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His Road Home

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  160 reviews
To avoid an Afghan warlord’s matchmaking, Staff Sergeant Rey Cruz invents a fiancée he’ll never meet—until he’s flat on his back in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and marine biologist Grace Kim shows up with one question: why did you lie?

Cruz can’t explain his fabrication to her, the news media, their families, or their hometown, because his traumatic brain
Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Carina Press
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Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This was a very, very beautiful short story that went straight to my heart! Reading this book was like taking a journey of love and hope alongside Rey and Grace. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this one, but I’m certainly glad I did. The story was so emotional, so much so that it made me go all mushy and teary-eyed.

His Road Home is a story of Reynaldo Cruz, a former Special Forces soldier, and Grace Kim, a marine biologist.

While Rey served in Afghanistan,
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

When a grateful Afghan tribal leader offers Staff Sergeant Reynaldo Cruz, one of his daughters as a wife, Rey knows that to turn down the offer would be an insult, and place him and his men in a vulnerable position. He invents a fake fiancée. A photo of Grace Kim, one of his older sister's school friends seems a good choice. The ruse will soon be forgotten; his hometown, and particularly Grace are never going to hear about it.

But when Rey steps on a land mine, he instantly becomes newsworthy. Re

4.5 Stars! This is now one of my treasured reads.

His Road Home might have been Rey's story, but it was also very much Grace's journey! While I loved Rey, his optimism and outlook on life, it was Grace who stole the show, she truly was "Amazing Grace"!

I adored Rey, simply adored him, and I'm not trying to minimize the tragic way his life changed or the role he played in this book, but Grace was the star here in my opinion! She goes on my favorite heroine list. Grace never treated Rey as anything
Marjorie Ingall
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grownups, smokin
Anna Richland has balls of steel. Ovaries of steel. Either. Both.

Because holy crap, does this book take chances. It's a love story between a Latino soldier who's had his legs blown off below the knee in Afghanistan and has a traumatic brain injury so he can barely speak, and a Korean-American ichthyologist with a doctorate who has never met him but due to THINGS has to pretend to be his fiancee. Risks: Author is, I think, white. Barely verbal narrator. Characters have to get to know each other
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to -ya by: Jill
Life didn’t make bargains. It just dealt hands.

Grace Kim is a marine biologist.
Rey Cruz was a medic in special force.

About his injury:

Rey: They bother you?

Grace: No. Although sometimes what they stand for does.It challenges me to pay attention, to think about politics, duty, America. A lot to consider.

This novella has some flaws in the plotline because of its shorter length, but it is well-written and heartwarming. My first book by Ms. Richland, and I really liked it.

#The author donates a po
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

For someone who loves romance, this book hit the spot on all levels.

I loved the characters, Grace and Rey, and the story of their developing friendship and eventual romantic relationship.

The backdrop is grim. There is no way around the fact that soldiers returning from war bearing physical, mental, and emotional injuries, have to basically re-invent their lives. However, in this short, sweet novella, that backdrop allowed the solid gold calibre of the characters to really shine
Kari Kaz
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kari by: Jill
His Road Home is the story of a soldier, Rey, who invents a fiancée to get out of marrying the daughter of a local warlord in the Middle East. He chooses to present a photo of Grace, a girl he barely knew from his hometown but who seems to fit the bill. When he’s severely injured and brought back to the US, Grace - who is clueless about the deception - is contacted and encouraged to visit her fiancé. She grabs a plane and flies to a military hospital in Maryland, where she meets Rey and demands ...more
Jacqueline J
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice book. On the whole I enjoyed it. The biggest thing holding it back from more stars was that it felt rather distant, a bit more tell than show. The theme was interesting and I enjoyed both main characters. The story also could have benefited from more description.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
2 friends read and liked this, but honestly, I think I saw a soldier in Walter Reed Militar Center and somehow translated this in my head to MICHAEL and REBECCA. (I was wrong.)

A+ for diversity. Not only are both characters of colour, there's also a very clear depiction of the ways in which undocumented workers are exploited and abused, which can carry on for a lifetime. (Rey's mother raised the kids by herself, after her husband was killed in a workplace accident, for which they got no compensa
Anna Richland
Aug 20, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: soldiers, romance
HIS ROAD HOME is a National Finalist! Romance Writers of America announced the nominees for the Rita Award for best novella of 2014, and guess who's going to New York City for the ceremony? Sergeant Rey Cruz and Grace Kim!

I'm thrilled that HIS ROAD HOME has been selected (with nine other great authors) to be a finalist. You can see the whole announcement here: RITA Award Announcements

Thank you for supporting this story!

Previous Review:

I'm the author, so I won't rate my own book ... but I want
Christi Snow
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My Review:
What an incredibly moving, beautiful story with an incredibly creative set-up. Rey needs a girl's picture to show a warlord in Afghanistan to prove that he has a fiancee and doesn't need the warlord's daughter to fill the position. He's simply trying to avoid a conflict with the tribe. So he goes to facebook and finds a picture that will work...a modest and respectable looking girl from his hometown, but one that he's never actually met. After a little bit of doctoring he has the engag
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. I enjoyed it.

It was a nice idea about a couple forced to meet and then they fall in love. But something about the falling in love was a little too superficial. It might be that the reader was not in Rey’s head. I didn’t feel his emotions or see his desire for her. He had brain issues so he was limited in his talking. His words could not convey his thoughts. I think I would have liked more of his emotions and feelings.

Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 109 pages. Swearing l
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
A cute romance. Very sweet and very touching.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angie by: Chachic
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

You guys. I've been waiting to fall this year. I've been waiting for that first review (embarrassingly late, I know) to need to be written. I've been reading and reading. And I've really liked a number of things (reviews on those to come, promise). But the night before last I fell into a book that filled me up in just the way I needed to kick me into gear to talk about it. Which is good, because you'll want to pick this one up. His Road Home by Anna Richland
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't get it...

