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In Love and War Kindle Edition
Does she have the courage to love a man destined to leave?
Ariela lost everything when her dad was killed in the line of duty: her father, her home, her school, her friends. Unable to cope without the love of her life, her grief-stricken mom chose to leave her too. As a consequence, Ariela grew up wary of the deep passion her parents felt for one another. Since then, she’s sabotaged every potential relationship she’s had. To her, love means loss and heartache. No thanks.
After years of covering war zones, journalist Dylan Bond is home, though not without scars. Intimately acquainted with violence and sacrifice, he’s battle fatigued and desperately needs a peaceful break to restore his faith in humanity.
When an accident literally sweeps Ariela off her feet and into Dylan’s arms, there is no turning back. But does she have the courage to love a man destined to return to his risky profession, or will her fear of following in her mother’s tragic footsteps become the wedge that drives them apart forever?
Enjoy this love-against-all-odds story of sacrifices and sorrows, laughter and longing, anxiety and bravery today.
“Ariela and Dylan will both learn that love is worth everything, the risk of pain, and more than a job you love. In Love and War is a beautifully written story that also gives us another perspective of sorts to the War.” --Harlequin Junkie--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Author
- ASIN : B00JPEA7RI
- Publisher : Sherman Hills Press (April 14, 2014)
- Publication date : April 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3753 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 312 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0990308413
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,821 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mills has a way of telling a story that flows from page to page, and making us care about characters that are so very likeable. In Love and War is definitely no exception, and despite my expectations of Mills, now that I've read her three times, she's come through in every sense of the word. Through Ariela, we see a determined woman who's fearful of losing herself to love, and through Dylan we experience the darker side of journalism that often bring its realities too close to home. Mixed in is a love story that warms the soul and reminds us that, yes, some people just belong together. Ariela and Dylan don't always take the easy course, but it's one that will keep you wanting to read more. For a book, there can't be anything better than that.
So, without giving away spoilers, I can say this: In Love and War is a warm read. One that starts with Mills' famed meet-cute and ends in a satisfying way that only this particular author can deliver.
When lovely interior decorator Ariela Perrine is run down and concussed by a wild bicyclist, handsome Dylan Bond picks her up and ships her to the emergency room. Their initial attraction deepens, until Ariela discovers Dylan isn't quite ready to give up his job covering dangerous topics in chaotic Iraq. Although she manages to get past his last, almost fatal journalistic foray, she isn't sure she wants to wait long enough to find out if he returns in one piece from a humanitarian incursion. Can Ariela overcome the tragedy of her past and support the man she loves?
Descriptions of conditions inside the imploding pressure-cooker of Iraq and its warring cultures are realistic, as are the emotions of those left behind, but Mills' perfect touch of humor, helped along by Max the dog, keeps this novel from becoming overly serious.
The letters they write back and forth while Dylan's in Iraq are like a deliciously dirty version of You've Got Mail. The flirting is sweet and genuine but steamy. When they re-connect after Dylan's first trip, they can't get enough of each other, and I couldn't get enough of them together. While a new couple, their bond is intense and strong.
The emotional tension builds on his second trip overseas. Ariela's fear is heartbreaking as she struggles to let go of her past and hold onto her future. While Dylan's in Iraq the second time, he says, "...I'm going crazy just thinking about the woman I care about sleeping alone in my bed." I'm a military wife, and this line hit home. It's so bittersweet. This part made me cry, "Was this becoming her normal--always waiting for Dylan at the airport or dropping him off? Would that eventually bother her? Ariela preferred having him here with her, but if the alternative was not having him at all, then yes, she would have to adjust to his job." She nails exactly what it's like to love someone in that kind of job.
Almost as good as the relationship developing between Ariela and Dylan is the relationship that blooms between Ariela and Dylan's dog, Max. Ariela isn't an animal person, but as she spends more time with Max while Dylan's away, her heart melts. I love it!
As powerful as the love story is Dylan's mission to bring justice to the women of Iraq. He puts himself at risk to tell their story and give them a voice. During an interview, one of the women brings up points most Americans don't consider when they think about our presence in Iraq. It makes you think.
The ending is absolutely perfect. Everything comes full circle. This is a fantastic read!