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His Road Home [Kindle Edition]

Anna Richland
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Book Description

Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he'll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she's engaged. When she's offered a plane ticket to visit her "fiancé," she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey's funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey's new life once he's ready to be on his own again?

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Editorial Reviews


"Tantalizing...a raw, emotional story...The story's only flaw is that it ends far too soon, leaving readers desperate for more of Richland's powerful descriptions and deep characterization." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

"Richland's clever novella has the potential to make readers laugh and cry, sometimes even at the same time ... The author writes with a lot of heart and this tiny tale surprisingly packs a powerful punch." - RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4 star review (October 2014)

"A story of unconditional love and sacrifice." - SHELLI STEVENS, New York Times bestselling author

"The little white lie - a one-sided engagement of convenience - was a different approach to a familiar trope. I was also more than pleasantly surprised that the author wrote about an interracial couple, specifically a heroine of Asian descent. Grace and Rey made such an adorable couple. I really enjoyed the beginning starting off with their awkward introduction." - MS ROMANTIC READS, 4.5/5 star review on Goodreads

From the Author

Sergeant Rey Cruz, the hero of HIS ROAD HOME, appeared in my paranormal romantic suspense FIRST TO BURN - but this story is his tale, a military coming home story, not part of The Immortal Vikings series. Readers (and I!) loved Wulf's Special Forces teammates so much in FIRST TO BURN that I was inspired to write more about the mortal men who surrounded Wulf.

While I knew my hero would be Rey Cruz, because most of Wulf's team was already happily married, I had to find more to say about him. During a concert by the singer Brandi Carlile, hearing the song "Hard Way Home" off her Bear Creek album opened Rey's whole story up for me, all at once, and I knew what his journey was going to be.

I encourage readers to listen to Brandi's music, and I hope the emotions touch you as much as they did me.

While researching HIS ROAD HOME, I found the compelling memoir NO TURNING BACK by Sergeant Bryan Anderson. I reached out to him, and told him how his book had helped me feel okay with continuing Rey's humorous outlook even after his life changes dramatically. Sergeant Anderson was generous enough to talk with me several times and write a comment for the end of HIS ROAD HOME. 

I hope readers who enjoy HIS ROAD HOME will explore Brandi Carlile's music, which meant so much to me and to my characters, and NO TURNING BACK. Thank you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 309 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (October 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating... October 13, 2014
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What an incredibly moving, beautiful story with an incredibly creative set-up. Rey needs a girl's picture to show a warlord in Afghanistan to prove that he has a fiancee and doesn't need the warlord's daughter to fill the position. He's simply trying to avoid a conflict with the tribe. So he goes to facebook and finds a picture that will work...a modest and respectable looking girl from his hometown, but one that he's never actually met. After a little bit of doctoring he has the engagement photo, but before he can use it, he gets blown up and the burned, tattered photo makes the international news.

Although Grace knows who his mother is in their small town, she has no idea how or why Rey would be saying she's his fiancee when she doesn't even know him. But he's a desperately wounded soldier and everyone around her knows that she should be with her fiance during this time. She's basically railroaded into visiting him and not given time to say two words about the fact that she doesn't know him before she's shepherded onto a plane headed for Walter-Reed Army Medical Center.

Rey lost both his legs and his brain doesn't connect quite right anymore which affects his speech. Although his brain works, he can't unscramble the right words to explain what happened with Grace to her or anyone else.

Grace is one of those people...she's empathetic and although she knows she doesn't belong here, she can't abandon Rey who's basically hurt and alone and a bit confused and more than a bit traumatized. This bizarre set of circumstances set up one of the most beautiful romantic stories I think I've read this year. The timeline of the novel takes place over around 8-9 months and these two are only together that first week he's home when he got hurt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed another of this author's book and particularly a few of the side characters so I was thrilled to death that she pointed out that she had written a new novella featuring one of them, Army Special Forces medic, Rey Cruz. This story focuses on Rey's come back after he is critically wounded in Afghanistan and must recover from a traumatic brain injury along with learning how to operate as a double leg amputee. Rey learns that life isn't over and there is a new bend in the road for him that offers a new adventure, a new romance and a new life.

The story opens with Rey and the others in his unit serving in Afghanistan. A kindness to a local powerful Afghan leads to him scrambling for a good reason why he can't accept the man's daughter in repayment. So Rey produces a picture of a girl from his high school. It seems like a harmless lie until it all blows up in his face, literally.

Marine biologist, Grace Kim, learns she has a fiance when her family gets wind of it through the news of her fiance being critically injured in a bomb blast and coming home a hero. Grace has no idea what any of them are talking about. She vaguely remembers the Cruz family from her small town home. It all has to be a mistake. She lets the assumptions lie about her status and heads to Walter Reed hospital where the one person who can explain all this is recovering.

Rey gets one glimpse of Grace Kim's grim expression and knows he needs to explain, but his words won't come. The doctors tell him that his condition has left him with a neurological thing called aphasia where his neurons tangle up the words so he can't get them out. Oddly, even when he is crabby at her, Grace stays by him for a week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have admitted before that a good cover completely draws me in. Yes, I DO judge a book by it's cover, and this one was quite beautiful. Something about those rich, warm tones, the fall leaves, the couple resting together, but with those small, secretive smiles. I wanted to know more. Once I read the blurb, I was hooked. This was a new and interesting twist on the fake fiance troupe, let alone the injured military hero and the long distance relationship.

Once I started reading I was completely hooked. I adored both Rey and Grace. I haven't read a book about 2 non-Caucasian characters before, so this was a new experience. Grace is Korean-American and Rey is Mexican-American, and although their cultural differences are touched on, it is clear that they are more similar than different when it comes to their family bonds. Plus, I kept picturing their kids and thinking how absolutely beautiful they would be. (Okay, yes, I know that was shallow.) But honestly, unless it was brought up more to point out their similarities than their differences, I hardly thought about it. They were just Rey and Grace.

Although their relationship may have started under false pretenses, it truly develops into the real deal during their daily long distance chats. It starts via text message because that is one of the few ways that Rey can communicate effectively. Over Rey's long recovery, they come to know each other and discover something special. They literally became a life line to each other. There is some definite instant attraction, but with Rey's wounds and them living on opposite coasts, keep the physical fires on a slow burn.

It wasn't until after I read this story and started to do a bit of research on the author that I realized she was an Army Veteran.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Road Home by Anna Richland is exceptional!
I always love a HEA story but His Road Home by Anna Richland is exceptional!

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More About the Author

Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. Like the heroine of her debut paranormal romantic suspense novel, Anna joined the army to pay tuition, a decision that led to a career spanning four continents (if standing on the bridge in Panama that divides North and South America counts).

She will donate a portion of her book proceeds to two charities: the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.

To sign up for Anna's newsletter and find out about her new releases, including HIS ROAD HOME in October 2014 and THE SECOND LIE in January 2015, visit her website at or read updates on her facebook page at AnnaRichlandAuthor.

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