Recommended By Marlena

Recommended By Marlena

If you've ever lost someone unexpectedly this book will hit you in the feels SO HARD! The sorrow, the self doubt, feeling frozen in time without any direction to turn to... sigh, been there and felt it so deeply on this journey Marie so eloquently weaved. Even if you haven't, this beautiful story, written in multiple POV's about loss, grief, healing, strength, letting go, learning to love again and ultimately hope will have you in angsty knots wondering when the ball will drop. And when it does, OH BOY, your heart will wrench for these characters... emotions all over place, not even sure if you want the HEA or not! Gotta say, I'm thrilled there will be a sequel because my heart was bleeding in the end and begging for the pain and suffering of one particular character to be resolved. This book was not what I expected, it was so much more!


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You can't begin to know how much it means to me to be moving on and to be spending this time with you. I don't care what we do. I just know that I feel better when I'm with you.

Why do people hurt the ones they love? I'll never understand that. Maybe thinking like that makes me a pussy, but to me, loving someone means you stay. You put in the time and do the work. You don't leave or cheat or plot your own disappearance.

I've forgotten what it's like to be attracted to a woman. My body is like a leg that's fallen asleep and is suddenly coming back to life. Pinpricks of sensation trickle down my back and up my legs. My heart beats a slow, steady cadence. I feel breathless and lightheaded. And I'm hard.

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The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.

I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone.

That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again.

The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do.

From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas.


ISBN: 9781420149036

I'm a mom of 2 rad AF adults, 1 fresh baby and a super cute fur babe. Hospital administration by day, yoga instructor by night, travel junkie, shoe addict, foodie and avid reader in all the spaces in-between. I got my love of books from my mama and honestly can’t remember a time in my life where reading wasn’t a daily priority. I’m a sappy hopeless romantic who’s a sucker for 2nd chances, mature characters, and serendipitous connections. In an ideal world, you can find me on the beach with an icy cold adult libation in one hand and my Kindle in the other.

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