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(7 Brides for 7 Soldiers #5)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Former Marine Jack Carter has left Afghanistan behind, but after a close encounter with a suicide bomber, he now battles a hidden enemy. Ashamed that he succumbs to heart-stopping panic attacks, he refuses to leave his house and makes excuses for failing to meet up with his best friends. He’s got the perfect set up—his job allows him to work from home, he hires out the dog ...more
Published November 28th 2017 by Julia London
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4.5 stars

I'm loving the 7 Brides for 7 Soldiers series, each book has been entertaining, sweet, memorable and heartfelt.
And Jack by Julia London is a great addition to this wonderful series.

I really connected with Jack and Whitney, they were likable, relatable characters that touched my heart with their love story.
Their journey had a lot of ups and downs and their love was tested on more than one occasion.
These two totally belonged together, Jack found himself living again with the help, suppor
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack is another bright spot in this series. It’s a tough call between this and Wyatt for the top book in the series, to this point. They were completely different, yet both held things I love when reading about veterans. Where Wyatt held the suspense, Jack’s story leaned more toward the emotional fallout that war veterans often have to deal with.

Jack is book five of the Seven Brides for Seven Soldiers series. It holds the fewest links to the other books in the series, therefore the easiest to re
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is the 5th book in a wonderful series by a variety of authors. The series follows 7 friends as they come back home and find their HEA's. What I have loved so far about the series is that each book seems to be a continuation. The authors have thoughtfully included facts and characters from previous books. It reads as though the same author has written them all.

This one takes a step away from that flow. It is the first book that I would say could be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. Jack ha
Isha Coleman
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Julia London created a powerful tale of impactive characters. Jack is realistic, informative and inspirational entertainment. A smile goes a mile. Those words kept popping into my head throughout Jack and Whitney's intense relationship. Bruised by life and wounded by a traumatic event, Jack closes himself off from the rest of the world. It takes an optimistic baker and a persistent attraction to open his eyes and reawaken his heart. Jack takes on PTSD with a remarkable sensitivity that is enligh ...more
Shannon Ferguson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to this addition to the Seven Brides For Seven Soldiers series, and I will admit I was a bit disappointed. I just didn’t click with Whitney. Even after learning of Jack’s issues, she never really seemed to come off as understanding. If I had to read one more time that she needed him to be there for her, knowing what that would do to him, I would’ve likely thrown my kindle. In the long run it did help Jack, but she came off as self centered and uncaring IMO. I adored ...more
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Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
I’ve been so very curious about Jack Carter since book one in the fantastic 7 Brides for 7 Soldiers series. He’s been a bit of an enigma since he hadn’t been back to Eagle’s Ridge like the rest of the boys, err . . . men.

But Jack has a damn good reason why he’s been holed up in his apartment—since his return from Afghanistan, and a harrowing experience with a suicide bomber, Jack’s suffering from crippling panic attacks so severe is he has his dog walked, groceries delivered, and a meal service
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! One of the reasons is that the female role, Whitney, is the “heroine” in the story. (Go girl power!) She gave Jack the push he needed to make steps with his agoraphobia. And he is just the sweetest man! I found his vulnerability attractive, but he was also decisive with Whitney when in his home environment. Their chemistry is off-the-charts.

At one point, Whitney almost completely lost the relationship because of her own insecurities. That was my only frustration with t
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack is the 5th book in a 7 book series. The book series is about 7 friends/soldiers and their roads to happiness I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC for my honest opinion.

Jack has spent the last 2 years a recluse. During his second tour in Afghanistan he was injured during a suicide bombing in a market. He saw people that he cared about injured and dead. While initially the only thing that was wrong with him was the shrapnel to his leg, in the months following he started showing signs of
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Self-centered Whitney who thinks someone should be able to overcome a mental disorder just because she needs him... to visit a store with her, have dinner with her dad or just plain to take her on a date. What did she do to make it easier for him. She didn't come across as understanding at all. Also quite immature, (view spoiler)
E-Reader Addict
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Jack, by Julia London, is book five in the 7 Brides for 7 Soldiers series - seven books about seven different soldiers, all from the fictional town of Eagle’s Ridge, Oregon. Some of these books have been good, but most of them have just been okay for me. Sadly, Jack falls into the “just okay” category.

