[Reading] ➿ His Road Home Author Anna Richland – Writerscompany.co.uk

His Road Home 3 stars I enjoyed it.It was a nice idea about a couple forced to meet and then they fall in love But something about the falling in love was a little too superficial It might be that the reader was not in Rey s head I didn t feel his emotions or see his desire for her He had brain issues so he was limited in his talking His words could not convey his thoughts I think I would have likedof his emotions and feelings.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Story length 109 pages Swearing la 3 stars I enjoyed it.It was a nice idea about a couple forced to meet and then they fall in love But something about the falling in love was a little too superficial It might be that the reader was not in Rey s head I didn t feel his emotions or see his desire for her He had brain issues so he was limited in his talking His words could not convey his thoughts I think I would have likedof his emotions and feelings.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Story length 109 pages Swearing language strong but not often used Sexual language moderate Number of sex scenes two Setting current day Afghanistan and U.S Copyright 2014 Genre contemporary romance, paraplegic romance Life didn t make bargains It just dealt hands.Grace Kim is a marine biologist.Rey Cruz was a medic in special force About his injury Rey They bother you Grace No Although sometimes what they stand for does It challenges me to pay attention, to think about politics, duty, America A lot to consider.This novella has some flaws in the plotline because of its shorter length, but it is well written and heartwarming My first book by Ms Richland, and I really liked it The author donates a po Life didn t make bargains It just dealt hands.Grace Kim is a marine biologist.Rey Cruz was a medic in special force About his injury Rey They bother you Grace No Although sometimes what they stand for does It challenges me to pay attention, to think about politics, duty, America A lot to consider.This novella has some flaws in the plotline because of its shorter length, but it is well written and heartwarming My first book by Ms Richland, and I really liked it The author donates a portion of her book proceeds to two charities the Fisher House foundation, and Doctors Without Borders Sergeant Bryan Anderson s memoir was instrumental to her research 4.5 Stars This is now one of my treasured reads His Road Home might have been Rey s story, but it was also very much Grace s journey While I loved Rey, his optimism and outlook on life, it was Grace who stole the show, she truly was Amazing Grace I adored Rey, simply adored him, and I m not trying to minimize the tragic way his life changed or the role he played in this book, but Grace was the star here in my opinion She goes on my favorite heroine list Grace never treated Rey as anything 4.5 Stars This is now one of my treasured reads His Road Home might have been Rey s story, but it was also very much Grace s journey While I loved Rey, his optimism and outlook on life, it was Grace who stole the show, she truly was Amazing Grace I adored Rey, simply adored him, and I m not trying to minimize the tragic way his life changed or the role he played in this book, but Grace was the star here in my opinion She goes on my favorite heroine list Grace never treated Rey as anything less than a whole man Nothing phased her, other than when he fell apart, but who wouldn t be moved by that She embraced everything about him Rey in turn showed her he could over come the odds, and still had the stuff heroes are made of, and proved it when someone s life was threatened I can t stop thinking about the two of them I could have read about these two all day I like the fact that they fell in like with each other first before they fell in love The relationship that they built forged a love for a lifetime This novella was unbelievably well crafted and offered a rich story that had a little bit of everything humor, steam, sorrow, romance, and quite a few amusing moments for a book that covered a serious heart wrenching subject Oh, how I wish that the author will bring us back in the lives of these two wonderful characters Vignettes please Anna Richland has balls of steel Ovaries of steel Either Both Because holy crap, does this book take chances It s a love story between a Latino soldier who s had his legs blown off below the knee in Afghanistan and has a traumatic brain injury so he can barely speak, and a Korean American ichthyologist with a doctorate who has never met him but due to THINGS has to pretend to be his fiancee Risks Author is, I think, white Barely verbal narrator Characters have to get to know each other Anna Richland has balls of steel Ovaries of steel Either Both Because holy crap, does this book take chances It s a love story between a Latino soldier who s had his legs blown off below the knee in Afghanistan and has a traumatic brain injury so he can barely speak, and a Korean American ichthyologist with a doctorate who has never met him but due to THINGS has to pretend