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Saving Jake

(Blessings, Georgia #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  974 ratings  ·  122 reviews
There is always hope
After eight years in the Marines, Jacob Lorde returns to Blessings, Georgia, with no plans other than to hole up in his empty house and heal what's left of his soul. But with a charming next door neighbor and a town full of friendly people, keeping to himself is easier said than done.

As long as you can come home
Laurel Payne understands far too well what
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Oh it has been some time since I settled back for a visit with Sharon Sala's Blessings, Georgia series. Oh my, this town and it's people just draw me in and welcome me with truth Southern hospitality. This third book in the series like the others before it approaches some tough subjects in a gentle, heartwarming way bringing about healing and romance.

The Blessings, George series all tie together by the small town setting and some recurring characters, but they are nice and versatile in that they
Dawn ♥ romance
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A really good story with plenty of action that moved right along. I pretty much liked everything, the independent heroine, her delightful daughter, the recovering hero and dealing with PTSD. It was also interesting how justice was delivered. Jake returns home wounded from his service in the Marines and keeps encountering his neighbor Laurel and her young daughter.
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Favorite Quote: “He made falling in love so easy.”

Sharon Sala takes us back to the small town of Blessing, Georgia in her third installment with a sweet and heartwarming story of second chances when a war weary soldier comes home to heal and falls for a young widow and her adorable little girl.

I love small town romances and Saving Jake hits all the right notes. Small towns are notorious for being nosy, unforgiving, gossipy,
Another sweet and quiet story. I liked the multiple povs since they make a this very simple story move at a nice steady pace. The mature characters (20s or 30s?) were more complex than the MCs of the previous book. Their stories were each heartbreaking in different ways and their struggles were compelling. Utterly devoid of any OP drama, I liked that the MCs were really all about each other, once they both figured out what they wanted, that is. There was no mention of previous sexual history and ...more
Bordering on a little too cozy-small-town-sweet for my taste. But I liked the sprawling, multiple POVs of the various characters in town and the little glimpses into all the lives. Pleasant, unobjectionable way to spend listening.
Sheyla ✎
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She was his sunrise.”

Being back in Blessings, Georgia is like reading your favorite book while drinking hot cocoa next to a nice going fireplace.

If I had to describe this series, I would say heartwarming with a touch of faith. The main characters are always likable and you want them to be happy.

Jacob Lorde is a marine who's coming back home to Blessings after he was injured on his last tour. He survived but he was left with a limp, scars and he's suffering from PTSD. His father is recently
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I've read several books in this series and have really come to love the little town of Blessings. The residents are mostly friendly (have to have some "bad" characters), go out of their way to help each other, and even fall in love with each other.

This book throws together Jake Lorde, former military suffering from PTSD, and Laurel Payne, widow & mother that has had a hard time herself the past few years. While they may not seem like a likely couple, there is something that attracts the
Jo Anne
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I love Sharon Sala’s books. In this one, Jake Lord comes home from serving his country, a scarred and traumatized man. He hasn’t been in Blessings since his father’s funeral, and now, after almost a year in hospitals healing his physical injuries, he’s looking for some mental peace moving into his now empty childhood home.

Laurel Payne had suffered her own share of horror and grief. Her husband came home from the war a changed man with PTSD. Shortly after, he committed suicide. Widowed, with no
Isha Coleman
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Resilience. We all have this quality embedded within. The ability to weather the bruises life throws our way without caving in. Jake returns to civilization a changed man. His body may have healed but his mind is slow on the uptake. The turmoil of his experience has left him broken and guilt-ridden. Heartbreaking images are on a continuous reel in his head. Traumatized he becomes a loner with nothing for company but his painful memories. Until Laurel sets her mind to bringing him out of his dark ...more
Jul 27, 2016 marked it as 09-nuff-said  ·  review of another edition
This author just isn't for me.

Book received by SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ellen Anderson
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many Blessings

Sharon Sala's Blessings, Georgia series just keeps getting better and better! War hero Jake Lorde has returned home to Blessings. Laurel Payne has her hands full raising her young daughter and trying to keep them going after her husband committed suicide. She definitely doesn't want to be drawn in by another military man with problems. This is a great book with lots of interesting things.
Denise Bearre
A quick entertaining read. Good small town novel.
I just didn't get how the h/h fell in love. I didn't feel there was enough interaction to even get them to barley like each other much less love each other. I do love the town though and glad we got at least hints of the last couple. Don't know what happened to Johnny and his brothers...didn't see them.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story

This story was one that touched my heart completely. At times it made me giggle like Bonnie in the book did. Other times I cried just like Laurel when she thought she had lost the only one left in her life that had meaning, her daughter Bonnie. Jake is a man I would be honored to know as all the brave soldiers that have come home with nightmares and PTSD. I loved this story and recommend it to anyone needs a soul-searching tale to renew our faith.
Thank you Sharon Sala for the
Eleanore June
A sweet, nay, saccharine romance. The hero and heroine were nice enough. Both with enough flaws and troubles to keep it interesting and their romance grew slowly and naturely. The kid was cute without being too annoying.
The problem I have was there was so many totally unnecessary scenes. It really felt like there was a word count goal and scenes were added just to reach that goal. They didn't further the plot, they didn't enhance my understanding of the characters.
The "bad guys" should have
Lynn Hinkforth
I am enjoying this series. And book #3 was no exception. However, there is one small detail that is so wrong, I’ve laughed out loud. The fictional town of Blessings in about an hour, at most, from my home town, Statesboro. There are NO mountains. Barely even a hill. The land is flat and sandy. Now if it took place in north Georgia, where the topography is much different, but Blessings is one hour south of Savannah.

