I am SUPER excited for today’s post…..I get to review this amazing book!! You can check out my other post that I did for this tour here. It’s a much read guest post! 😉 Even if you aren’t interested in this book, go check out this girl’s blog. She is the bomb!!
By: Kassie Angle
Publisher: Indie published
Release Date: February 28th, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Military
Pages: 247 pages
Add On: Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
Some scars can’t be seen. And some can’t be hidden.
Layla Trent’s life is pretty much perfect, except for the little matter of a dog of her own—and maybe a brother. So why does a random nightmare of a princess dress, a hospital, and a stranger who’s definitely not her daddy feel more like an aching wound? And can a broken, glassy-eyed puppy somehow help her release the pain she didn’t even know she was carrying?
Corporal Andrew Reyes has proven he has what it takes to be the best—a US Army Ranger. But when a double tragedy rocks his world, his resolve is shaken to the core. What’s left for a man to live for when he’s lost everything he ever wanted to be? And is the sudden appearance of a teenage girl with a three-legged dog a cruel joke or a divine appointment?
Some scars can’t be hidden. But some don’t need to be.
Oh my word….this book hurt. I was in tears quite a few times and it just pained me to see first hand what these brave men and women go through daily. Kassie, being an Army-kid, writes this beautiful story that grabs your heart from the first page and keeps it. I loved everything about this book.
Andrew and Layla had such different but oh so alike in some ways. Andrew….poor Andrew, my heart ached for him so many times. I loved epilogue though and it made me so happy. There are men and women just like Andrew, Isaiah, and Jayden around us in America today. They put their lives on the line and lose parts of themselves that can never be regained just so we, the American people, can have freedom.
Layla’s story was just as heartbreaking as we follow her and her journey to discovering her true self and facts about her past that haunt her to the present. I loved how Kassie presented her story and I absolutely loved all the connections to a single person from her past. Layla and Ranger were such an adorable pair and I loved how much hope and life they brought into Andrew’s life. It was so heartwarming!!
Man, oh man, honestly I can see someone, who doesn’t know a lot about the military getting lost in this book because Kassie brings out her Army kid knowledge. I personally loved it and though I didn’t get lost because I knew almost, if not all the terms from the beginning, I still learned new things because I will honestly tell you that I am ignorant to a lot of military things. As huge of a supporter of it I am, I still am ignorant.
I absolutely loved this book. Though it got dark at times, I loved the hope, faith, and light that shown throughout this whole book. I highly recommend people reading this book, no matter who you are because it shines such a beautiful light on what our military truly does for our freedom. Without them, America would NOT be the country that it is today.
*FTC: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
About the Author
Kassie Angle is a teenaged Christian author, cowgirl, therapy dog trainer, stereotypical INFJ, and Army girl to the core. Her first love, i.e. debut novel, O to be Like Thee, swept her unsuspectedly into the world of indie authors. She tries to use her stories to fill the silences in literature, helping more people understand the world of the Army and showing how God heals the broken-hearted. You can find her and more of her writing at SoldierGirlStories.com.