Today is the release of Madeleine Maddock’s book, Ultimate Sacrifice, written under pen name Madeleine Sara. Here is a review of Chapter 1. What an amazing start!
Lyndsay feels her world shatter when she receives devastating news that her boyfriend, Ben, has been seriously injured in war. As she sits with Ben’s mom, Glenis, to hear the news, all she wishes for is his survival. She has been staying with his parents for the past few weeks to feel closer to Ben in his absence.
They listen as the soldiers explain what happened. They call him a hero, but tell them that his best friend, Colin, was not with him at the time. Lyndsay reflects on their relationship up to this point. She remembers the day when he told her it was his childhood dream to enlist, the fateful day that he did enlist, and the day he announced that he would be going to Afghanistan.
When she asks to see him, the soldiers explain that he is in surgery and she cannot see him until they know for sure that he will pull through.
My heart immediately broke for Lyndsay. She seems fully dedicated to Ben and will do anything for him. In these times where we have been at war for 8 years, this is a common scenario. Many families have sacrificed their loved ones to the tragic circumstances that come with war.
My boyfriend was wounded in Vietnam and has suffered further consequences later in life. Although I did not know him at the time, I am reminded of the long-term effects.
My neighbor just yesterday went to visit his grandson before he will be shipped off to Iran. Our world is in crisis and it is soldiers like Ben that give us the freedoms that we are so blessed to have.
The opening chapter of Ultimate Sacrifice left me wanting to continue on to find answers to so many questions left. Will Ben return alive? What will his future hold? Can Lyndsay deal with an inevitably difficult future together if he survives? What role will Colin play in their future? I don’t know, but after reading the first chapter, I want to find out!
Check out Madeleine's blog at Scribble and Edit
Today, she is hosting a Bombshell Launch Party.
Come dressed to kill, ready to drop that bombshell on someone you have always admired, longed to meet, wish to get even with or just simply envy. It’s the chance to say what you’ve been keeping repressed (real or imagined). Just have a blast!
To join the party or read the posts of those who have, click HERE
I would like to meet our "Host of Honor", Madeleine. So excited for your big day!