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Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Welcome Home Soldier
SERIES: 2017 Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: Deanna Wadsworth
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 84 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Clay and Daniel fell in love as enlisted men during Desert Shield, but Don’t Ask Don’t Tell meant they had to keep it secret. After Clay’s convoy was ambushed, PTSD changed him, and their relationship ended in a horrible fight on Christmas Eve.
Twenty-five years later, they’ve reconnected on Facebook, and Clay finds out Daniel will be alone on Christmas Eve. Impulsively, he sets out for Daniel’s hometown of Gilead, Ohio—where Daniel is now the mayor—to surprise him with a visit. But a blizzard strikes and Clay wrecks his car. All hope of seeing Daniel is lost—until a mysterious old man named Nick offers Clay a ride. The weight of past wounds and the scars of war might make their reunion awkward, but Clay is willing to take the risk to win back his lost love. Despite a lifetime of disappointing holidays, Clay hopes that this soldier is finally coming home for Christmas.
Welcome Home Soldier is a brief glimpse into the lives of Clay and Daniel and is a second chance at love for the two men who haven’t seen each other for a quarter of a century.
I can’t remember when I last read a story that had virtually no secondary characters – this story centres around Clay and Daniel and although not entirely realistic Clay’s impulsive decision makes for a better Christmas Eve for the pair than the last one they spent together. The story is mainly told in the blurb so there is nothing I can really add to that except that I didn’t really feel any connection between the two men. Knocking on what is essentially a stranger’s door after 25 years after a few brief messages on Facebook and picking up where you left off just felt too quick and easy – I’m not a huge fan of insta-love so maybe that’s why this one didn’t work so well for me.