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Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn’t know was that I was breaking mine too.
I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .
Before the war.
Before the ambush.
But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.
The truth is I’m lost without you.
I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .
All my love,
I’m always in awe when an author or authors craft a story that is seeped in sorrow, tragedy, mistakes, and limitless anguish; I don’t know how they’re able to create perfect words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs that illicit such strong emotions – ones that resonate with readers…are relatable to readers…are so overwhelmingly powerful, to the point that readers can’t help but emotionally react to what the characters must endure and the battle they must wage against fate and their circumstances to pull themselves out of the darkness and back into the light – one that might not burn as brightly as it once did, but it burns nonetheless and at times like those, that’s what matters most.
The bonds of tragedy are strong; in fact, they’re life changing and what happened to this group of soldiers redefined them in significant ways, and while mistakes are made, promises broken, and lives hurt in the process, no one can judge them for any of it because unless someone has experienced what these characters experienced and found their lives turned upside down in all possible ways, no one can say that they wouldn’t do what was done or not struggle just to carry on…to put one step in front of the other until there came a time where it didn’t hurt to simply get out of bed in the morning.
I’ll be upfront and tell you that I don’t normally read books like Heartbreak Warfare, not because I can’t deal with the emotional investment that’s required in a story of this kind, but because I find it difficult to cope with and understand some of the decisions that are made and some of the situations that take place. I’m not a romance reader who reads books with love triangles/cheating – it’s a hard limit for me because even though it’s a fictional story, the realism that exists in those choices and scenes overwhelm me because, from my perspective, they’re black and white situations and the gray area/exceptions are not something I’m able to get my head around. But, the way that Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart present this agonizing plot line force me to accept that there are times and situations where the gray area is all there is and judgments aren’t possible due to the ways these characters have already suffered and the struggles they still have in front of them.
Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart have given their readers a story that epitomizes its title, and as the angst and torment of the characters’ lives become breathing and living things in their own right, readers can’t help but be completely invested in this journey despite the fact that it will cost a number of characters their lives, their souls, and most definitely their hearts.
Heartbreak Warfare is a perfectly imperfect exploration of the fallout of war…of the consequences of tragedy…of the bonds that are formed through loss; it’s most definitely not an easy read but it’s so worth the emotional upheaval that readers will feel because a book that leaves a last impression like Katy and Briggs’ story did for some many readers signifies just how powerful the storytelling was despite its difficult subject matter.
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About the Authors
Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.
A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.
Contact Kate- Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org