14 June 2017

# opinion # read

Read:: The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner

I just couldn't stop once I started. I couldn't put this book down. This book drew me in from the cover. This cover and book was recommended more times than I could count on my feed and finally I one-clicked. Carmen as usual did not disappoint. This book had very feeling in it, had me feeling right along with August and Olivia.

Olivia is in a new town, new life, new way of living. She is going to open up another shelter to help place rescue dogs with women and men who have served this great country and need a friend. This part got to me, working with active and retired military. I have a few friends that are open about their PTSD and the emotions felt in this book have been shared with me.

I was thankful that she did give us August's point of view in some of the book, to know what this damaged man was thinking. I loved his raw emotion, he couldn't help but who he was, he didn't try to hide it from anyone because the forces that be wouldn't allow it. Lord knows what our men and women see when they are at war and August has seen a lot. He has been through so much. The only thing keeping him around is his younger sister, who by the way steals the show, she is adorable.

Olivia becomes too personally involved with her heart to keep a safe distance as she would with any other veteran that she helps. She wants to do more for August. She feels it in her heart.

I felt all these emotions while reading, Carmen certainly can get your brain and heart hurting, laughing, and crying all within a few hours. Her writing is perfect and flows so that you need to know what happens to your favorite characters.

August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way.

As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.

They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room.

Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?

*** Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.

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