A standalone story of  second chance love and sacrifices with a military theme
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a lover's lament 6th Oct

 

SYNOPSIS

In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.
In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.
I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.
Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.
But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?

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I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.
These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.
The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.
I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.
A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her. 

A Lover's Lament

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯1/2  Gut wrenching stars

Friends from childhood Devin and Katie’s story is one of love, heartbreak, hope and loss. It’s about carrying someone else’s heart within their own of which time is no consequence. A story of re-awakening and forgiveness. As inspirational as it is heart-wrenching. A Lover’s Lament is a beautiful and poignant second chance at a love that never died. A story of courage led by your heart.

“I’ve given you my heart, and even if you don’t want it, you can’t give it back because it belongs to you.”

We knew we were in for quite a ride yet we never envisaged just how much we’d feel whilst hearing Devin’s voice.  Devin’s POV was incredible. It felt overwhelmingly real, passionate and so vivid we felt we were with him at ALL times. We smelt the stagnant air, we felt the dust in our throats and we heard the agonising sounds surrounding him.  For us; A Lover’s Lament became all about Devin’s journey. His POV was written with such heart, maturity and it became the reason we loved this book. We believed in every single word and cried so many tears, yet felt the inspiration, bravery and perseverance. B.T. Urruela – without question – knows how to write from his heart.

‘We are fathers, brothers, husbands and sons. We are dreamers, lovers, and God fearing men…the majority of us are just like you…people dealing with something so traumatic, so heartbreaking, and so horrific that the heart never quite learns to mend.’

As gripping and real as Devin’s voice felt we have to admit we struggled with Katie’s at times. Her actions and attitude came across somewhat immature in comparison and at times she was unlikeable because of this; when put into perspective of the sombre mood of the book as well as the subject matter. She took on the ‘woe is me’ attitude which felt extremely out of context. Now, whilst we understand her heartbreak we felt her behaviour to be a turn off in parts. That is not to say though that she didn’t redeem herself, as she absolutely did and we took her to our hearts and felt her soul, honesty and passion.

‘I’ve been treading water in a choppy sea of guilt and anger, and he just inadvertently threw me a lifeline. If it were anyone else, I’m not sure it would’ve made the same impact.’

Whilst we certainly enjoyed the first half of the book we have to say towards the half-way point the story gathered such momentum emotionally and story development wise we were suddenly unable to put it down for love nor money and from there on end finished it in one sitting. The beauty and poignancy of this love story became so much more and we loved it. A definite TB recommend!

“Whatever this is between us…it’s big Katie. Bigger than you, bigger than me…and ten years hasn’t changed that.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the authors, with thanks.**

A LOVER’S LAMENT by K L GRAYSON & B T URRUELA
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