Jack is suffering from a serious case of PTSD - to the point of not leaving his house. He meets Whitney when he subscribes to a meal delivery and preparation service. They are complete opposites, w
Kerry Croucier
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack Carter made it back from his two tours in Afghanistan in one piece physically, but mentally turns out to be a different story. Upon his return he started having nightmares, that started triggering panic attacks soon after. Everything outside his apartment was a threat, so it was just better to stay in, especially since he has someone to walk his dog and someone else bringing food and cooking meals. Even his job can be done without leaving his apartment. Whitney Baldwin moved to Seattle to p ...more
Shelly Reynolds
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I was going to seduce you."
"You started it, but I'm going to finish it."

I loved this story! It was heartfelt and it tackled a very relevant issue of many of our returning service members - PTSD. My heart broke for Jack as he dealt with his demons and I was pulling for him as he struggled to find his way back to the man he was before.

Jack Carter has found himself a prisoner in his own home and in his own mind. His mind and his body continually play a constant tug-of-war between fear and reality.
Harlie Williams
Where to start? Besides the fact that I love Ms. London's contemporaries. I found her over 10 years ago with the Thrillseekers series and that series is still near and dear to my heart. Jack and Whitney are now my 2nd favorite couple that she has ever written. Yes, Eli and Marnie are still my favorite. But I digress.

I have a soft spot for returning vets and Ms. London does not shy away from what happens to one of the men that come back and can't deal with the outside world. Sure, sure, the story
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
After two tours in the Marines, Jack Carter is coming home to Eagle’s Ridge. He’s going to join six of his closest friends for Founders’ Day. Renting the car is only a little nerve-wracking, but when he gets into town streams of people close in on him. He has the first of the crippling panic attacks that cause him to seldom venture from the safety of his apartment. He’s so afraid, he even Skypes his visits with his psychiatrist who recognizes he has full-blown PTSD but won’t take his meds. He be ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book five in the multi-author series Seven Brides for Seven Soldiers, Jack is the story of a former US Marine who’s now suffering from agoraphobia as part of the post traumatic stress disorder he acquired after a particularly appalling incident while he was on active duty in Afghanistan.
Agoraphobia is one of those conditions that has a lot of us questioning whether the sufferer really has a problem or whether they’re just using it as a handy excuse to get out of doing things they don’t want to d
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
While I have loved this entire series, this book is the best of the lot so far. Julia London has done an amazing job of describing the pain and torture PTSD can cause - not just to the soldier but to family and friends.
Unlike the previous books, Jack takes place in Seattle. Jack has returned from Afghanistan with a wounded leg and PTSD. He goes into a panic at car horns, crowds,loud noises... Little by little these things have kept him trapped in his apartment. He sees very few people - Rain, hi
Dottie Legatos
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Seven authors have gotten together to each write one book in this series, 7 Brides for 7 Soldiers. This sounded like an interesting idea to me. I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of the fifth in this series, Jack, by one of my favorite contemporary and historical romance authors, Julia London. I'd like to point out that this was perfectly fine as a stand alone novel, although now I'd really like to start at the beginning of the series. Jack, currently a freelance writer, is a vetera ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jack Carter came back from Afghanistan deeply affected by a suicide bomb incident that killed civilians and soldiers. He's agoraphobic so he pretty much has everything delivered. A vet walks his dog, groceries are delivered and a food service brings food and prepares it for him 3x a week. Whitney Baldwin is the chef who prepares his meals. She recently moved to Seattle and wants to open a bakery. Jack ends up talking to Whitney. He likes her and begins to trust her. They end up starting a relati ...more
Rosemary K
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack Carter has come home from Afghanistan a changed man. He sufferers from intense panic attacks which keep him a prisoner in his home. Will he ever be able to beat his demons? Julia London has written an emotionally intense story. Jack is a good man who is ashamed of his perceived weakness. It bothered me that he felt the need to hide his condition. I was glad when he meets Whitney Baldwin, his cook. She's a breath of fresh air. She's loving and caring. She's working toward her dream to open a ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Carter is a U.S. Marine who has left service due to severe PTSD. Now he's in Seattle hiding from the world. He's despairing of ever having a normal life again. The anxiety, confusion and terror he deals with on a daily basis is preventing his return to real life. His anguish is brilliantly expressed in this story. His gradual recovery is disjointed and bumpy. His whole life revolves around what can be brought to his apartment or delivered to his door. The wonders of modern America. One of t ...more
Tracy Feocco
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this book in return for an honest review. This is book 5 of a 7 book series (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers), all written by a different author but with a binding thread. You can read this as a stand-alone story, but I for one am planning to read all the rest as well!

