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To Have and to Hold

(Returning Home #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  124 reviews
He doesn’t remember her. She cherishes every moment of their time together. Is there any hope for a second chance? 

Hunter Cross has lost a year. There’s a gap in his memory, and the woman who is living in his house has disappeared into it. He slept with her, fell for her, loved her—and he doesn’t remember any of it.

He knows he should send her away—except for one little thi
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Jelsba Media Group (first published June 28th 2016)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 In memory and in forgetting Stars

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I really enjoyed To Have And To Hold. It was a very sweet, but at times heart-wrenching read. I loved Trina and Hunter. They drew me in right away. I was heart broken right along with them, when Hunter couldn't remember Trina or their life together. I went on a journey with them. I felt Hunter's fear of losing a year of his life, grieved with Trina, and rooted for their love the whole book. The only problem I had with this book was that it would switch from
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - "I know my feelings, and they're not going to change..." Stars!

The third novel in Serena Bell’s Returning Home series, offers up a trope that we don’t see used as much as it once was, and is, when done well, definitely still one of my favorites, but this time the author has served it up with a modern twist.

In that Hunter Cross is suffering from amnesia after returning from being injured whist on tour with his unit in Afghanistan, his external injuries are on the mend, but he has lost the l
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you cope when the man you love returns home from serving his country, recovering from injury, suffering PTSD and with no recollection of your feelings for one another or memories of the time you've spent together? Those special moments created as you discover one another, gone.


Serena Bell brings her reader a second-chance love story with the perfect combination of romance and heat, with a sprinkling of angst and drama. To Have and To Hold grabbed me from the moment I picked it up.

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War. For every soldier that goes to battle, there are victims that arise in the aftermath. Serena Bell’s To Have and To Hold is the story of a returning soldier, wounded both physically and mentally as he struggles to remember the woman who has waited for him to come home. Hunter’s memory has been stolen, not of everything, but of Trina and their love, the fact that he had promised to marry her.

Trina is stunned, hurt, but she must maintain the strength necessary to either pull Hunter into remem
Maria Rose
To Have and to Hold is the third story in Serena Bell’s Returning Home series, a selection of emotional romances that aptly describe some of the difficulties wounded soldiers encounter when finishing their tours of duty and reuniting with their loved ones. And this particular story is based on a situation that one would hope never to encounter – the loss of memory of that loved one.

Hunter is relieved to be reuniting with his twelve-year-old daughter Clara and his mother Linda at the airport foll
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
You just know for the blurb that this is going to break your heart, and yes, it came true. Anytime you are dealing with injuries, ptsd, war related issues, it sucks.

I have read several of Serena Bell's works, including book 2 of this series, so I knew I was going to put my heart on the line. This book brings you heartache with flashes of happiness as Hunter and Trina try and figure out their life and soon realize a wisp of memory of once was is not enough.

This author knows how to pull you in an
3.5 stars

This is a really sweet read with a lot of heart - a second-chance-romance with a twist that had me so excited to get my hands on this book. This is the third book in the Returning Home series, but can definitely be read as a standalone.

Hunter and Trina are the single parents of two girls who are best friends. They have found something special with each other and just before Hunter goes off on his final deployment, they make promises to each other and plan for a life together upon his r
4.5 stars

To Have and to Hold was a beautifully written emotional and heartwarming read.

I fell in love with the characters and their story touched my heart.
I'm a big fan of Serena Bell's writing and once again she's given her readers a storyline and characters that will entertain you from start to end and leave you with a heart full of love.

I highly recommend To Have and to Hold and the Returning Home series.

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the advance copy
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Serena Bell writes a book about taking a risk to open yourself up, experience a crushing blow, and pulling yourself up again. This is a book about resiliency. One thing I appreciate about this author's work is that she is not afraid to take deep dives into emotional landscapes fraught with landminds.

Trina is expecting the same man who left for deployment to return to her and begin their new life together. Granted, this relationship moved to a new stage right before he left, but she
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To Have and to Hold is the third book in the Returning Home series but can be read as a stand alone. The characters from the previous two books make an appearance but the story does not revolve around them. I have read all three books in the series.

Bell has an amazing ability to write stories that are filled with emotion, angst, chemistry and believability in a very minimal amount of pages. She did it in the first two books
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Debbie's Review

This is the story of Hunter Cross and Trina Levine. They met because their daughters were best friends. Hunter is in the armed forces and his wife died in the line of duty. They finally get together after months of ignoring their feelings for each other. Hunter is off for another deployment and Trina agreed to move into his home and watch his daughter for the year he is gone. Hunter made a promise to Trina that when he returns in a year they would tell the girls how serious their
Bette Hansen
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story! I found it very unique and fresh. Great characters and equally great writing made this a very enjoyable read.

Trina Levine is anxiously awaiting the return of Hunter Cross. Before his last deployment their relationship had finally turned from friends to lovers and promises of happily ever after were spoken.
Trina and Hunter had been friends for a long time due to their daughters closeness but the fact that Hunter was afraid to commit after the end of his first marriage k
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one, it was a different take on the wounded soldier returning home. Very unique.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were a lot of things in this book that just didn't add up or I didn't like which affected my enjoyment of the book. The one thing that I found absolutely hard to believe was how dirt poor they claimed to be when her father was an actor. Sorry, but there are laws put in place for situations like this. He is her legal father, he knows who she is and Phoebe knows who her father is. He can decide to send more money if he chooses to do so out of the goodness of his heart as a father, but there ...more
To Have and to Hold is the third book in Serena Bell's Returning Home series which is about the men in uniform who have come home after their tour of duty different from when they left. In this third book the injury that the male protagonist's has sustained is more psychological, amnesia. Not of his whole life but a year of his memory. He has no recollection of how he sustained his injuries and worse of all of the woman he left behind. Trina, is that woman who was expecting a heartfelt and emoti ...more
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To Have and to Hold: A Returning Home Novel (Returning Home #3) by Serena Bell was a surprising read. I have read my fair share of wounded warrior novels but must admit this one is special.

