One Year Home

One Year Home

by Marie Force

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He came home a hero and lost the only woman he's ever loved...


I have no idea how to survive without my beloved Ava. She had no choice but to move on with her life during my six-year deployment and has now married Eric. I hate him for taking her from me. I'd prefer to wallow in my depression and heartbreak, but the whole damned world wants a piece of the SEAL Team leader who helped capture the world's most-wanted terrorist. I need help handling the relentless requests, and when Ava sends her new sister-in-law to manage the media circus for me, I'm prepared to hate her on principle. Her brother took my Ava. What else do I need to know about her?


It takes five seconds to realize Ava's ex is going to be the most complicated and difficult client I've ever had, but the opportunity to represent the most celebrated man in the world could make my career. I'm determined to do the job, even if I dislike John from the moment I meet him. And I like everyone. So much so that my brothers worry about me being exploited by those who would take advantage of my unwavering love for others. But John... He's in a class by himself, and his bitterness is a festering wound that I begin to wish I could somehow fix for him. The more time we spend together, the more our mutual disdain morphs into something that feels an awful lot like desire. There's no way I can want this man, or so I tell myself, and when Eric finds out I've developed feelings for the man causing trouble in his new marriage, well...

That's going to be a hot mess.

The hotly anticipated follow up to Five Years Gone is here! Praise for Five Years Gone:

"I will never be the same after reading this book." —5 stars from As You Wish Reviews

"There is not a doubt in my mind that this book will be one of the top books of 2018 for me." —5 stars, Julie from Hey Girl HEA

"A gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster, Five Years Gone was an incredibly moving novel about the sacrifices we make for the ones we love." —4.5 star review from Harlequin Junkie

"The stars take turns telling the fast-paced story from their points of view in Force's hard-to-put-down tale." —review from Booklist

"Five Years Gone is a story of loss, love, and above all strength. I am in awe with this book and cannot get it out of my head. MUST READ FOR 2018!" —5 stars from Crystal's Book World

"Force entices with heartbreak, but inspires with tales of courageous sacrifice and hope. If truth is more powerful than fiction, Ms. Force blurs the line between the two." —5 Stars from Isha Coleman

"An incredible moving novel. This story is all about the characters, and what wonderful, developed characters they are. Story is told in multiple POV and it gives you all the feels. This is a gut-wrenching rollercoaster that leaves you feeling for the characters ...feelings of heartbreak as well happiness and hope. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel to this brilliantly told story." —5 stars from Lisa at Comfy Chair Books

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161325186
Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 408
File size: 547 KB

About the Author

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. Duchess By Deception is the first in her new historical romance Gilded Series, that will continue with Deceived By Desire in September 2019.

Her books have sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list 30 times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a three-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie’s mailing list on her website at for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook at, on Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram at Contact Marie at .

