Series: Home to Glory #1
on August 26th, 2015
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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.
This is my first book by Sara Arden. I am a sucker for a soldier coming home. Sometimes I’ve read ones where the person coming home with issues gets over them ASAP. I like the ones, like this one, where there are some deep emotional issues from not just the solider with PTSD, but with their love interest. Horrible to say, I know, but we all love to see a struggle turn out well. And Sara hit it out the park with this one.
Jack is coming home with a bad case of PTSD. Majorly struggling, he pushes everyone away. But Betsy pushes right back. She’s had a thing for Jack ever since he saved her life when they were younger. She can’t stand by and watch him shut himself down and close in on himself. I loved all the different ways Betsy used to help coax Jack away from the dark corner of his mind. She is a strong willed woman and I see her as a big mamma bear protecting a wounded cub. When Jack would push her away, she’d just push back. It takes a courageous and strong woman to be able to find the courage and backbone to want to help such a broken person.
Jack, even though he was a very deeply, emotionally wounded man, I found to be very magnetic person. It might be the wounded bird thing and me wanting to fix him myself, but the more we got to see of him, the more I found myself drawn to him. I really loved how he placed Betsy on a pedestal like she was this breakable thing to be cherished. It shows the type of man that he is under all the broken pieces.
I really have no words that can describe how much I absolutely loved this book. I was sucked in from the very first word and was very sad when it ended. That is when you know you have an addicting book. I can’t wait to read more from this series. I know I am going to love every single one!