I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Promise of Rainbows by Ava Miles
Series: Dare River #4
Published by Self Published on January 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Jake Lassiter was a bona fide hero in the military before a tragedy in war changed his life forever. Now he’s a rising country music star, intent on healing the world and himself through his music. But his past still haunts him…
When Jake hires girl-next-door interior decorator Susannah McGuiness, he sees a kindred spirit and a woman who pulls at his soul. The first sparks of hope fire in him, the kind that can heal all the wounds he still carries inside. For a man resigned to never having a happily ever after, Susannah sure has him dreaming about one.
Susannah has always believed in the promise of rainbows, even when times are tough. She’s known some hard times herself and connects with Jake on a level she’s never known. In this hero, she doesn’t see a broken man, but one who’s risen again and again to life’s challenges. But Jake must heal his secret wounds to claim the love of his dreams.
Susannah McGuiness and Jake Lassiter have flirted around their attraction but now that he’s hired her to redecorate his home, they’ve decided to just acknowledge it and move forward. Unfortunately for Jake, it apparently triggered his PTSD nightmares.
This is a story about grace, faith and the power of both in the midst of a debilitating condition. The realities of PTSD amongst our veterans was well presented through Jake who served in Iraq and suffered a traumatic loss that still haunts him. His burgeoning relationship with Susannah was an important part of his recovery as well as a contribution to the problem.
The families of both, extended and otherwise, play significant roles and Susannah’s sister, Shelby, is perfectly set up for the next book.
I really enjoyed this story, which was personally well timed to deliver a message I was open to hearing. Jake and Susannah’s triumph was inspirational.