In Wind Chime Summer, by Sophie Moss, Izzy Riveria left the Army six months ago after having served her country for years. She had hoped one day to retire from the military and open her own restaurant. Now Izzy can barely make it through her day as she battles PTSD. Forced to enroll in a rehab program or face jail time for shooting someone, Izzy reluctantly joins the program. As she slowly begins to know the other veterans in the program and her boss, Ryan Callahan, she starts to trust people again. Will Izzy tell her new friends the truth about why she left the Army? Can she overcome her PTSD and function in civilian life?
A lot of people think that romance stories are nothing but fluffy stories that aren’t taken very seriously by the general public. It is true that there are some fluffy stories out there that are great for a good escape. Writers like Moss, though are tackling real life problems in their stories that get their readers thinking about current events. In this book, Moss not only touches on what some of our returning soldiers face as they reenter civilian life, but she also discusses environmental issues, violence against women in the military, and immigration.
I wasn’t sure if I would like Izzy to begin with. As I was reading the first chapter, she was so darn prickly and aloof that it was hard to like her. As her story unfolded I couldn’t help but be in awe of what a strong woman she was. The daughter of migrant workers, Izzy chose to serve in the military as a way to improve her life. Despite a huge set back after suffering a violent attack, Izzy emerged from that time period in her life better and stronger than she was prior to entering the rehab program.
Ryan Callahan, the hero of the book, was just as interesting to read about as Izzy. His father, a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay, wanted a better life for his son and encouraged Ryan to pursue his education and leave the area. Ryan had done just that by getting his doctorate in marine biology but he can’t escape the call of his home or his concern for the polluted water he loves. With a plan to help save the bay by bringing back oysters, Ryan wins over the veterans that he has employed from the rehab program.
Wind Chime Summer is the third book in the Wind Chime series by Sophie Moss and it can be read as a standalone. Moss has written an emotional story about overcoming tragedy that makes for a fantastic read. If you enjoy contemporary romance or women’s fiction, this would be a good read for you.
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If you open your heart, it will always lead you home…
Since leaving the Army six months ago, Izzy Rivera has closed herself off from everyone and everything. Struggling with a debilitating case of PTSD, she has been fired from three jobs and was recently arrested for assault. Her last hope is a rehab program for veterans on Heron Island, which she was admitted to on a probationary basis and which she must complete to stay out of jail.
After establishing an illustrious career as a marine biologist, Ryan Callahan has returned to Heron Island to open a nonprofit to save the Chesapeake Bay and help his father—a fourth-generation waterman—expand his oyster farm. As one of the primary employers for the veterans’ center, Ryan is counting on his new workforce to make the merging of these two operations a success.
But Ryan underestimated the challenges of employing a group of physically and psychologically wounded veterans—particularly the female Army veteran who wants nothing to do with his nonprofit, his father’s farm, or the peaceful island that’s supposed to help her heal. Can Ryan find a way to convince Izzy to believe in something again? Or will the shell she’s built around her heart trap her in the past forever?
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Sophie Moss is a USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author. She is known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She lives in Maryland, where she’s working on her next novel. When she’s not writing, she’s testing out a new dessert recipe, exploring the Chesapeake Bay, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website sophiemossauthor.com t o sign up for her newsletter.