It might not be unique in its plot but the characters are so well crafted and you can almost feel the love this author placed in her creations.

The plot is told in a believable pace that felt real to me. I could relate to Hunter and his struggles to find his “normal” but also to Trina and her Battle. She was
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Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Have and to Hold is a heartbreaking and emotional story about Trina and Hunter. Both single parents, they found something in one another. Hunter is about to go on his last deployment while Trina takes care of both of their daughters who are best friends. After an accident on a mission, Hunter has amnesia and can't remember the last year of his life, which includes falling in love with Trina.

Serena Bell did a great job with the characters and the story. What do you do when the one you love
I have read and enjoyed all of the books in the Returning Home series. That said, you can easily read this one as a stand-alone novel. This was just one of those stories that grabbed me as soon as I started reading. It is impossible not to feel for Trina who gets her man back from war but Hunter has no idea of the relationship he had with Trina right up until he deployed. In fact, until he sees Trina at the airport he doesn't even realize he has amnesia. This was a great story as Hunter tries to ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Have and To Hold is a beautiful yet emotional story of love conquering all. It sheds light on an issue that is not the easiest to depict but I think the author did a great job rendering it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking to reading more of this author's work.

ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley

To Have and To Hold had me emotionally invested from the beginning. I love the way in which the author depicted the issues which the hero faced. I also loved watching Hunter and Trina
RachelW (BamaGal)
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Have and to Hold is Serena Bell at her finest; quiet, intense, and thought provoking. After an explosion during his latest deployment, Hunter comes home with the loss of memories from the past year, including his romance and relationship with Trina. Is there a second chance with a man who barely remembers who you are, much less what you once meant to him? Lovely story, realistic and romantic.
Candyce Kirk
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book in this series, I knew Jake was my favorite. That changed after reading the sequel and Nate became my favorite. Let's just say it happened again, Hunter has now reached the top of the list! To Have and to Hold now has a very special place in my heart!!

Trina doesn't believe in happily ever after. Her daughter's father didn't hang around and she's done just fine on her own. That is until Hunter starts breaking down her walls. They have an amazing time together before h
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The minute Trina Levine's boyfriend steps off the plane she senses something is different about him, especially when he looks at her like he has no idea who she is, nor why she is there to pick him up. They had a plan, he would return home, and they would start their lives together, but Hunter Cross is returning a changed man, a man who has no memory of their relationship. Now what was suppose to be joyful reunion, is a first introduction that may lead to heartbreak...

Hunter Cross is returning h
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was a little uncertain as to how I would feel about this book, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

Even though this was the 3rd book in the “Returning Home” Series, it can be read as a standalone, no problem. There are some characters and references that don’t entirely make sense if you haven’t read the first 2 like me, but it doesn’t take away from the book either.

Hunter and Trina are both single parents brought together through their daughter’s friendship. They were never close until abou
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Have and to Hold, A Returning Home Novel,  Serena Bell

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance,
I’d read and loved the first two Returning Home novels, so looked forward to getting stuck into this. Once more I got a story and characters I could fully engage with – Trina, poor Trina. What an terrible position to be in, my heart broke for her, but she handled it incredibly well. Hunter too – it must be awful to have gaps in your memory, to have that weight of expectation put on you
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Returning Home series, by Serena Bell and it was quite heartfelt. Wounded veterans are the main theme and helping them come back home with lots of love thrown in makes a good story if Serena Bell tells it. This story is about Trina and Hunter who are both single parents at the beginning of the book, with young girls who are the same age and feel like sisters. Hunter is deployed with the idea that they will be together when he returns. Unfortunately he is wounded an ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars

Trina and Hunter’s story starts so perfectly and the promises of what life will be like when he returns from his last tour overseas all seem to be just what they both want and need….then life happens and everything changes.

This story is full of ups and downs -- Trina’s faith wasn’t strong enough to get her thru and then it was perfectly strong enough. Hunter’s missing memories threaten to tear them apart, and then the missing memories are what magically brings them together.

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Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, I really enjoyed this story. I felt each crushing blow as the story unfolded. Hunter returns home from war and doesn't remember the last year. Trina is devastated. They fell in love just before he left and planned to move forward in their relationship when he returns. To make things even tougher is they both have 11 year old girls who are best friends. Trina thought they were starting a family. Hunter is so upset with not remembering he decides to let Trina go. Trina tries to rebuild the re ...more
ARC received from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trina, a single mom who’s been burned in love before, is in love with Hunter. Their daughters are the same age and spend all their free time together. When Hunter is up for another deployment, she offers to keep his daughter after Hunter’s mom takes off with her new boyfriend, Ray. Since they’ve been secretly dating and have proclaimed their love for each other, Hunter asks Trina and her daughter to move into his home while deployed vowing that he’ll NEVER change his feelings for her. Only....wh ...more
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USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT

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