to be his fiancee Risks Author is, I think, white Barely verbal narrator Characters have to get to know each other while one is bedridden and stammering out syllables Gotta be in awe of the writer s ambition here.Richland sent me a review copy because I mentioned on Goodreads and on the delightful Smart Bitches, Trashy Books that I loved her earlier novel, First to Burn, which I hope kicks off a massive trend of immortal Viking Beowulf referencing New Jersey Mafia military romance epics What I m saying is it was NUTBALLS DELIGHTFULLY nutballs This novella is much grimmer, set in the real world, without an iota of paranormal Richland s got range And this book accomplishes SO MUCH with a tight word count, without feeling rushed Greatest achievement Our hero Cruz is funny and vivid without being able to use his words For a book so full of loss, deception and pain, there is a LOT of humor And Cruz s growth as a person isn t the cliched THRU NOBLE SUFFERING I HAVE LEARNED THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE AND LOVE it feels like a natural journey in which you still see the cocky semi dick he was before As with First To Burn, you can tell that Richland has a military background the scenes at Walter Reed are full of legit feeling detail I also appreciated her nods to the fetishization of wounded heroes I m not surprised that injured veterans have groupies Which, btw, points to a problem I have with most books about SEALs and cowboys and firemen and cops who were nearly killed on the job they rely on the reader s romanticizing of the JOB to do much of the work of CHARACTERIZATION Also Both of Richland s books deal with explicit consent LOVE THIS.I m rarely interested in contemporary romance TRANSPORT ME gimme paranormal fantasy historical but preferably not Regency zzz The fact that I was up until 2 am reading His Road Home is testament to Richland s skill I did have some quibbles Our heroine Grace isn t as dimensional a character as Cruz IMHO in First to Burn, the hero was too perfect, and in His Road Home, the heroine is Cruz s adjustment to his changed circumstances was pretty quick Walter Reed Medical Center comes off as awesome, and even in a romance I d have liked some acknowledgment of how the place is troubled and how our government is so often failing our veterans The portrait of the military and military families was a smidge idealized for me And I had a couple of tiny wincing ay caramba cultural moments But hey, overall, wow I felt like Richland set up an obstacle course of all the ways a book a NOVELLA even THE DREAD NOVELLA could possibly be wince inducing and icky, and she made it thru like a ninja warrior Hello, new name on my very, very short list of auto buys His Road Home is the story of a soldier, Rey, who invents a fianc e to get out of marrying the daughter of a local warlord in the Middle East He chooses to present a photo of Grace, a girl he barely knew from his hometown but who seems to fit the bill When he s severely injured and brought back to the US, Grace who is clueless about the deception is contacted and encouraged to visit her fianc She grabs a plane and flies to a military hospital in Maryland, where she meets Rey and demands His Road Home is the story of a soldier, Rey, who invents a fianc e to get out of marrying the daughter of a local warlord in the Middle East He chooses to present a photo of Grace, a girl he barely knew from his hometown but who seems to fit the bill When he s severely injured and brought back to the US, Grace who is clueless about the deception is contacted and encouraged to visit her fianc She grabs a plane and flies to a military hospital in Maryland, where she meets Rey and demands some answers.This is where the story evolves into something truly special Rey s wounds are severe view spoiler he s lost both of he s legs and has a brain injury that affects his speech hide spoiler Regardless of his dire circumstances, Rey has an inner light of hope that shines beautifully Grace and Rey connect and are attracted to each other Through messages and texts, their friendship develops into somethingMost of the book is Rey s car journey to his home, as Grace drives them both across the country But it is also an inner journey, where he learns to adapt to the physical changes in his body and accept that his road in life is now altered This story is muchthan an army romance, it s bittersweet, hopeful, and a reminder that strength is muchthan your physical capacities Rey and Grace are strong in every way that counts and their love story is brilliantly narrated I d love a sequel to see how their future unfolds I m really glad I picked this book up thanks lassie for the rec 5 5 5 stars A For someone who loves romance, this book hit the spot on all levels I loved the characters, Grace and Rey, and the story of their developing friendship and eventual romantic relationship The backdrop is grim There is no way around the fact that soldiers returning from war bearing physical, mental, and emotional injuries, have to basically re invent their lives However, in this short, sweet