BACK TO YOU by Jessica Scott
(July 29, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $6.00)
The Boyfriend Bookmark : ★★★★★
He’s in for the fight of his life . . . Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn’t explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family-so he deployed again. And again. And again…until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs …if she’ll have him
. . . to win back his only love. Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she’s just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried-and a love that won’t be denied. But can she trust that this time he’s back to stay?
This book broke me. Broke me badly. I knew less than half way through it, Back To You was going to leave a mark. The pain, anger, hurt and all things that go along with the content of this book all bound together by love, it will leave a lasting impression on the soul. I know it did for me.
Laura has been at home in Texas for years, raising two kids and keeping a home and full time job while her husband was over seas on tour after tour in the military. Laura hasn’t had it easy, but she has always taken comfort that he will return from the war. But when push comes to shove and she discovers that he has been requesting to be deployed time after time, everything in her world shifts. She just can’t do it anymore. Her heart can’t take anymore.
But it is always important to remember, there are two sides to every story. And this story of a soldier is heartbreaking and absolutely touchingly beautiful. He loves his wife, he loves his kids. But they are not what he knows. Trent knows war. He knows the military. He knows those who serve with him. His family, his wife… he doesn’t know how to be, how to act, what to do around them. But rather than fighting through his marriage, it has always been easier to go back to war. That he knows.
But now faced with some shady members of the military, he is forced back into a reality that he knows nothing about. But he won’t give up on their marriage. He won’t sign the papers and he will not be court marshalled. It’s a lot to take in, but he would rather lose his life than the love of it. But now Trent has to make some big changes, more on the inside. He has to learn to let Laura in when he has kept her out for so long.
But will too many deployments and too much hurt from all the years gone by be too much to save their marriage? Is it broken beyond repair or can they find their way back to one another without anymore hurt or anxiety to separate them?
As I said, I knew before the halfway point that this book was going to stick with me. Every man in my life has been in the military and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them. Some have fought in wars, some have not, but it is with great respect for this country that they have served. So I knew this one was going to get to me. And it did. It is a look at what the military does not only to one’s soul, but to everyone around them. How such a noble gesture of serving in the military can bring such pain and heartache to those who wait back home.
This is a tragically beautiful look inside the lives of just one family and it tore me up. But it did more than that, it pieced back together my heart right along with the characters. It restored faith in the commitment made by Trent and Laura. It was so full of emotion and turmoil and just when you think that finding your way home again isn’t enough, you find the strength to fight harder.
Trent is just one of thousands of men (and women) who are faced with adjusting back to a normal that you are not used to. When war is a better option because it is comfortable, this is a gentle reminder that even though it may not be comfortable, it is your life and those you carry in your heart back home that have helped you face the day on the battlefield.
I absolutely adored this book. There is so much strength and courage in the every day that we take for granted. Back To You is a look into how it feels on the other side of the same situation. Perspectives are different, but love is the same.
USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer; mother of two daughters, She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View: Regarding War Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas. She’s pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine‘s Americans of the Year for 2012.
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