My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Even though these books are fiction you can certainly tell that the authors own life experiences influence each book. This story delves into what is like when a woman that has been deployed and lost a good friend to the war returns home a different person than what she was when she left and her struggles with how to “come home” which is the basis for all the books in this series. Both the main characters are in the Army and have been in a long term relationship that includes a child. For the past two years they both did a deployment at opposite times so one of them was home with the daughter. When Samanatha returns though from her deployment she is dead inside and takes her daughter and leaves instead of going to see someone or even talking things out with Patrick.
I am sure that every instance is different on how men and women compartmentalize their feelings and that is certainly at the fore front in this novella. One of the biggest touching moments was when Patrick decided he needed to open up and tell Samantha some of things that had happened to him while over there and how he came back and dealt with them, showed her that what she was feeling (or her lack of feeling) was perfectly normal and she just needed to open up and let out all of her grief whether that be with him or with a doctor.
This was another great addition to the Coming Home series that packed a mighty punch in a short novella.