A shorter version of this story previously appeared in the For Love and Honor anthology
Before Candis Terry's wild Wilder brothers met their matches, a soldier gets a homecoming in Sweet, Texas
He's given up
Army Ranger Lieutenant Aiden Marshall fought in some of the most hellish corners on earth and survived. Those closest to him, did not. When he returns home to Sweet, Texas, he believes he's broken and has lost everything-including his soul. The only fair thing he can do to the woman who's patiently waited for him to come home is tell her to move on with her life-without him.
but she never will
Sassy waitress Paige Walker has no intention of walking away from the man of her dreams. He gave his all for his country and served with honor. Now it's time to pull him from the darkness and give him hope. With a heap of love, the help of the entire town, and a tail-wagging companion, Paige makes sure her hero knows there's no place like home sweet home.
A heartbreaking loss In 1918, Susannah Braddock's worst nightmare comes true: her husband, Riley, has been killed in battle in France. Devastated, she turns to her friend and hired hand Tanner Grenfell for support. As time passes and Susannah's grief ebbs, her friendship with Tanner deepens into love and eventually, marriage. But their newfound happiness is short lived? A stranger returns Riley Braddock cannot remember his life before the war. All he knows is the two years he has spent with V?ronique, the French woman who rescued him from the battlefield and nursed him back to health. Now the Red Cross is telling him it's time to go home. But where is home? An impossible choice When Riley returns to the Braddock farm, he's greeted by a wife he doesn't remember. And though Susannah recognizes him, Riley has come home a different man. Torn between her love for Tanner and her loyalty to Riley, Susannah must make an impossible choice. The only love she's known?or a future she's always dreamed of.
Based upon a true story, "The Long Road Home" tells the tale of a young man who yearns to join the military and fight the enemy during World War II. Sixteen-year-old Bill knows that he wanted to join the army, but he discovers that he must be eighteen to enlist. Caught up in the emotions of the world at war, he decides to hitchhike to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, where the minimum age is just sixteen. He sets out from Gainesville, Florida, to hitchhike to Canada. Along the way, he experiences exciting adventures when he seeks employment to pay for his travels. He finds jobs as an orange picker and a lumberjack. He works on a fishing boat, in a circus, and on a farm as he learns to be a man and to take responsible for himself. But when a terrible accident befalls him, it threatens to end his journey and his dream of joining the RCAF. In order to survive, he must find a new maturity within to continue his journey to manhood.
Dreams, Messages From Your Mind? is a friendly and fun discussion between the author and the reader on the very fascinating subject of dreams. The author believes and emphatically states there is nothing so scientific about dreams that dreamers cannot themselves easily find meaning and understanding to their dreams. We sometimes resort to professionals to analyze and give us meaningful and hopefully reasonable conclusions to our dreams but are often disappointed with the results. We erroneous accept their findings as the indisputable interpretation of our dreams even though their evaluations may often be above the level of average and normal comprehension. You and I need not be a psychoanalyst or professional of sorts to interpret and or bring some sense of meaning to our dreams, because dreams belong to the domain of dreamers and they are personal to the individual that is dreaming. In essence dreams may be the recollections of his or her thoughts, of times past, desires of the heart and mind, or of thoughts of the moment, or possibly an event yet to happen in the future.
DAVID DUKES was born and raised in Madison, Florida. At the age of seventeen, in 1963, he led the civil rights movement in Madison. He did voter-registration work, sit-ins at restaurants, and recreational facilities, conducted training seminars, and demonstrated in support for freedom, equality, justice, and human rights for blacks in the American South.
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