Back to You by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #2
Also in this series: Until There Was You (Coming Home #3), Because of You (Coming Home #1), Back to You
Publication Date: July 29th 2014
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He's in for the fight of his life . . .
Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn't explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family—so he deployed again. And again. And again . . . until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs . . . if she'll have him. . . to win back his only love.
Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she's just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried—and a love that won't be denied. But can she trust that this time he's back to stay?
I read this book for book club and was completely blown away with how good this book was. It was different from anything that I’ve read in a long while and I loved seeing two people who were very much in love heal from their broken relationship.
Back to You is the second book in the Coming Home series and it follows Trent and Laura, friends of the couple from the first book, Because of You. Trent and Laura are married with two kids and they have a wonderful marriage, or, they had a wonderful marriage before Trent is shipped off to war and comes back a completely different person from the man Laura married.
Laura knows that Trent is suffering through something big but he’s closed every communication avenue to her and when she finds out that he’s been shipping himself back out every chance that he can, she’s understandably hurt. Hurt that he doesn’t love her enough to come home. Hurt that he is missing out on being a father to their two kids. Well, she can’t fight to save her marriage for herself and she’s hurt enough that she wants out. She just wants a fresh start, with her kids and away from the man who broke her heart.
Trent is suffering from some major PTSD and he’s got a whole lot of survivor’s guilt going on with no idea how to fix himself or his family. He’s under investigation for some really serious charges and it took the job he used to escape to be stripped from him to realize what was really important. His wife. His family. He’s got a second chance to get things right, to fix the broken heart of the only woman he’s ever loved and he really hopes that it’s not too late.
My heart hurt for both Trent and Laura because their story wasn’t an easy one. They already had a foundation of love under them and their story was all about fixing their broken marriage. She wants a divorce and he doesn’t and we see them both struggle with where to go, what to do. I thought Scott did a fantastic job of putting the reader right smack dab in the middle of Trent and Laura’s story. The story was real and it was hard but in the end, their story was so worth the heartache. I thought everything was wrapped up pretty nicely and I loved the little tid-bits we got from the other couples in Laura and Trent’s circle of friends.
This book was good and I’m so glad that I read it. I definitely recommend.
Grade: 4.25 out of 5
I want to join a book group that reads romances! I like my group; however, we rarely read any genre fiction.
What I like most about Jessica Scott’s books is that she shows positive and negative aspects of working in the Armed Forces.
Oh I really want to read this one right now. I love seeing a couple try to work things out when they are struggling like this. And seeing characters with PTSD, is one of my favorite themes in a romance. It makes the characters seem even more real. Great review.