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After The War (Homefront Book 2) by [Scott, Jessica]
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Length: 280 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"Army officer Scott's first Fort Hood contemporary portrays the deeply moving reunion of a couple long separated by the instability of army life...Gale and Melanie's resentment and sorrow are expertly contrasted with simmering desire and their determination to team up to parent Jamie...[T]he intricacies of Stateside military lives are portrayed rivetingly, with fully realized characters who will stay with the reader long after the book is finished." ~ Publisher's Weekly on Homefront

Books in the Homefront Series
 
Book .5: Come Home to Me
Book 1: Homefront
Book 2: After the War
Book 3: Forged in Fire 

About the Author

Jessica Scott is an Iraq war veteran, an active duty army officer and the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America's Army. She is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO. She and her family are currently wherever the army has sent her.
 
She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.
 
She's pursing a phd in morality in Sociology with Duke University in her spare time and she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.
Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2652 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jessica Scott (May 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V8A5RB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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wow... really, that is all I can say. I normally am not a fan of military/romance unless Jessica Scott writes them. I think because she makes her characters morally strong. She wove an emotional journey and I appreciated very much that she did not diminish the love Sarah had for her late husband so that she could move on. I also appreciate that Sarah could forgive Sean (because her love was so strong for her late husband) early in the book. I do not like books where the main characters bicker throughout the first 80% of the book. This is not the case. Forgiveness and acceptance were seen early in the book so that Sarah and Sean could work together and build a solid relationship. Great character development and well written. I did feel like the case Sarah was solving, was solved to easily, but I don't think that the case was the main premise of the book, so that can be overlooked.

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!
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Even if you hadn’t read Jessica Scott’s biography before you read After the War, you would be impressed with her level of knowledge and detail about the life of a soldier both on base and when they are downrange. But this is a life that she has lived and breathed for her entire adult life, in which she has had to make the most difficult decisions both as a soldier and a mother that we as civilians could not even fathom. This does everything to inform her books and give her readers a real view of what it is like for these amazing people who serve our country and those who love them.

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.
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Jessica Scott just keeps writing better each time a new book of hers comes out. She warned us that this was her darkest book and possibly some would not like it. On the contrary, this is the book I have liked better. It's very intense, very real. There's a lot of millitary stuff I don't understand, like lots of administrative procedures that sound like their wheels roll veeeerrrrrryyyy slowly. Also, I got that the millitary system is not very considerate of the mental and physical health of soldiers who have suffered the ravages of war. It's incredible that the government of the United States send men to war, in a way victimizes them, and then don't take care of these men's conditions. Seems like suicide is very common, and that is a shame for what the nation subjects its men to.

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.
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Jessica Scott is the go to writer for true emotional authentic military romance. Ms. Scott does not gloss over the military life to enhance the romance in her stories. Instead she shows the rest of us how these courageous individuals live and love in spite of the pressure of duties and the horrors of war.

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.
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