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A Hero to Come Home To

(Tallgrass #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Publisher's Weekly named this stunning novel one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013! First he fought for his country. Now he'll fight for her.

Two years after losing her husband in Afghanistan, Carly Lowry has rebuilt her life in Tallgrass, Oklahoma. She has a job she loves teaching third grade and the best friends in the world: fellow military wives who understand what it means to
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Two years after her husband was killed in Afghanistan, Carly continues to grieve the loss and is unable to move on. Her one respite is the Tuesday night Margarita Club, a group of women who like her have lost their husbands and look to each other for support.

Dane lost his leg after a roadside bomb detonated under the vehicle he was in. Now his life is one of rehabilitation and learning to function on a prosthetic limb. But even more debilitating than the physical trauma is the emotional trauma
Lovely start to the series following a group of widows/widower of US servicepeople as they slowly pick up their lives after losing their loved ones. This is Carly's story, a war widow, and that of Dane who is grateful for retaining his life even as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his leg. Nicely told by the author and pleasantly narrated. However, I could do without the extended deviations into the other characters's stories, because it took the focus away from our two ...more
Fantastic book. Carly is slowly rebuilding her life after the death of her husband in Afghanistan. Some days are harder than others, but she has her friends in the Tuesday Night Margarita Club to help her. They have all lost husbands in the war so they understand. When she meets Dane there is a connection but she's not sure if she wants it to go anywhere. Dane is in Tallgrass recovering from his injuries. He's not coping well with his changed circumstances, but meeting Carly has brightened his ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
A Hero to Come Home to, by Marilyn Pappano is a story of a woman falling in love again after her husband was killed while serving in the military. It was well written and interesting, with well-rounded characters and great insight into the lives of the men, women and children whose lives are influenced by loved ones dying while serving our country. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, with one minor exception. Although I am a religious person, I find myself bothered by books that make frequent ...more
Inspirational Romance: I wish I knew this ahead of time.
Carly Lowry had lost her husband to the war in Afghanistan and she cannot imagine letting any other man close enough to break her heart. The only company and solace she needs, she gets from her fellow Army widows. Then Dane Clark walks into her life, and maybe Fate is offering Carly another chance of being happy and getting the best of life.

I came to know the little town of Taallgrass, Oklahoma in the short story A Family for Christmas. I liked Ilena, the Army widow determined to continue with
Sharon Redfern
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely romance novel about a really hard subject. Carly Lowry is an elementary school teacher whose husband, Jeff, made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. She is living her life by merely existing, counting the days and wondering if she will ever feel normal again. She bonds with a group of other women in the same situation and finds her life getting somewhat better. During one of the group’s adventures she meets Staff Sgt. Dane Clark sitting alone in a cave and contemplating his ...more
Debbie Hodge
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, timely story about love and intimacy between a widowed Army wife and a wounded soldier. Marilyn Pappano has, yet again, given us a book we can embrace filled with her usual flair and also enlighten us about the special needs of returning warriors. This story begins a new series and some of the other couples are introduced in this first book. There is a sensitivity and spirituality in this story that I haven't always seen in her books although I love them all. There is very little sex ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the connection between Carly, a young soldiers' widow and Dane, a paratrooper severely injured in the Mideast. Their romance is slow in building which seemed real to me. Carly was still grieving and had to deal with that while Dane had to come to grips with his injury and where live would leave him.
Carly was in a group with other widows dealing with the same problems. That was where the problem for me started. Since this was the first book in the
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Good Reads. I totally loved it! I liked the characters, the plot and the work done on not only the main characters, but also the supporting characters. I am now looking forward to the next book in the series and hope it comes out soon. The main focus of the book is a group of military wives who have lost their husbands in they support one another and how the deal with their individual losses. Also Carly the main character in this book, meets Dane a soldier who ...more
Rochelle Silvers
Rochelle Silvers Audiobook Review
I have listened to the first three books of the Tallgrass series by Marilyn Pappano. What a wonderful series. Only a woman who's husband is in the military could understand the depth of pain a spouse would go through at the loss of ones partner/husband/lover. Marilyn's books has depth and insights into the psyche of each of the women she discusses in her books. Loretta Rawlins the narrater of these books is very good at bringing out the emotion of each story.
Julie Mink
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and can not wait for the next one. I have read many books with the feats of military heroes but this is the first with the widows of these heroes being the main characters. I did not think too much of the wives and families left behind/ This is a beautiful love story of one of these widows and the wounded soldier she met and fell in love with to start the next chapter of their lives.

