I had previously read and reviewed the novella Home Again ( read my review here ) that introduced this series. This is a continuation of that story and is every bit as good as the first. It can be read as a stand alone with no problem. Actually if you haven't read a Kathleen Shoop Novel yet I really suggest you do--she is definitely one of the better writers around.
Book 2 in this series deals with an issue that is usually not spoken about. It deals with the issues, both mental and physical, that mother's of stillborn infants go through. Thankfully the medical profession no longer deals with it the way they did back then. There are sections which will make you laugh, parts that will make you want to cry and for those of us old enough to remember gratefulness that this is no longer the way this is handled.
This is a note from the author at the end of the book
"Mothers heal from birth traumas at different rates and in different ways. This is especially evident when faced with giving birth to a baby who is stillborn. In more recent years, women have been encouraged to engage in rituals that mark the baby’s short life, to fully experience the grief associated with the loss. But this was not always the case. April’s story is very different from what women experience today, but was common for women at the time. Progress is good!"
Now I have to patiently(?) wait until book 3 in this series is released. I can't wait to find out what happens next! 5 Star for sure!
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.
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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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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Also available.......Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again
1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.
In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
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