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Five Years Gone

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"There is not a doubt in my mind that this book will be one of the top books of 2018 for me.” —5 stars, Julie from Hey Girl HEA

The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.

I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone.

That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again. 

The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do. 

From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas. 

93,000 words/400 pages

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 03, 2018 – Force's sobering standalone is a tribute to those who must wait behind as loved ones deploy in the military. Twenty-one-year-old college graduate Ava Lucas meets and falls in dizzying love with serviceman John West. They spend two blissful years together, cocooned in a world all their own. Remarkably and implausibly Ava has no idea John is vulnerable to deployment until the day he packs his "go bag," kisses Ava goodbye, and heads overseas, cutting off all contact. She searches for him to no avail. Again, remarkably, Ava stays put for five years awaiting John's return. Then she moves back to her family home in New York, begins a new life and new job, and finds new love. She's happily engaged to marry a wonderful man, but the specter of what might have become of John still haunts her and then he returns. Force's treatment of grief in a state of limbo, not knowing closure, is what makes this otherwise unremarkable book worth reading.

Customer Reviews


This is an Emotional Rollercoaster for several characters in this Great Well Written Story. I love Marie’s Force’s style of writing. I can’t wait for the second book.

Five years gone

Just wonderful. Haven't cried so hard and long in a very long time .

Five Years Gone

This book was awesome. I really didn’t know how this was going to end. It was very heart warming and I am so glad to see another one coming to continue this. Also, all your books have been such good reads. You keep me going.


Five Years Gone
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Oct 09, 2018
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
  • Seller: HTJB Inc.
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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