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NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA, the Carol, the Reviewer's Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her deeply emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher. Connect with Linda on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.lindagoodnight.com
I'll admit that I'm a tough critic because I'm a psychiatrist(former military) and this book deals with post-traumatic stress disorder. I can't do the review without mentioning spoilers, so if you don't want to know what happened, don't read farther. I have read many books by Linda Goodnight, and she is usually an "auto-buy" for me. This book was a disappointment because I did not like the way the hero and the heroine's father were portrayed as being dangerous due to PTSD. The heroine's father murdered her family. There is scant explanation of what happened, so the reader is left with the feeling that somehow he was psychotic due to his previous war experiences and that caused him to become homicidal. There was no history given of how he had treated the family previously, no mention of whether or not he was under the influence of drugs, or anything. I do not know of a single case history of anyone who murdered their family secondarily to PTSD--maybe there are cases where PTSD has been present along with other conditions, but PTSD does not make people murderers. Then the hero has a "nightmare" where he threatens the heroine physically in his confusion. PTSD can make people hyper-reactive if they are having a flashback, but it would be a rare instance that it would make them dangerous to others. I must say that it bothers me greatly that two soldiers are presented as being dangerous to others due to their PTSD. Amazon doesn't allow me to post the link, but if you search for America's Heroes at Work, there is a link that deals with the myths of PTSD, and one myth is that it makes people more prone to violence. Substance use/abuse in combination with a mental disorder is another matter, but this wasn't portrayed in the book.Read more ›
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Melody Crawford prefers solitude, a solitude she shares with her search and rescue dogs in an isolated cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Ex-army Ranger John North just started his job as the director of the new emergency management office. When a child goes missing, the pressure is on to find the child and fast. When he meets Melody, John can't help but be drawn to her. In her eyes, he sees depth, and fear. Melody is all business. Melody is not about to stand around making pleasantries when time is the key to a successful rescue. John North is the epitome of a military man, the last thing in the world she wants, with his calm strength and handsome physique. John, however, needs Melody and her dogs. He intends to set his finest strategy to win her over. Can he reach through to the deepest parts of her, shedding light and love into the darkness of her past? When another rescue proves more difficult, both Melody and John face the ultimate challenge. Together, can the two battle all the forces conspiring against them?
THE SNOW-KISSED BRIDE is a powerfully uplifting romance that combines emotional depth, action, and a suspenseful subplot. The search and rescue backdrop of this romance will appeal to all dog lovers. How can one not love a dog named Chili?! Linda Goodnight creates a portrait of a heroine whose inner wounds isolate her but who has inner spunk, determination, and a vocational calling that allows her to help others, both human and canine. When needed, Melody and her dogs get the job done. John is the perfect match for Melody.Read more ›
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