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Gifts of Honor

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  20 reviews
I'll be home for Christmas…

A batch of special Christmas cookies helps a wounded ex-Ranger remember the love of his life. A surprise phone call reunites a woman with the soldier who once broke her heart. There's no place like home for the holidays, and there's no better way to spend them than with the one you love.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Starting fro
ebook, 249 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Stephanie Collins
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful duo of stories with the ability to make you bawl-

I'm going to start with the second story of the collection first:

Hero's Homecoming - Rebecca Crowley - 4 stars

In my opinion I would read this story first because the other story in this collection wore me out emotionally and this one just couldn't quite get me in the same way. I liked the story but for some reason it didn't resonate as deeply to me.

Beth met Chris and knew that he was it for her until he breaks things off abruptly with
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail

MinnChica: Oh, this story killed me in the best possible way!! I’m not always a big fan of amnesia stories, but I thought Gail put such an amazing touch on the characters, their situation, and the overall book. I can’t even count the number of times I burst into tears, both happy and sad. With this one story, Gail has cemented a place in my contemporary authors to buy list!

E: I started getti
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore to read the books about kick ass hero's from the war. The action, drama and look behind the lines of fire as always been a favorite to me, and when the author take the time to go behind the lives of those that serve it is even better than all the action bom'bs and gunfire.

Yet there are not enough reads focusing on the lives of the men and woman who put it all on the line to protect others. Therefore I was simply delighted to be offered the chance to read a double look into the lives of t
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why I read it: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. Gifts of Honor releases on November 21.

Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail

I do like second chance at love stories and I think they often work well in a novella, as I can more easily accept a HEA when the characters know each other already. Except… – well Lucy knows Sullivan but Sullivan can’t remember Lucy. After he woke up in hospital Stateside to a woman at his bedside he didn’t recognise and didn’t remember, Sullivan as
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Deux belles histoires touchantes sur les difficultés du retour chez soi après une blessure à la guerre, avec de beaux personnages.
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Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Gifts of Honor you will read two great romances...Both novellas give us a glimpse of military life and the heart ache that can come with that life.

In Starting From Scratch by Stacy Gail, Sully initially joined the army for the educational benefits...but soon he was a Ranger, leaving his wife Lucy each time he volunteered for another mission. That wasn't the life Lucy envisioned, but each time he left she waited and worried.

Married young and full of hope, Lucy is devastated when Sully is injur
Two short stories, one theme, love, loss, and hope for the future. Includes a short novella by Stacy Gail, Starting from Scratch and an offering by Rebecca Crowley, Hero’s Homecoming. Both focus on returning soldiers who have been injured, damaged and almost broken in war and the women who loved them before they left. Both stories are short, yet filled with heart, and hope for the future when the present seems so bleak.

Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail follows the return of Sullivan Jax after
Les Romantiques
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Unlike the other Christmas anthologies I’ve read until now, I found that the ambiance of the Holidays Season wasn’t really advanced. As a result, there’s more room for the stories themselves, which talk about the difficulty of the return after war for soldiers, especially after major injuries.

Starting from Scratch, by Stacy Gail, is a touching story. Sully, our hero, came back from a special mission for th
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gifts of Honor features two heart-warming holiday tales about loss, hope and second chances that had me crying, signing and craving chocolate. I am a sucker for holiday themed novels, but when you add in injured, damaged military men and their romances, lord have mercy this woman gets gooey on the inside. The book contains two stories; Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail, an author, whose work I have previously enjoyed, and new to me author Rebecca Crowley shared a Hero’s Homecoming. Both author ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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Gifts of Honor is a two story anthology featuring Starting by Scratch by Stacy Gail and Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley. Both are set at Christmas time and both are about military men.

The problem with anthologies, especially when there are only two stories involved is that they both have to be the same standard or half the book is just not as good as the other. That was the big problem with this book. One of the s
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Gifts of Honor, a contemporary military romance anthology by Stacy Gail and Rebecca Crowley, contains heart-wrenching stories of love, second chances, and forgiveness.

Stacy Gail’s “Starting from Scratch” tells the story of injured Army Ranger Sully Jax and his wife, Lucy Crabtree. Returning from his last tour of duty with retrograde amnesia, Sully remembers everyone from his past, everyone except his wife, Lucy. Sully, definitely an alpha male,
Amanda R
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance
I received this as an ARC for a honest review. This can also be seen on

Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail

I was sucked in to this book from the start. I could feel the sadness that Lucy felt when she knew that her ex-husband was back in town from recovering from a war injury. It's been a year since she had to let him go and try to move on. Sully can't remember her. He remembers everything else, but nothing about her. He even remembers things that happened while
My father was in the Army for 20 years, so I've always been interested in books or movies having to do with the military. This anthology contains 2 stories that definitely don't follow the easy path to Happily Ever After. These are not simple, fluffy stories that you can cruise through. While still being stories of love and romance, they touch upon real issues and make you appreciate the sacrifices the men and women of the military make, as well as the families left behind that sacrifice with th ...more
 Reading In Pajamas
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gifts of Honor: Starting from Scratch\ Hero's Homecoming by Stacy Gail and Rebecca Crowley
Publication Date: November 21, 2013
Reviewed By: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars


Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail
This is a story of Sully, a wounded soldier returning home with partial amnesia and Lucy, the woman who loves him. This heartfelt romance was touching and at times tense as they work their way through their love and constant longing. I thought the author did a good job making it
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The two stories in this book were both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I’m not sure I would be strong enough to handle what these ladies went through. Although they do say that you’ll do anything for love.

In Starting From Scratch by Stacy Gail, I felt horrible for poor Lucy. She got the raw end of the deal in her life and even after finding happiness, she got the shaft again. I was a little uncertain about this story at first, but then as soon as we meet Sullivan and learn what truly happened, I
Frau Sorge (Yuki)
My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

I have no idea how to rate this book. I'll explain that later.

Sometimes I'm right in the kind of mood that makes me want to read a simple, angsty book and it has to be a quick read. I decided to give Gifts of Honor a try. There were two reason - the motif of damaged military hero coming back home, and southern setting.

The first story in this dualogy is Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail and the plot follows the struggling of
Mariel Hoss
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*ARC from NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Wow. Just wow. Both stories in this short anthology was seeped in the emotions of a military family.

Sully and Lucy must deal with Sully’s selective amnesia (he forgot her and nothing else) which was the last straw in their rocky marriage. This is their journey back to falling in love again, this time with the person they are now as opposed to who they were when they first embarked on their disastrous marriage. Sweet and spicy.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've a hard time liking amnesia stories so it's no surprise that Starting From Scratch wasn't my favourite story. Though I have to say, I ended up really liking it. My main niggle was I never really knew why Sullivan wanted his wife back suddenly even though he couldn't remember her.

Now Hero's Homecoming fit he bill perfectly. I liked how wounded and also pissed off the hero, Chris, was and that he wasn't always fair to everyone because I think the situation he was in needed a lot of adjustment
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two short novellas about men returning from war and the women they are returning to. Both are Christmas small town settings with home grown problems and solutions. Both stories deal with true life problems faced by returning soldiers and the families that love them.
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I'd give a B to both of these novellas. Nice reads. Review coming
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Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first imprint, and veteran of the digital publishing industry, Angela James is a long-time advocate for digital publishing. She has enjoyed nearly a decade of experience in digital publishing, including successfully launching, building and serving as executive editor for two digital-first presses. Angela frequently travels to regional, nation ...more
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