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Love in a Sandstorm (Pine Harbour) Paperback – July 20, 2017
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- Publisher : ZoYo Press (July 20, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 414 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1926527453
- ISBN-13 : 978-1926527451
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.04 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two weeks in Spain and they return home a married couple. They decide to keep the marriage a secret because of the danger of her being kidnapped because she is married to an Officer. They have to leave to fulfill their commitment but they have plans to reunite in Canada. However, about 3 weeks before she is suppose to leave for home all correspondence stops from Sean. And then she learns that he has been badly injured but he is home with family. She can't figure out why he hasn't reached out to her and she is his family so why is he not with her.
She arrives in Canada, rents a car and heads for Sean's hometown. She intends to find him and take up where they left off. She finds him but she doesn't find the man she left in Spain. He has completely changed and he seems to not want her anymore. But she took a vow and she intends to stick with it.
This is a wonderful story of love through sickness and health, till death do us part. It is a great story of how a family sticks with a sibling and they will do anything to get their brother back. He just wants the pain to go away and to be his old self. That is not going to happen so he needs a new plan for his future. He loves his wife but he feels she needs someone better than a broken down man filled with pain and anger. He is determined to run her off. She is equally determined to stay.
A good story. Very entertaining and interesting. It will hold you from the first page to the last one. I highly recommend this book. It is part of a series but I didn't feel lost at all for not reading the other books. It is a complete story with a happy ever after for all. Great read.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 10/5/2019
The chemistry between these two was off the charts and well done. We see them really develop a relationship in that first bit of the book and the rest unfolding during a few flashbacks, more like triggered memories during the present day story. They marry in Spain while on vacation. He returns to duty as does she. She doesn't hear from him, only to find out a month or so later he's been injured seriously and is back in Canada recovering. She leaves her post overseas and returns to his hometown, showing up at his brother Dean's, whom we've met. Sean is living, no scratch that, subsisting at Dean's making everyone's life a living hell including his own. He's not only severely injured and trying to cope with his brain and physical injuries but has also had a stroke. He suffers from severe migraines and severe vertigo and other TBI symptoms. He never contacted Jenna.
You can imagine Dean's surprise when she shows up and announces herself as his wife. Sean doesn't want to see her and acts like a total jack hat the first few month. With Jenna now in the picture and she doesn't give up on him, the brothers and a best friend stage an intervention of sorts and Sean wants to try to get better, agreeing to go to physical therapy and work hard on his recovery. Jenna is worth it.
Pine Harbor is a tiny town and everyone knows everyone and Jenna is warmly welcomed there. She soon meshes into the family and daily life including getting a job, the commute is long but worth it.
It's a great story to watch unfold and grittier than Zoe's norm. Which I loved. She puts forth some of the often overlooked casualties of war, the psychological aspects and the ripple effects on family, loved ones and friends.
Not meaning to sound trite here, but this story is a great love heals a multitude of woes and in this book that's the truth. Her unconditional and consistent love for him, reminded him who he was inside, the man who fell in love with Jenna.
Great story and Matt is up next and can't wait to see what kind of trouble he gets into.
Bravo Zoe... right down the middle of the road.
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Poi la tragedia. Mentre lui è in missione una bomba cambia la vita a Sean ed è solo dopo alcune settimane che Jenna è in grado di capire e corre a casa di lui a Pine Harbour. Solo che Sean, non è più lo stesso uomo che ha sposato e inizialmente la respinge con forza.
Ci vorrà tutta la pazienza di Jenna e l'aiuto della famiglia di lui per consentire ai due di ricostruire il loro rapporto.
Tutto qui, ma il romanzo è scritto bene, non offre inverosimili scappatoie o assurdi lieti fini e la strada che riporterà insieme i protagonisti è fatta di rinunce e compromessi, come nella vita reale.
Se ho un dubbio è l'estrema facilità con cui la piccola comunità di Pine Harbour accoglie Jenna e la rete di amicizie che molto rapidamente Jenna costruisce attorno a sé. Nella mia esperienza questo non succede e questo dà al romanzo un tono da favola che proprio non serve.
I enjoyed the time travel, from present day to the day they met. It set up the plotline better I think than had the story start all in the past and then the present. It helped to develop the characters then and why they are who they are now.
The dialogue is written with both a light and strong hand. Small sentences, for example when Sean tells her that she should not be there and she replied, “Yet here I am” slayed me. And then we swing into the past. I had shivers after that line. When she says yes to his proposal and he replies thank god, I was seriously thinking that I would have to kidnap you, I laughed then I fell in love. When they must separate after their vacation, I felt their pain and reading her thoughts, her memory of him running like the wind was special.
The pain that they both go through as Sean works through his rehabilitation was at times gut wrenching and hopeful (even doing rehab for a broken dick!) You follow their journey as both them adapt to this new normal and when they talk about being exactly where they need to be I choked up a bit.
I had a serious Ah moment when Jenna thinks about how Pine Harbor is a wonderful corner of the world if an unexpected one.
This story had the same softness as Ryan’s book (Love on a spring morning for those of you who are new to this author's work) and really gets grabs you with its emotional intensity.