ARC received for an honest review
Leif Brevik and Zoe Phillips meet at a mutual friend’s barbeque.
Although they are both attracted to each other. They both have some
baggage that weighs them down. Corporal Leif Brevik has physical and
emotional wounds. His leg was badly injured during his service in the
military. Besides the limping that reminds him of his physical wounds
he has survivor’s guilt. He survived and one of his closest friends,
Spence, did not. He also suffers from PTSD. He is by no means a golden
hero. He is still very angry and loses his cool a couple of times. I
absolutely LOVED Leif!! I thought he was such a fantastic guy. He was
sweet but angry. He was caring but guarded. He was completely taken
with Zoe but afraid of his vulnerabilities. Leif is a genuine
gentleman, he gave Zoe her space and was always so attentive and caring.
You can’t help fall in love with Leif!
One of the many wonderful
things that I loved from this author is that she made Spence a real part
of this story. One of my favorite parts was when Leif shares a
conversation with Spence, it had me in tears. The memory of their lost
friend was a very real and present part of this book. Bravo Ms. Morgan!
She never glamorized war and she made the soldiers and their feelings
real. I thought I was reading about real people living in Snowberry
Creek. The friendships and the sense of family that the characters in
this book shared felt real and genuine. I felt like if I drove to
Snowberry Creek I would find this close-knit community.
Zoe is a
nurse practitioner and was also a part of the military. Her time in
Iraq left her with her own psychological scars. For me, Zoe was harder
to understand because the author gives us a l ot of insight into Leif.
We know what makes him tick, what he feels and thinks. We only learn
about Zoe’s own struggles towards the end of the book. I also couldn’t
understand why Zoe tried to end her relationship with Leif. Although
she explains that because she is treating him for his leg it would be an
improper relationship between patient and doctor, she also encouraged
Leif and enjoyed his company. I really loved Zoe but I found her to be
full of contradictions.
As a couple Zoe and Leif were perfect and
perfectly wrong for each other. Because both of them carried the
experience of the military they both had some instability issues. Zoe
had her own wounds and I loved that she tried to heal Leif from his
wounds but she hid her own. I also loved that Zoe was ready to move on
with her life and she had a very sweet and caring nature. Both Zoe and
Leif were very nurturing people. They were surrounded by people that
loved them. I thought that when Leif took in Austin it just made him
even more fantastic. Austin provided Leif with some healing. I have to
say that Austin took me by surprise I never expected him to play such a
big part at the end of the story. I definitely recommend this book and
even though it deals with the heavy subject of war and the impact it
has on soldiers there are also many sweet and funny moments.