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Welcome to Bell Cove, North Carolina. The famous bells in this small Outer Banks town are ringing a heros welcome when a former army captain returns home... After being held prisoner for three years in an Afghan prison, Jake Dawson is finally going home--except everyone, including his wife and young sons, believed he was dead. Jake has changed since he left for war, and now Welcome to Bell Cove, North Carolina. The famous bells in this small Outer Banks town are ringing a hero’s welcome when a former army captain returns home... After being held prisoner for three years in an Afghan prison, Jake Dawson is finally going home--except everyone, including his wife and young sons, believed he was dead. Jake has changed since he left for war, and now he isn’t sure where he belongs. Sally has changed, too. Her marriage to Jacob was on shaky ground even before his last deployment, but he’s still every inch the hot, headstrong man she loves, despite his wounds, both visible and invisible. Seeing him with their three boys makes her want to fight for this unexpected second chance. As summer winds down, all of the wacky folks in Bell Cove, which is awash with yellow ribbons and American flags, are aiming for a Labor Day Love Re-Connection. In fact, they’re pulling out all the stops, in their usual outrageous style, to get Jake and Sally together again…


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Welcome to Bell Cove, North Carolina. The famous bells in this small Outer Banks town are ringing a heros welcome when a former army captain returns home... After being held prisoner for three years in an Afghan prison, Jake Dawson is finally going home--except everyone, including his wife and young sons, believed he was dead. Jake has changed since he left for war, and now Welcome to Bell Cove, North Carolina. The famous bells in this small Outer Banks town are ringing a hero’s welcome when a former army captain returns home... After being held prisoner for three years in an Afghan prison, Jake Dawson is finally going home--except everyone, including his wife and young sons, believed he was dead. Jake has changed since he left for war, and now he isn’t sure where he belongs. Sally has changed, too. Her marriage to Jacob was on shaky ground even before his last deployment, but he’s still every inch the hot, headstrong man she loves, despite his wounds, both visible and invisible. Seeing him with their three boys makes her want to fight for this unexpected second chance. As summer winds down, all of the wacky folks in Bell Cove, which is awash with yellow ribbons and American flags, are aiming for a Labor Day Love Re-Connection. In fact, they’re pulling out all the stops, in their usual outrageous style, to get Jake and Sally together again…

