Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Because of You by Jessica Scott

Jen St. James is a recent mastectomy patient who is understandable self conscious about having only one breast.  Going out to the bar in not her first choice in activities, but she agrees to go to support Laura, whose husband, Trent, is shipping out to Iraq the next day.

Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison wants to spend his last night in the US before shipping out to Iraq relaxing at home.  When men from his platoon try to talk him into going with to a local bar he gives in deciding he will go just to keep them out of trouble.  At the end of the night everyone leaves to go home and Jen and Shane are the last two there.

The next day Shane shows up for his release physical and finds Jen there as his nurse.  Against her better judgment she releases Shane to Iraq, hoping he returns in one piece.  Many months’ later three men from Shane’s platoon return to the US wounded and Shane is one of them.   Jen and Shane both fight their own personal demons and help each other to try to find happiness.

Although I cannot totally understand how Jen feel after her surgery, I do understand how she can feel so self conscience about her appearance.  She truly showed how strong she is by not giving up on her life and falling in love with a tough soldier.

My favorite story line of this book was between Laura and Jen.  The way they supported each other and helped each other stay strong was so inspiring.  They were so lucky to have each other through their own personal trials, to know without a doubt there was unwavering support.  Exactly what ever girl looks for in a girlfriend.

Even though I could predict where this story was heading and for the most part how it was going to get there, I could not stop reading.  There were a few twists and turns that I did not anticipate and they just made the story that much more entertaining.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series to be released.

Reviewed by Charlotte

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