Description of book
After a painful youth spent in foster homes, Special Forces soldier Edward Giordano has all but given up on love. Returning to New York from a dangerous mission in Costa Rica with no one to welcome him home, he knows he must find a way through his bitterness and embrace faith, or he’s destined for misery and loneliness. But he never expects that saving someone else’s life might help him save his own…
Audra Lorenzo is a first-year school teacher with a bright future. All she’s missing is a man to share her happiness. Her father wants her to rekindle her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, but she can’t stop thinking about the handsome, kind, and courageous soldier who rescued her from a near-deadly car accident…
Edward too, has not stopped thinking of Audra. After making peace with God and with his difficult past, he’s ready to re-connect with her and reveal his feelings. Edward knows that opening his heart will mean risking pain, but he’s prepared for whatever comes—from a perilous deployment to Audra’s meddling father…
My review of A Soldier Finds His Way
I love Irene Onorato’s writing style. She is easy to read and I found myself smiling quite a few times.
This story is wonderfully crafted. It starts out right in the middle of the action with Audra and her niece, Zoe being rescued from a car that wrecked into a freezing river.
Edward is a broken man. He has just returned to the states after a difficult mission in Costa Rica and is seeking solitude in an old one room cabin isolated from everyone. He needs time by himself to regroup and pull himself together before his next mission.
Audra and Zoe are thrust into his nice quiet retreat when he rescues them from a car wreck in the middle of a blizzard. The cabin is rustic… no running water, no electricity, and no phone. The three of them are stranded in the cabin until the weather lets up and Edward can go for help.
Edward’s communication skills need a little work to say the least. He is not used to dealing with female’s feelings. It is funny to see his thought process as he tries to tone down his gruff responses. It is also endearing to see him want to be kind to these two females he has rescued.
The characters are very well developed in this novel. I loved the character arc of Edward the best. He changed so much during the course of this story.
If you know anyone with PTSD you will get a kick out of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I hope you do as well.
About the author
Irene Onorato was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into the hearts of many American warriors would later become the inspiration for much of Irene’s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating high school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three children, and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation protection technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in 2014 and now reside in Louisiana.
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