Home Front – We don’t even know what it means…

81B0WoTU8LL._SL1500_I am writing with tears running down my face. I’ve just finished the story of a heroic soldier – a member of the National Guard who was called up to go to war in Iraq – a helicopter pilot who was a soldier through and through. Everyone needs to read this book. We need to know what it is like to be called to war – what it means to leave home and children and spouses behind – what hardships are endured – the small things that bring joy and memories of the home front. We need to know what it is like to return home to those who were left behind on the home front knowing you were forever changed.

You need to read this story of Jolene and Michael and their children, Betsy and Lulu – of Tami and Carl and their son, Seth. You need to feel the joys they felt in the ordinariness of daily life and how that daily life turned into a different kind of ordinariness on the battlefield. And you need to read the struggles of coming home.

You’ll finally have a glimmering of understanding when you finish reading and I pray you, too, have tears running down your faces at the incredible courage of the men and women of our military who serve to protect us here on the home front.

This is Kristin Hannah at her most superb – I can’t imagine what you went through as you researched this, Kristin, but I am oh so glad you did. Thank you for your service and helping us understand!

Enraptured by Raptor 6

51HNEdt80DLCapt. Dean Watters is a mess emotionally, but still on mission in Afghanistan. His memories laden with the murders of his mom and dad by his brother, along with having been tortured and forced to watch a woman he cared for raped to death, Dean is there to lead Raptor 6 to aid and protect the locals from the Taliban.

An explosion at a school brings him into contact with the lovely Zahrah Zaddick, an American-Afghani teacher who just happens to be a retired general’s daughter. Zarah is pursued by some ominous characters and Dean is struggling to contain his memories. The team is tasked with a mission to protect the integrity of high level military assets without knowing all that is involved – a less than desirable endeavor!

You’ll need to buy the book to find out the exciting and exhilarating details, but I promise you won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Ronie Kendig is known for her military action/romance books, the most recent series about Military War Dogs. You’ll love Trinity, Talon, and Beowulf if you’ve not yet read them. I was sorry to see it end, but there is a MWD in Raptor 6. Ronie’s recently adopted a retired MWD, Vvolt, who anxiously waits for her to finish her writing for the day so she will play with him and his fave Kong.

You’ll love all of Ronie’s books – I highly recommend all of them.

Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections) by Tamera Alexander

Within My HeartTamera has done it again. With this concluding book in the Timber Ridge series, she has tied up all the loose ends, made me fall in love with her characters, and laugh and cry with them as they endeavor to survive and thrive in the Wild West. Rachel and Rand are endearing and their story one most deserving of telling. No spoilers – read the series! Ah, Tamera, but God has gifted you with talent. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Tamera Alexander is a wonderful author – you need to get and read all her books. Her historical novels not only give you a glimpse of another time, they introduce you to characters you wish could be real-life friends. Be sure and pick up her Belmont and Belle Meade series, her newest endeavors.