Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects many people for many reasons. Mostly related to war time, soldiers come back home, having seen and experienced horrible things that they wish to forget, but can’t. They are safe at home, the norm they used to know, little changes at home, but everything is changed inside themselves. They feel the pressure of people wanting them to be like they used to be, but they can’t be. They see the extreme contrast of war, against everyone going about daily routines at home, as if nothing is going on elsewhere. I can only imagine: helplessness, sadness, nightmares, pain: physical as well as mental.
It’s not just people at war who go through this. It’s also people who endure long hard times, where their patience and faith are stretched to the limit, maybe with physical ailments, dealing with long bouts of trials, fighting and struggling on the inside, while trying to maintain that “everything’s fine” demeanor on the outside, trying to be a good “soldier”. I am not in any way diminishing the reality of PTSD as a result of the ravages of war, that is a specific kind of misery. I’m saying that there are levels and ranges of post trauma and its effect on different people for different reasons.
Imperfect Promises deals with PTSD in a soldier returning from the middle east. It also deals with the very hard and dark subject of domestic terrorism, making one wonder how much is really going on, that we are not aware of. How much we are protected from, because we can’t and should not know what is going in the depths of investigations, and infiltration of corruption. I don’t need to provide a summary of the story, nor do I want to, as I feel that can lead to spoilers.
What I liked:
It is well written. The descriptions, setting of scenes and the story telling is very good and compelling. There is a romance, but not written in a cheesy way. Even though there is more focus on it than I normally like in a story, the author balances it out with the extreme seriousness of domestic terrorism and PTSD. There is a good dose of intrigue, mystery and suspense throughout the book, which kept me reading.
What I didn’t like:
For anyone who likes reading Christian fiction (I am one of them), this may or may not be your type of story. The Christianity in this book is little more than cultural, almost everyone goes to church and talks about God. Shea’s motivation to not have a man overnight was more about “what would the gossips think?” than “We need to avoid the appearance of evil and possibly offending our holy God”. There was one mention of “the man upstairs”, a term I hate. BUT to put it into perspective, it was an old rancher who said it, who if existed in reality probably wouldn’t have meant it as the insult that it sounds. He was encouraging someone to submit himself to God, giving God the high honor of someone worthy of submitting ones life to – yet I STILL hate the term.
I enjoyed the writing and the story was compelling, my final rating is 4 stars!
And now to more about the book, the author and a give-away contest ….
About the Book
Book Title: Imperfect Promises
Author: Elizabeth Noyes
Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance
Release date: August, 2018
Award-winning romantic suspense author, Elizabeth Noyes raises the bar in this stunning conclusion of The Imperfect Series!
Former Special Forces operative, Jonas Cameron, traded his past and his service for his family back in Idaho and the ranch he loves. But ghosts have a disturbing way of not staying where you leave them.
Shea Townsend is on her way to becoming a chef extraordinaire until her father’s illness pulls her from culinary school and back to Montana to care for him. After his death, disinherited and alone, she sets out to make a new life for herself, one which may or may not include the too-alpha, too-sexy Jonas Cameron.
Jonas learns of a homegrown terrorist threat against him and his family at the same time a mysterious stalker sets his sights on Shea. Determined to neutralize both dangers, Jonas calls on old friends for help and draws upon his own very specialized skill set to end the menaces to Shea and himself.
As the danger escalates, secrets are revealed and the truth emerges in a deadly cat and mouse game with Shea caught in the middle.
Fast-paced action. Heart-pounding adventure. This is not your ordinary romantic suspense story!
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About the Author
Elizabeth Noyes—professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer—lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human characters clamoring to be heard.
A native of the Deep South, she claims to still “speak the language,” even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. Recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor, she now fills her days editing, critiquing, reading, playing with the grandkids, learning more about Social Media than she ever wanted, and putting her stories into words to share with others.
Guest Post from Elizabeth Noyes
The Imperfect Tie Between Characters, Themes, and Titles
I love reading across all genres. If it’s well- written, I’m an easy catch. What I don’t like is when fictional characters are portrayed as model-worthy with perfect looks, perfect physiques, and perfect personalities. Yuk! I’ve never met a perfect person.
To quote Mark Twain, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.”
I want characters with the same flaws as you and me—judgmental, short-tempered, guilt-ridden, egotistical, defiant, withdrawn, too-skinny, compassionate, couch potatoes, foolish, silly, serious, low self-esteem, arrogant, hurt, guilty, deceiving, generous… in other words, real people. These are character traits I relate to, and they come alive on the pages, giving hope that we can also learn from our mistakes and grow into something better.
The characters in the Imperfect Series let themselves and others down. They struggle with life issues, make poor decisions, grieve over mistakes, and then pick themselves up and go on.
In Imperfect Wings, guilt and low self esteem plague TJ, while her male counterpart, Garrett, struggles with anger issues. In Imperfect Trust, yeah, trust was a problem for both Lucy and Wade. With Imperfect Bonds, Cassidy fights for her sister’s forgiveness as she deals with feelings of inadequacy … both of which carry over into her relationship with Derek. In Imperfect Lies—yep, another obvious theme. Lies from the past come back to haunt Mallory and James.
In the final book of the series, Imperfect Promises, the main male character, Jonas, is by a nature a control freak. He suffers from guilt over a perceived failure when at his deepest core he is a protector and perfectionist. Shea, the female protagonist, rose from the ashes of a devastating childhood to forge a new life for herself. Both discover that promises made to themselves and to others can’t always be kept. Despite best intentions, life sometimes gets in the way.
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DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.