Jake Lorde is headed home to heal after a long hospitalization from an IED blast ends his time in the military. His neighbor, Laurel Payne, has already seen the damage war can do to a man, having lost her husband to suicide. Laurel has no intention of falling in love with another man, especially not another soldier, but Jake’s steady presence and their instant attraction has her rethinking things. Can Laurel and Jake exorcise the demons from their pasts and find a lasting love?
Sharon Sala has a gift for crafting characters who pull at your heartstrings. Laurel’s pluckiness is admirable and I couldn’t help but cheer for her as she stood up to various family members. Some of the scenes are nothing short of heart-wrenching. I have to admit, however, that it is Laurel’s daughter, Bonnie, who steals my heart in SAVING JAKE.
Sharon Sala doesn’t shy away from addressing real world issues in her books and SAVING JAKE is no exception. The family dynamics after a suicide can be catastrophic. Sharon Sala addresses these issues (as well as other issues) in a sensitive but realistic manner. In fact, it’s part of the reason I return to Sharon Sala’s books time and time again, despite the fact that her books are outside my typical reading genre.
SAVING JAKE is the third book in Sharon Sala’s Blessings, Georgia series, but can easily be read as a standalone. However, once you get a taste of the town of Blessings, as well as Sharon Sala’s heartfelt writing, you’re going to want to dive in and read each and every book in the series- and then follow up with devouring every book Sharon Sala has ever written. Highly recommended!
*Review copy provided through NetGalley*