Title: Her Hopes and Dreams
Author: Terri Osburn
Publication: November 15, 2016 (Kindle/Kindle Unlimted Edition)
Please note: This novel contains references to PTSD and other trauma-induced psychological issues (One character has PTSD from military related events, another from being abused by their spouse). If you feel triggered by this, please skip this book.
I was a bit underwhelmed by this addition to the series. Carrie Farmer’s story has been a back plot along most of the first three books. In the first book we are introduced to her as Spencer’s ex-wife, who is being abused by her second husband. In the second and third books she is adjusting to being a widow, a single mother, and being free from abuse. In the last book in particular, she starts to focus on helping others who are in similar situation by creating a shelter for the area with Haleigh and her mother.
In this book, we get her point of view and see how she is adjusting. She seems to have settled into her life, but she is determined, sometimes against her own safety, to help other women. She meets her next door neighbor, Nathan, who happens to be an old childhood friend of her late husband. They get off to an awkward start due to Nate not knowing what had gone on while he had been away at war. There is also the aspect that both of them have trauma-induced psychological issues that they have to deal with.
The story is enjoyable, although it seems at times to be overly optimistic. I do like the fact that Ms Osburn brings up the idea that people with PTSD and other trauma-induced psychological disorders can find a happy life. The idea that it can be relived by finding “the one” seems a little misleading because it puts a lot of pressure on the significant other, but considering this is a romance novel, and the concept that love heals everything is a trope we all tend to find/write into these books.
There is a fifth book in this series, but it won’t be released till May 2017, so look for it under the ‘bookit 2017’ tag on this blog or the Terri Osburn tag.