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One Year Home 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Anonymous 6 months ago
Outstanding! I just loved these two books! Thank you Marie for countless hours of reading pleasure.
JWright57 6 months ago
I was so excited for One Year Home and I was not disappointed, John’s story was everything I expected and so much more and this book will certainly be on my list of best reads for 2019. There are only so many books that blow your mind and this story is one of them and I’m also really not sure my mere words can do this book justice so I’m just going to tell you how this book made me feel. I also think you need to read this book with no expectations so I’m not going to write a review that’s full of spoilers I’m just going to say this is MUST READ!! I thought nothing would top Five Years Gone how wrong was I because John’s story touched me on so many levels as he stole a piece of my heart that I’m really not sure I will ever get that piece back. I loved watching John and Julianne get to know each other and I loved watching their bond grow and develop. Marie Force has give us a beautifully written love story, it will make you cry, it will make you sigh but it will also make you smile as this couple find the HEA they so deserve. I highly recommend this book but please read Five Years Gone first. Brilliant read that has all the feels.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Marie Force does it again with this novel. The circumstances break your heart for all involved, but the triumph of moving through the mess will leave you hopeful and happy. I want more of their story!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Five Years Gone and One Year Home have taken me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Thank you Marie for these 2 novels, you draw the reader into your stories where we are fully invested in the characters lives. I love all of your books and can't wait for the next.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved this book just like the rest of them!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved it !!! Great follow up to Five years gone.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Awesome book...loved John and Jules's story!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another hit. Can't say enough about the sequel. It's so easy to fall in love with the characters in any of your books. They are all so real and down to earth.
Anonymous 5 months ago
enjoyed this book very much.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Heartstoppingly beautiful!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Another great book
SaraBetty 6 months ago
The Sequel to Five Years Gone... This is the riveting conclusion to the first book which MUST be read first.... Another masterpiece by one of my favorite storytellers... Tears and smiles abound and you will not put it down... I couldn't and I wanted more even when both books were finished... Beautiful in its telling, Ms. Force deserves an award for these two outstanding books... Where did the inspiration come from? It is pretty obvious when you read the stories but in no way does the understanding diminish the impact of the story... Loved both books and recommend them to all... Best two books I have read in a very long time...
Anonymous 6 months ago
You did a excellent job you are a very talented writer I have always loved your books but you really did a great job on this one I never want to put down any of your books once I start to read one!
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Nicola1202 6 months ago
If you haven’t read Five Years Gone , I recommend rectifying that before you dive into One Year Home. “I gave more than six years and half a leg to bringing a ruthless terrorist to justice, and what do I get as a thank-you? The rest of my life without the only woman I’ve ever loved.” Simply put, Marie Force brings her reader heartfelt and emotive story of letting go of the past and learning to love again as Captain John West comes to terms with life following his last deployment. “I’m utterly defenseless against the humble, vulnerable, wounded warrior who’s slowly but surely wrapping himself around my heart.” Julianne is the peanut butter to John’s jelly, compassionate but no pushover she takes control of his newfound celebrity, guides him in the right directions and it soon becomes evident that that she understands him better than anyone else, grounding him and bringing normality, laughter and intimacy back into his life. “You’re my light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.” As was the case with its predecessor, this is one of those books you pick up and don’t put down until you’ve finished as you need to know how the story plays out for the characters we’ve grown to love across the two books, including Ava and Eric. And whilst I have to admit that they weren’t as likeable as in the first book with some of the issues they faced wrapped up a little too agreeably all things considered, it doesn’t take away the fact that this was a satisfying, engaging read and I’m so glad Marie gave John his HEA.
Anonymous 6 months ago
So wonderful, easy to fall in love with the characters. Hard to put the book down. Another great read.
Gin 6 months ago
Outstanding! This author always give you a story you can sink your teeth into and come out the other side just a little different. This story is exceptional. The emotions were flying with the tragedy of the heroic John coming home physically impaired to find the love of his life gone. One is a killer but the two together have this magnificent hero fighting to recover from both and it is inspirational and heartbreaking. John's struggles as a returning war hero rang true and had me twisted with sadness for his plight especially with the media attention. Who can blame him for his bad attitude? But it brings the wonderful Julianne into his life to deal with the media. She's bright, sympathetic and just lovely with a little steel to her personality that's she needs to deal with the prickly John. I loved the twist of her being a part of John's ex's life. Bring on the complications! These characters are spectacular and their journey is so heartfelt and captivating as they get to know each other with the challenging obstacles they face alone and together. Marie Force has given us another truly powerful story with a broken hero so layered with heroism, strength and sexiness, and when he finally sees what's in front of him instead of what's behind him he is heart melting. And there stands the beautiful, patient Julianne. These two had my heart thumping! I have to give a shoutout to Muncie. Love him too. There are not enough stars for this story. Loved it! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved the book; it was heartwarming, emotional and romantic.
Anonymous 6 months ago
beautiful story. i couldnt out the book down
Anonymous 6 months ago
Marie has again taken us on a journey with twist and turns leaving us guessing and always wanting more. Just awesome!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved this book. I read the first book and couldn't wait for this book. Did not disappoint. I love all of Marie Force's books, but this small series is now my favorite!
Anonymous 6 months ago
You did it again! Not one you want to miss. Great read.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 6 months ago
4.5 stars--ONE YEAR HOME by Marie Force is the follow-up story line to the author’s FIVE YEARS GONE wherein a soldier returns from war, five years after disappearing without contact. This is Captain John West, and publicist Julianne Tilden’s story line. Although ONE YEAR HOME can be read as a stand alone I recommend reading FIVE YEARS GONE for backstory and cohesion. Told from four first person perspectives (John, Julianne, Ava and Eric) ONE YEAR HOME follows four people interconnected by our story line hero. Six years earlier Captain John West disappeared, in the wake of the attack on a US Cruise ship, leaving a broken hearted Ava Lucas struggling to make sense of what happened and why. Fast forward five years wherein John West returns home, a shell of his former self, only to discover that the woman he loved had fallen in love with someone else. Now one year later Captain John West is tasked by the US Navy to become the face of recruitment playing upon the public’s sympathies for the hero who helped take down a terrorist organization. But all is not well in John West’s life as he struggles to move forward without constantly looking back. With the recommendation of his former lover Ava, John will hire publicist Julianne Tilden, the sister of the man with whom Ava fell in love. What ensues is the acrimonious but building relationship and romance between John and Julianne, as they come to terms with loss, love, heart break and second chances. Meanwhile, Ava and Eric’s relationship is marred by issues of trust and deep insecurities. Struggling with thoughts of what was and what could have been Ava’s guilt and self-doubt threaten her marriage and the man that she loves. John West struggles with the guilt of survivor’s remorse having lost his two best friends in the Middle East, but lies of omission that destroyed his relationship with Ava Lucas continue to haunt our hero’s life. Moving on from the past including the woman he once loved forces John out of his comfort zone and towards a new happily ever after with the woman assigned to keep the paparazzi at bay. Julianne Tilden fights her attraction to Captain John West, an attraction equalled by John’s desire for our story line heroine. Knowing to get involved with John is tantamount to professional suicide, a decision she will make before too long.. the $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The secondary and supporting characters are colorful and energetic: Julianne’s sister Amy, and John’s mentor Lieutenant Commander David Muncie. We are reintroduced to Ava Lucas and Eric Tilden (Five Years Gone), as well as Eric and Julianne’s brother Robert and his wife Camille. ONE YEAR HOME is an emotional and heart breaking character driven story of loss, love, guilt and moving forward. John West’s life was never easy but losing his ‘brothers’ then the woman he loved kept found John focusing on what will never be. The premise is raw and real; the romance is sexy and sassy; the characters are broken and spirited.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great book as always