"A returned soldier finds that his life has changed"
Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted May 8, 2014
Romance | Multicultural Romance | Women's Fiction Contemporary
Lexy Beecher married young and for years has just wanted
her independence back; she's even got divorce papers ready,
never nerving herself to ask her marine husband to sign.
But when Ryan takes the brunt of an explosion and the
medics pick up what they can to mend, Lexy has to discover
what LIBERTY means and if there is a price too high to
While Lexy is cheerful about her mixed heritage, Ryan had
taken to using it as an insult. She'd survived his beer-
sodden blows and was determined to leave. Now though, she
knows that the women of Liberty, Texas, stand by their men
in bad times. She tells the unresponsive soldier in the bed
that she'll take care of him but when he's well she wants
her life back.
With no drunkenness to come between them, the couple start
to talk for the first time in years. It may be grudging,
it may be about basic needs, but it's communication.
Mainly, Ryan listens, and when he does talk he turns out to
have amnesia. He doesn't remember his wife and his angry
marriage. His mother backs up Lexy's story though... and he
wonders how he could have been such a loser. She's a lovely
woman, and he's been a brute, apparently. Will his memory
come back, and given that Lexy is bound and determined to
leave him, would it do any good?
This big-hearted story reflects on what we could do if we
started all over again. Ryan desires his wife as if for the
first time. Lexy learns to find him attractive once more,
but she still has the bitter taste of fear in her mouth
from the way he used to behave. Can she trust him? Reading
about how this husband and wife used to interact is more
than uncomfortable, and nobody would blame the brave woman
for giving the marine his marching orders. We think all the
better of her though for the charity in her heart. The
contrasts shown make the narrative at once tender, harsh
The obvious comparison is with the film 'Sommersby' and
while we can feel ambivalent about the ending of the film,
in LIBERTY we have a multicultural romance with its own
twists and turns along the way to a happier, and ultimately
convincing, conclusion. Ginger Jamison calls this
the Redemption trilogy and the next title will
Learn more about Liberty
A man she thought she knew. A passion beyond her wildest
When Ryan Beecher returns home after a long deployment
overseas, Lexy barely recognizes her husband. The man who
left Texas for Afghanistan was cruel and abusive. The man
who comes back to her is a badly injured stranger with
amnesia—and no memory of their life together.
Lexy can't believe how much Ryan has changed. The wounded
marine is now gentle, caring and tender. And his touch
awakens yearnings she's never felt before. As he takes them
both to the point of no return, can Lexy trust this lover
who seems to live only for her pleasure…as he seeks his
salvation in her healing embrace?
A poignant and erotic story of longing, secrets and second
chances, Liberty explores the limits of desire and the
boundaries of love.
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