldier and that of their families but also the regular day to day struggles of being a soldier and their family. We owe our soldiers more than we are currently giving them. This includes our respect. Once I started reading "I'll Be Home For Christmas" I couldn't put it down. The characters came to life and their journeys each made an impact. This was a quick and easy read that gave you everything you would look in a great story: character development and growth, emotions (both on the page and that brought to the reader), ability to relate to one or more characters, and this being a romance..... the smexiness we all enjoy in our romance books! I cannot wait for the next installments in the Coming Home Series: "Back to You (Coming Home Series, #3) and "All For Your (Coming Home Series, #4)
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I don't read very many military themed books, but I really love this series. I've gotten attached to all the guys and their wives. One of the couples that I've really loved is Vic and Nicole. So, you can imagine how excited I was to read their novella! It was everything I had hoped it would be. I adore them even more.  The story is set around the holidays and Vic is getting ready to ship out on his next deployment. The air is a bit heavy, but you can always count on Vic to try to lighten the mood. He wants to make the most of his time with Nicole before he leaves. And he's hoping to get back on R&R for Christmas. When he leaves, I admit that I got a little teary. I had an idea about what was going to happen based on what I've read in the series already, but this time I was thinking about how Nicole must feel. I can't imagine the fear.  I won't say exactly what happens, but if you've read the series, you know what happens while he's overseas. I will say, that Vic is such a great guy. He tries to keep everyone in good spirits. And he's a honorable guy in general. I don't know anything about military life, but I appreciate how realistic this series is. I always feel like I can actually see what's going on.  Because of the events that happen, Vic isn't able to make it home per se, but Vic and Nicole are together. At this point in the novella, I was pretty teary. Vic's resilience was incredible. He does have some emotional ups and downs, but Nicole is with him every step of the way. She's so great. I just love their marriage. They face challenges together. They're a strong couple.  Overall, I loved this novella! Seriously, I was so happy to get their story and I hope to see them again throughout the series. It was a great holiday message too. It reminded me to be grateful that my family is with me, happy and healthy. If you like military romance, take a look at this series. I've enjoyed getting know all the couples in the series and I can't wait to read Trent and Laura's book! I have a feeling it'll be a tear jerker! Quotes: ~"You made it home," she whispered. "I know it's not how we thought it would happen but you're here. And I will always cherish this Christmas as the one when you came home to me."-Loc 1662 ~He held his wife close and fought back tears that burned behind his eyes. Her arms were tight around him, her breath hot against his bare skin.  Now he was finally home. It didn't matter where they were.  He'd made it. Maybe not all of him, but he'd made it. Safe and warm in his wife's arms, he'd made it. He was home.-Loc 1710 (And I'm tearing up just typing this out!---so good!)
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
I began reading Jessica Scott's military romance series, Coming Home, this fall. Not for review, but just because I really liked the sound of her books. After the first book, I was hooked as the reality conveyed in Scott's military romance is engrossing. No, this isn't a series where just because you're a soldier, you're one step below a kryptonite-free Superman. This is a series where the characters are heroes (and heroines), because of the fact they don't have super strength or genetic engineering - just a tremendous amount of faith, love, and sense of duty. The holiday-themed novella I'll Be Home For Christmas (book 2.6 in the series) focuses on perennial jokester Army Sergeant Vic Carponti and his wife Nicole. While Vic is away on duty Nicole serves as a CID officer, but the tours of duty don't seem to end and her loneliness without Vic builds up. When the reader was introduced to this couple in Because of You (book 1), it seemed as though their marriage was inviolate with the strength of their passion. But beneath the surface, perhaps there were some telling cracks that began to appear. Without any glamour, Scott shows us what military romance really is and the devotion and trust needed to make these career marriages work (or not). She's a fabulous writer and (without any spoilers intended) this novella is one that shares the true holiday spirit of love. Jessica Scott is an author to watch and she writes from real experience as a career army officer, mother, and wife of an NCO. Do purchase Because of You (book 1), Until There Was You (book 2), Anything For You (book 2.5), I'll Be Home For Christmas (book 2.6) and mark your calendars for January when book four, Back to You will be released. (Back to You will tell the story I've been waiting for about Army Captain Trent Davila, his wife Laura, and their seemingly perfect yet very trouble marriage.) To recap, I highly recommend that you add I'll Be Home For Christmas and the entire Coming Home series to your bookshelf as it's an incredibly beautiful and moving read that's fantastically HOT too. I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first couple of books in this series so I was excited to read Vic and Nicole's story. However I was a little disappointed because I felt like I already knew the outcome because the story was written during the same time period of the first book in the series and that booked referenced this couple in that story. I give the review 3 stars because the author does make you feel like you know and understand what service members' spouses go through when their loved ones are deployed. Thank you to all service men and women and their spouses.