Release Date: May 1st 2015.
Publisher: Random House Australia.
Source: From Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Challenge: It is the 9th book I’ve read this year for the Australian Women Writers Challenge.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Only love can begin to heal the deepest of battle scars.
Rachel Raymond has always loved her job – she’s a strong, independent foreign correspondent and has built up an illustrious career chasing stories across the world. But her life suddenly changes forever when at the end of a tour based in war-torn Afghanistan, the vehicle she and her team are travelling in hits a roadside bomb.
Liliana Howell is over the moon when her long lost best friend returns unexpectedly the week before Lily’s wedding in the South Australia Riverland. But it doesn’t take her long to realise that something is different about Rachel, even though her old friend refuses to talk about why she’s finally come home.
Fireman Tate Cassidy has also made the trip to the Riverlands for the wedding and finds himself instantly drawn to the mysterious journalist. Tate has his own demons to fight, but when he finds himself falling for this woman who’s seen too much, can he use their common ground to help her through her darkest time? And will Rachel let him close enough to show her that love can heal all wounds?
Common Ground was an intriguing love story with a sprinkle of steam and sizzling sexual tension.
Rachel is a closed off mystery with war wounds to hide. Tate is charming, outgoing and not looking for love. He has his own past he is trying to get over. The last thing Rachel and Tate expected was to be attracted to anyone, let alone each other.
The attraction becomes undeniable, but every time Tate and Rachel get close, Rachel pulls away. She desires to share her secrets with her best friend Lily, and with Tate, but at the same time she doesn’t want to ruin her best friend’s wedding by putting the attention on herself. But Rachel is suffering from PTSD and the more time she spends around Lily, Tate and the others staying at the property for the wedding, the harder it is for her to hide her secret.
Adnams deals with PTSD and how it effects not only the person, but the family and friends around them, in a way that is both humorous and sensitive.
Personally there was a little too much swearing in it for my liking, though it didn’t go overboard and it suited the characters, so it wasn’t out of place.
Overall, Common Ground was an intriguing story of hope, love and acceptance. Tate was a strong and sensitive man who wasn’t afraid to give away his broken heart to a broken girl, but instead he used his experiences to help her through it all. This was a love story with depth and heart, with characters you could really care about. I highly recommend it for those who are looking for a romance with a dark issue at its heart, but that also has a lighter, humorous side.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.
(*PTSD= Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.)