Title: I'll Be Home For Christmas
Author: Jessica Scott
Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
Rating: Three of Five Stars
Summary: There's nothing in the
world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his
country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke .
. . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas.
As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will
do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the
realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.
career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her
husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly
endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But
when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like
never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the
power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.
Review: When I was finishing highschool, one of my best friends was dating
someone in the military. Although I live in Canada and that means that
most Canadian officers are serving as peacekeepers, I still found it
hard to contemplate being in that sort of relationship. Loving someone
who goes overseas to fight... Hard to cope with!
explores exactly that idea, with Vic Carponti being sent overseas on
deployment. He's been deployed before, but that doesn't mean that this
time is any easier, especially considering that the fighting is even
deadlier than before.
The story examines the tension that
develops when someone you love is overseas and under tension - as the
POV goes from Nicole to her husband and back again, we see their
innermost thoughts and fears, and the way each reacts to the other as
their emotions are stretched to the breaking point. Vic immerses himself in humour to try and get through the roughest of situations, something that comes up frequently throughout the book. Meanwhile, Nicole does her best to stand up to the pressure of missing her husband and yet wanting to be a support system for him.
the two of them are put under even more strain as the story takes a
sudden turn, and there's no doubt that any reader will find themselves
pulling for the couple, especially considering the subject matter and
My main caveat about the book is the writing.
Although the story is compelling, it could have used a lot of smoothing
and editing - it comes across very disjointed at times, almost stilted. A
lot of short sentences are used, making it hard to fall as deeply into
the story as would have been possible, and the plot climax was also not
as fleshed out as it could be. The latter could be attributed to the
fact that this is a novella, but the writing could really have been
Overall, however, a sweet little story that is a nice, light read for the season.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review.