Series: Home to Glory #1
on August 26th, 2014
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In Glory, Kansas, the best bakery in three counties may not only bring together ingredients for sweet treats, but be the place where—through the powerful mix of friendship, community and a well-stocked kitchen—a wounded hero can forge a forever kind of love.
Jack McConnell's back in the hometown he left behind five years ago, battle-scarred and feeling like half a man. But Betsy Lewis only sees the hero who saved her life and set her heart on fire. Now she's burning to save his life in return. She'll use every trick she's got up her sleeve, from her generous natural assets to her talent for baking, to coax Jack out from the bottom of his whiskey bottle.
At first, Jack responds to Betsy like any red-blooded man would. He's always denied his attraction to the innocent girl he used to know, but he's returned to find Betsy's grown into a full-on woman with strength enough for both of them. Until Jack realizes the only way to conquer his demons and be worthy of the hero's mantle she's pinned to his shoulders is to save Betsy one last time—from himself.
Wow, Ms. Arden writes with so much emotion that I laughed, cried, and felt my own heart breaking while reading Jack’s and Betsy’s story. Return to Glory is the first installment of the Home to Glory series and is a sweet, poignant story about hometown hero Jack McConnell coming back from. war with serious injuries and PTSD and sweetheart pastry chef Betsy Lewis trying to move forward after career disappointment.
Jack saved Betsy’s life when they were children so she is determined to save him from the darkness, but Jack doesn’t want her hero worship and pushes her away again and again. Both characters struggle with anger, sadness, and eventually happiness as they ride the rollercoaster of emotions to find their own happiness. This story is an excellent reminder of learning to love yourself before you can really love someone else.
Ms. Arden does an excellent job with her characters’ dialogue so that we can really feel their struggles and enjoy their triumphs. She has also created an outstanding cast of supporting characters that I hope we get to know better in future books. I am very curious about India and what happened in her past. Sara Arden is now on my list of favorite authors!