by Natalie Hart
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award for 2018.
Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike any other.
Under the secret shadow of trauma, Emma decides to leave Iraq and joins Adam to settle in Colorado. But isolation and fear find her, once again, when Adam is re-deployed.
Torn between a deep fear for Adam’s safety and a desire to be back there herself, Emma copes by throwing herself into a new role mentoring an Iraqi refugee family. But when Adam comes home, he brings the conflict back with him.
Emma had considered the possibility that her husband might not come home from war. She had not considered that he might return a stranger.
Told between Iraq and Colorado, Hart weaves an intricate story of military romance, focusing on love and trauma and asking just how much one can withstand the other.
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Date of Publication: 14/10/2018