This is the first time that I've read a book by this author, but it won't be the last - It is not because this author has written a polished book without any errors, but because she has the capacity of writing an emotional tale without beating you over the head with an overwhelming amount of angst. I do appreciate the fact that she tackled a multitude of serious issues and balanced them with warm, charming characters, some witty, fun banter and an amount of hot sexy scenes. It's also a patriotic book, and the feeling of small town USA shines out loud and clear. Some of the issues, like PSTD, are tackled deeper -others not as much, but even through the rose-colored lenses, the heart of this story made me laugh, cry, smile, and finally sigh. As a reader, I can't ask for more.