I admit it, I’m the type of girl that cries at those commercials on television where the military father unexpectedly reunites with their child and the child jumps into their father’s arms. Sometimes a girl just needs a good cry. This book pulled the tears from my eyes.
The story line is very predictable, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It is a testament to the author’s writing that she still captures the attention of the reader. The fact that the author was able to compel me to fervently turn pages is amazingly beautiful. The characters are sincere and believable and absolutely sensational.
I don’t think I have ever said this about a book, but I think I liked everything about it.
It took 20 years for perfectionist PR pro Kate Masters to fall for her best friend, Army scout Ethan Shepherd, but only seconds for their lives to shatter. When an ill-fated deployment cuts short Ethan’s life, Kate’s perfectly planned future vanishes. Heart in pieces, Kate abandons who she is for a reckless and dangerous existence.
Army medic Nick Hunter made a promise to Ethan, his brother-in-arms, before tragedy ripped his friend away. Upon leaving the military, Nick moves to Ethan’s hometown, his determination to uphold his promise as strong as his need to heal his own broken heart. What he finds when he arrives isn’t at all what he thought he was getting into. Kate isn’t interested in healing, making it impossible for Nick to keep his promise.
To survive grief this profound, Kate must learn how to forge a new path, and open herself up to the possibility of an unplanned happiness.
The Day He Went Away explores the devastation of loss, the beauty in losing yourself, and the transcendent power of grief.
Jennifer Millikin is a romance and women’s fiction author who enjoys writing about strong female protagonists. Her next project, The Day He Went Away, is available on November 10th. Jennifer graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication Studies and lives with her husband and two young children in Scottsdale, Arizona. When she isn’t chasing after her little ones she can be found gulping coffee in her office, typing furiously at her keyboard and reenacting scenes. Find Jennifer on jennifermillikinwrites.com and facebook.com/JenniferMillikinwrites.