Author: Elizabeth Marro
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Berkley (February 2, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars
A heartbreaking and insightful debut novel about the wars we fight overseas, at home, and within our own hearts.
Some come back whole. Some come back broken. Some just never come back...
As an executive for one of the most successful military defense contractors in the country, Ruth Nolan should have been thrilled when her troubled son, Robbie, chose to join the marines. But she wasn’t. She was terrified.
So, when he returns home to San Diego after his second tour in Iraq, apparently unscathed, it feels like a chance to start over and make things right—until a scandal at work tears her away from their reunion. By the next morning, Robbie is gone. A note arrives for Ruth in the mail a few days later saying, “I’m sorry for everything. It’s not your fault. I love you.”
Without a backward glance, Ruth packs up Robbie’s ashes and drives east, heading away from her guilt and regret. But the closer she gets to the coast she was born on, the more evident it becomes that she won’t outrun her demons—eventually, she’ll have to face them and confront the painful truth about her past, her choices, the war, and her son.
Even though I had my suspicions that this novel might very well tear my heart out I couldn't resist picking it up anyways. I have a soft spot for anything having to do with our troops and anything having to do with redemption and hopefully a happily ever after in the end.
I'm not going to lie, this book was emotional in every sense of the word. In fact, at times it was downright hard to read but in the very best ways.
It really is so much more than the heartache of the beginning, it is about redemption, righting wrongs, and most of all, it is about the healing power of love.
Well written, paced, and a page turner at its core, this was worth the heartache and I'm glad that I took a chance with it and tried it.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
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