novella, that backdrop allowed the solid gold calibre of the characters to really shine 5 5 5 stars A For someone who loves romance, this book hit the spot on all levels I loved the characters, Grace and Rey, and the story of their developing friendship and eventual romantic relationship The backdrop is grim There is no way around the fact that soldiers returning from war bearing physical, mental, and emotional injuries, have to basically re invent their lives However, in this short, sweet novella, that backdrop allowed the solid gold calibre of the characters to really shine HIS ROAD HOME is a National Finalist Romance Writers of America announced the nominees for the Rita Award for best novella of 2014, and guess who s going to New York City for the ceremony Sergeant Rey Cruz and Grace Kim I m thrilled that HIS ROAD HOME has been selected with nine other great authors to be a finalist You can see the whole announcement here RITA Award Announcements Thank you for supporting this story Previous Review I m the author, so I won t rate my own book but I want HIS ROAD HOME is a National Finalist Romance Writers of America announced the nominees for the Rita Award for best novella of 2014, and guess who s going to New York City for the ceremony Sergeant Rey Cruz and Grace Kim I m thrilled that HIS ROAD HOME has been selected with nine other great authors to be a finalist You can see the whole announcement here RITA Award Announcements Thank you for supporting this story Previous Review I m the author, so I won t rate my own book but I want to share part of the Publishers Weekly review of HIS ROAD HOME for readers who might not see it FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 8 25 2014 Starred Review Richland First to Burn packs a novel s worth of plot and characterization into this tantalizing novella It is a raw, emotional story of two embattled people slowly building a life together Painful self examination is rewarded with a deeper understanding of what it means to love and be loved in return The story s only flaw is that it ends far too soon, leaving readers desperate forof Richland s powerful descriptions and deep characterization I couldn t beexcited that reviewers are connecting with Cruz and Grace as deeply as I did My Review What an incredibly moving, beautiful story with an incredibly creative set up Rey needs a girl s picture to show a warlord in Afghanistan to prove that he has a fiancee and doesn t need the warlord s daughter to fill the position He s simply trying to avoid a conflict with the tribe So he goes to facebook and finds a picture that will worka modest and respectable looking girl from his hometown, but one that he s never actually met After a little bit of doctoring he has the engag My Review What an incredibly moving, beautiful story with an incredibly creative set up Rey needs a girl s picture to show a warlord in Afghanistan to prove that he has a fiancee and doesn t need the warlord s daughter to fill the position He s simply trying to avoid a conflict with the tribe So he goes to facebook and finds a picture that will worka modest and respectable looking girl from his hometown, but one that he s never actually met After a little bit of doctoring he has the engagement photo, but before he can use it, he gets blown up and the burned, tattered photo makes the international news Although Grace knows who his mother is in their small town, she has no idea how or why Rey would be saying she s his fiancee when she doesn t even know him But he s a desperately wounded soldier and everyone around her knows that she should be with her fiance during this time She s basically railroaded into visiting him and not given time to say two words about the fact that she doesn t know him before she s shepherded onto a plane headed for Walter Reed Army Medical Center Rey lost both his legs and his brain doesn t connect quite right any which affects his speech Although his brain works, he can t unscramble the right words to explain what happened with Grace to her or anyone else Grace is one of those peopleshe s empathetic and although she knows she doesn t belong here, she can t abandon Rey who s basically hurt and alone and a bit confused andthan a bit traumatized This bizarre set of circumstances set up one of the most beautiful romantic stories I think I ve read this year The timeline of the novel takes place over around 8 9 months and these two are only together that first week he s home when he got hurt The rest of the time they are connecting long distance via text and creating an incredibly strong bond and friendship Everything about that worked for me And I loved these two characters Anna Richland does an incredible job with Rey showing his doubts, fears, and hopes along the way He hates what has happened to him and hates it eventhat Grace sees him helpless like this I can t imagine how hard it would be to deal with this kind of communication issue on top of everything else It made my heart ache so much for Rey and I know that there are so many real Vets who are dealing with these kinds of losses every single day There are