As a mental health advocate, I feel it is important to inform my readers that the content in this post may be potential triggering as it relates to stillbirth.
Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected, but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter.
Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection, strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache.
Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again.
Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
I had to refresh my memory a little bit as this does stem off the novella Home Again, but I do not think it is required to have read the novella before reading Return to Love.
While the book surrounds April having to cope with the stillbirth of her and Hale’s daughter; the emotions are real and you can feel the depth of her grief and depression.
Fortunately, the time frame of the book is set back to Vietnam war so the medical aspects of the book are no longer (thank goodness for that).
More than the stillbirth of their daughter, there are lessons here and there as friends and loved ones help get April back to her life and through the recovery of her loss.
I really did find this to be a great book and it only took me two nights to finish – I could not put it down! I really wanted to be there for April and help her through the depression that she experiences after such a traumatic loss.
You could feel all the emotions that are part of this book – the highs and the lows.
This is definitely a book that I enjoyed.
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Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011. The author’s stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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