Life is all about the jigsaw, right? Finding the different puzzle pieces to complete your very own picture. A career you love, a house to make a home, a lover to complete you, and keep you warm at night.
Danielle Renton has a life, and she loves it. A recent law school graduate, she’d been floored when her boyfriend, Nate Lewis, enlisted during their sophomore year of college. At the time, she’d been concerned with what that meant for them as a couple, but in the years that followed, they’d learned to adapt to the logistics of an army relationship.
But when life throws her a curve ball, how will she cope? Can she pick up the pieces and make her picture beautiful again? Or does she realise that, sometimes, the pieces can be too broken to fit back together…
When you read romance, you take some things for granted, simply because publishers demand a certain structure to the books. Letters Home did not follow those conventions, and it’s not possible to review it without spoilers.
So be warned.
The blurb of this book mentions two characters: Danielle and Nate. What it does not mention is that the happy ending is NOT with Nate, because Nate is killed at war.
There are things to like about this book, and I applaud the author for her ambition, but I must say I got a bit of a shock! When I first read he was killed, I assumed there’d been a mistake and he’d be back.
Maybe I should have seen it coming. Nate was too perfect, and the first quarter of this book is mostly just set-up to show us what a perfect guy he was. At the time I commented the relationship was too cheesy, not realising why that might be.
I think there are some great things in this book (a letter from the grave will make you teary!), however I think the disjointed pacing was a problem for me. If Danielle’s second love interest had already been in the picture as a friend or something, I wouldn’t have had a problem with it, but instead he just emerges out of the woodwork about halfway through the book. Danielle was friends with Nate’s other Army Ranger friends, so it wouldn’t have been a stretch.
I did love how adventurous the author was with this book. I just feel that it could have been even better than it was.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.