30 review for A Hero Comes Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 44. At last, the third in Sanda Hill's Bell Sound romances. Hill continues the story of small town America and its quirky characters, missed opportunities, and second chances. In this title, Jake Dawson has been thought to have been killed in action three years prior to the beginning of this novel. Surprise, a bad guy has held him tortured and held him captive all of that time. Said bad guy now being a major player in his country's government, the army manages Jake's return to life, 2020 bk 44. At last, the third in Sanda Hill's Bell Sound romances. Hill continues the story of small town America and its quirky characters, missed opportunities, and second chances. In this title, Jake Dawson has been thought to have been killed in action three years prior to the beginning of this novel. Surprise, a bad guy has held him tortured and held him captive all of that time. Said bad guy now being a major player in his country's government, the army manages Jake's return to life, health, and his family. There are all sorts of issues this soldier has to work out, least of all not being sure if his wife still loves him (or maybe most important of all). Sandra does her research - a well written book. My favorite scene is the one between Jake and the ninety something former POW, survivor of a Nazi POW camp.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... When I started reading this the words second chance romance came to mind. I had to stop and think about that because, to be honest, it is but it's also not. Let me explain why I think it is. When you read the story you'll learn that these two had some marriage issues. So I think now that he's back from the dead it's a new start for them. The thing about a second chance romance is that you already have those feelings Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... When I started reading this the words second chance romance came to mind. I had to stop and think about that because, to be honest, it is but it's also not. Let me explain why I think it is. When you read the story you'll learn that these two had some marriage issues. So I think now that he's back from the dead it's a new start for them. The thing about a second chance romance is that you already have those feelings there but now you're an adult and you can see things clearer and without the emotions that road you hard at the time. These two might have been adults when he went missing but they also spent most of their marriage with him gone. They truly had to see each other with fresh eyes. I always like reading books by Sandra Hill. Her stories are always full of humor, some sexy times and maybe just a little bit of sadness thrown in. In other words, life! This story ran the gambit for me. I was up and down with my feels. For some, that sounds tense but I like that in my books. I want to feel honest emotions with I read a story. I might read fiction but I want my authors to give me a real-life feel. I got that with A Hero Comes Home. My heart broke for both Sally and Jake. For him for what he went through. Every time I read something I would just... It was heartbreaking. And I was both sad and happy for Sally. Yes, she did go through the physical pain that Jake went through but she did go through her own crap. This is a woman who had to make herself over when she learned her husband was dead. Not an easy thing. For most of their marriage, everything fell on her shoulders. She main took care of their children, the house and all the daily things that come up. Yes, he was doing some noble by fighting for our country and in this case, he was truly a hero but what about Sally? Isn't she a hero for all she's done for their family? I think so! I did love how these two worked out their issues, even when Jake had some personal work on his own. Everyone needs to deal with their junk. I also enjoyed them as a family. Their kids are so cute and sweet. All the questions they asked cracked me up. This is a wonderful story that will make you fall in love with Hill's books. It's so well-written and keeps you tied to the book. I was so glad I was able to read it. It's the third book in the series so I'd hurry up and run out and get the ones before it so you can read them all if you haven't yet read this series. So worth it. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for an honest review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    I need to remember that when I'm reading a book such as this one I am reading fiction and romantic fiction at that. Ms. Hill likes to put humor into her books, and her earlier books reflect that. This book, for me, was far from humorous. It is an intense subject and one that may upset some readers. It is about a man who has been a POW for 3 years no matter what the government is trying to get everyone to believe. He has been tortured and mutilated. I know this happens, but when I'm reading a I need to remember that when I'm reading a book such as this one I am reading fiction and romantic fiction at that. Ms. Hill likes to put humor into her books, and her earlier books reflect that. This book, for me, was far from humorous. It is an intense subject and one that may upset some readers. It is about a man who has been a POW for 3 years no matter what the government is trying to get everyone to believe. He has been tortured and mutilated. I know this happens, but when I'm reading a light romance, I don't expect to have my stomach roiling or to have to go off and cry. Jacobs wife, Sally had been told that he was dead and has finally started to get on with her life and so have their three sons. Then one day out of the blue, she is told that he is still alive and within weeks he has come home. Now I don't know this for a fact, but wouldn't you think that the family would have gotten some counseling to prepare themselves for his reluctant return? Perhaps learned how to deal with the rages someone suffering PTSD might have? Learn what to expect and learn how to treat the loved one so they wouldn't suffer unnecessarily? Not so in this book and while I can sort of understand that it would take time from the story if you are going to write about something like this at least try to do it realistically. There was a lot of sex in this book and very descriptive, which is no different from Ms. Hills' earlier works. I really had a love-hate relationship with this novel. *ARC supplied by the publisher.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Holly Doyal

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in this series that I have read. Actually, its my first Sandra Hill book. To say I was not overly impressed with this book is an honest statement. The author had a tendency to overuse exclamation points. There had to have been multiple exclamation points on every page. It became downright annoying. The characters seemed shallow and their feelings bounced all around the place - the husband and local hero, Jacob, I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in this series that I have read. Actually, it’s my first Sandra Hill book. To say I was not overly impressed with this book is an honest statement. The author had a tendency to overuse exclamation points. There had to have been multiple exclamation points on every page. It became downright annoying. The characters seemed shallow and their feelings bounced all around the place - the husband and local hero, Jacob, returns home after being a POW for three years. His wife, Sally, was told by the government three years ago that he was dead. So she has been raising their three young boys on her own feeling like a widow. (Lots of threes here, huh? Again, annoying) Jacob didn’t want to return home from his hospital in Germany. He was rescued three months earlier and never even called his wife (another reference to the number three). I find that very hard to believe when he states later that thinking about her is what kept him going during his captivity. He only went home because the government made him go after they called sally and told her he was alive. Sally had started dating an ex-Navy SEAL, Kevin. After Jacob comes home, we only hear about Kevin a few other brief times and then in the end Kevin dresses up like a super hero for Sally and Jacob’s vow renewal? Bizarre. While the story line had merit, I feel it wasn’t fully developed with believable characters. Or even like-able characters. In the end, I found myself totally not even caring what happened to any of these characters because I didn’t feel invested. I don’t plan to read any of the other books in this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    romancejunkie

