4 star rating
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Coming Home#0 .5
By Jessica Scott  
ISBN# 9781455554249
Author’s Website: http://www.jessicascott.net/

 Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra


There’s nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband’s tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic’s bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.


As an introduction to this series, this was a great place to start.  A poignant, quick (90ish pages) read.  The emotions that were drawn out while I was reading were strong and powerful, a truly great surprise!!!

It seems from the outset, this latest deployment has both Vic and Nicole antsy….like something isn’t right.  Immediately the reader is invested in their lives, right from the night before the deployment.  I really enjoyed how Vic uses humor to get through these tough times.  He knows the seriousness of going to war, especially this deployment for some reason, but does anything to waylay the fears of not only his wife, but his men going overseas with him.   I felt as if I was on the other end of each of Vic’s calls home.  So heartfelt and packed with emotion…I could feel Nicole begin to fear for her husband.

From the descriptions of life in combat from the soldiers point of view as well as those left behind, it is easy to see that the author has personal experience of these matters.  Her writing has a solid, real life feel to it.

As this is a short novella, the way that the author left the “complete and continuing story” of other characters truly grabbed me so that I want to read more about Garrison as well as Vic and his wife Nicole.

For such a short read, it certainly packs a punch.  I look forward to reading more of this series and by this author.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*