Sunday, January 17, 2016

Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockman, et al

Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith

To honor and empower those who've served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

This is a book that is very dear to my heart. Eight authors have banded together to give back to the soldiers who have given a piece of themselves, whether it be a body part or part of their own psyche, they have sacrificed for our country.

Each short story is about a wounded service member who is fighting their own disability,  but also the man or woman who loves them just as they are. But the most poignant part of each story is the struggle for the Wounded Warrior to believe that someone could love them "damaged".
With eight stories in a book, the reading is a little different than with a full novel. The reader actually gets to be transported to eight different places. It is easy to find a place where you can take a break if needed. Or *gasp* actually put it down to go to work. But be warned- you really won't want to put it down.
Each story brings to life the real struggle that wounded service members go through. The physical pain, the emotional roller coaster, accepting their "new normal" or new body, the belief that they are not worthy of being loved, as well as the triumph of conquering their demons. Each story evoked so many emotions. I cried, I smiled, I cheered, but mostly I grieved for the loss each person suffered.
If you like to read about hot military men and women who overcome their disability as well as their own self, this is a book for you.
I consider this a "MUST READ". And with your purchase, you will be doing a very good deed.