Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Military, New Adult, Romance
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Life is all about the jigsaw, right? Finding the different puzzle pieces to complete your very own picture. A career you love, a house to make a home, a lover to complete you, and keep you warm at night.
Danielle Renton has a life, and she loves it. A recent law school graduate, she’d been floored when her boyfriend, Nate Lewis, enlisted during their sophomore year of college. At the time, she’d been concerned with what that meant for them as a couple, but in the years that followed, they’d learned to adapt to the logistics of an army relationship.
But when life throws her a curve ball, how will she cope? Can she pick up the pieces and make her picture beautiful again? Or does she realize that, sometimes, the pieces can be too broken to fit back together…(
I have kind of a love/hate relationship with military books, sometimes the come off too cliche and don’t read as authentic but sometimes authors get it just right and then I really love them. I was happy to see that this book fell into the good category. I do want to mention that this book is quite heavy. If you are a military wife this book might be a little tough for you to read in places (as an army wife myself, it deals with a subject that can be hard to read for some).
I really liked this book. Danielle is kind of an awesome character, and I think one of the best parts about this book is that you get to experience the whole romance of Nate and Danielle. I actually had a hard time deciding if I was going to be specific with what happens early on in the book, because I almost feel like it’s a spoiler, but then again I don’t think you can review the book without spilling the beans, so hear I am spilling the beans. Danielle and Nate have this great relationship, are totally in love, he enlists and goes to deploy. They get married right before he deploys. The unthinkable happens and he dies.
At this point in the book I was totally heartbroken. The author does such a good job at making the reader really feel what Danielle was going through. It really is such a heartbreaking read. You can’t help but feel for her, and totally understand how she’s in such bad shape. Danielle is lucky though, she has good friends and family who are totally willing to be there for anything and everything she might need, I loved that about them.
Then totally out of left field, Tanner shows up on her doorstep. He served with Nate, and bring a letter back for her from him. It’s of course not an easy thing for Danielle and she explodes on Tanner. But Tanner is just an all around good guy, who has lost his friend, so he takes what Danielle has to give.
Watching Danielle grieve and then start to heal was really fulfilling as a reader. She deserved a happy ending, and I was pulling for her from the beginning. There is really not a bad character in the entire book, they are all really good people who are confronted with a terrible situation and are able to come together and rally around each other.
I really liked this book, and I think anyone who liked military themed romances or new adult books will totally enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.