- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 409 KB
- Print Length: 95 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (21 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EFPO5KM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #548,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sully (Sullivan) returned from war with a case of amnesia. It's a rather unusual (and probably impossible) type in that he remembers everything other than his wife Lucy. In an attempt to release her from being chained to a man with problems he divorces her but then moves back to the same hometown. Lucy feels as though she is bereaved but with her husband still around to remind her every day of his unavailability. Then they begin to forge a new relationship, but can it last in the ruins of the old one ?
This is not an original story. The amnesia storyline is well worn and here the author combines it with a heroine who bakes and the Christmas season approaching. Fortunately, the story rises above these cliches. It is wittily told and Lucy is a particularly well rounded character with a fine line in sarcasm. The author does Sully's bewilderment well too. You will have worked out from the synopsis what the end of the story is but it is fun getting there. It would be good to see what this author could do with a more original or deeper story.
An easy but enjoyable read for the lover of light romance. I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review.
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Truth be told, I nearly gave up reading this book. The story and struggles hit a little too close to home. Yet, the warmth, tenderness, and truth of the story held me as I spent the day with Lucy & Sullivan. The challenges were real, as were the emotions shared. Stacy doesn't try to sugar-coat the reality of war and it's devastation on families - but instead builds the characters and hope that can rebuild love once known, as well as the healing power of patience, kindness, and a few cookies.
In the end, a beautiful story of love and recovery that offers hope during the holiday season.
Unexpected humor kept popping up amongst all the heartbreak:
"Every time you say you hate Christmas, one of Santa's elves explores." "Shut up and give me a fry."
"Enjoying the holiday traditions while terrorizing you all at the same time. It doesn't get any better than this."
Lucy tilted her head, considering. "I don't think I've ever consciously thought of the word breeder in my life. Oh, wait. I just did."
When you get to the "A year from now, month from now, week from now, day from now" speech...ohhh it was so lovely I highlighted it and read it 3 times.
At the end of the book make sure you go to the author's website to ready a nice long epilogue and the letter Sullivan wrote to his buddy's children at Christmas. Makes the story even better.
Ends at 96% on my Kindle.
Stand alone novella (I think, although I see other books by the author set in Bitterhorn)
Author: Stacy Gail
Publisher: Carina Press
Sub-Genre: Military, family
Reviewed For NetGalley and Carina Press
Amnesia, Injury and loss; that is what awaits Lieutenant Sully Jax when he returns home after his final tour. His wife is devastated, especially when he sees her as a stranger and asks for a divorce. She has worked hard to rebuild her life. Then abruptly he is back and endangering her heart all over again.
We forget the price our military and their families pay to protect us and we tend to forget. This poignant love story will touch you in so many ways. It is well written with believable characters. The touches of humor keep it lighter so that you will laugh and smile. My rating is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
This short story was packed full of emotion. I picked up an emotion packed novella last Christmas too. Maybe this will turn into my new tradition? If so I need to brace myself.
I can’t imagine being in Lucy’s position. The love of her life seems to remember everything about his past except for her. How do you handle something like that? Lucy hides her pain well, but she has her moments. She also has her own little defense tactics. Coming face to face with Sully kind of short circuits all of that though.
I wouldn’t want to be in Sully’s position either. Even though he’s the source of Lucy’s pain, it’s impossible to be mad at him. Frustrated yes, mad no. He’s trying to piece his life back together and the holes all lead back to Lucy. The situation seems impossible.
I liked the dynamic between the supporting characters when they were with Lucy and Sully. I loved Coe. He was the perfect overly protective best friend. I liked Sully’s dad, but I got frustrated with him too. I felt like maybe he could have helped Sully understand more, but I also understand why he didn’t. There was a lot of back story concerning Sully’s recovery that wasn’t detailed. Honestly, throughout the story I just felt bad for them all.
This story was as heartwarming as it was heartbreaking at times. The perfect balance. It was totally worth the tears. It was also the first Stacy Gail book I’ve read, but I seriously doubt it will be the last.
I loved the characters. Sully is a great guy that I just adored and Lucy is so strong and selfless that I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her that everything is going to be all right.
It is a really fast read that is full of great characters, a few steamy love scenes, and an honest appreciation for our military members and their many sacrifices. I am really impressed with the strong writing and complete story telling that is found in this short heartfelt story by Stacy Gail.
You can purchase Starting from Scratch and Hero’s Homecoming separately or packaged together in GIFTS OF HONOR.
*I received an advance readers copy of this story in exchange for an honest review*