In her introduction, Ms. Scott says she’s been trying to write Back to You, Trent and Laura’s story, since 2008. It seems like I’ve been waiting that long to read it. Ever since they first appeared in Because of You I’ve wanted to know how things turn out. The little glimpses we kept getting of their slowly deteriorating relationship throughout the next few books only reinforced my interest. Trent and Laura were so broken I needed to know how they were going to make it back to each other. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I wanted them to beat the odds. The wait, while endless, was worth it.
He’s in for the fight of his life . . .
Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn’t explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family—so he deployed again. And again. And again . . . until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs . . . if she’ll have him.
. . . to win back his only love.
Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she’s just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried—and a love that won’t be denied. But can she trust that this time he’s back to stay?
Ms. Scott’s talent has always been in conveying the realities of war. As a career soldier she knows of what she speaks. While previous novels have focused on the visible scars of war this one brings us the emotional ones. Though physically unscathed, the years of combat have left a noticeable mark on Trent’s psyche. This is clear in his continued desire to be with his men, his need to protect them, and his inability to open up to those around him when he returns stateside. Though invisible, these wounds are no less profound than the physical. It is these realities that must be dealt with before Trent and Laura can come back together.
In the background is the reality of the military court martial hanging over Trent’s head. The actions of his weasel Lieutenant are finally coming to a head. Part of the proposed defense is for Trent and Laura to play the happy couple; removing all doubt as to the need for Trent to stray. Though initially he refuses to put his wife in that position, once she agrees Trent decides to use it to his own advantage and begin the process of winning back his wife.
This is a multilayered story. It is the story of a man trying to reconnect with the secular world and discover his new normal. It is the story of a man trying to reconnect with his children after missing the majority of their lives. It is the story of a man trying to let go of the war and return to the man he used to be. It is the story of a man and a woman trying to find their place in the world. These layers give the story a richness and depth not often found in fiction. Once again, Ms. Scott has brought us into her world and taken us on an emotional rollercoaster.
To counterbalance the depth of Trent and Laura’s story, we are treated to wonderful glimpses of our former heroes. Shane and Jen are back as are Vic and Nicole. It is wonderful to see their continued progress as life moves forward. There are some big developments for Shane and Jen that I can’t wait to read more about. Thankfully, this time the wait will be far shorter. The next book debuts in just a few short months.
In celebration of this book, Ms. Scott has generously agreed to send a paper copy of I’ll Be Home for Christmas to one random commenter. If you read my review, you know that’s one you’d love to have on your keeper shelf.