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Scars of the Past

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This book is a tasteful balance between the emotional trauma of war, and the tenderness of the characters’ relationships.

Scars of the Past is not only a romance novel, but also an investigation into the impacts of war. Reid is a war veteran who was given a medical discharge after an explosion that left him with only one leg. Alongside his friend Houston, who also served in the army, he agrees to walk cross-country for Heroes Rise with his prosthetic leg. 


Delving into the psychological after-effects and experiences by those affected by war, Scars of the Past is a unique and intricately-written story. With this novel I was given the opportunity to put myself into someone else’s shoes through a variety of characters and perspectives. It helped me realise that everyone deals with the effects of war differently, whether it be someone who was in the army themselves, or someone with a friend or relation who had their own experience. 


Not only was Scars of the Past enlightening in this aspect, but the way in which Stubblefield weaves the experiences of war into the personal relationships of the characters is both intriguing and admirable, whilst also adding a realistic and grounding element to the novel. The point of view, although primarily focused on Reid’s journey, shifts tactfully to the other characters’ views throughout the novel in order for the reader to gain full perspective and become more immersed in the story. 


Alongside this, the setting can only be described as cosy, with Reid living in the woods with a log fire to keep him warm. In addition, unlike many other books, in Scars of the Past the dogs are just as important to the story as any of the other characters.


The slow-burn romance has a believable element to it, created through the actions and reactions that the characters have. The characters have developed and realistic personalities that enable you to understand the developments of the romantic relationship, even if at times the reader may get frustrated at the characters’ misunderstandings and miscommunications. The physical aspect of the romance is also tactfully described, with a talented balance between passion and respect, meaning that those uncomfortable with more erotic scenes should feel at ease reading this book. Furthermore, all of the characters were greatly likeable. From Pat the bar-owner to Keira’s best friend Emily, even the characters who weren’t as involved in the story as others are fully-fleshed characters who consistently stand behind their friends and family. 


This story was unlike any other I have read and was thoroughly enjoyable.


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About the author

B.K. Stubblefield is a new writer with a passion for animal rescue. Born and raised in Germany, B.K. Stubblefield spent many years supporting her husband's military career. She now makes her home in the rural town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky where she enjoys the slower pace of small town living. view profile

Published on July 28, 2020

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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