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DESERT ROSE: A Military Romance (Warrior Series, #1) Kindle Edition
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"They found true love in the most terrifying place."
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- ASIN : B00CT20X7M
- Publisher : Laura Taylor; 2nd edition (May 15, 2013)
- Publication date : May 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3176 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #522,317 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Laura Taylor crafts a book where two Americans are independently captured and held prisoner somewhere in the Middle East and forge a deep connection while trying to cope with fear and loss.
David Winslow is a military officer and has been trained to cope with torture and deprivation. Even so, after being alone for three months, he begins to lose hope. When a new prisoner arrives, he is surprised to find out that it is a woman associated with a charitable organization. Immediately recognizing that she is without skills to handle the extreme situation, he offers her all that he can; his friendship, his advice on surviving confinement, his hand to hold in times of loneliness.
Briefly capturing glimpses of each other when they are taken from their cells, they remain ignorant to the others physical appearance; all that they know is that they may never share another moment together. From this love grows and what makes it so beautiful is that sexual attraction, material goods, position, and power are not a part of their story.
Always mindful of what he's been taught, David Winslow worries that Emma's affection for him may be connected to his helping her survive. To say more is to give too much away. But what follows in their story is breathtaking.
A fabulous book... which leaves me wanting to read the book again and the rest of the series.
David and Emma met in the darkest days of their life, both literally and figuratively. Prisoners of war of sorts (they just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time), David and Emma found themselves in an inhumane prison where physical torture is a daily occurence and the Geneva Convention was not respeced.
They could barely see each other; their only physical contact was they could reach out to each other and hold hands for short spurts of time. With the other four senses limited in their use, they used sound. They talk to each other constantly and they felt stonger together as they found strength from each other.
Heartwrenching and poignant, "Desert Rose" is not just a love story. It is a story of survival and of humanity. It reminds us of Pandora's box, which gave us all the ills in the world, but also gave us hope. Because, "Desert Rose" is ripped from the headlines. And we know that though Emma and David are fictional characters, we know that there are many Emmmas and Davids out there languishing in POW prisons.
This is a novella, but it took me three days to finish it because I was always tearing up. Laura Taylor's prose was so compelling, I could even feel their physical pain in my mind's eye.
Great story! This book is rated M for mature due to violence and sex.