One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #7)

One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #7)

by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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One Was a Soldier 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
RaeOH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I think it may be my favorite in the series. The story was great. I liked that it dealt with those returning from war and the impact of it on their trying to adjust back to the life they left. It felt well researched and I would love to know if the mystery was based on truth. The book covered many areas - love, mystery, humor (I laughed out loud!) and it also made me cry. I couldn't have asked for more. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're as hooked on this series as I am, this is a must-read book. If you're new to this author and these central characters' ongoing relationship and homicide-related adventures, reading this one will probably inspire you to go back to the first in the series and find out more about who these people really are and how they got to where they are now. I am already waiting for the next one.
Sandy52 More than 1 year ago
Some authors get stale as they write a series but Ms. Spencer-Fleming just gets better and better. The plot, dialogue and setting are timely and meaningful while at the same time being marvelously entertaining. Bravo and keep writing Julia!
smalltownrev More than 1 year ago
The Rev. Clare Fergusson is back from her tour in Iraq - and before she can even get back to the rectory, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery, courtesy of a bar fight. She's brought some demons with her, and convinces herself that she can manage her pain by falling into her comfortable role of pastor and priest to others, and substances that can dull the pain. But her veterans therapy group won't let her off the hook, and her complicated romance with Russ Van Alstyne is her greatest comfort and her greatest worry - she's nothing like his first wife. Julia Spencer-Fleming gives us great characters: people with complicated lives and no easy solutions. Hadley Knox, the only female on the Miller's Kill police force, has to figure out what she wants for herself, and how to deal with the complexities of gender in a male world. Anne Vining-Ellis has to figure out how to deal with her son Will, who has returned a double amputee. All this in the midst of the apparent suicide of another returning veteran, Tally McNabb. The vets are determined to find out what's happened to her, because it's the way they can begin to understand what's happened to them. Spencer-Fleming deftly mixes romance, mystery, and current events into a book that you'll want to read twice (I did.)
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Miller's Kill, New York clinical therapist Sarah Dowling runs a group session for returning veterans. Her current patients consists of orthopedist Dr. George "Trip" Stillman, Marine Lance Corporal Willem Ellis who lost his legs in theater, Guard helicopter pilot Major Clare Fergusson, Military Police Guard Sergeant Eric McCrea of infamous Camp Bucca, and Army Specialist Mary" Tally" McNabb. Being a small town, the quintet knows each other. Over the next few months the group meets several times with each trying to conceal their fears of what has changed in family dynamics while they were deployed. However besides each one struggling to catch up with the different civilian scenarios from when they mobilized, corruption and suicide to cover what Clare believes is a murder add to the sense of feelings disengaged and non-anchored. This direct sequel to In the Bleak Midwinter is a great military thriller that focuses on returning veterans with diverse issues struggling to return to civilian life after time in theater. The murder mystery seems standardized when compared to the plight of each vet and their family; that is until one understands the best that money can buy. Readers, except the military-industrial-Congressional complex thirsting for the next war, will appreciate this deep look at vets returning with different degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a realization that life in the home-front kept breathing without them. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all these books!
ChiefGaryMac More than 1 year ago
Excellent series and great ending....hoping for a #8 somehow.
BarbKnits More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series and have loved every one of them. I just finished One Was A Soldier and cannot wait for the next in the series. This series was fun to read, got me caight up in the stories and the characters and made me want to just keep reading..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series and have enjoyed most of them.  While some of the plot lines are pretty unbelievable, the books are interesting with good characters and lots of detail.  However, the last few books seemed a little "off " to me, and after reading this one, I know why.  I just do not like Clare Fergusson.  She is supposedly an educated, accomplished woman who often acts in a bewilderingly reckless manner.  It is very hard to believe that she takes care of her parish and does all the other things described in the book.  And quite frankly, she is childish and petulant in her dealings with Russ.  The man is a saint to put up with her.  Don't know if I'll read the next one.    
momvon More than 1 year ago
Let's you into the mind of soldiers returning from war how they deal, and has a little bit of a mystery in a small town too very intense but well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, talks about things veterans may go through that people may not know about. Good reading.
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Phoenician More than 1 year ago
It's been almost three years since Julia Spencer-Fleming has given us a new view into the people and happenings of Millers Kill, N.Y., the setting of her Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, but it was worth the wait. Clare, an Episcopalian priest and former Army helicopter pilot, and others from the town have just returned from serving in the military, and no one has come back without scars. We get a heart-wrenching view into the adage, "War is hell," not only for what soldiers experience while at war but how hard it is to come home again while not being the same person who left. When one of these veterans dies, Clare and Russ, chief of police and Clare's love, are at odds over whether it's from suicide or homicide. Even though the death comes later in the book, the mystery builds from page one, when the veterans gather for a support group meeting. What is each of these people hiding? From others and themselves. I couldn't wait to start reading this book, and I wasn't disappointed by a single moment. It was definitely tough to read at some points, witnessing the pain of the veterans and the people who love them. However, it was what I've come to expect from a Julia Spencer-Fleming book: skillful writing, engrossing characters, an intriguing mystery, soulful romance, and a deft touch with humor. I'm already anticipating my next visit to Millers Kill.
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christalvp More than 1 year ago
How I enjoyed re-reading this great book in one of my favorite series! I love being taken away to the Miller's Kill world of Reverend Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. This book had so much going on. The regular great cast of characters was present and part of a compelling storyline. The veterans in the support group, the mystery with its players, and the important events going on with Clare and Russ all add up to a fantastic story!  Clare Fergusson is back from deployment, but her experiences have taken a heavy toll, which she doesn't want to admit to herself or anyone else. She's not the only veteran in Miller's Kill who has been wounded emotionally or physically. Clare finds herself attending a veteran support group with an interesting cast of soldiers who are having their own issues adjusting back to their normal lives. Soon, Clare is wondering why one of the veterans in her group apparently killed herself, and she finds herself once again involved in an investigation with Russ and the Miller's Kill Police Department, this time over a large financial scandal. Meanwhile, she and Russ are figuring out what they want for their future. This was a wonderful book! I love Clare and Russ, and this one has some great moments between them. There were some sad parts revolving around some of the other characters. The ending of this one is quite thrilling!
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