Other than that, I love the series and love how Ruby Dye ties it all together.
I’ve read plenty of stories featuring returning military men who just want to be left alone, and Jacob Lorde is typical of many. Years in the Marines have left him with one desire: going home to Blessings, to an empty house, and just stay there to deal with his own demons. But, sometimes the refuge you think you need isn’t what you really wanted, or needed at all.

Laurel is Jake’s next door neighbor, and she instantly recognizes the haunted looks and knows the troubled soul beneath the pretty
Becky Condit
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Sharon Sala’s Blessings, GA stories. We are taken to a place where love is true and villains get their due.
Jake has been to war in Afghanistan and returned home injured, scarred, suffering from PTSD, and alone. His Purple Heart is more of an insult than an award to him. His scars are something to hide. He has returned to his father’s home after burying his dad, but doesn’t really plan to stay there, at least initially. Then he reintroduces himself to the town and neighbors he has always
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a beautiful story. We learn early on that Jake and Laurel have had their share of difficulties in life. Jake has just returned home from war having been injured and Laurel is a widow raising a child on her own. Unfortunately for Laurel and Jake there are still trials ahead.

Jake and Laurel are neighbours and life keeps putting them together. Jake proves to be a good neighbour to have, helping Laurel out when she is in
Tonya Lucas
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sharon Sala's newest novel in her Blessings, Georgia Series, Saving Jake, is eloquently written. Ms. Sala has an extraordinary way of engaging her readers from the very 1st line until the final sentence. She's been a favorite of mine since I read her wonderful book, King's Ransom.
In Saving Jake she deals with a very real topic, returning home from war and trying to transition back into the civilian life. Blessings, Georgia with its truly close family residence, is definitely a great town to try
This book was an alright romance. My only compliant is that the H/H spent half the book being friendly neighbours and being wary of each other, but then they sleep together and suddenly they're planning a future together and saying they are in love. I think there should have been a little more internal conflict after their relationship began. Especially since the heroine had been very against dating a former solider and the hero was still dealing with issues of PTSD.
Becky Burciaga
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are many stories about our wounded Soldiers suffering from PTSD due to the horrors of war. What often is forgotten are the families of these suffering heroes who are affected as well. What this story has done was taken both one returning hero and a woman and her daughter who were left behind when a husband/father couldn't take the memories of war any longer. The author has done a remarkable job of bringing to life how a small town can envelope its emotionally hurt and suffering people to ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great story in the Blessings, Ga, series, and Sala continues to entertain with a sweet, timely story of a young Iraq soldier returning to his small hometown seeking hope and healing. Jake Lorde experienced all the horrors of war and returned with both physical and emotional scars. His beloved parents have died, but Lorde hopes the quiet and solitude, plus physical labor of returning the family's farm to working order, will help him forget the terrible days in the desert. Jake is ...more
The story of a widow of a military man, and the medically discharged soldier who moves back to the home next door-- or down the road, since they're out in the country. The heroine's husband didn't die overseas. He came home without a scar, then killed himself a month later. His family blamed the heroine and they are a relatively minor part of the conflict. The hero is just trying to find peace. He came home for his father's funeral before going back to the war and getting injured. Now he's come ...more
Darlene Wilson
There is always hope
After eight years in the Marines, Jacob Lorde returns to Blessings, Georgia, with no plans other than to hole up in his empty house and heal what's left of his soul. But with a charming next door neighbor and a town full of friendly people, keeping to himself is easier said than done.

As long as you can come home
Laurel Payne understands far too well what Jake is going through, after witnessing her late husband experience similar problems. She's in no hurry to jump into another
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-escape
If half stars were available Id have given 35 stars.

A mostly sweet story about finding ones self and love when you it was least expected. That aside, there are some seriously horrible people in this small town. Not just garden variety snarkiness, but honest to goodness mean to their core awful despicable people. They do help to shape the story, but still ugly. Thankfully there are more better than not, but it seems that overwhelmingly the favorite sport it gossip and being mean. Jake and Laurel
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never disappointed!

One of my favorite authors and I just love this series. I honestly wish I could move to Blessings! I didn't think I would like this series originally because I thought it would be too mushy or romantic and I'm more into romantic suspense but I fell in love with the town. Every character is so well developed that it's hard to imagine these people don't exist. This a great series if you're looking for a little drama with a lot of small town love and a happy ending ! We don't get
Kathy Blanton
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake came home from war to build a life in his hometown. Laurel lost her husband Adam to suicide after he came home from war. She did not want to get involved with jake because she was fearful the same thing would happen again. She had a 6 year old daughter who liked Jake and wanted to be his friend. Jake had one enemy, Truman Slade, who he testified against when he was 17. Slade was out of jail and wanted to get back at Jake. Jake and Laurel develop a relationship. Nice story.
It has been a while since I read this, yet it left quite an impression. There is something about a classic romance, where there is no "insta-love" or "billionaire" problems. This was about a widow with a child and a Veteran finally home after a long absence. Their everyday problems give you hope for your own life, and help to remind us that good things are everywhere, you just have to look for them.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story better than the first Blessings story (I accidentally skipped the 2nd one.) Jake is a veteran who returned home and Laurel is a single mom to Bonnie because her ex husband was a veteran suffering from PTSD and committed suicide. Sala did a masterful job creating Bonnie's character. She was adorable and I can imagine a 6 year old saying many of the cute things she said.

A heartwarming light read that has substance and action.
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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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