Return to Love (book review)
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Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected, but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter.
Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection, strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache.
Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again.
Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
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This book was difficult for me to read at times. While I never had to personally experience a still birth, or the loss of a newborn... I have friends that have, and I did experience a miscarriage. While the way of medically dealing with these losses today are SO different from the way they were in the late 60s (when this book is set)... reading as Hale and April worked threw their loss showed that the emotions families go through are the same through the ages. I think if you've never suffered a loss like Hale and April's, this book could truly give you some insight into the tragedy. I think the author did an amazing job of approaching this subject, and really sharing the truth of what some couples feel and think.
Reading about how the (some/most) doctors, nurses, and hospitals all dealt with still birth in the past... it was just heartbreaking. I found myself in tears quite a number of times during the book. Thank God the medical and mental health fields continue to progress... especially where patient emotional care is considered.
About the author:
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011. The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again
1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.
In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours , all the opinions above are 100% my own.