Major Drew Lawson is now returning back to his hometown of Wayback, Texas after not being there for eighteen years. When he was eighteen years old, he enlisted in the Army and left his Wayback, Texas life behind him. He decided to never come back, not even for funerals. Now, trying to put behind him the fact that he is a sniper in the Special Forces, all he wants to do is return to the family ranch while the military makes their decision of either shipping him out again or granting him his final discharge from the Army.
Returning to Oak Valley Ranch is so different now because he has no family left waiting for him to return. His mom, dad and even his sister, Lori, are all deceased. Now, having some leave time from the Army, Drew decides this is as good a time as any to get his hands dirty again with the ranch that his father has left him.
Once he arrives, he starts seeing all the locals again and feels uncomfortable because he isn’t quite certain how he is going to be received by everyone because of the sniper position he holds in the Special Forces. One person that he sees is Annie Zykov, who is his best friend’s sister. He notices that she is all grown up now and very beautiful looking. As they begin to get to know each other again, things start changing dramatically for the both of them.
How do Annie and her family feel about Drew and his sniper background? Is there a spark between Drew and Annie? Does the town accept Drew again or is he ridiculed for the service he chose to provide to the Special Forces? Does the military finally grant Drew a discharge or do they ship him out again to another sniper assignment?
From the very first page my heart went out to Drew for all the baggage he was carrying on his shoulders. He had no family left and was worrying how his hometown was going to view him just because of the sniper position he held in the military. Because of this, I immediately sympathized for him. I think going back to Wayback was the right choice for him to help heal old wounds and move on with his life. The characters were extremely believable and the storyline, although serious in some parts, was quite enjoyable to read. I am quite a fan of Ms. Spencer Pape’s work. I would definitely recommend this story to others!