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The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I could not put it down. I stayed up until midnight finishing it, even though I had to wake up early the next day. Now,I am living off Mt. Dew, just to stay awake. So, thank you for my racoon eyes!
After The War is the dual POV story of Army Captains Sean Nichols and Sarah Anders, who are former lovers both now stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. The anger and hurt that both have carried does bubble up, but each has changed for the better in the intervening years, so we get to watch them rebuild a tenuous relationship. And this is one of my favorite parts of this book – seeing and understanding how Sean and Sarah have changed, for the good and the not so good from when they were first together. Those things that Sean believed when he was a younger man/soldier, no longer hold true. And for Sarah, her own changes were made out of love and devotion – both to her family and the military. But both were also changed by the war – the very personal losses and having to make choices that one has to make as a soldier. I think Jessica Scott does a brilliant job of bring these home.
Sarah’s story had a foundation of heartbreak, but her resilience was there like a beacon. Despite loss and at times resistance or complete derision, this woman persevered. Though Sarah’s eyes we get to understand Army, as well as her passion to serve.Read more ›
Apart from the realities of war, the book presents the story of Sean and Sarah. Ten years ago, they were kids out to prove themselves as soldiers and they blew up as a couple. Now, ten years later, Sarah is a widow with a five-year old little girl, and they are both assigned to the same base. Both have their wounds from war, and Sarah lost her husband to the war, a man she truly loved. Sean never got over their breakup, and sees this as the opportunity to revive their feelings. Sarah has to deal with the harshness of a system not sympathetic to a single mother soldier. The reading is rivetting, the plot proceeds at a great pace, many situations, sad and lovely and passionate occur. A very compelling and realistic read, totally recommend.
I really didn’t think she could out do Homefront with Gale, Melanie and Jamie Sorren but she certainly has with After the War. This is a beautifully bittersweet story of love, loss and second chances.
Sarah is such a wonderful character, trying to juggle being a single mom with her career in the Army. Her loss, her heartache and her joy of a daughter is emotional moving. At the beginning as with most books is the note – “these books are fiction. Any resemblance to real people or events is purely coincidence” BUT heaven have mercy, Captain Sarah Anders’ story reads like she is a real mother wearing a real Army uniform.
I don’t even know how to describe how I feel about Sean. Seeing inside his head was so eye opening. I would never have guess the insecurities and guilt that lies beneath the cocky confidence. His growth as a person and a leader really serves to make him irresistible. You can keep Rambo, I’ll take a Sean any day.
As I have come to expect from Jessica Scott, After the War is not light or flirty but it is real, emotional and a story of hope for the future, too. Fiction yes, but it has the realism of true life threaded through every page.
Copy provided by the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book gives a good portrayal of life in the service. Sarah and Sean were in a relationship until Sean did not support Sarah's determination to be in the Army. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Carole Cruder
It gives you somewhat insight in military life, little predictable but, romantic and sweet!!Published 1 month ago by Shari K
Five stars are not enough to rate this book! I am not repeating the synopsis of the story. “About this Book” should be enough to get you reeled in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nelia Davel
Of course, Anna is my favorite character in this book. Butt then, Sarah does a super job raising her as a single mom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by shiela b. bradley
Every job has good bosses and bad. Captain Sarah Anders has had more than her share of the bad ones, and this latest one is no exception. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carol LaGatta
Captain Sarah Delany Anders is now stationed at Ft. HOOD Texas and she meets her first love now Captain Sean Nichols. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dorothy Hendrickson
A five star read. The sensitivity, insight and skilled story telling by Jessica Scott gave me a personal perspective on war that was haunting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AZSunshine
This story sucked me in from the beginning. I am not from a military family so I don't know the sacrifices and tough decisions that go on during war. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa D. Gibbs
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. I HAVE ENJOYED THIS SERIES OF BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR.Published 2 months ago by Btonner