I really wanted to like this book, because it started off with such an interesting premise: Reynaldo, a medic/soldier working in the Middle East, gets out of a warlord offering up a bride to him by saying he has a fiancee back home. To prove it, he takes a random girl he vaguely knew from his hometown and photo-shops a picture of them together. But then Reynaldo gets blown up, losing his legs and sustaining a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in the process, and somehow Grace winds u
Some lovely internet miracle led me to pre order this book. It showed up like as an unexpected gift on my Kindle.

I can see why I one clicked it even though I have no recall of doing so given all its wonderful themes--
interracial romance between non white leads, road trip, pretend relationship, scientist heroine, middle eastern wars, medic special forces hero, disabled hero, PTSD, 2nd generation immigrate experiences.

Those themes and the possibility of what kind of story could be told within th
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm out of practice with simple man/woman romances.

Rey and Grace are intelligent, thoughtful adults--and I almost didn't know what to do with that, but I managed to adjust ^__^

It's pretty short, with no filler. Some of the off-page action could have happened on-page to give me more to read (I am greedy), and that's my only real complaint.
If any book can pull me out of a reading slump or make me like romance, this is it. These days, almost all romance books will have the hero and heroine in lust and in bed by chapter one. Or when they don't, the book is so full of courtship dance I've read before that I ended up rolling my eyes as I pass the book for the next in line.
In this book though, the hero and heroine was somehow presented in a way that intrigues me and wants to read more. Though the book isn't insta love/lust, their 'gett
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ksenia by: Angie
This was really good. Thank you, Angie, for putting this book on my radar.
I really enjoyed another of this author's book and particularly a few of the side characters so I was thrilled to death that she pointed out that she had written a new novella featuring one of them, Army Special Forces medic, Rey Cruz. This story focuses on Rey's come back after he is critically wounded in Afghanistan and must recover from a traumatic brain injury along with learning how to operate as a double leg amputee. Rey learns that life isn't over and there is a new bend in the road for h ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The premise of His Road Home is pretty amusing to me - you have this soldier who makes up he has a fiance so that he can get out of a really awkward situation in Afghanistan. He finds a girl from his home town that he didn't know and photoshops a picture of them to show to this warlord. Unfortunately, he gets severely injured by a landmine while saving a boy's life on his way to deliver the image. The media finds out about this photo and proceeds to go crazy trying to get his fiance to him. What ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
What an amazing, moving, beautiful and realistic story.

To avoid an Afghan warlord’s matchmaking, Staff Sergeant Rey Cruz invents a fiancée he’ll never meet—until he’s flat on his back in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and marine biologist Grace Kim shows up with one question: why did you lie?

Rey had his legs blown off in Afghanistan while trying to save a young boy. He also has aphasia from a brain injury which affects his expressive communication. When Grace realizes she is the
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I grabbed this because I saw on Twitter that it was just USD0.99. It's a sweet romance with an intriguing premise and I finished it fairly quickly. I liked both the characters and how straightforward they were with each other, there weren't any unnecessary drama between the two of them.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I really enjoyed this book! More thoughts to come after I have a chance to process a bit.
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas
This was perfect, in every way possible. By far one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read. The writing felt flawless as I read it, describing two characters that felt real beyond the pages. There is a definite emotional story to tell here, and wow, what an incredible journey it was to be on.
Rating 4.5/5

His Road Home was a wonderful love story between two people who seemingly have nothing in common and are neither ones type for a romantic entanglement. The little white lie – a one-sided engagement of convenience – was a different approach to a familiar trope. I was also more than pleasantly surprised that the author wrote about an interracial couple, specifically a heroine of Asian descent.

Grace and Rey made such an adorable couple. I really enjoyed the beginning starting off with t
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, calibre-library
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. This book really blew me away. I took a chance on an "army romance book" by an author I've had a good experience with and it turned my world upside down. Rey and Grace's romance was wonderfully written and powerfully delivered. It really threw a whole ball of emotions at you and did it in such a gritty and "real" way that I was 100% on board from page 1.

Rey (who some of you might know from First to Burn, and if you don't -- go
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Staff Sergeant Ray Cruz needs a fiancee, or at least pretend to have a fiancee to get himself out of a sticky situation involving an Afghan Warlord and his daughter. So he finds one with the aid of photo shop and a picture of one of his older sister's friends marine biologist Grace Kim. When the media suddenly goes in to a frenzy about her war hero fiancee being injured Grace doesn't know what is going on...she has no fiancee. Determined to sort out the problem Grace visits her supposed fian
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.

I was a little nervous about this book b/c I loved First To Burn and wondered if Anna Richland could knock another one out of the park. As it turns out there was nothing to worry about b/c this book was awesome!

It's an ambitious story involving a severely wounded combat vet and his fake fiancée. It's a quick read that made me laugh AND cry. Unfortunately the crying portion took place in public while I was on my dinne
I found this very sweet. Heroine is a Korean-American scientist (I think she studies fish populations), hero is a Latino special forces soldier who invents a fake fiancee to get out of an awkward social situation with an Afghan tribal leader, using the heroine's photo; he is vaguely familiar with her (they're from the same small town) but they don't really know each other. When he's severely injured, the fake fiancee story takes on a life of its own.

I'm really impressed that Anna Richland wrote
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Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. She writes paranormal romantic suspense and award-winning military romance in the spaces left after dealing with kids, laundry, crazy volunteer commitments and internet distractions.

Her lifelong passion for new places (and a need to pay tuition) led her to become an army officer en rou

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