Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen (Hearts on Guard; 1)

The Synopsis:

Charlie and Meg Winters are no strangers to the military life and the challenges it brings. But when an IED rips through his convoy killing his friends, the loss proves almost too much to bear.

Meg finds her trust in Christ wavering, and secrets she’s been keeping for years drive a wedge between her and her husband.

What if everything Meg believes is a lie?

What if Charlie finds out what she’s done?

Can Meg and Charlie save their marriage or will the horrors of war and the ghosts of their past tear them apart and forever shipwreck her faith?

Soldier On is a gripping contemporary women’s fiction novel. If you like inspirational stories of faith tested under pressure, then you’ll love Vanessa Rasanen’s true-to-life novel.

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


He’s fighting for his country. She’s praying for his safety. When tragedy strikes, can their marriage and faith survive?

Soldier On is easily the best faith-based Contemporary Romance I’ve ever read, and I do NOT say that lightly…I have lots of favorites.

Wow. That’s really the only word I can say right now. I’ve never read a book that had so much reality of living as a struggling Christian before. Sure, I’ve read some books that have shown this reality before, but this author wasn’t afraid to include the imperfect, normal realities of life that so many faith-based authors like to pretend don’t exist. And what I mean is, the casual curse words that slip from time to time, the enjoyment of an alcoholic beverage (without scrutiny or portrayal of overindulgence), and the jokes or playful remarks that exist among close friends and couples, even Christians. I could relate to oh so much of the friendships and relationships in this book because of how real it is.

The story was phenomenal. It was unpredictable and filled with so many twists that it truly demands your attention. I never hit a spot in which I was bored or wanted to skip ahead either, which is extremely rare for my speed-reading eyes. Every word in this book has a precise purpose and not a single one was wasted, it is truly a flawless novel.

But, be warned. It is intense. Not in a graphic or bloody way, it’s emotionally intense. The arguments, the thoughts, the circumstances, the feelings, the doubt…it hits home and gets real. I am definitely in line for Vanessa Rasanen’s next book and I recommend this book to readers of all types, Christians or not, it really is a story worth remembering.

There is some mile cursing present and mild sexual comments/jokes. The action is intense, however not graphic.

I give Soldier On 5 out of 5 stars.

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