Take care of our girl.
Blake’s vow to watch over the woman who was left behind is overshadowed by his self-contempt and bitterness, making it impossible for him to reach out to her like he’d promised.
Jennifer Owens had expected to get married the moment her fiancé returned home from the war, but the news of his death changed everything. Shattered by her loss, she is still struggling with feelings of guilt when she receives an unexpected letter that raises new questions and reopens old wounds.
Jennifer’s need for answers leads her to Blake’s doorstep, but she is met with hostility and rejection from a man who only vaguely resembles the head-turning charmer she remembers from so long ago. Blake is determined to keep her at arm’s length, and Jennifer soon discovers that she must decide whether to push back or let him go.
Caught up in circumstances beyond their control, Jennifer and Blake have to learn to accept the truths that lie below the surface. She comes to recognize the beauty underneath the scars, and Blake realizes that he’s broken in more ways than he cares to admit.
Nothing will ever be the same for this ex-Army Ranger once he faces the truth. If he can learn to accept the help he needs, he might be able to overcome his warped self-image and emotional scars. To be the man Jennifer deserves, he must heal his wounds before he loses the woman he loves forever.
Blake is home from fighting but he is not whole, he is a man broken. Losing his friend and feeling totally inadequate, he has internalised all his emotions and the pain is eating away at him. He knows he is not the only one hurting but knowing and understanding is not quite the same thing! Jennifer has lost the man she loved. When she realises Blake is home, she needs to see him and find out what really happened but bitterness and guilt have changed Blake. Although he always promised to be there for Jennifer, he is not sure he can give what she needs.
What follows is not all hearts and flowers, it's a battle to deal with reality and hopefully find closure. Two stubborn, angry, lonely people facing grief and finding something unexpected along the way. Sometimes, what you want is not the same as what you need and admitting it is the hardest thing you do.
As usual Ms Font delivered a story that made me feel. I confess to being frustrated with the characters at times and wanted to shake them but at least I wasn't bored! Oh no, grief does strange things to people and it's hard to celebrate life when all you feel is loss. Jennifer is not the typical heroine but she deserves happiness and struggles so much with her own baggage. This is a story of love, yes, but it's so much more. It's a journey through the darkest reaches of pain and on the other side? Hope!