Published: August 2nd 2011
By Harlequin Publishing
A soldier's second chance…
As nervous as a teenager about to go on her first date, Jessica Mitchell waits for Special Forces Ranger Ryan McAdams—her best friend for the past year—whom she's never met! They've been pen pals while Ryan was away fighting for their country and Jessica was secretly fighting her own demons back home.
She knows widower Ryan's fears of returning to civilian life and his hopes of reconnecting with his son. Now she can't wait to meet him face-to-face—to hear his voice and see his smile…
Once again Soraya managed to captivate my heart with her story. Jessica became penpals with a soldier overseas. His name is Ryan and their friendship blossomed through snail mail. They confided in each other and basically was there for one another in time of need. Their letters helped them overcome obstacles in each of their lives. Him being overseas fighting for our country but also grieving the death of his wife and Jessica fighting for her health. By reading this book, Soraya in her own way has encouraged me to look into being a penpal for a soldier overseas. So as I searched online, I came upon a site saying to adopt a soldier. I further looked into it and here's the link. And I looked it up in the BBB to make sure it's legit. It doesn't hurt to send a few encouraging words to our soldiers overseas. Think about it.
Since Ryan and Jessica developed this friendship through letters. It wasn't a shocker that their relationship progressed when they met in person. Only thing is that neither of them were ready or yet looking into something more serious. Both battling their own demons of their past, they didn't feel that starting a relationship would be in their best interest. But who are we to think that we tell our hearts who to love. Because we don't. Our heart chooses who to love and it's our decision to do what we want with this love. Just like Ryan and Jessica.
Because they have their personal issues to battle. They both skeptical to start something they may not be able to handle. But Ryan has someone else to think about. He has a son, in which the death of his mother and his dad being deployed has put a strain on their father/son relationship. So his focus was his son as well. So Jessica didn't feel she should burden Ryan with the issues she was having. But in a friendship/relationship, you should never choose for the other person. You should always let them choose for themselves. So at the end she wrote him a letter and he made his decision.
I read another book by Soraya called "Soldier at her doorstep" and that book was a touching story too. She seems to have a theme with her books. They are all based on military themes. But she writes her characters so genuine that you can't help but love them. I give this book just like her last a 5 star rating! A love story with a reality kick to it. But nevertheless a happy ending. For all you "Happily Ever After" readers, this is your definite "Good Choice for Reading".
We will be doing a giveaway of her two book mentioned here in a few days. So stay tuned.