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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Scars of the Past is part of the Wounded Warrior series of novels penned by author B. K. Stubblefield. It is a work of fiction in the military genre and is aimed at older readers due to the presence of sensitive content such as themes of suicide. The book tells the tale of a wounded veteran who still carries the emotional toll of losing a leg and two of his fellow soldiers in an explosion. During a cross-country walk in aid of Veteran Support, he meets a feisty young woman with emotional wounds of her own, and together the two tentatively explore whether they can overcome their scars and come together.
Author B. K. Stubblefield has crafted a highly engaging and heart-wrenching work of military fiction which encompasses plenty of romance and interpersonal drama to boot. Both Reid and Keira are well-crafted characters who are fully realized as individuals, and in bringing them together the author is able to weave a wonderful tapestry in which we get to know them both inside and out. The close narrative style aids this, and there is a clear flair for realistic dialogue that adds to the emotionally raw quality of the tale. The novel also raises important questions about trauma, healing, and how relationships and mutual support can help in this touching journey. Overall, I would highly recommend Scars of the Past for fans of realistic drama and romance with mind, heart, and soul well-considered as part of its structure.