The Soldier's Homecoming

Author: Donna Alward

Publisher: Harlequin Romance

Release Date: March 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Shannyn is shocked when she looks up and discovers Jonas, her former lover, standing in front of her desk at the physiotherapist. Last she saw him was when he walked away from her six years ago. His heart had been set on pursuing a career in the Special Forces and she let him go.

Now, Jonas is back in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Shannyn’s heart aches for him and the old feelings flood her heart. She finds that Jonas isn‘t the same. He's been hardened by circumstances and has been wounded in action. Relief floods Shannyn when Jonas decides to switch treatment centers. Searching through his medical file, Shannyn finds nothing to indicate where Jonas was or what happened. All the informative lines are left blank.

Emma, Shannyn's daughter, makes an untimely appearance at her place of work. With Jonas standing in the same room, it doesn’t take long before he realizes that Emma is his daughter. He realizes that he left more behind then just Shannyn. Enraged by Shannyn's secrecy, he confronts her. He tells her that he intends on being a part of Emma’s life.

As Shannyn and Jonas discuss his relationship with Emma, it is evident that Jonas has more to deal with than the injuries he sustained while on active duty. Shannyn is concerned for her daughter’s welfare when Jonas appears to need mental healing along with the physical. Can Shannyn trust Jonas with her daughter, especially with his explosive temper and mood swings? Does Jonas really want a daughter, or is he just feeling guilty and obligated?

Donna Alward’s novel THE SOLDIER’S HOMECOMING, is an exciting read. Jonas returns for Shannyn, and discovers he has a beautiful daughter. Can they make things right between them or will his experiences of war along with his injuries make that impossible? Shannyn is faced with the dilemma of how to make him complete again, in mind and body. She knows the kind of man Jonas used to be and could be again. However, can their relationship survive until then? In THE SOLDIER'S HOMECOMING, Shannyn and Jonas learn how to rebuild their lives that have been torn apart.

As I read through the pages, I understand the sacrifice men like Jonas make. I feel Jonas’ pain as he tries to put the tormenting memories behind him. The scars of war go deeper than most realize. Donna has written the perfect story when so many of our men and women are fighting for their country. She has written about real events that happen, but fictionalized the persons involved.

Jonas, like most men, decides he can handle things with no outside help. Shannyn wants to be a part of the process, but finds it isn’t easy. Donna builds up the tension and I can feel Shannyn's desperation when she tries to do the right thing. Shannyn struggles to find a way to help Jonas let go of the painful memories that he carries in his mind. Donna reveals little tidbits of information that holds your interest until the climatic end. Can Jonas and Shannyn make it through the dark memories together? Will they get married and be a family? For those answers, you need to run out and buy your own copy of THE SOLDIER'S HOMECOMING.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Amelia

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