Jack Carter is a military veteran whose PTSD has overtaken him, leading him to full on agoraphobia. His struggle is real and honest. His efforts to hide his issues, and inability to find his way through struck as a ver
Norah Gibbons
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for a fair review. Jack is the 5th book in the series 7 Brides for 7 Soldiers. Each book is written by a different author so I think you can read this book as a stand alone. Characters from the other books appear in this book and the premise of the series looks interesting so I do intend to read the rest of the series. The hero Jack has returned from 2 Tours of Afghanistan suffering from PTSD which began as panic attacks and has now morphed ...more
Elisa Hordon
That was literally an anxiety riddled read wow, my head is still spinning but thank goodness Whitney didn't give up and in the end neither did Jack and love came through in the end.
I do have to say though this was my least favourite of the series so far and mainly because it felt to disconnected to the rest of the series so far it wasn't set in Eagles ridge, and the little connection with Lainey, Zane and Noah was minuscule as I began the book I was excited to think wow Jack is going to head bac
Patricia Ibarra
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Julia, you never disappoint me!! I loved this story, how it faces the enormous fight against PTSD, depression, anxiety and even suicide that many militaries and ex-militaries face. And also the struggle of those that surrounds a person with Jack`s condition, how much patience and love it requires, the doubts that arise in the middle of the long process of recovery and the feelings that involve all of them. Not everyone would be so strong as Whitney was, or Christie as well.
All in all, the be
Nancy Ku
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get to preview and review Jack (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers #5) by Julia London. Jack a returning vet with PTSD who is unable to leave his apartment. Whitney..a graduate of law school who wants to own her own bakery and is working as a "chef" who goes to a clients home to cook meals. This is where she meets Jack and his dog Buster. Can Whitney help Jack with his PTSD...Can Jack expose a veterans clinic (connected to the VA) for the death of his friend and mistreatment of other ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.

Jack has come back from Afghanistan with a severe case of PTSD-cause panic attacks and is unable to function in social situations. Whitney has bucked family tradition of becoming a lawyer or 'anything else professional' and has decided to open a bakery. They meet because she's become his meal delivery person -- he just can't leave his house. The combination of overcoming his social fears, and her fighting her family's disappointment, make them stronger toge
Anne Kulasa
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this book and this series. Jack really touched my heart and Whitney was the best thing that ever happened to him. With her trust and love, she helped him get on the right track to get his life back. Fell in love with Buster too, who wouldn't. I love this series, because it gives you a chance to read a series of books that relate to each other, but buy different authors which gives you the opportunity to read different writing styles. I've read two series by Julia London, the Lear Si ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack & Whitney

One of the best books I have read in a long time. It was a well written book by Julia. Covering a really important and sensitive topic in regards to PTSD.

Former Marine Jack is suffering from severe panic attacks after seeing a suicide bomber in Afghanistan kill and destroy. He's locked himself in his flat and solely relies on services to accommodate his none existing lifestyle.
Enter into the equation Whitney who comes part of a food delivery service to cook for him.
Whitney's s
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A little long on the anxiety parts. Could have been more concise. Glad to see anxiety of PTSD and how it effects lives and relationships was important.
I wish in all of the books in the series that the good friends and fellow vets would have physically checked on each other and confided in each other since they knew they all experienced similar circumstances. They surely should have checked on Romeo Jack after him not coming to see anybody for 2 years and had a busy excuse. Thank goodness Whitne
Helen Williams
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jack served two tours in Afghanistan. The last tour had some devastating effects. He has a debilitating condition due to PTSD. Doing normal, every day functions is more than he can accomplish. He has his meals delivered and prepared in his home. Whitney is a baker with hopes of opening her own bakery. She takes the job of "chef" in order to accomplish her dream. She finds Jack to be extremely odd. And then she gets to know him. This relationship will take a lot of work and understanding.
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming R ...more

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