many times throughout the book where the ideal of hero is examined Rey lost a lot, others lostand the book is a great reminder of that There are heroes every where in our lives, but we owe our soldiers so much They are just doing their jobs, but those jobs can come at such an incredibly high price It s a good reminder.I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review When a grateful Afghan tribal leader offers Staff Sergeant Reynaldo Cruz, one of his daughters as a wife, Rey knows that to turn down the offer would be an insult, and place him and his men in a vulnerable position He invents a fake fianc e A photo of Grace Kim, one of his older sister s school friends seems a good choice The ruse will soon be forgotten his hometown, and particularly Grace are never going to hear about it.But when Rey steps on a land mine, he instantly becomes newsworthy Re When a grateful Afghan tribal leader offers Staff Sergeant Reynaldo Cruz, one of his daughters as a wife, Rey knows that to turn down the offer would be an insult, and place him and his men in a vulnerable position He invents a fake fianc e A photo of Grace Kim, one of his older sister s school friends seems a good choice The ruse will soon be forgotten his hometown, and particularly Grace are never going to hear about it.But when Rey steps on a land mine, he instantly becomes newsworthy Rey is rushed to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Grace is given emergency leave to be with her fianc.This is a novella Colour me surprised I should have got a clue when I read it so quickly But this is a pretty meaty, well developed read Dealing not only with his physical injuries but a traumatic brain injury that limits his speech, Rey and Grace find a way to communicate through texting when they re apart for months during his recuperation If you read enough romances you realise that apparently nobody becomes friends with their partners any It s all about that sizzling, sexual attraction with electric currents between their eyeballs, and orgasms lots and lots of orgasms Well, there are a few here as well, but their friendship along with their sexual attraction and budding romance is allowed time to develop before we ever get to that stage.I guess because of the limited word count there are a few plot points that were skipped over We never see the explosion in real time, only in flashbacks And I would have loved to see Rey dealingwith the emotional impact of his changed body Despite the nightmares, he does seems to accept fairly easily and readily view spoiler the loss of his legs hide spoiler So, in short His Road Home is for readers who enjoy military menswounded heroesscientist heroinesethnic MCs Rey has Mexican parents Grace has Korean parents road trips small townsslowly building romancesgreat writingrealistic characters, situations and dialogueand authors who donate part of their royalties to charity In this case, The Fisher House Foundation, a charity that provides free lodging near military hospitals for families of injured and ill veterans More please, Ms Richland A love story in 28 pictureshttp www.mamamia.com.au social a loSteam 2.5 To Avoid An Afghan Warlord S Matchmaking, Staff Sergeant Rey Cruz Invents A Fianc E He Ll Never Meet Until He S Flat On His Back In Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, And Marine Biologist Grace Kim Shows Up With One Question Why Did You Lie Cruz Can T Explain His Fabrication To Her, The News Media, Their Families, Or Their Hometown, Because His Traumatic Brain Injury Has Manifested As Aphasia, Leaving Him With Few Words To Navigate His New WorldGrace Offers Friendship, A Big Step For A Woman Who Prefers Orcinus Orca To Most Company Texting Throughout His Recovery, They Connect In Ways Neither Anticipates She Agrees To Help Drive His Classic Muscle Car Home Across Country At Thanksgiving His Hands On Method Of Teaching Her To Operate A Manual Transmission Is The Beginning Of His Challenges To Her Comfort Zone She Responds By Introducing Him To The Steamy World Of South Dakota Ice Fishing Shacks, And They Both Learn To Look Beyond Labels Into Each Other S Hearts


About the Author: Anna Richland

Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century old house in Seattle She writes paranormal romantic suspense and award winning military romance in the spaces left after dealing with kids, laundry, crazy volunteer commitments and internet distractions.Her lifelong passion for new places and a need to pay tuition led her to become an army officer en rou Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century old house in Seattle She writes paranormal romantic suspense and award winning military romance in the spaces left after dealing with kids, laundry, crazy volunteer commitments and internet distractions.Her lifelong passion for new places and a need to pay tuition led her to become an army officer en route to visiting four continents and twenty two countries Now the places she goes arelikely to be field trips than trips to the field, but it s still fun


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