    Former army captain, Jake Dawson is finally released to come home after the years he was held prisoner, except it has a big problem, everyone in his town, including his wife and young sons, believed he was dead, so when he comes home everything is difficult for them in the marriage because not only his wife Sally had finally begun to start a new life for her, the last time they saw each other they had fought and said hurtful words. They still have a great love between them, so they will try Former army captain, Jake Dawson is finally released to come home after the years he was held prisoner, except it has a big problem, everyone in his town, including his wife and young sons, believed he was dead, so when he comes home everything is difficult for them in the marriage because not only his wife Sally had finally begun to start a new life for her, the last time they saw each other they had fought and said hurtful words. They still have a great love between them, so they will try with all they have to make the marriage work and to bring back the all consuming happiness they once had. Their story was so emotional and beautiful, seeing them becoming a happy couple again was so gratifying, also the love they had for their children was so sweet. I was so engaged in this book, i can't say how much i loved it. I received an free arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    A Hero Comes Home by Sandra Hill is a great story about second chances, family, and love. It was heartfelt. I felt instant sympathy for both protagonists. The husband was MIA for three years, seriously injured, and feeling like a failure. His wife felt trapped with three kids at home, missed her husband, and felt awful on how they last argued before he returned back home. The hero was rough around the edges and was realistic. His leading lady was strong enough to hold down their fort. Love does A Hero Comes Home by Sandra Hill is a great story about second chances, family, and love. It was heartfelt. I felt instant sympathy for both protagonists. The husband was MIA for three years, seriously injured, and feeling like a failure. His wife felt trapped with three kids at home, missed her husband, and felt awful on how they last argued before he returned back home. The hero was rough around the edges and was realistic. His leading lady was strong enough to hold down their fort. Love does last forever... Sandra Hill wrote a novel that was easy to read. The small-town community and its characters came alive on the pages. Plenty of action that kept me entertained. This was one contemporary romance read that kept me on my toes. I kept wondering how it would end. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie Grainer

