To Have and to Hold
by Serena Bell
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Loveswept (July 19, 2016)
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Military Romance | PTSD
Print Length: 218 pages
The reunion is supposed to be the start of the rest of their lives. But when Trina Levine sees the soldier she promised to love forever, Hunter Cross looks at her like she’s a stranger. The connection is gone, lost in the blank stare of those soulful brown eyes. Hunter remembers his young daughter but not Trina, and he certainly can’t recall why Trina and her own child are living in his house. Although his lean, rugged frame bears the scars of battle, his mind took the worst hit.
But Hunter Cross hasn’t forgotten everything. His body remembers caressing Trina’s delicate curves, holding her close, never wanting to let go. Was it just a dream, or was it real life? Now, as he tries to put the pieces back together, Trina’s the one who comforts him when his night terrors strike. It’s Trina whose warm touch rekindles a connection no man could deny. Even with the odds stacked against them, Hunter wants to believe. Because passion has the power to awaken the past—and remake the future.
To Have and To Hold by Serena Bell
War. For every soldier that goes to battle, there are victims that arise in the aftermath. Serena Bell’s To Have and To Hold is the story of a returning soldier, wounded both physically and mentally as he struggles to remember the woman who has waited for him to come home. Hunter’s memory has been stolen, not of everything, but of Trina and their love, the fact that he had promised to marry her.
Trina is stunned, hurt, but she must maintain the strength necessary to either pull Hunter into remembering or to know when it is time to move on and re-build her life. Head trauma, PTSD and love all flavor this heart-wrenching tale of love forgotten. From Hunter’s child to Trina’s child, there are victims who are suffering just as much as Hunter and Trina. Strong as she is, will her heart allow her to continue searching for the man who left her to go to war? Can she continue to act as if the man who came home will remember her? Is time the answer? His nightmares are raw from the horrors he has seen, but her nightmare goes beyond the night time and has become her life.
Oh my! Serena Bell has mailed the torment and uncovered the reality of living with PTSD and the lives it affects. Trina is amazing, what a force to be reckoned with as she continues to give and to love without getting anything in return. Hunter suffers, and it looks real, as heinous as those who truly live with the aftermath of war. Thank goodness for their young daughters, they added that sparkle of light this tale so sorely needed!
This one is one that will push every button of humanity you have while becoming larger than life after you finish that last page.
I received an ARC edition from Random House/Loveswept in exchange for my honest review.