By Steven Manchester
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
Readers meet David as he suggests a quiet evening to
his date Allison so they can really get to know each other. She’d rather dance.
As the night progresses, a week before David must leave for military service,
she suggests playing the field and seeing other people.
done me the biggest favor ever, he realized.”
Meanwhile, when readers meet Lindsey Wood, she is
with her father Denis, a decorated Operation Desert Storm veteran, as he has a
nightmare asleep in his recliner.
up, Dad, she thought, knowing that if she attempted to roust him from his
nightmares, there was a very good possibility that he’d attack her ---
David’s and Lindsey’s paths will cross when he goes
for a run on the beach, where readers follow the beginning of their challenge
packed journey, emotionally involved from the start.
Manchester’s skill in developing the characters, his
excellent use of dialogue and his impeccable talent in telling a meaningful
story will capture readers.
This reviewer was particularly impressed with his
telling a deeper parallel story of returning veterans along with the fate of
David and Lindsey. This is a book that readers will enjoy, as well as one that
will enlighten them to the realities that face veterans returning from combat.