Sunday, June 28, 2009

Book Review: A Soldier's Reunion

A Soldier’s Reunion (Wings of Refuge Book 4) by Cheryl Wyatt Love Inspired #496, Jun 09

This is an excellent book by an author who knows all the ins and outs of military life. Cheryl Wyatt easily weaves the jobs of pararescue jumpers with civilian life and gives us a glimpse of the hardships these brave men face when it seems they must choose between love and career. The book starts with a heart-stopping rescue attempt by the civilian heroine after a major bridge collapse and delves into the world of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which many believe only soldiers suffer. The author, a former RN, shows otherwise. This book is rife with romantic tension.

Mandy Manchester’s world centers around her chosen career in the medical field after being dumped by the man she’d hinged all her dreams on 10 yrs earlier. She puts her skills to good use when the bridge she’s driving on collapses and she watches in terror as numerous cars slide off the broken bridge and plunge into the dark river. Her car is the next to go but miraculously stops at the edge. Her training kicks in and she starts checking injured motorists including a school bus full of little kids. But with the broken bridge blocking one exit and a burning tanker on the other, how will they get to safety?

Nolan Briggs can’t believe his eyes when he sees his Manda Panda awaiting rescue on the crippled bridge. It’s been a long time since he left his teenage sweetheart with promises of writing to her but for whatever reason, she never wrote him back. When he realizes she’s holding a major grudge, it begins to dawn on Nolan that she still feels abandoned. But that would mean her feelings were still involved, right?

Mandy doesn’t want anything to do with Nolan although the guy is persistant and slowly breaking down the wall around her heart. But is he hanging around because he wants her or because he wants her to seek treatment after exhibiting signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after watching all those people die in the river?

Heat Level: Affectionate

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; Top 10 list)

The Wings of Refuge Series:
Book 1 - Jan 08 – A Soldier’s Promise Love Inspired #430
Book 2 - Mar 08 – A Soldier’s Family Love Inspired #438
Book 3 - Apr 09 – Ready-Made Family Love Inspired #490
Book 4 - Jun 09 – A Soldier’s Reunion Love Inspired #496
Book 5 - Oct 09 – Soldier Daddy Love Inspired #520
Book 6 - Jan 10 – A Soldier’s Devotion
Book 7 - Spring 2010 – Home Sweet Hero (tentative title)

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