Series: Coming Home #5.5
Published by Jessica Scott on October 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
This story has been featured in Home For Christmas: A Holiday Duet with JoAnn Ross.
Every time I think I understand the impact of multiple deployments on our military families, Jessica Scott presents me with something more.
Captain Samantha (Sam) Egan returned from her recent deployment changed. Her way of coping with her war experience is to box all of her feelings up until she’s so numb she can’t feel anything anymore but her difference. Now Sam’s convinced she needs to leave Major Patrick MacLean, the man she’s been with for nine years and who’s the only father her daughter, Natalie, has ever known.
You can’t help but empathize with both Sam and Patrick, who’s had two deployments of his own. It was also eye-opening to see how differently both handled similar issues though neither looked to each other to cope until Sam left. Their way back to each other, initiated by little Natalie, was honest and raw at times. Patrick is pretty special and I loved how he gave Sam exactly what she needed, when she needed it, to find her way home.
This story highlights the true spirit of the season. Coming home has a much deeper, richer meaning.