Sunday, May 28, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner

August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way. 

As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.

They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room. 

Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?

*** Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.

5 stars

This is a must read for your summer list. What a beautiful and amazing story rolled into a wonderful learning experience and a book everyone needs to read and learn from. 

Paws For A Cause pairs broken men and women with unwanted and thrown away dogs. Good dogs that were tossed aside for no reason. (Truth -- over 3500 adoptable dogs are killed due to space in shelters daily - the majority are pit bull or bully type breeds due to the WRONGFUL stigma). Pairing men and women in need alongside a pup that needs the same is the mission for her. A mission that puts the mistreated and the forgotten together to have purpose once again. August Cotton is difficult -- finding the one for him is more than she bargained for. He is more broken that any man she has ever met. 

The marine August Cotton shouldn't be allowed to live -- the demons in his head are more than he can handle. When a tragedy back home calls him back; its just another tick on life that has sucked every ounce of happiness from his body. The loss he suffered deployed and now this ... all of this and he has been left behind to rot in this life. His little sister needs him -- she is all he has but she is just like him. Strong and stubborn -- they are like two trains colliding. Now Olivia is pushing his buttons and getting in his head. That is the last thing he needs. 

This book killed me -- the loss of life --- the PTSD -- the horror of what our men and women go through. This was a brilliant read, a must read. I loved this story. I loved everything about it. Please take the time and click this one up. Absolutely fantastic and heartbreaking and wonderful and fun and magnificent all rolled into one. Thank you for the ARC! I am HONORED to have read this story. 

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