Title: The Road Home
Author: Cathe Swanson
Series: Hope Again, book 6
Major Themes: Veterans, PTSD, Romance
Synopsis: Tally has gotten herself to move into a house, but she still doesn’t want to see anyone from her past—and then Christopher shows up.
Cathe Swanson is one of my favorite authors. Somehow, I have ended up missing out on a number of her books, but I certainly enjoy the ones I get my hands on! I found The Road Home in the middle of a collection of books with several other authors, and I think it was my favorite in the collection. I had “met” Tally in a different book, several years ago, and was happy to get to know her again in this book.
Tally came home from Afghanistan a broken woman. After experiencing the things she did with the army there, she ended up living on the streets, avoiding everyone, for two years. Now, she is finally starting to heal, and living in a house with an old lady who needs, but doesn’t want, help. When Christopher shows up looking for her, Tally is ready to run again.
Christopher hasn’t been able to forget the woman he connected with while he was with the army in Afghanistan. Now that he’s home, he has been trying to track her down, running into dead ends everywhere he turns. When he finally does locate Tally, she isn’t the same as the woman he remembers—but he is not going to leave just because she is trying to reject him. She can’t resist having a good look inside his big rig, though, and going on a few runs with him, seeing firsthand what she’ll experience when she finishes her truck driver training.
I enjoyed the story in The Road Home. I also enjoyed seeing how a woman with severe PTSD healed and learned to love and trust others again. Cathe Swanson has done well at weaving a compelling story around veterans who returned from active duty with a lot to work through. I have enjoyed all the books about the Unity Plenkiss community center, the people who work there, and the people they help. I’m looking forward to more books by this author!
WARNING: Chapters 13 and 16 describe kisses.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults