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Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you find it. . . He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son--or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's ...more
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Buggy
Opening Line: "That inner part of a soldier that tells him when he’s being watched was going off big-time in Wes Holden’s head.”

This was actually my first book from author Sharon Sala but I can see now why she’s so popular. It was a very good read, well parts of it were; I mean the beginning is just excellent, grabbing you right away as we watch Army Special Ops soldier Wes Holden struggle with PTSD before losing his wife and son in an on-base suicide bombing and then subsequently giving up his
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Jacqueline
Parts of this were brilliant. It started before the man's wife and child died so you get to experience that with him. It was sad and moving. I was totally invested in the hero. The heroine not so much. Mostly because she just seemed unrealistic. 28 years old and stuck at home cooking for the menfolks on the mountain? No one wanted her because she was born with a crooked foot? I just couldn't get behind her poor me-ness. She was also very similar to the heroines in both Miracle Man and When You C ...more
SheLove2Read
Apr 18, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!
Cornelia
Mar 13, 2008 Cornelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit disturbing.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
This is the first book I have read by this author and I can definitely say that I will be reading more! Sharon Sala had me hooked on this story from the very first chapter. I loved her writing style and her imagination to come up with this storyline. There was never a dull moment in reading this book and it was filled with a lot of suspense. The main characters were easily likable. Especially Wes, my heart went out to him for everything he had to endure after serving his country. The only thing ...more
Diah Didi
Jul 27, 2011 Diah Didi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2011, ebook
I would've given this book 5 stars if I knew I will read it again. But I don't think I will. So I'd just give it 4 stars.
What can I say about this book? Let's see.
First pages caught me quiet fast. I can feel the guilty feeling that had been burden for Wes for some times. And the way he made connection to his son, Michael, convinced you that he would be a great father.
Tapi sayang, sayang, sayang...
Michael ga pnya kesempatan tumbuh dewasa untuk bisa nyukur kayak bapaknya. Saya nangis di adegan
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Louise
Mar 22, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My first time reading this author and I liked what I read. Think I'll look for more of this author's novels!

From back cover:

"He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son-or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.

Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a
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Kristen
Dec 26, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You would love powerful romantic suspense novels, this is the one with you. This brought together two people, who were missing things in their life. It did have a little bit spiritual zing to it, which gave me a whole lot of meaning. This one would have your heart strings pulled tight and taut like a fishing rod and have you rooting for both Ally Monroe, a lonely girl in a small West Virginia town with a foot deformity, and Wes Holden, a former solider from Georgia who lost his family. When this ...more
Tammi Looney
It was an okay read to pass the time. Wes Holden was a great character and was my favorite throughout the story though. He was a soldier in special ops returning to civilian life after the military. While overseas he had been held captive by terrorists. Returning stateside, he suffered greatly from PTSD and shortly after lost his wife and small son to a terrorist attack on a military base. He shut himself off from the rest of the world after that. The story line with Holden was heart breaking an ...more
Lisa
Dec 02, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2016
A sweet story with a mix of sadness, intrigue and murder.
Angela
Nov 03, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book pulled me in and had me in tears in the first chapter!
Danika Dixon
This book was recommended to me by a friend. While it was ok, I don't think I would recommend anyone buy it (like I did) to read it. In fact, I wouldn't really recommend you read it unless you're bored with totally nothing to do and it's available at no cost. I have my reasons for this dour view. Read on if you care to know them.

First of all, Missing is such a misleading title....You assume someone is taken or missing. No one is taken or missing. His mind is what is missing. Kinda threw me off
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Jennifer Wardrip
For Colonel John Wesley Holden, a soldier in the Special Operations division of the Army, risking his life fighting terrorism in a desert thousands of miles away is part of his job. In the back of his mind, however, he's always wondered how safe he and his family are back in the United States. His wife, Margie, and his son, Mikey, are the only things that kept him sane during his months spent as a prisoner of war. When a man manages to infiltrate an Army base commissary and blows it to bits, cau ...more
Pygmy
Oct 24, 2008 Pygmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cheesy as hell, corny lead-in premises (I dream a handsome dark man will walk up, ask for water, and sweep me off my feet! And look! There he is!), and a terribly unconvincing portrayal of Special Ops.

Well, ok. I've only met one Special Ops briefly in my life, so I'm no expert, but from his own words, you gotta be a little bit crazy to be Special Forces. Add a dose of PTSD, and I reeeally don't think you'll get the handsome, tragic, romantic hero of this novel who's just begging to love and be l
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Mariah
Sep 12, 2010 Mariah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wes Holden had witnessed a bomb that had taken the life of his wife and son. The soldier soon went into denial. When his brother, Aaron Clancy, decided to take him into his care, Wes moved in with him. When Wes realises that his brother is just using him to get to money he leaves his apartment and sets off into an adventure.
Twenty-eight year old Ally Monroe still lives at home with her father and two older brothers. She has taken care of the house since she was little and her mom had died. No
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Books
Apr 26, 2016 Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
Set mostly in West Virginia, Missing is a captivating and often very touching novel. While Wesley Holden is trying to overcome his severe post traumatic stress disorder, he has to make a new life for himself in the town of Blue Creek. A town that unknowingly harbors a lethal secret in the nearby mountain.

