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Preview — One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming
One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries #7)
On a warm September evening in the Millers Kill community center, five veterans sit down in rickety chairs to try to make sense of their experiences in Iraq. What they will find is murder, conspiracy, and the unbreakable ties that bind them to one another and their small Adirondack town.
The Rev. Clare Fergusson wants to forget the things she saw as a combat helicopter pilo
Here's my book review, with apologies to Lesbia Scott:
I sing a song about Russ and Clare,
Patient and brave and true,
Who toiled and fought and laughed and cried
For a love they had cause to rue.
And Clare was a soldier and also a priest,
And Russ was a vet and a chief of police.
And if you liked the first six books, then at least
I think you'll like this one, too!
They loved each other so dear, so dear,
I read these in one sustained gulp through a work slump and summer insomnia. And I kept thinking confusedly “but I don’t like this sort of thing!” as I lunged desperately for the next book.
“This sort of thing” being improbable serie ...more
I’m always struck by a series of books where I can fall in love with the characters, ride along with them on their adventures, and feel invested in every nuance and facet of their lives. The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne myster ...more
It’s pretty clear by now that my “Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alystyne novel” reviews are anything but pretty, and this will be no exception. (It’s not really even a “review”, as it’s too personal.) Safe with the usual caveats, and then, there’s the title, which gives a massive hint.
Anyway, after the satisfying climax (pause for me to snigger immaturely) of I Shall Not Want, and the less disturbing ...more
(view spoiler)[The world has expanded so much in these books and, on the one hand, that's kind of cool, but, on the other, I do feel like I'm missing Clare and Russ a lot. And oh gosh. I was so sure something would come up and they wouldn't get married. SHIP TRAUMA, YOU KNOW? Anyway, I think it was definitely the right time for them to get together, but the books have lost something, too. I think it mig ...more
I Shall Not Want, the previous book in the series, ended with Clare and Russ finally ...more
I can’t imagine what people who served in Iraq and Afghanistan went through nor the toll it took on their minds and bodies, but I can imagine how hard it must ...more
Clare is now safely home from the war zone and trying to pick up the pieces of her life, including her romance with Russ. However, she brings home some really heavy emotional baggage that leads her to join a therapy group, with several ...more
I alm ...more
The best of One Was a Soldier is the exploration Spencer-Fleming includes on PTSD. Rev. Fergusson is back from her stint in Iraq and along with her duffle she brings back a whole lot of baggage. She joins a group and it here that we are able ...more
There are only two authors for whom I will religiously preorder hardcover—without reading blurbs, regardless of reviews, and regardless of whether we’ll be dining on more beans that month. When I realized that Suzanne Brockmann and Julia Spencer-Fleming BOTH had releases within a month of each other this year, I felt a bit like I do every December—my birthday and Christmas also happen in ...more
The one line that has linked Clare and Russ throughout all of the books is "Holding on. Not letting go." That seems a good way to sum up so many of the storylines in this book. This book focuses on the lives and experiences of 5 returning service members - 4 of whom we have already met in the series. It delves into what the transisiton back to civilian life is for them and how they are dealing with the issues they bring back with them (which are different for eac ...more
Several different plots involving service veterans with emotional or physical problems tie this book together, and when one member of their therapy gro ...more
One Was a Soldier deals with Clare's return to Millers Kill after an 18-month deployment to Iraq. She is among several others who are returning to the small town, including a deputy of Police C ...more
In this one, the Rever ...more
Julie Spencer Fleming
This is an extremely intelligent and well written book that is the seventh in the series featuring Reverend Clare Fergusson and her not so secret lover, police chief, Russ Van Alstyne that takes place in Millers Kill New York.
When Episcopalian priest Clare returns from an extended tour as a National Guard helicopter pilot in Iraq, she cannot face up to her addiction to alcohol and pills even in a counseling group of Iraq veterans. This group of returning vet ...more
A few happy notes- ...more
I really loved this whole series. Great mysteries, characters and such emotions...
Just wanted to put up this quote:
“I want to be married because I like those easy-to-understand, boring definitions. Husband. Wife. I want to be married because life is short, and I want to spend whatever I have left of it with you, every day, every night. I want to be married so that everything I have and everything I am is yours, and everything of you is mine. And I want to be married so I can lay you out ...more