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Ok, I admit it. I'm obsessed with these holiday novellas. They make me really happy! However, do not let this cover fool you- this book is SO much more than a holiday story. In fact, the holiday aspect only plays a rather minor role. This is more a military story than a holiday one. I'll Be Home For Christmas is beautiful and funny, as well as emotional and heartbreaking at times. I absolutely adored that the main couple in this book is already married and in love with one another. I really felt their relationship was so much more believable having had that establishment already made. Nicole and Vic's relationship is a stable, strong one but both are put to the test in this novel. Vic is a Sgt. in the Army and is leaving for another deployment in Iraq. Everyone is concerned this time, as the Surge and threats are greater than ever and the odds are stacked against them coming home safely. Vic's MO is to make others laugh and help them forget the heaviness that plagues them. He is a jokester, and I loved that about him. One of his favorite things is making his wife laugh and I found my heart melting every time he did something completely ridiculous (like creating a dress for his 'man') He has his moments of apprehension with his wife. He is afraid she'll wake up one day and realize that she's with the wrong man, or that he won't be good enough to hold onto her. Nicole, however, is 100% in love with her husband and all she cares about is that he makes it back to her safe and sound. My heart ached for Nicole, especially. Vic deploying is always difficult on her and even though she knows what to expect (the long time between calls, etc), it doesn't make it any easier. The image of her curling up in one his shirts and spraying his cologne on her absolutely shattered my heart. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a military wife/girlfriend and have the person you love most put their life on the line time and time again. With that being said, I have a hell of a lot of respect for those in the military. War changes people. We know this. We see young men come home from tours that suffer from PTSD and other emotional instability. Watching men in your platoon get hurt and constantly have to wonder if an IED is going to blow up and take you with it, has to be exhausting. Soldiers become distant from the ones they love- they do not want to worry their spouses, etc with the gritty details and sometimes calling home and hearing that one voice of relief brings even more turmoil. I found this not only to be the case with Nicole and Vic, but also his XO, Trent Davila. He has not called his wife Laura in weeks and Laura is frustrated, hurt, and afraid of what this means for their relationship. The next novel features those two and I definitely want to pick it up to see if these two can repair the ever-growing rift between them. I think this story really shows that true love is everlasting and can withstand all obstacles. Vic and Nicole go through a pretty big hurdle together toward the end of the book, but they don't give up on one another. They fight through the pain and offer each other comfort and reassurance that their love knows no bounds.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
I’ll Be Home For Christmas is another great addition to the Coming Home series by Jessica Scott.  This time around we saw the storyline unfold from Carponti’s point of view.  While a reader could probably read this novella as a stand-alone, to have full understanding of what is going on, I definitely recommend starting with Book One. With great character development and an engaging plot, the story kept me fully entertained throughout.  I enjoyed reading this almost “behind the scenes” version from Carponti’s point of view which occurred in the middle of Because of You.  It felt like I was revisiting with old friends.   Ms. Scott has created another wonderful story using her experience and background to bring it to life.  I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book in the series.   ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Nicole Carponti is dealing with her husband, Vic, being shipped overseas for a tour of duty.   When things do not happen as they planned, her life is changed.  Vic is a comedian, always keeping his wife and his fellow soldiers laughing, and will do anything to protect his wife from the reality of war.    When his promise of being home for Christmas does not happen as plan, he realizes how much his wife is there for him. I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a military novella.   The peaks into military life and what the families have to endure are just amazing.   I cannot imagine not seeing my husband daily, much less not talking to him daily.   I love that this story is part of her Coming Home Series and that this story is going on the same time as Because of You, Trent and Laura’s story.    Their stories overlap and the support they have for each other is absolutely wonderful.   The story in this book is emotional and trying circumstances that the military put their families in.   It is also a romance story.   The love that these characters share out shines many of the relationships in the real world.   Jessica Scott wrote another great story about characters that I love.   I cannot wait to read more about these character and highly recommend not just this book but the whole series to all. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed Jessica Scott's I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. Her experience in the Army shines in this novella, and the emotions and motivations rang true throughout. I'm impressed by the depth of characterization. The rich contrast between two extremes of war and marital love made for a rewarding read. Looking forward to reading much more by this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story