Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I'll be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott

Author: Jessica Scott
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Date of publication:  November 2013

There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke...except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war...and from his own darkest fears.

Did you ever wonder what happened to Vic Carponti (first seen in Because of You) and how he lost his arm in the war?  Well, I'll be Home For Christmas is his story.   I loved Carponti in Because of You. I was so excited to read this his story and even thought I knew what ultimately happens to him, it didn't take away from the story.

Carponti is always there with a joke or a sarcastic remark. He also obviously loves his wife. I liked his and Nicole's relationship  The short story did a good job of portraying what families and spouses go through when their loved ones are deployed.  I loved the things that Nicole and Vic did to try to keep the spice in their marriage, even though they are thousands of miles away.  I would have loved to see what the "man-dress" looked like. 

In addition to Carponti's story, there is also a bit more behind the scenes information about Davila and some of the stuff that happens overseas during the deployment.  It is a good set-up for the next book, Back to You (coming out in January 2014), which I hope will clear up the loose ends from the first book.   This is a great novella just in time for Christmas.  Definitely not one you want to miss!

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