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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Pagan Writers Press (February 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938397428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938397424
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,932,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marilyn C. Wrixon on April 4, 2013
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'The Purple Heart' is Christie AC Gucker's second novel, "The Cliff" her first book was wonderful so I couldn't wait for another story of her's to read. 'The Purple Heart' has a military theme, having worked at The Air Force Academy In Colorado, I am a everyday person that was with great pride was given the opportunity to observe the military world. 'The Purple Heart', was an honor to read and connect with, It's a truly amazingly heartfelt and makes you see that fate happens, destiny and love at first sight, is possible, It's emotionally gripping, I couldn't put it down I had to finish and know the end.. I can say I've almost never cried with a book, 'The Purple Heart' was a definite tearjerker, but you have no regret for those tears. I feel it's a story that needs to be told, because I believe that this truly happens in real life, with military and everyday people, weird things JUST happen sometimes. I could NEVER recommended this book enough, this story MUST MUST be a movie,,, This Happens In Real Life... If you believe in fate, Read It, If you believe all things happen for a reason Read it, If you have any connection with the Military Read It.. If you believe in True One Of A Kind Love, Read It....You will be so glad and touched that you did. 'The Purple Heart" will leave a mark on your Heart, I have no doubt!
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Brilliant and I am so in love with Aiden and the loving couple Gina and Cheryl

As an Army psychologist, Sydney Porter has heard her share of horror stories. The job she does is very interesting. I loved the way the author had a certain flair for bringing the veterans their need, and the after life of a service member to the front burner. We think about these people all of the time, but do we understand what after service life is? NO I sure didn't and I feel like this was an eye opener for me. So Cheryl and Sydney work together. Sydney deals with the after-service part and Cheryl deals with vets who have passed away. Either way the jobs they do are very difficult. They are extremely close friends. Gina is Cheryl's partner and their love for Sydney stems from her acceptance. I think on IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) Today (May 17)! it is important to bring out this aspect of the book. Cheryl and Gina had parents who did not accept them or their partners, Sydney did. This was a strong bond through routines, friendships and support. While I really loved Aiden and Sydney I hate to say Gina and Cheryl were equal in the running for my fave characters. You have to read it to get their personalities and little quips like "the husband, oh which one are you" and they all laughed.

When the "battle-scarred" Aiden becomes her only assignment for the week, Sydney gets a strange feeling for him, fate, destiny, something not of this world. The chemistry between her and Sergeant Aiden Thane is amazing. At first I was like "too much too fast", but then OUCH! It gets seriously serious!

Sydney begins to question what her feelings mean. The secrets are dished out in a few small doses. Learn about Sydney, her family along with Aiden and his. SO worth the read. The book was fabulous for romance, suspense and a dose of reality. The reality part will bring you to tears. It was poignant, meaningful, and very well written! Go grab it up now!
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I have read 2 of Christie's books and one of her short stories and I have to say I'm very impressed with her writing. I have had the pleasure of meeting her as she was so very gracious to call in to my book club and chat about her books and her writing which impressed me even more! The Purple Heart was a story that draws you in and makes you feel like you are living within the story line. This story took me to a place I did not expect at all. The characters in the book became so alive in my head that I truly felt connected to every turn the story took. I highly recommend The Purple Heart and will be sure to let everyone know how great it is.
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Sydney used to be a nurse in the Army helping soldiers who wouldn't make it cross over. When she got out she wanted to work with people she knew she could help; so she became a psychologist to vets.

Adien is a vet returning home. He's well decorated and about to become Sydney's only project.

The chemistry between them starts from their first meeting. The first handshake sends sparks down Sydney's body and only builds from there.

After inviting Adien into her home she realizes that she's added gas to the fire instead of watering it down. She dances around the fire as she freely expresses her feelings for Adien even without realizing it.

Can she continue to do her work while being around Adien both for work and for company? Read The Purple Heart to find out.
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This book touched me on so many levels. It was nothing like I expected but in a very, very good way. This story pulled at my emotions - I smiled, rolled my eyes, became frustrated, scared, and the suspenseful climax left me with goose bumps all over and my eyes filled with tears. Now, that's a good read!

The story's protagonist is Sydney Porter. Sydney used to be an Army nurse, but after dealing with so much death on the frontlines, she decided to obtain a psychology degree and shifted her career path in the Army to work with soldiers who are making the transition from Army to civilian life. I found the book's opening to be a bit slow, but it did provide an effective introduction to Sydney's character, her background, and her career focus. In the opening scene, Sydney is presented as the consummate psychologist, professional, polished, and dedicated to helping others.

Upon arriving at work, Sydney finds a case file with her new client: Sergeant First Class Aiden Thane, a highly decorated soldier recently wounded in battle who is returning home with an honorable discharge. The case file contains little personal information about Aiden, but emphasizes that he is a top priority and will be Sydney's only case for now. Not only did that strike me as unusual, but everything about this mysterious Aiden Thames did as well.

My interest in the book really picked up when Sydney actually meets Aiden. Sparks ignite when they shake hands, and that's when Sydney's professionalism metaphorically goes flying right out the window, and she begins thinking and speaking with her heart instead of her head.

To say Aiden is an intense character is almost an understatement. He's handsome, reserved, and Sydney practically melts into a puddle whenever he looks at her.
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