Landry Phillips and Madeline Ponder were lifelong best friends. They had seen each other through every day of their young lives, until Landry joined the Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan. Madeline waited, and worried, until the one late night phone call she had prayed she would never receive. In that one instant their lives changed forever. Could Madeline help Landry find his way through the darkness that threatened to swallow him whole? Or would he be lost to her before he realized she had truly been his from the very beginning?
3.5 out of 5 stars
First off I have to give the cover for this book mad love because it features one of our real Wounded Warriors, Christopher Van Etten.
I really liked the concept of this story and the characters, especially Landry quite a lot. It's very much a friends to lovers book but for me it lacked that punch of the two characters falling in love or showing that they loved each other because of where it ended.
The story starts when Landry is injured while deployed in Afghanistan. Maddy rushes to his side to be there for Landry and to help take care of him while he recovers. We go through their ups and downs of his recovery in the hospital and then when he gets home, Maddy thinks things will get back to normal as he heals and figures out what's next. Unfortunately normal is not something Landry is ready to deal with after losing so much. Landry is dealing with the loss of his legs, which to him equals his mobility and his freedom, along with his being a Marine, and it sends him spiraling into that dark zone of not wanting to deal with it or to help himself. He does the minimum to get through his therapy, his days, and really he can't see where things will get better. With Landry in a dark place from the moment he comes out of surgery it pushes Maddy into her own dark spiral.
Maddy's spiral is where I had an issue because she was not a weak personality, nor did she exhibit any of the signs of what she was doing. I'm sure this is me being analytical in that as far as she'd spiraled down there would have been signs prior to things being discovered. Now, here's where I'll also say that this is purely one readers opinion and I highly suggest that you read the story for yourself to form your own opninions. What works for one reader, or in this case didn't work, may work (or not work) for other readers.
It was a decent story with a solid backstory, there were just these bumps in the road for me that kept it from being a GOOD story. I loved Landry, his two buddies, and his physical therapist. They were all solid characters that I would love to see in their own stories. I do look forward to trying more from this author in the future.
Lorraine Britt is a fourth generation Native Texan who is also immensely proud of her Louisiana heritage and solid Southern roots. As an enthusiastic lover of the written word, inspiration struck Lorraine and she began to bubble over with her own ideas. Grasping hold of her lifelong dreams, it wasn’t long before she was putting pen to paper and letting her fingers fly over a keyboard to bring her own characters to life. When she isn’t busy scribbling notes for her next idea you might find her whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen or putting miles on her car on road trip adventures. Lorraine is equally passionate about music, movies and sports. You’ll no doubt find these familiar themes woven throughout her books. Lorraine and her family currently make their home in northeast Texas.
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