This is a relaxing, yet utterly gripping read, with the kind of beginning that just tells the reader that things are going to go very wrong very soon. From start to finish the book is packed wit
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Tara
This was my first book by Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall. I don't remember when I read it, so let's say I read it in 2014. (That's the problem of constantly switching accounts).
Annnyway, this book was creative. A bit silly. It would've made a perfect cartoon. An adult cartoon, probably.
Good imagination on Sharon Sala.
It's kooky, but it's alright. You'd have to read it yourself to understand.
I can't say I like the heroine or the idea of dreaming about a man and then having him appear in your yard one d
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Darlene Wilson
Jun 15, 2016 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you find it. . .

He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son--or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.

Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father
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CI
Jul 11, 2015 CI rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disjointed with multiple points of view which normally isn't too bad but in this story the 'switches' seemed to occur at irregular points in the tale.

It seemed like the H got over his PTSD rather quickly with the love (or rather just the presence) of a good, quiet women. Ally was nice to him, broke through his 'mental fog' and within days he obviously loved her and even normal things that set off his PTSD didn't occur as usual when she was in danger. Really, as much as I would like that, PTSD do
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Susan
This book grabs you right from the start with plenty of action and suspense. It is about dealing with pain and anguish of life's trials whether physical disabilities or emotional ones. The characters are well developed, strong and likable (or not). The villain is pure evil in his designs to make a buck and eradicate a group of people he deemed unworthy to live.

I was disappointed that the first of chapter 18 is a detailed sex scene. It is does not add to the story and is unneeded and easily skip
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Jodi
Oct 12, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Col. Wesley Holden is trapped in the moment that he lost his wife and son but when he stumbles upon Ally Monroe, time starts again. Ally thinks she's trapped looking after her father and brothers. She's lame and in the mountains of West Virginia, that doesn't make her a great catch. She dreamed of a man like Wes coming into her life, but that was just a dream. Until the evil that permeates the mountain suddenly touches her life. Then she discovers how wonderfully real Wes Holden really is. This ...more
Barbara ★
This is one of the saddest books I've ever read. It had me crying at chapter two and kept me in tears for most of the book. Wes Holden, special forces, was held prisoner of war and suffered PTSD. Shortly thereafter, his family is killed in a terrorist bombing. His life is a mess and he is troubled by flashbacks. He runs away and hides from the world and finds...love. Unfortunately, danger is stalking his new love and once again he's in it up to his eyelashes.

As sad as this book is, it is stil wo
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Anne Martin
the beginning is okay, but after 50 pages you fall into an insane story of PTSD, followed by the girl Ally, the family servant who will meet and love and save Wes.
Ally's father farm is going down, her brothers will work for Storm, as evil as can be while Wes is taken by his friend away from the hospital where he spent a year. He wakes up, meet Ally, and they discover Storm runs a drug business, with almost magical capacities.
No way anyone can believe in the story and the author killed the dog wh
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April
Jul 08, 2009 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Sala and I was very impressed. I loved the characters, the action, and the plot. The drama were intense AND believable at the same time (which is sometimes hard to come by), the sad parts were heart-wrenching and the funny parts were sweet and felt right. There were no loose ends, no abrupt ending because the author got tired of writing, no overly smoochy scenes that wouldn't have fit in with the characters or the rest of the story and no cheesy happy ending for everyone ...more
Daelith
This was the first I've read any of Sala's work so I was a little unsure of how I was going to like this book. Especially after reading the first couple of pages, I was afraid this was really going to be a sappy melodrama type. Then the action started. Sala grabbed my attention and kept it through the rest of the story. Granted there were some parts I thought were a little far-fetched and Harlequin-ish, but overall I enjoyed the book and will read more of her works in the future.
Lynn
Nov 07, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cupcakencorset
Oct 05, 2010 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was even better than Snowfall. It feels more contemporary, more immediate, as its set in 2004 or so, with the main male character suffering from PTSD after serving in Iraq. His story is heart-wrenching from the start and the book doesn’t shy away from further heartbreak. Highly recommended.
Emily
Nov 06, 2008 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: My mom - in my latest bag of books
The pain and anguish of the two main characters, although on totally different levels, was very intense and the author gave amazing insight to how they both deal with what they've been given. It was a very entertaining read and kepy me interested until the very end. The evils that some people sink to just to make a buck and prove their worth is incredible.
Mahrie Reid
Apr 13, 2013 Mahrie Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Sharon Sala's earlier books that certainly displays her top-notch story telling. Heart breaking characters who triumph over great odds. One who finds a new love and one who finds a first (and forever) love.
Lavenia Otts
May 14, 2016 Lavenia Otts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good story

Wes Holden is an Iraqui war veteran,. As if that's not enough, he loses his family by a suicide bomber terrorist on US territory. Wes ends up walking away from his nightmare and winds up in the Blue Creek Mountain,, where he meets a woman to heal his heart.
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Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader
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