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A Soldier Comes Home, by Cindi Myers

This is a Harlequin Superromance, a relatively short novel at just under 250 pages. It is also my introduction to Ms Myers writing. The book tracks several different relationships affected by the current armed conflicts in which the US is involved.

Here’s the blurb:

It takes courage to start over

No one is waiting for him when Captain Ray Hughes returns from his tour of duty. With his soon-to-be ex-wife gone, it’s just him and his little boy now creating their own version of a family. Although he faces a lot of uncertainty, Ray is determined to raise his son the best way he knows how.

Chrissie Evans is a complication Ray didn’t expect. Almost against his will, he’s drawn into a relationship with his widowed neighbor. Chrissie is everything he could desire in a woman and he wants a future with her. But can he promise her what she needs to hear?

Single Father—He’s a man on his own, trying to raise his children. Sometimes he gets things right. Sometimes he needs a little help.

I liked the way the two main characters are introduced, each in his/her own private hell. Loneliness in the middle of a crowd, indeed. I also like that they don’t jump into bed after a week or two, instead letting the relationship develop—you know, as adults should do, particularly when there’s a kid around. (more…)