Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron, Kate Stewart
Published by Self-published on November 1, 2018
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Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn't know was that I was breaking mine too.
I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .
Before the war. Before the ambush. Before you.
But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.
The truth is I’m lost without you.
I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .
All my love, Scottie
What a story!
Clear your calendar, stock up on your Kleenex, be ready to have your heart broken and then repaired with gold thread! You’ll be swept up in the camaraderie, humour and emotional turmoil that surround Katy as she embarks on her first deployment.
“Tell you what,” I offer.
“You find yourself in need of a nurse, I’ll show you exactly what I’m good at.”
Early on, I was swamped (pun intended) with memories of MASH. I was waiting for BJ and Hawkeye to appear. Katy reminded me of a modern-day Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan. She and her good friend Mullins are army nurses who have been sent overseas together. I could easily imagine them hanging out with Hawkeye and BJ in the Swamp getting up to all sorts of shenanigans. Their solid friendship and banter with the soldiers lightened the unspoken danger of the war zone that surrounded them.
Apart from missing her husband Gavin and their young son Noah the beginning of the story was easy going for Katy. She was immune to Brigg’s, an easy on the eye soldier who had taken to stirring her up with his flirting. His attention didn’t tempt Katy. Her resolve to remain faithful meant his flirting quickly simmered down to friendly teasing. The tide was turning and while her intentions were honourable, their undeniable chemistry was weakening her resolve.
The raw heartbreaking scenes are beyond tough and extremely difficult to read. But it was during the darkest moments that hope and friendship surfaced to counteract the cruelty faced by Katy and her colleagues.
“Keep fighting, and you’ll win. I promise you.
And maybe you’ll never be the same woman, but that’s okay.”
“It’s that simple, huh?” “No, it’s that hard, but you can do it.”
Katy returns home a changed woman. Her dreams and goals forged in her darkest moments are a distant memory. She does all she can to be the mother and wife she knows she wants to be again.
The struggle Katy experienced with certain everyday activities on became problematic for Katy and it became easier to avoid them. The woman who had left a proud soldier returned with knowledge of the hellish realities of war. She was frustrated at the media portrayal that withheld the truths she couldn’t forget. Her struggles to assimilate back into civilian life she knew slowly begin to emerge. She felt the absence of the powerful connection she shared with Briggs during her darkest moments and it now overshadowed her picture-perfect life.
It’s more than love, it’s a friendship, a connection that’s so profound it’s infinite.
What made this story work was the relentless love surrounding Katy coupled with her willingness to do her best to live as a civilian again. Well-meaning gestures caused more drama forcing her to retreat. Her non-coping time never lasted long as her loved ones refused to give up on the woman they adored.
Now while the focus was on Katy and her attempt to return to her former self, I was desperate to skip ahead to see how Briggs was coping. Just as I was about to crumble and peek, the details I was craving appeared in the next chapter. It illustrated the perfect balance of time dedicated to each character throughout the book.
What I struggled with:
- The cheapness of human life
- Making an impossible choice for a friend
- Loving all the characters and wondering what would become of them
What I loved:
- Running Free
- The witty banter
- Time with Noah
- Truth and Forgiveness
- Friendships that run deep
- The strength of the sisterhood
- Movie and song references
The vivid storytelling captured all the elements I long for in a book. My heart rate soared equally during the suspenseful action as much as it did through the hot and steamy scenes. Heartbreak Warfare left me contented and desperate for similar stories as well as earning a place on my 2018 Favourite Shelf!
5+ Unforgettable Stars
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