I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'll Be Home For Christmas by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #2.6
Published by Forever on November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke...except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war...and from his own darkest fears. As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.
Vic Carponti is an Army sergeant being deployed (again) to Iraq. As a military wife, Nicole is better prepared for this latest separation but it doesn’t mean it’s any easier. In fact, knowing the emotional toll makes their last days together bittersweet. His promise to return for Christmas is her lifeline and becomes Vic’s as well.
This prequel to the series gives us insight into Vic’s experience in Iraq before his injury. Because it’s his nature to always joke about any situation, Vic makes it easy for people to believe he’s not taking life seriously. He especially thinks it’s his life’s mission to keep Nicole laughing and he loves hearing her do it. It was so special to see what lies beneath all of that and find a really sensitive man who desperately loves his wife and cares deeply for the men under his supervision. That serious side drives the humor.
It was also so important to learn more about the extent of the contributions of our military families, including how they support one another even as they cope with their individual stresses. What makes the story even more compelling is how all of this is blended with a really great romance. Vic and Nicole manage to keep the flames burning even when they’re continents apart. I loved their relationship in the first book and now knowing what sacrifices each made for one another makes it more of a treasure.
This is a wonderful addition to an extraordinary series and a great start to the season. Vic’s promise that he’d return home to Nicole for Christmas was the best present both could imagine. The story is timeless, appropriate beyond the holidays. It also was perfect for one of the more interesting characters in the series. For a short story, it managed to achieve everything I normally expect from a full length novel.
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