Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: His Road Home

His Road Home
His Road Home by Anna Richland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. This book really blew me away. I took a chance on an "army romance book" by an author I've had a good experience with and it turned my world upside down. Rey and Grace's romance was wonderfully written and powerfully delivered. It really threw a whole ball of emotions at you and did it in such a gritty and "real" way that I was 100% on board from page 1.

Rey (who some of you might know from First to Burn, and if you don't -- go read that book too!) is stuck in an awkward situation. He's in Afghanistan and has to politely reject the offer of someone's daughter for marriage. The easy option was to say he was already engaged, but then he's forced to come up with a photo. From there, things seem to spiral out of control. He mocks up a photo of him and one of his sister's friends from school, which is later found in the rubble after his injury. Injury is probably too easy a word. His world his pretty much shattered, along with both his legs, when he does the hero thing and saves a child.

Grace is a marine life researcher who suddenly finds herself the attention of the news when her face is identified in Rey's photo. An awkward situation turns surreal when she is thrust onto a plane to visit her wounded fiance (who she's never met). What begins as a quest for information turns into so much more. No, there's no supernatural draw involved (like most of my other books). It's pure and it's simple, but really really good. They fight and they struggle even during the week she is at his bedside, but it's wonderful to watch the gritty goodness of real life play out. I was completely in love with this unlikely pair from the start.

The romance that follows will melt your heart. Watching the once carefree guy adapt to his new life, struggling to communicate, and fighting for the girl that he pulled into his world was... beautiful. There's not enough good words to describe this relationship. I would read this book again in a heartbeat, just to watch this couple grow together. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to put a smile on their face. It's one of my very favorite reads of the year so far.

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