    Funny and yet poignant! This story hits all the emotions, and does it well. The three boys Matthew, Mark and Like are adorable! Jacob is one wounded warrior who needs a lot of loving. Sally has been on her own and thought Jake was dead for a long time. Bell Sound is one wacky, but loving place to be. This story will have you shed a few tears, laugh a bit, cheer at the cute things and growl at the bad things. I can't wait to see what happens next, K-4 definitely deserves his story after this one! Funny and yet poignant! This story hits all the emotions, and does it well. The three boys Matthew, Mark and Like are adorable! Jacob is one wounded warrior who needs a lot of loving. Sally has been on her own and thought Jake was dead for a long time. Bell Sound is one wacky, but loving place to be. This story will have you shed a few tears, laugh a bit, cheer at the cute things and growl at the bad things. I can't wait to see what happens next, K-4 definitely deserves his story after this one! There is a moderate pace, an uncertain yet hopeful tone and a character oriented storyline with some steamy scenes and vivid and endearing characters. Read the 2 short stories before this. Enjoy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    A different take on a second chance romance. Sally and Jake were not in an entirely good place when he was deployed. Then he went missing- and Sally and everyone else was led to believe he was dead- for three years. AND then, he wasn't. Jake has been held captive for that period, tortured, and maimed. Bell Cove is a magical place, full of love and hope, but it's not that easy for someone who has emerged from the darkness Jake was in to simply walk back into family life. And it's not easy for A different take on a second chance romance. Sally and Jake were not in an entirely good place when he was deployed. Then he went missing- and Sally and everyone else was led to believe he was dead- for three years. AND then, he wasn't. Jake has been held captive for that period, tortured, and maimed. Bell Cove is a magical place, full of love and hope, but it's not that easy for someone who has emerged from the darkness Jake was in to simply walk back into family life. And it's not easy for Sally, who has been a single mom and who thought of herself as a widow, to reset either. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This is a glossy hopeful novel of very difficult issues.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    I loved this book! It was a book that pulled at your heartstrings for a bit and then had you laughing out loud. The love between Jake and Sally was beautiful. Not to mention their three sons, Matt, Mark, and Luke. The stuff that came out of their mouths was so funny and typical of boys that age. I love the Bell Sound series and the crazy antics that go on in Bell Cove. I have always loved the "Cajun" series but this series is right at the top with them Hope there will be more books about the I loved this book! It was a book that pulled at your heartstrings for a bit and then had you laughing out loud. The love between Jake and Sally was beautiful. Not to mention their three sons, Matt, Mark, and Luke. The stuff that came out of their mouths was so funny and typical of boys that age. I love the Bell Sound series and the crazy antics that go on in Bell Cove. I have always loved the "Cajun" series but this series is right at the top with them Hope there will be more books about the wonderful folks in Bell Cove.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

    A Hero Comes Home by Sandra Hill is the third book in the Bell Sound series and like its predecessors, it's not only a sexy, steamy romance but a celebration of small towns, good friends, and eccentricities. link is live at 1/30/20 12:05 am read more: https://saschadarlington.me/2020/01/3... in a new tab)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Traann

    I think this was the best of the series yet. Even though this is a series, I think you can read this one out of order. It is that different that it doesn't matter to the story line. A bit more angst than other Sandra Hill books but I think that is what made this one so good. If you like Sandra Hill then this is a MUST read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra R

    Funny, dramatic, romantic and with engaging back story. Some steamy romance, tastefully written with lots of humour throughout, as usual from this author. Great scenes with the children and interesting interactions with the townsfolk. I enjoyed the book a lot. 4.5 stars. I did question this time line though :- it's stated that Jake's parents were married c1970's? Were they young teenagers?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Penwell

    I love this series and hope that it doesn't end. The story with Jake and Sally is a very deep subject. Just the thought of them dealing with it is so hard,but with determination and not wanting lose his family I feel the ending is so good. I highly recommend this book. A GREAT READ.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Tackett

    Sandra's books are always the first on my list. This one was about a wounded POW returned from being listed as dead. His recovery from horrible treatment was moving and returning home was very difficult emotionally and physically. So glad I read it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela (Booklover1974)

    This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it, although I'm a bit surprised how steamy it is! I understand it must be difficult to write about a character with tough PTSD but it felt like more could have been said about that. I rooted for Jake and Sally, and I enjoyed this novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Dowd

    TOGETHER LOVE CONQUERS ALL You get to walk a tightrope with the not wanting to admit that you had been a POW and injured due to torture.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jean Cable

    Fun romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed the book. I like the small town. It was a good story. I would recommend it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Ward

    Awesome This book book was very tender. I laughed, I cried and I cheered for jake and sally and the boys.. I think this my favorite book of sandras.. Awesome This book book was very tender. I laughed, I cried and I cheered for jake and sally and the boys.. I think this my favorite book of sandra’s..

  20. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Read my review on RomanceJunkies.com by clicking on the link below: http://romancejunkies.com/reviews/a-h...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lily

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Gutenberg

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nat

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rosengart

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  27. 5 out of 5

    Judith rosen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vera

  29. 5 out of 5

    ilovereading

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave Sloan

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