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The Other Soldier Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Corporal Reid Macfarland has one mission: to make amends for the mistake he lives with every day. That friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed a fellow soldier haunts him. Maybe if he can help the widow, he'll find some peace.
Amends are easier said than done. Just one meeting with the independent and engaging Parker Dean makes it clear that forgiveness is a little more complicated than money or "I'm sorry." If he really wants to help, Reid will need to stick around for a while. The more their daily lives intertwine, the more he realizes her forgiveness isn't the only thing he needshe needs her.
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The notion of forgiveness is featured throughout the story. I wondered how Parker would ever find the strength to forgive Reid for the accident that took her husband's life, and I wondered if Reid would ever be able to forgive himself. The sub-plot reflects some key aspects of the main plot and is an important part of the novel. I loved the secondary romance between Harris Briggs and Eugenia--they are delightfully engaging characters and the concept of forgiveness figures in their relationship as well.
Parker's daughter, Nat, is a lovely addition to the plot. Her dialogue was realistic and the scenes between Parker and her daughter were touching. I look forward to more books by Kathy Altman. I've always enjoyed her book reviews in Joyce Lamb's Happily Ever After column in USA TODAY and I was thrilled to discover that she is a gifted novelist. This is a writer to watch! The next Kathy Altman book will be an auto-buy for me.
I also loved the setting. Castle Creek is full of quirky characters that I very much hope to learn more about in future books. Can't wait to read the next one!
Altman did a wonderful job of depicting the emotions one would expect from such a situation and creating a believable and satisfying romance. She also populated the book with other appealing characters, including a realistically created child. I was greatly impressed and thoroughly satisfied by this heartfelt story.
I cannot wait to see what is next from this new author!
Ms. Altman tackled this tragedy head on. In a romance novel, no less. She created characters that felt very real in their reactions and motivations, in their heartbreak and grief. Even as I began to fall in love with Parker Dean and Corporal Reid Macfarland and desperately wanted these two very engaging people to find healing, I couldn't envision a happy ending. Corporal Macfarland didn't expect Parker Dean's forgiveness. How could he? He couldn't forgive himself. He only wanted to spend himself in an effort to make up for his horrible mistake. Parker couldn't believe the audacity of this man who had taken her husband's life. That he could come to Castle Creek wanting to buy some sort of redemption was outrageous beyond belief.
The supporting characters added depth and color to the story. The conflict between Harris Briggs and Eugenia echoed the theme of forgiveness. I loved getting to know the people of Castle Creek, Parker's daughter, Natalie, and the gang at Snoozies. Like any really great book, I read fast, desperate to know how it ended and then, on reaching the last page, immediately wished there was more. I couldn't wait to download Staying at Joe's and I surely hope this is just the beginning of a wonderful, heartwarming series. Kathy Altman is now on my MUST BUY list. Thank you Ms. Altman, for a timely and heartwarming story of redemption, forgiveness and healing.
I'm looking forward to Kathy's next release, which I hope will be coming soon!
Emotionally rich, intense and realistic conflict, and characters who leap off the page are what makes this book one you cannot put down. I loved it and highly recommend this anyone who wants to believe that love might not be easy but it is worth it.
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