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- Publication date : May 30, 2017
- File size : 3022 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B0714MDP9H
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,638 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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August Cotton is a angry man. Broken from war, feeling loss, reaching, trying to temporarily find a resemblance of who he was at one time. Brought back to Magnolia Springs, to take care of his baby sister, August would have preferred to stay far away from his home. He can't take the looks the people in town give him. He can't take feeling like less of a man, because of his injury. He has no idea how he's suppose to raise his sister. And August doesn't need, a beautiful, stubborn, blonde on a rescue mission to show up on his doorstep. Olivia Anders, stormed her way up his drive way, and into his every thought. Despite keeping everyone at a distant, he can't seem to say no to this women. The more Olivia tries to save August, pushes him, the more his walls go up. He's battling demons he doesn't want her to witness. And its in his nature to protect, to protect whats his. And Olivia is slowly become someone he can't imagine walking out of his life.
A broken Marine seeking his way out of the darkness, and a fierce woman, who is fighting to stay out of her own darkness, collide in this beautiful, captivating, sexy, story of hope, healing, and life. Carmen Jenner is a new author to me, and after consuming this story, I am a FAN! I need more of her stories, more of her words. This sweet and super sexy book, full of wounded souls, family, dogs, and a southern setting, have made for one of my top favorite books this year. Hands down. If you haven't read this book, or heard of this author. Trust me, you have got to fix that. It is one not to be missed. Sweet, sassy, big hearted Olivia, and August, the tough, sweet, lost, Marine. These two survives, August and Olivia, would give anything for the people they love. They navigate through the good, the bad, the lonely, and the moments filled with lots of love, and they do it together.
Olivia is headed to a new town to open another Paws for Cause shelter. A place that rescues dogs from being euthanized and pairs them with returned veterans as support animals. It's a win-win for the dog and the veteran. Until August Cotton completely blows her plans out of the water. Tie that in to an unwelcoming town and she has a huge job ahead of her with no small number of obstacles to overcome. If August wasn't such a beautifully crafted male who she knew needed her and Paws for Cause she would have left town already. But he is damaged and broken and gorgeous and she cannot see herself moving forward without him. Despite his best efforts to push her away.
August has his scars. Sure - he lost a limb in Afghanistan, he has scars. The scars that trouble him the most, however, are the ones only he can see. The guilt at the damaged he caused when deployed. The guilt over the loss of his best friend in the Marines. His guilt that he feels every time he lashes out at Olivia. Knowing he doesn't deserve her, wanting her anyway. He doesn't want the help she offers but he can't stay away from her and if he gets too close he will hurt her.
Beautifully written! Practically un-put-down-able! I LOVED this book so hard and while I haven't read much from Carmen Jenner she is on my author watch list. Enjoy!
It’s no secret that, like our female lead, I have a soft spot for veterans with PTSD. Reading this synopsis had me hooked on this story already.
When Olivia Anders arrives in Magnolia Springs she hits every dead end and ounce of bad luck imaginable. But, being the strong, determined woman she is, she doesn’t let the negativity affect her and stands her ground. She continues to push forward through all the nonsense the town folk, and August, throw her way. In the words of her best friend Ellie:
“Now pull yourself together, and put some lipstick on, we’ve got to wipe the floor with some basic b*tches.”
August Cotton has been to hell, trudged through it, and still lives to tell the tale. That hell of his goes deeper than we could imagine. It left physical scars on his body but the most painful scars are the ones you can’t see; the demons that live inside his head.
I wanted to scoop August up in a bear hug the moment Olivia laid eyes on him to claim him for my own. Sorry sweetie, but screw your cause, HE’S MINE TO FIX. JK- maybe. But seriously, he stole my heart from the moment we met him. His tough-guy ‘I-don’t-need-your-help-or-sympathy’ stance was such a turn on for me.
“Olivia can’t fix me, and I resent her for thinking she can. No one can fix me.”
The funny thing about these two is that they each think their pasts are worse than the others. I don’t want to say they one-uped each other- let’s face it, both of their pasts were crappy and aren’t necessarily things to brag about- but they each needed a healing factor in their life. They both needed to push past their barriers, and allow themselves to heal and get through their baggage.
Some of the one-liners and comparisons in the book had my laughing my butt off. For example, “The only thing I’ve told Ellie about August is that he’s a Marine, about as accommodating as a park bench in a tornado, and as stubborn as a damn mule.” DUDE. I DIED with the park bench comment. I laughed way harder than I should have but whatever, it was classic.
The Way Back Home was filled with tenacity, determination, strength, and adoration for our veterans. War is hell; thank a vet, respect a vet.
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Olivia wants to help fix August but he just doesn't believe he is worthy of anyone or anything. Both are fighting there own demons but the one thing that is so hard to fight is there deep attraction to each other. It's a long and treacherous road for Olivia and August but together they find The Way Back Home.
This is such a beautiful story that will stay with me forever.
Then, the slow burn of the romance started to sputter and cool. I like a slow burn romance, provided it actually continues to smoulder and glow. Maria Zapatta for instance, can write them well.
This plot however did not pay enough attention to the M & F leads, or their emotional and physical connection; so it fizzled out. Which is a shame, as the germ of this novel had potential.
Seriously loved it
My absolute favourite is Bettina August 4 Yr old lil sister she's utterly adorable I love her
Olivia comes to magnolia springs to help vets of war
A great cause, she literally starts a scene people don't get it. But eventually come round
But it's a must read
The Way Back Home is a romance story, but it is so much more than that. In fact, at times I felt that the romance took a back seat in this story, and what was happening around Olivia and August took the main stage.
August Cotton, ex Marine, a broken man.
Olivia - the woman tasked to bring him back into the world.
Throw a spanner in the works, a horrible Southern town (southern hospitality my ar$e) and what you get is a story of loss, heartbreak, pain - and hope.
Oh the emotions that I felt whilst reading. The back and forth, the anger, the hurt - gah, it got me right in the feels.
I want these two broken people to make it so much.
"Back and forth, we continue to hurt one another. We push and shove, scratch and claw until we're both broken and bleeding, a never-ending cycle of paint and hurt and torment."
There is so much I could say about this book, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
Buy it. Read it.
I can't wait to see what Ms Jenner brings us next.