Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for the Mended Hearts series by Patricia Lee, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Today I’m featuring book two in the series!
Title: Love Calls Her Home
Series: Mended Hearts #2
Author: Patricia Lee
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: March 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Can a hurting boy help two broken people find their way back to love ? Lissa Frye returns home from the Navy hoping to find a different future—one which includes a husband, marriage, and a family, until news from her sister impacts Lissa’s personal life and derails her plans. Kurt McKintrick, having lost his best friend to an IED in Afghanistan, has returned to help the man’s mother run a horse rescue ranch. Images of war plague him, and thoughts of anyone else he might love falling victim to an untimely end, distance him from the person most likely to help. Eleven-year-old Jayden Clarke seeks to fill the ache in his heart from his father’s death two years before. But his life is turned upside down when the rancher who befriended him is found dead, the horses neglected, and the dog missing. When authorities arrive to investigate, Lissa and Kurt, estranged after a former relationship, are forced to meet again. Lissa must confront images from her past and Kurt struggles to live with his present truth. Will Jayden be the catalyst that draws Lissa and Kurt back together for a happily ever after?
Let me just say this – little Jayden is going to tug at your heart. Oh his story just really got to me, well many parts of this book did really, but Jayden’s story the most. He had so much happen in his short little life, but proved that even children can be just the thing some broken adults need to get their focus straight.
Lissa and Kurt certainly had their own demons to face, and I applaud the author for Kurt’s story. Coming home from war is not easy thing, and I think many of us overlook that aspect and certainly take soldiers for granted. But Lee paints a picture of redemption, togetherness, and learning just how to heal the broken spirit to move on.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My husband had the privilege of working alongside a Marine who had served as a sniper in Afghanistan. The young man was one of the most down-to-earth, hard-working, congenial fellows my husband had ever met. His physique as well as his experience formed my character, Kurt.
This Marine also provided the insights into the weapons used in the field. Like Kurt in the story, he was called up for a training exercise and sent home.
He didn’t struggle with PTSD but I knew how rampant it was so I researched the subject. I also read accounts online of the kinds of terrain Marines patrol. I found a description by a soldier of a cave that held a cache of weapons and used it as the place where Kurt hid from the Taliban.
Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels. She is part of a team of bloggers who submit short devotionals for FaithHappenings.com. Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with two sleepy cats.
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