Book Review: “Welcome Back to Pie Town” by Lynne Hinton

July 3, 2012 at 4:11 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Lynne Hinton in her new book, “Welcome Back to Pie Town” Book Two in the Pie Town series published by HarperCollins Publishers returns us to the life of Pie Town, New Mexico.

From the back cover: Life in Pie Town should be sweet. There are pies in the diner again, the church has been rebuilt, and single mother Trina Lockhart has found a home for herself and her baby daughter. Trina has even found love with Raymond Twinhorse, who has returned from Afghanistan after being injured and is trying to form a real family with her.

However, Pie Town now feels like a totally different place to Raymond. Perhaps it’s he who has changed, due to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. But when an accident befalls Trina and Raymond is implicated in a crime, it will take the entire community of Pie Town to clear his name, find him help, and welcome him back into the fold.

PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects a lot of our brave men and women who have served in our armed forces.  I know a veteran who, when he hears a loud noise, instantly ducks and reaches for his weapon, which, of course, he no longer carries.  It seems if someone loses a limb then we are very understanding but if someone suffers emotional trauma then we don’t seem to be so quick to understand.  Suppose a person is hit in the ankle severely and suffers what is known as a bone bruise?  The skin bruise will heal in over a week but the bone bruise takes months to heal.  The problem is no one can see it and, as the skin bruise is healed, we don’t understand the pain from the bone bruise.  The same is true for PTSD, it is emotional, internal, trauma that cannot be medicated away.  What the person needs is understanding and lots and lots of love.  Lynne Hinton has done a tremendous job of showing the results of PTSD and the healing that comes when all of Pie Town comes to the rescue.  This is a great story as, not only is it exciting, but it shows both sides of the response to a person who suffers from PTSD.  I think this is a worthy addition to Pie Town and should be read by everyone.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from HarperCollins Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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