Blurb: Killed in Action—the most dreaded words imaginable for a soldier’s wife. Jess Albert has been living with them for four years, since the death of her husband in Afghanistan. Finding blessed numbness in routine, she doesn’t dare to look ahead, any more than she can bear to look back. Then Tyler Brown, a former special-ops warrior, shows up at her small general store in Minnesota North Woods, jarring her back to life. Jess knows better than to fall in love with another man who places duty to his country before love of his wife—but there’s no denying the longing and the hope for a future that Ty makes her feel.
A world away, a lost American soldier clings to life and sanity in a lantern-lit cave. At his side is a dark-haired and dark-eyed woman whose touch is caring, despite the resentment he hears in her voice and sees on her face. But is it honor igniting her compassion for her enemy, or is it something more?
A heartwarming, richly emotional, action-packed story about homecomings, The Way Home follows two women on opposite sides of the world. While they both walk a dangerous path between betrayal and honor, they each must find for themselves where to draw the line between duty and love.
Review: Early on, I sort of felt as though I were missing pieces as this apparently falls in a reading order that aligns with other series than just this one, but not so much that I felt lost. (Never did find an actual reading order that covered the various different series, so I don’t know for sure where this falls as I haven’t read the Black Ops series) It was a bit of that confusion that kept me from figuring out how this was considered a One-Eyed Jacks story for a while as well. I expected to see a story focused more on one of the team members rather than a family member and I didn’t really remember what mention Ty got in the last book (probably my sad memory at fault with most of that confusion). By the time I got all the dots to connect and figured out who was who, I was already deep enough into the story to not have it matter.
This was also a slightly different kind of story than others I’ve read from Ms. Gerard as it covered two couples, not just one and it was on a much less intense level dramatically, but not emotionally. Since I am used to a more heavily action based dramatic story, I wasn’t expecting Ty and Jess’ part of this story to be quite so low key. It was absolutely sweet, and I connected with both characters, but I was confused for a while by that lack of intensity because I kept expecting something crazy to happen. You absolutely get that intensity out of Rabia’s side of the story, though. While I liked both separate threads of the romance stories, I wasn’t as big of a fan of how those relationships managed to intersect and that they resolved a bit too perfectly and cleanly. The intersection itself was far from perfect or clean, so that definitely helped, but the “everyone is happy, healthy, perfect forever after” resolution is sometimes just a bit too much.
As a whole this was still a really good book and I liked the fact that it was different and not the same old, same old for the majority of the book.