I VERY highly recommend this book.
Cory is so strong it’s amazing. This book opens up with a broken and betrayed woman who has given up on life and really is just rotting away in her old room at her mother’s house. It ends with her being joyful, full of life, on the track to recovery and having people in her life that love her. It takes her mother and best friend doing an intervention of sorts to get her out of bed and start living a little.
She’s set up with a job with other vets who understand some of what she’s going through considering they have PTSD and nightmares too. Cory’s situation is a little different, not only is she female but she was raped by her CO (commanding officer).
Her case has broken barriers because when she went to the higher ups in the U.S. Army and they did nothing but give her a dishonorable discharge and say she has a personality disorder, she took her CO to court outside in civilian territory. Not only did she win the case and get him sent to prison, but she has a legal team she’s waiting to hear from on the status of getting that label out of her file so that she can get her benefits and see a therapists. The things she deals with are just heartbreaking but it shows how much she has grown and how far she is willing to go to get her life in some semblance of order. She’s set up with a job at a place called L&L by the locals and moves into a house that she’s renting, she has also caught the eye of her boss and part owner, Ted.
Ted is owner of Langford & Lovejoy Heritage Furniture and is surrounded by vets. He’s a bit pissed, recently it’s like he doesn’t get a say in what goes on in his company and who gets hired. Cory being hired is the last straw until he hears her voice, sets eyes on her and realizes that Cory is a female not male. He does what he can to make her believe they are friends while subtly trying to get inside her barriers and make her his. He can see that Cory is suffering and he doesn't like it. He wants to do what he can to help, but every time he thinks he’s close she shuts him out or pushes him away. It’s very frustrating, but he’s not going anywhere. He sticks with it and in the end makes Cory realize that not only can she depend on him but that she can have a life with him too.
This story was truly inspiring and I loved it. There were parts where I wanted to scream, where I was rooting for them and then saying give her space, there were other times where I felt so bad for Cory and what she was going through. My emotions were all over the place and I think in the end that’s a good thing.
The author really brought into life what dealing with PTSD is like and how someone suffers from it. PTSD is not a joke and affects people differently, but I think it was great that Cory was finally able to get that therapist and the pills she needed to sleep. Dealing with flashbacks and nightmares can take a toll on your body and that’s what happened to Cory. It was eating her up inside and finally being able to talk to someone made it better.
Emotionally shattered, a soldier slowly repairs her life in the picturesque town of Perfect, Indiana…
Cory Marcel worked tirelessly over eight grueling years to develop a successful military career. After her commanding officer violently assaulted her, she lost everything—especially her trust in people. Despite the emotional damage threatening to sink her, Cory agrees to accept a new job at a furniture store in Perfect—a job that could offer the fragile brunette the chance to start over.
Ted Lovejoy cofounded Langford & Lovejoy Heritage Furniture, but lately he feels like an outsider in his own business. When he meets Cory, Ted realizes his company can do more than just build furniture—it can also help rebuild lives. He longs to help Cory recover from her pain, yet every time he gets too close to her heart, she pushes him away.
While Cory can’t resist her attraction to Ted, she fears the demons haunting her will drag down both of them. Could this kind, soft-spoken man help her finally bury the past…and unlock a future full of hope and happiness?