He's always loved her...
First Sergeant Gale Sorren waited a war and half a lifetime for a chance to get stationed near the ex-wife who left him years ago. When he finally musters the courage to see her, the life he imagined she was living was nothing close to the reality.
She's never stopped loving him...
Melanie never stopped worrying about Gale each time he headed off to war. But he's never been there when she needed him and she's had fifteen years to steel her heart against him.
But when Gale moves to Fort Hood, he finally has a chance to make things right with Melanie and the daughter she raised without him.
Can Mel trust her heart to a man who has always let her down?
Review by: Erin
This story was very moving. It was filled with love, compassion, forgiveness, anger, and resentment. The time lost between the two main characters filled me with sadness. They both loved each other so much, but anger and resentment got in the way. The sorrow Gale feels over not being around for his daughter is crushing. But now that Gale is stationed close to them, he is determined to set things right with her, and hopefully with Melanie. He goes in knowing that Mel hates him and that Jamie probably resents him. He is going to face those feelings head on and try to make it up to them. He realizes that Mel has not had a great time at raising Jamie by herself. You can almost feel his pain at having hurt them like he has. I wanted to cry for him because after all, it was Mel who left him. But then I want to cry for Mel too, because she did what she thought she had to do. She thought she was second best to the Army. It was never about not being in love with him.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good second-chance romance.
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USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.
She's pursuing a graduate degree 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.