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One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 7)
One Was a Soldier - Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 7
Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she's using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. Officer Er...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312334895
ISBN-10: 0312334893
Publication Date: 4/26/2011
Pages: 336
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4.2 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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reviewed One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 7) on + 305 more book reviews
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I had been waiting patiently (or not) for this next book in the series. It was well worth the wait! The author has drawn us immediately into the intense relationship of Russ and Clare and amid that intensity, a conspiracy of murder, theft, fraud and broken lives are stories told. I love it!
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I love this whole series, and this one was no less wonderful than the others!
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reviewed One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 7) on + 1723 more book reviews
This seventh book in a wonderful series is quieter and much more personal than the rest have been, but it deals with some very serious subject matter. First and foremost is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Each of the five vets attending the group therapy sessions suffers from it, and each one's symptoms are different. Throughout the series, the Reverend Clare Fergusson has been a rock, someone others look up to in times of need. To have her suffer from PTSD and to show her coping with it in very inappropriate ways brings home how serious the disorder is. Readers have already grown to care deeply about Clare, so their sympathy and understanding is more or less guaranteed. By their very proximity, the other four veterans are brought in under the umbrella of understanding that has been extended to Clare.

The lives of the characters also progress in this book, including my favorite, Hadley Knox. Hadley's been thrown into an occupation that she thinks she is very ill-qualified for, but she's determined to do the best that she can for her children, and being a police officer brings in the money that she needs. What she can't see (and we can) is that she's better qualified than she thinks, and I always enjoy the scenes in which she appears.

With all this talk of PTSD and characters' personal lives, you might think that the mystery isn't up to the author's usual high standards. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are our favorite characters' lives moving forward, One Was a Soldier also has a first-rate investigation that kept me guessing throughout. One more book, and I'll be current... unless Spencer-Fleming manages to get one step ahead of me!
reviewed One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 7) on + 408 more book reviews
Love this series; love this book. Highly recommended.
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Loved the book! All the books in the series are good. Can't wait for the next one!


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