Reviewed by Ami
Title: A Soldier’s Return
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Series: The Women of Brambleberry House #4
Heroine/Hero: Melissa Fielding/Eli Sanderson
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 224 Pages
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Returning home to Cannon Beach and living in Brambleberry House, a place where good things seemed destined to happen, had brought Melissa Fielding and her young daughter such joy. Perhaps it was no accident when the single mom “bumped” into Eli Sanderson, and discovered the handsome doctor was also back in town. The ex-soldier was still so captivating, but also more guarded. Was now the time to put old ghosts to rest?
Review: Ex-Soldier and doctor, Eli Sanderson, returns to Cannon Beach to help take over his father’s practice while his father is recuperating after double knee replacement surgery. Nurse and single mom Melissa Fielding is living at Cannon Beach, right at Brambleberry House, and the return of the handsome doctor brings new feelings in Melissa, who isn’t sure whether she’s ready for another relationship.
A Soldier’s Return is the latest book on RaeAnne Thayne’s The Women of Brambleberry House series … but you don’t really need to read the first three books. I didn’t, and I didn’t have a problem at all catching up with the story. It’s pretty much a stand-alone, in my opinion.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t charmed with Melissa and Eli, as I was with the majority of the couples from Thayne’s other series, Haven Point. I didn’t feel like both characters were strong, memorable ones. Yes, Melissa is a single mom, who’s a nurse, who seems to be attracted to Eli. And Eli is a handsome doctor, who is also feeling guilt after this one tragedy he experiences while being a soldier.
They’re nice people but that’s about it. I can’t think of one single thing from both characters that can inspire me very much, you know? I also wish that Eli and Melissa’s daughter, Skye, had interacted more considering Melissa’s status as single mother.
There is this one action scene near the end that I think is really, really, good – involving a baby delivery – it is a perfect scene for a visual experience *grin*.
BUT THE EPILOGUE THOUGH!!! Whoa!!! I was already very much intrigued with Luke’s story, with his missing wife, when I read The Cottages on Silver Beach back in July 2018. The epilogue makes me more impatient to read Luke’s book.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*