Five years ago Megan and Liam were in love. Set to marry, tragedy struck when word arrived that Liam had been killed. Devastated, Megan attempted to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, five years later, Megan finds herself homeless and without any hope of a family. Living with her brother and his family, all she has to live for are her horses, Legend and Lady Belle. She has her sights set on winning the elusive British Triple Crown with Legend and creating a racing dynasty.
Liam faked his death five years ago to get close to Napoleon in order to learn the man’s secrets. Now, he finds himself back on British soil with no clue as to what he is supposed to do with his life. Having been a prisoner of war and seen the horror of the battlefield, he suffers from debilitating nightmares and physical ailments that make him question his manhood and sometimes his sanity. Memories of Megan, the love of his life, kept him sane when he would have gone mad. But he quickly finds a dream and reality are two very different things.
When Megan eavesdrops on a conversation and finds out her beloved Liam is alive, she doesn’t know whether to rejoice or let her feelings of anger and betrayal rule her. Does she want to see him? Can she trust him with her heart after what he’s done? Can she convince him, her weary warrior, to trust her with the nightmare of his past, or will it all be for naught as danger surrounds Megan, threatening her life and their future happiness once more? And will Liam be able to overcome the obstacles from his past to save the woman he loves so they can have a future and lifetime of love together? This is a story of love, redemption, and healing.
Review: I need to start my review with a great big wow and this book was just so good. Now that I got that out of my system, I can get back to business.
I’m not a huge fan of books where someone is presumed dead and then four or five years later they come back and try and live the life they left years before, only they can’t because that life doesn’t exist anymore. They aren’t the same and neither is anyone whom they left behind the same. It’s sad and awful and I always feel sorry for the person that comes back and realizes that they can’t have what they left behind because it no longer exists.
Needless to say I was leery when I decided to read this book. However, I’m delighted to say how wonderful this book really was. It was romantic, passionate, sad, scary. funny, all rolled into one huge book.
Ms. Burns took a person who was involved in a war, and they could have been from any era, any war, and created Liam. She touched on some very sensitive subjects and dealt with them with sensitivity, humor, and the respect that they deserved. She had written a short blurb at the end of her book about PTSD, and what soldiers go through when they return from war, and she worried that she didn’t correctly capture what a solder goes through when they come home. I’m not an expert on the subject, but in my humble opinion, I feel that this was a very apt representation of what a soldier goes through when they come home from war.
Liam and Megan have tons of feelings, emotions, and relationship problems that need to be worked out between them. They both need to deal with who they were and who they are now, and find a new balance and be able to move forward. I like how the story kept moving forward toward that goal, but it was believable as well.
Historical romances are just so good. If any reader out there agrees with this statement, then give Tammy Jo’s book a try, and check out her other books as well too. I hope you like the book as well.
From a young age I could always be found carrying around books to read while watching my grandmother’s soap operas with her. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on and even made up skits and stories for my friends and me to act out. Once I outgrew the children’s and YA books, my mom introduced me to an entirely new world – contemporary romance. Upon discovering I had a love for history I began devouring historical romances. One day, sitting in a college British History class, something the professor said made me think, I wonder. I quickly called mom (also a writer) and ran the idea by her. After being told, “Of course you can do it, you’re my daughter,” the rest, as they say, is history. I currently share my love of reading with the next generation as a high school librarian, and share my personal life with my demanding dog trapped in a cat’s body, Ajax.