Review of Rise Again Warrior (Mission: Believe) by Stacy Eaton
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 If I could give 5 more, I would!
Dr. Lauren Falcone works with military men and women that are struggling with life after returning home from their tours of duty to our country. She is a kind, gentle soul that has her own scars to bear and deal with. She’s struggled with leaving her home and being in crowds and has adjusted her career to be able to help others that struggle with these kinds of things. Since she meets with her clients remotely, she’s able to do her work wherever she is.
Staff Sgt. Shane Logan is recovering from an IED blast that took out his team fifteen months ago while returning from a raid. Not many from his team made it out of that ambush, he did, but with both physical and mental scars to show for it. He is dealing with his own issues as well as the issues of people who encounter him and don’t know how to act or what to say, so they stare at him and give him a wide birth or they look at him with pity, neither makes him feel any better about himself. With the confidence he gains, he shares his dream with his father about a new project he wants to bring to life, and his father uses this opportunity to get what he wants in return.
The story of two people who have lived through tragedy, but in different ways. They both suffer from survivors’ guilt and their struggles are real with their pain, mental anguish, and fears of what they have been through and their struggles to move on and find a new normal, a new life, and a reason to continue to live. These two need each other to find their way towards a life they can live rather than just move through the motions. They both have a lot to overcome and find it in themselves to reach for what they want and hold onto it.
This story is tragic, heartfelt, inspiring, and one of my favorite reads this year. It touched me in so many ways. It is so realistic and emotional, and written with a beautiful touch. Shane’s need for approval shows so much vulnerability and is so realistic. He needs that validation to help find himself again and Lauren gives him that and so much more. I give this story a 5-star review, if I could give it more, I would. I look forward to reading more of the Rise Again Warrior books in the near future. I love the characters and the plot of this story. It was beautifully written. This was my first read of Stacy Eaton, but it won’t be my last. I look forward to finding more books written by her and continuing the series of the Rise Again Warrior books.