Review: Circle of Redemption

Three stories, three men, three lives intertwined by chance . . . War veteran turned detective, Dan Wilson lives a solitary existence until the day he’s thrust into the middle of a life or death situation and finds himself face-to-face with the love he let get away. Will he be able to overcome his regrets and her secrets so they can enjoy the future that should have been?  Rocked by the ravages of war . . .  Afghanistan has ripped everything from Cade Russell. His peace of mind, his happiness, his family. Lost and alone, his marriage in shambles, his world is falling apart around him. What will it take to save the love that had once been his redemption?  Threatening to crumble under the weight of heartbreak . . . Faced with the ultimate loss, Dr. Travis Rhodes finds his life has ended up nothing more than an empty black hole until a vibrant, vivacious artist brings color back into his world. Can he dig deep enough to love again when shocking revelations threaten to unravel all they’ve found together? Can they be healed by the redeeming power of love?

Three stories, three men, three lives intertwined by chance . . .
War veteran turned detective, Dan Wilson lives a solitary existence until the day he’s thrust into the middle of a life or death situation and finds himself face-to-face with the love he let get away. Will he be able to overcome his regrets and her secrets so they can enjoy the future that should have been?
Rocked by the ravages of war . . .
Afghanistan has ripped everything from Cade Russell. His peace of mind, his happiness, his family. Lost and alone, his marriage in shambles, his world is falling apart around him. What will it take to save the love that had once been his redemption?
Threatening to crumble under the weight of heartbreak . . .
Faced with the ultimate loss, Dr. Travis Rhodes finds his life has ended up nothing more than an empty black hole until a vibrant, vivacious artist brings color back into his world. Can he dig deep enough to love again when shocking revelations threaten to unravel all they’ve found together?
Can they be healed by the redeeming power of love?

Circle of Redemption by Shauna Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A collection of deeply emotional stories that touch on PTSD, grief and organ donation. Each of the stories is connected by a sentimental object that just enriches them all the more.

Lost and Found by Susan C. Muller – This was a 2nd chance story. Dan and Lacey had a quick fling when they were in college before Dan deployed. A misunderstanding had them parting on bad terms and not seeing each other for 7 years ago. Dan is now a police detective who has found himself in the middle of bank robbery protecting Lacey and her daughter. There was a lot of suspense during the bank robbery and a feel good ending once the past was confronted between Dan and Lacey.

Saved by the Stone by Janet Nash – Cade return from Afghanistan a year ago but yet he didn’t. Since returning he cannot feel anything emotionally not even for his wife and 2 children. All he feels is dead inside and this has finally taken a toll on his marriage. We not only get a glimpse of what the veteran goes through with PTSD but also how it ultimately affects the spouse. Grace couldn’t take it anymore and it started affecting her by causing outburst and her acting in a way that wasn’t normal for her either. This was heartbreaking to read yet you felt a triumph for them both when Cade finally had a breakthrough.

Sight Unseen by Shauna Allen – This one was really heartbreaking. A Doctor who should be at the top of his game has been beaten down by the tragic loss of his brother in Afghanistan and then by the loss of his wife in a accident. After making the decision to have her organs donated he finds out that his marriage isn’t what he thought it was when he is served with divorce papers. A year later he is still just going through the motions and really what I would call severely depressed. One day he meets an artist who awakens every dormant emotion in him. This story has a few twist that I think as a reader you need to read for yourself but know that this ones gonna tug on the heartstrings.

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