Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.
While Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father -- a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes -- she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys. She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes. With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.
Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.
A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)
Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.
Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found "giving back."
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This story grabbed me from the start. The authors created realistic, believable characters. The three children each responded differently to the news of their father’s death, but all three responses are typical of how different children at different ages react to a tragedy such as those Phillip, Carter and Krista experienced. Then there is the guilt Vicki feels over not loving, yet mourning, her ex-husband while trying to help her children cope.
I loved the older neighbor, Janine. It turns out her son, Kelly, and Vicki’s ex-husband, Marshall, served with each other. That is a connection when Kelly returns home and meets Vicki’s family. The relationships develop and grow more complicated from there.
The emotional impact of the situations made this story. It was one I could empathize with, since I know in spite of the positive front military families put on for the public, many have challenges—physical and emotional—with which they struggle. This is such a story, and one that is a must-read.
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