Jane Forebright has what she considers a normal, middle-class existence in suburban Oxfordshire. During her university studies she befriends the local Lady Eleanor Palmain and her world is suddenly turned upside down when she meets Andrew, Elle's brother, a retired, injured soldier. One night of passion sees her thrust into an unfamiliar world when she becomes pregnant with Andrew's child and he is called back to Afghanistan for a dangerous secret mission. Jane assumes the life of a Lady and tries to adjust to the fact she may never see Andrew again as she waits out her pregnancy. Unknown to her, he is still alive and starting to 'turn native' in Afghanistan. Love Hurts shows us that love will always prevail, but not always in the way we wish for...
Love hurts......well it certainly did for Jane Forebright in "Love Hurts" written by Trevor Wrenn.
Whilst studying at university to be a doctor Jane becomes friends with the young Lady Eleanor Palmain (Elle) and in doing so meets Elle's battle scarred brother Lieutenant Colonel Andrew (Andy) Palmain - a retired and injured soldier. Suspicious of his intentions towards her, Jane distances herself from Andy but upon hearing of his intended return to Afghanistan she relents - as a consequence of their passionate encounter she becomes pregnant and her life is never the same again. There's a definite class struggle here between Jane and Andy since she is from a normal middle class family and he from a very noble and upper class heritage and she wonders how she will fit in now she's with child.
Andy feels a lot of emotional guilt over a mission that went badly wrong, where his men were seriously injured and feels that he must go back on a secret mission when asked and help rescue captured soldiers. Spending so much time in Afghanistan he starts to "turn native" and while Jane is back at his home heavily pregnant Andy is planning a deadly mission that might result in his death. He also meets widowed Laila and her daughter Yasmina.
"Love Hurts" is a very enjoyable and at times emotional read. Although there's a love story running through the book, the plot highlights the suffering of returning injured soldiers from war and their sometimes deep emotional trauma. The ending to this book is fabulous and had me addicted to finish it in one go, the tension and suspense as Andy tries to complete his mission is compelling.
I highly recommended this well written and entertaining book and I'd happily read more by Trevor Wrenn again.
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