Good book. I expected it to be more about the war, but it takes place several years after the war with stories thrown in about the experiences these friends had while in the military.
This story is about the power of faith, but even more than that, it is a story about the bonds that form between soldiers, and the strength that those bonds have to help heal the nightmares of the past.
This series is special because it looks at the war's aftermath from the viewpoint of women soldiers who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
This book was the first time that I had read of the Women Soldiers thoughts.
I've wanted to read WOUNDED HEALER for awhile, and I'm glad that I did, since I read it in a day. The story has a lot of good things going for it, but be forewarned that, at least for me, there were several things that were also so irritating I often wanted to throw the book against the wall.
Erin Grayson and Chris McIntyre served together during Operation Desert Storm. Although they obviously came from different backgrounds and had different belifes (Erin was a Christian and Chris was not), the two formed a close friendship during the few months they served together. Until Erin caught a glimpse of the reason behind Chris's emotional stress, and a tragic accident caused the death of a fellow serviceman. After that, the two women went their separate ways with no further contact.
That is, no contact until Chris is involved in another tragic event that once again results in death. Erin, resolved that God wants her to help her old friend, hops on a plane and heads to Chris's side, determined to help her through the hard times, no matter how long it takes.
And it's going to take awhile. Chris is battling personal demons, ones that have been with her since she was a child. She finds solace in alcohol, doesn't want to hear a word about God and his plans for her, and is convinced that her current lot in life is all that she deserves.
What follows is a story told in present day, with Erin hoping desperately that Chris will come to find God's love, interspersed with sections of story dedicated to the women's time in Desert Storm.
First, the good: These two characters are great, easy to relate to, and the dialogue is, for the most part, believable. Although I absolutely cannot stand Scott Mathis, Erin's husband, I'm hoping that my attitude towards him will change when I read the second book in the series. I really enjoyed the parts of the book set during Desert Storm, and came to love the secondary characters of the story.
The not so good: Although I enjoy Christian fiction, Ms. Fleisher has a way of pushing the religious aspects on the reader. I know a lot of very religious individuals, but I've never met anyone in real life who literally prays with every other breath - about every single thing - like Erin does. These parts of the story irritated me, but the backbone of the storyline was interesting and enjoyable enough that I kept reading.
Overall, I'm not sure I'm a fan of Ms. Fleisher's writing style, but thankfully her storyline is intriguing enough that I plan on reading the rest of the series.
I guess my take on this book is different. I wanted to like the book, but it just did not hold my interest after the first third of the book.
Desert storm, intrigue, murder, Chritian love.... makes for very interesting reading
At the end of Operation Desert Storm, close friends and female soldiers Chris and Erin go their separate ways--without even saying good-bye. When tragedy reunites them four years later, ones fear of God and the others faith in Him collide in a different kind of war only one of them can win.
From the Back Cover
Flooded with panic, two words burst through Erins mind: GET HELP. She ran for the door, but someone grabbed her, twisted her arm behind her. Erins shriek was smothered by a cold, clammy hand.
Shhh Breath tickled her earJust take it easy. . . .
Surrounded by the oppressive sand, heat, and tension of Operation Desert Storm, soldiers Erin Grayson and Christina McIntyre shared a special bond. But when an ugly secret from Chris past shattered their close friendship, they went their separate ways without even a goodbye.
Four years have gone by since that day in the desert, but Chris has spent her entire life running from the past, hiding her deepest secrets from those who care for her most. And now tragedy has ripped apart her life. She sees no hope in tomorrow.
Its a good day to die. . . .
Overcoming her own anger and doubt, Erin rushes to Chris Colorado cabin. When Chris fear of God and Erins faith in Him collide, they are involved in a different kind of war that only one of them can win. As Chris wrestles with grief, fear, and ghosts from the past, Erin fights to pull her from the brink of self-destruction. She will not lose Chris again.
Chris life is at stake . . . as well as her soul.
[Loved this read! couldn't put down for even one minute]
She was a military healer, but it was her own heart that needed healing...