Close to Home
5, Sanctuary Island - Sanctuary Island Book 5
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The best journeys take us home….
When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn’t love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she’s settled into a quiet life on her own—never expecting to see her husband again.
Johnny spent almost two years deep undercover, unable to let his wife into his cold, dangerous world. He’s shaken to the core when he comes home to find her gone. It’s painfully clear that Tessa is no longer the timid young woman he married—she’s become a force of nature, a brave and determined beauty. Johnny can’t let her go without a fight so he sets out to seduce his own wife. But will passion alone be enough to convince Tessa that her new life should include a second chance at happiness with a man who must learn to believe in love?
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Close to Home
I like this series. Lily has done good for her people, as those do her! Each story is a bit better than the previous. Miss Patty owns the local bakery and takes Tessa under her arm. Johnny spent 6 years in the military and 2 years undercover. Now he is coming back. Tessa was brought up in a commune but ran away when she got sick and wasn't supposed to. She is found in Johnny's barn and he gets her healthy and marries her. Spoilers. She moved away and Johnny is going to find her. Major Spoiler! There are lots of twists here as they get set to try to come together again. There is a very Major Spoiler. It was very hard to put this story down. There are places when you have to walk away. There will be some sex times when Tessa and Johnny get close. I would still recommend to read this story. Watch for the ending. Don't let this get away! I volunteered to read and review this book.
Loved this and loved returning to Sanctuary Island! This is a wonderful story of Tessa, a woman who loves her husband with her whole heart. She loves him enough to let him go so he can find a woman who will fill his heart. Johnny is a man who loves deeply but doesn't quite know how to show it. He thinks he's giving his wife what she needs but when he returns from an undercover assignment to find her gone, he has to face the fact that he needs to fight for her and show her exactly what she means to him. Their marriage may have started out unconventionally but anything worth having is worth fighting for.
I highly recommend this one.
Great husband and wife finding each other again story.
Johnny Alexander married Terri when she was 18 years old and he found her hiding out in the family barn, obviously on the run and scared. He had the "need" to protect her based on events from his past. Johnny never had an intimate relationship with her because he felt she was so fragile. Johnny left for the Army for 6 years then spent 2 years in the ATF so Terri was pretty much alone for her first 8 years of marriage. Terri decided she was not happy and that Johnny only stayed married to her out of obligation, so she was going to release him from his "duty". She filed for divorce, packed up and moved to Sanctuary Island and started going by the name Tessa.
A year later Johnny is back from being undercover and ready to spend some time with his wife. Surprise...she's gone. He decides to follow her to Sanctuary Island to get his wife back. While Johnny is there, he is required to deal with his emotions from being undercover for so long. He also realizes that his Terri, no Tessa is no longer the timid, afraid little girl she used to be. Instead he sees a strong, determined woman that he really wants to know. Slowly the two of them get to know each other all over again and realizes that they both still want to be together. It was fun watching these two getting to know each other. Johnny was a little too protective at times and Tessa was a little to stubborn at times but it was fun how they found a common ground. Throughout their story a little suspense was also thrown into the mix, which was very enjoyable. I also loved the character of Marcus and can't wait to see what his story is! Overall this was an enjoyable story with really great characters.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Feb 07, 2017
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: 5, Sanctuary Island