There’s nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke…except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war…and from his own darkest fears.
As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband’s tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic’s bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.
Vic Carponti has been deployed before but something about his current deployment makes him stand up and take notice. It just feels more intense. Not only for him but for his wife, Nicole.
When Vic is deployed he goes through a boatload of emotions. The stress of dealing with getting shot at daily, his relationship with his friends and fellow soldiers – one he always forces to keep light even during tragedy, he intense dislike for his commanding officers and the fact that he misses his wife desperately. He runs the gamut but comes out on top because of the love of his wife.
Nicole is a rock. Yes, she has the moments during Vic’s deployment’s when she just breaks down but she loves him with all of her heart and tries to be a great support to him – even writing him dirty letters and at one point sending him a dirty video. When Vic is hurt in action she is immediately there for him and lets him know that she loves him and will stand by him no matter what.
I really liked this novella a lot. It took us back in time in the series and while it didn’t further the stories along it gave us a glimpse into the lives and love of a couple that was strong, loyal and never-ending. I’m not normally a huge fan of stories that involve already married couples, (I love the whole meeting and getting to know you aspect of the romance), but this one touched my heart and I definitely recommend it.
Rating: 4 out of 5