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The Best is Yet to Come–hope for the hurting

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The Best is Yet to Come

by Debbie Macomber

When a hurt is so deep, so intense, that it permeates your very soul; when it causes pain that is both physical and mental, is there any way out? Cade survived a firefight after watching his two best friends die. He has a leg injury, PTSD, and a lot of anger. He lost his parents’ support when he chose not to follow the family tradition of becoming a lawyer.

Shadow is a German Shepherd who was abused and neglected; but even in his malnourished state, he is aggressive toward all in the animal shelter until he meets Hope. Hope is a high school teacher and counselor who is determined to win Shadow over with patience and love. Can she do the same for Cade?

Hope has her own past to get over as her twin brother died in Afghanistan. He was her only remaining family member, and they were very close.

Along the journey Cade makes toward wellness, we meet Harry his VA counselor, the other members of his group counseling sessions, and a lot of supportive people.

The Best is Yet to Come is a book with relevant issues facing many who have served in the military and their loved ones. It is a clean romance with emotional impact. A quick read, it provides lots of opportunities to take breaks, but you won’t want to. The story line includes interactions with some of Hope’s students focusing on their struggles, and it climaxes with an action-packed scene.

The author provides satisfying resolution to all the plot threads, and the book leaves you wanting to read another Debbie Macomber novel. Fortunately, there are many you can choose from.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Notes: This is #3 in the series Oceanside, but it read like a standalone to me. I was not aware it was part of a series until I began to write the review.

Publication: July 12, 2022—Balantine (Random House)

Memorable Lines:

The memories of that last battle engagement clawed at him like an eagle’s talons, his sleep peppered with nightmares that his mind insisted on tossing at him like a hundred-mile-an-hour hardball pitch. He drank to forget. To sleep. To escape.

“By being loners, we feel like we’re handling life; we’ve built this fortress around ourselves. Involving others, inviting them into our pain, is hard. We resist. We don’t like it. We feel we can handle it on our own. We’re islands unto ourselves, not needing anyone.”

“An attitude of gratitude,” Harry said. “That, young man, will take you far.”


11 Comments

  1. Gretchen says:

    I appreciate when an author can give me an inside look at the issues faced by those in the military and their families as this is not a situation I am in. It sounds like Macomber handled it well. I haven’t read one of her books in many years, but remember enjoying the ones I read.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Good point. Those in the military are taught to “suck it up,’ and there are unwritten penalties for those who can’t. I have read a few of Macomber’s books and enjoyed them. There is always something positive in them.

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  2. WendyW says:

    I loved this book too, Linda. I liked the dog especialy

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  3. I do like Debbie Macomber, and this book sounds like it turns much hopelessness into hope~

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  4. What a perfect day to post this book!

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    • lghiggins says:

      Oh, you are so right! It actually just came up in my queue rather than me being smart and planning it. Squire Rushnell in his books calls it a “God wink,” one of those seeming coincidences that is God just letting us know that He is there and that He cares. I think the posting of this on Veteran’s Day is a God wink! Thanks for pointing it out, Diane.

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  5. Carla says:

    Wonderful review, Linda. I am reading this much later than the day you posted it, but I agree with you and Diane, it is a God wink. I have not read this one yet, but it is definitely on my TBR pile.

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