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THE ARMY RANGER'S RETURN by author Soraya Lane is from the M&B Cherish line and also released as Harlequin Romance.
Jessica joins a pen pal program and starts writing to a soldier, while she is undergoing cancer treatment in hospital.
Ryan's letters give her strength. As he is unaware of her treatment, on paper at least he treats her as a normal girl.
And Jessica's letters give Ryan the strength to face coming home and being a dad to his grieving motherless son.
Meeting at last, they realize they had a stronger bond between them. Can Ryan's son forgive him for deserting him, just when he needed him more?
When will Jessica be able to tell Ryan, she had been undergoing treatment? To make matters worse Ryan lost his wife to cancer and can't cope with losing another person he loves.
THE ARMY RANGER'S RETURN was an emotionally charged story of a soldier returning home to America. It was a tender tale of a son waiting for his Dad's return. About what pen pals mean to the soldiers out on duty. And it was also the story of a cancer survivor. How Jessica copes, after losing her self-confidence. It was as much a story about recovering from grief and self-discovery as it is about the undeniable bond between Ryan and Jessica.
I felt Soraya Lane' hero, Ryan was the sort of person with whom you could just hold his hand and walk with him, whatever happens he won't break your heart.
At one point when Ryan kisses Jessica's wrist and she realizes that she loves him, I had to close the book and savor the emotions. I felt so moved. And when Ryan broke through the wall between him and his son? Major tissue moment!
A tender and fabulous friends-to-lovers romance. You'll be addicted from the first page.
The Army Ranger's Return is a wonderfully written and richly layered love story and a truly magical read!
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Can there be `love before first sight?' Jessica Mitchell has spent a year exchanging letters with US Army ranger Ryan McAdams. Their first meeting - predictably - gives her a lot of anxiety. There aren't just doubts about him - but she is full of self-doubt, as well as concealing a secret.
The wonderful thing is, each of them, through their letters, gave the other something to look forward to. The letters are cleverly shared, revealing so much more than they manage to stammer out in person. Ryan has seen the horror of battle and warn. He's known personal tragedy, as well as a personal failure. He's far from being the man his son needs to be.
At times, Jessica seems both bossy and silly. Ok, so she's likely right, especially about his son. And, possibly, he needs someone to point him in a better direction. However, is seems overly familiar considering they just met. As readers, it's easy to feel a bit impatient with Jessie, especially at the start. Then again, we don't know her secret...so her occasional awkwardness gets a less than sympathetic response from us. As it does from Ryan.
She has to worry if things between them would change, if he knew. Occasionally, her worry, her dragging interior monologue, is repetitive and fails to move the story along. It fails to reveal anything new about her - and its easy to feel impatient, as we simply want her to tell Ryan and know his response. In one sense, this worry is predictable, but in the series of emotions experienced, it really is not.
Truth and honesty challenge both of the main characters; challenge their feelings and trust - really in both ways. They are not `untruthful' people, but each is used to struggling with their own battles, and not revealing their greatest challenges to another.Read more ›
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As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.
Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.
For more information about Soraya, her books and her writing life, visit sorayalane.com or www.facebook.com/SorayaLaneAuthor, or follow her on twitter @Soraya_Lane. She would love to hear from you.