Keep a hanky in hand and love this story.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! It was a very quaint, heartwarming story, touching on the subject that I think a lot of people fear: the loss of a spouse, and moving forward. This book is also about overcoming your fears and putting one foot in front of the other. A great read...can't wait until the second book in the series comes out!
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Overall, a fine debut of a series. My only problem is that I specifically looked up the keywords for this book before I bought it & it did not classify itself as a Christian book, yet it is. I just wish the publisher would have been more honest, I probably would have still bought it, but I would have been prepared for the many Christian references in the book.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I think that I will love this book! Can't wait to read it.
I loved this book from the first page to the last. A wonderful story.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book about women who have lost their husbands, from the army. Carlie finds love again, along with love and supporthat from her 6 friends who are going through the same loss. it's a very nice read.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, audiobook
Really, really good. Cried tears of sadness and joy!
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a captivating read and I can’t wait to continue with the series.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet story that gives an honest look at military life after deployment, death, and survival.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carly and Dane, I enjoyed this story and the fact the writer knows how to describe ptsd, and what military life is all about. I also like the fact that all the caracters are jumping in the story.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance, military, 2013
The only reason that this book crossed my radar was due to reading A Christmas to Remember, where the author had a short story set in this series. It was one that takes place after this story, but it intrigued me enough that I had to seek out this book. I'm really glad that I did. This book sort of sneaks up on you. The romance is a quiet one, more about healing than passion.

I love the setting of the book, an Army base. Our hero was hurt while in duty and is struggling to figure things out, the
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this book earlier today and it was such a great story. My dad and grandpa were both military men so it has always been something I have admired and respected. While it is hard to think about and even talk about, it is a fact that many of our soldiers don't get to come home and they leave behind husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters, parents, etc. What I really liked about this story was that I really felt for Carly and her loss, but at the same time I was so proud ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First a disclaimer (or two). -I'm not a religious woman, quite the contrary.-This book isn't a romance, but a Christian inspirational story on war widows in which love almost has to happen.

Why do I start with a disclaimer (or two)? For the same reason I believe the publisher should have declared the Christian part. Fairness.

It isn't a bad book. No, in any way. It's a bitter-sweet story of lost hopes and new ones. But it's also the story of a group of women some of which I'd personally like to
Maria Mitchell
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads to review.

This book was a romantic story about a very hard subject. Carly lost her husband in the war with Afghanistan. She has survived by forming close friends with the "Tuesday Night Margarita Club" also known as Fort Murphy's Widows Club. She meets Dane by chance and a very slow romance forms.

Carly was brave, witty, funny and real from her grief to her friendships. Dane was complicated traumatized and permanently disfigured (loss of
Jenn O'Brien
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love when you discover the first book in a new series and you look forward to the next book. I dislike when that next book is another year away.

This book is a great relaxing read that would be perfect for a long weekend or an airplane journey. You can pick up the story at any point and dive right back in.

The characters were fun to get to know and the storytelling sets a relaxing pace to lets you fall into the lives of these Army wives. You enjoy different challenges each of the characters face
Tammy Snyder
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this novel on Goodreads First Reads and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is a love story that will grab at your heart strings and one that reader's can relate to. The novel takes you on several journeys of various widows and injured military men, and brings them together to heal and find happiness that was thought lost forever. This is the first in a great series that has polished writing, a smooth plot and characters that are easy to connect with. I recommend this story and look forward to ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even though it made me cry a bit. The Wounded Warrior theme always does. The hero is delightfully male and the widows group is interesting. Grief might be one of the hardest things to deal with in life. Granted I really like the military men theme because of my own experiences with a love that went to Vietnam. The climate was different then, those lucky enough to come home did not get the support they do now. But even with that improvement much more needs doing. If the ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED A Hero to Come Home To!!

A Hero to Come Home To by Marilyn Pappano, opens up 13 months after Carly lost her military husband in Afghanistan. She is still struggling, still has so much sorrow, and is finding life so difficult. When she talks first with Therese, then bonds with a group of others widows (The Tuesday Night Marguarita Group), by a year later, with the support and understanding only they can provide, she is slowly move forward with her life.Read More
Emily Capeles
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this goodreads giveaway. Though I am not at all related to the Army, these characters were so vivid and I feel invested in their stories. I am most interested in the story of Therese and her juggling raising her step children. The only fault that I had with this book was that the first chapter of the next book was included. I am upset that I only got a chapter and not a whole book. I think this would be a great read for all.
Pam Koenig
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, Loss & Hope

He's a wounded warrior, she's a warrior's widow, both have to deal with hand they were given. They learn to move on in life with help from others who have encountered the same types of tragedies. A great support system around them introduces more characters that make this a great start to a series. Wish all our wounded warriors find or keep the loving lives they deserve. Thanks to them all.
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