I'm not normally a Vicki Hinze fan, but I really liked this book a lot. It has a unique plot, which is something that doesn't happen too often in the romance genre any more. The characters were engaging and you rooted for the heroine to succeed. The only quibble is that the characters seemed too good to be true. But, even with that quibble, the "too good to be true" scenario was addressed in the book, at least for one character. Overall this was an enjoyable read.
Shot down flying a mission over Iraq, Captain Katie Slater has been a prisoner of war for six years. Suffering abuse at the hands of her captors in silence, the only thing that has kept Katie sane is her need to see her husband and children again. Katie lies in her cell at night mourning the death of her copilot and wishing for the day someone will find her in her desert hell and she can once again be free. Katie's wish comes true days later when she is liberated.
Back in Florida, Katie is one unhappy captain. Something is wrong and no one will tell her what it is. Demanding answers and refusing to cooperate with her doctor, Katie wants to see her husband and her children and she wants to see them now. Katie's doctor finally relents and Katie is allowed to see her husband Sam after six long years. The reception Katie was expecting from Sam doesn't happen. When Sam comes clean about his life and their children, Katie has to be sedated.
C. D. Quade, Katie's copilot, can't believe the love of his life is alive! Filled with joy but tremendous guilt for all she suffered in the last six years, C. D. demands to see her. What he finds is a shell of the woman he has loved through life and death. Vowing that he will not leave Katie, C. D. sets out to prove to her just how much she is loved.
Katie has to fight her way back to normalcy. Refusing to talk about her time in captivity, she is unable to come to grips with her abuse and let it go. With C. D. by her side and her children slowly learning to love her again, Katie has a fight on her hands--a fight she will not let her now dead captors win.
Her Perfect Life by Vicki Hinze absolutely tore my heart out. I can't imagine being in Katie's shoes and the fact the story is so realistic made Her Perfect Life dearer to me. I wanted to choke her husband Sam but then couldn't fault him for decisions he made. As much as I couldn't stand Sam, I loved C. D. Patient, kind, and extremely supportive, I thought him the perfect love for Katie. As for Katie, if she were a real person, I would honor her bravery and service. Her character was that well written.
Her Perfect Life was emotional, romantic, and just an all around poignant read. It made me angry, laugh, cry, and then smile for a job well done. I feel Ms. Hinze honors the bravest of the brave with Her Perfect Life and I am proud to have read it.
Excellant story about a woman held hostage. Everyone thinks she is dead. When she is released the life she had is no longer there, how does she cope, can she start over again. Very good reading.
Riveting story of a female pilot held as a POW in Iraq who comes home to find her former life gone.
Wonderful book about how a female POW during the first Gulf War lives her life after her rescue. How her life falls apart and is rebuilt through her tenacity and will power and with the help of her former copilot.