Saving Jake

Saving Jake

by Sharon Sala

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A USA Today Bestseller!

"Sharon Sala is a consummate storyteller. Her skills shine in her Blessings, Georgia series. If you can stop reading then you're a better woman than me." —DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Welcome to Blessings, Georgia, the best small town in the South!

There is always hope as long as you can come home
After eight years in the Marines, Jacob Lorde returns to Blessings, Georgia, with no plans other than to hole up in his empty house and heal what's left of his soul. But with a charming next door neighbor and a town full of friendly people, keeping to himself is easier said than done.

Laurel Payne understands far too well what Jake is going through, after witnessing her late husband experience similar problems. She's in no hurry to jump into another relationship with a complicated guy, but their attraction is undeniable—and perhaps exactly what both of them need.

Blessings, Georgia Series:
You and Only You (Book 1)
I'll Stand by You (Book 2)
Saving Jake (Book 3)
A Piece of My Heart (Book 4)
The Color of Love (Book 5)
Come Back to Me (Book 6)
Forever My Hero (Book 7)
A Rainbow Above Us (Book 8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492634638
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Blessings, Georgia Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 112,572
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 115 books and novellas in print, published in six different genres — Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women's Fiction and Non-Fiction. First published in 1991, she's an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer's Award of Excellence, winner of the Heart of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Booksellers Best Award. In 2011 she was named RWA's recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Romance Writers of America presented her with the Centennial Award for recognition of her 100th published novel. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate. For book list, go to her website:

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Saving Jake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next entry in the Blessings, GA series. The stories just keep getting better. I've read this 9 times so far. Secondary characters return. I'd like to hear about the Pine family and see how they're doing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It reveals PSDT and the effects war has on individuals.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve read plenty of stories featuring returning military men who just want to be left alone, and Jacob Lorde is typical of many. Years in the Marines have left him with one desire: going home to Blessings, to an empty house, and just stay there to deal with his own demons. But, sometimes the refuge you think you need isn’t what you really wanted, or needed at all. Laurel is Jake’s next door neighbor, and she instantly recognizes the haunted looks and knows the troubled soul beneath the pretty shell. Dealing with her own version of PTSD, Laurel’s husband returned battered, bruised and broken, only to inflict his pain on her when he took his life, leaving her with a young daughter and his family full of hurt and blame for her. These two have a wonderful balance: neither wants to risk developing feelings, but their relationship develops despite their self-protective walls. Adding to the softness and gentling that both need is Bonnie, Laurel’s daughter and her own childish sweetness that demands protection, adoration and attention. Slowly the two manage to lay some old demons to rest as they work through their own new realities, and find a way to walk in more sunshine than shadow. Wonderfully playing the guilt, grief, fears and struggles with PTSD from both sides, Sala paces the romance gently, as Laurel and Jake come to appreciate and rely on one another. A gradual couplehood is built, with gentle reaffirmation and acceptance from the people of Blessings, as well as an oft-defeated antagonist, bent on hurting Jake’s reputation, and his repeated failures. When you add in the fall events, school dress-up parades, the chatter from the ladies of the Curl Up and Dye, and a general feeling of caring so present in the town, this story is full of what you want in a romance. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the whole series.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Jake suffers from PTSD and survivor’s guilt after leaving the Marines. He’s trying to figure out what he’s going to do with himself and what normal now looks like. He’s struggling with being known as a hero and coming back to his small hometown where everyone knows everything about everyone else just exacerbates his emotional turmoil. Then he meets a darling little girl and her beautiful mother ... his life isn’t ever going to be the same :) Laurel’s husband was also a veteran but he didn’t handle his troubles very well. Widowed and raising their daughter alone, she’s very hesitant to get close to a man with so many similar issues. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that Jake is strong enough that he just may be able to handle his problems. And help her handle hers. There’s some trouble caused by old enemies that add a little extra drama and danger to the story, but it doesn’t overshadow the love story. Showing her skill, Sala does a great job of tying it all together and helping to bring closure to a few different things. My favorite part is the slow build between Laurel and Jake. They get to know each other, find their footing, then move from acquaintances to friends and on to lovers. Both are carrying a lot of baggage but together they figure out a way to share their load. Giving readers a satisfying and realistic happy ending. (Although this is part of a series, and we’ve seen some of these characters time and again, this can very easily stand on its own. Nothing of any importance comes from past stories and Sala does a great job keeping the characters fresh for returning readers but keeping new readers involved.) Honest review given voluntarily after receipt of an ARC.
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
Possibly my favorite in this series! Lovely story of a soldier coming home after almost dying at war and finding peace just being home. It's a story of a woman learning to trust again after her damaged husband came home from the war only to kill himself. Can they save each other? With many antagonists to overcome and their own personal demons, love can flourish.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Saving Jake by Sharon Sala is the 3rd book in her wonderful Blessings, Georgia series. Jake Lorde, our hero, is a marine suffering PTSD nightmares, and he comes home to Blessings, Georgia to stay. He has decided to fix his house up, as his father died awhile ago. Jake meets many of the neighbors when he arrives to welcome him home, giving him many fond memories of Blessings. But at night, when he falls asleep, Jake suffers terrible war time nightmares. He meets Laurel Payne while walking home in the rain, and she offers him a ride, since they are neighbors. Laurel plans to keep her distance from Jake, as she herself has her own issues having lost her husband to a suicide, as he too was a former soldier unable to cope with his memories. Laurel has a cute daughter, Bonnie and works various cleaning jobs to be able to pay the bills. Laurel also suffers from terrible taunts from her in-laws, who erroneously blame her for her husband’s death. Bonnie will be the catalyst that will slowly bring Jake and Laurel together; first in friendship and then with love. Bonnie was adorable, and I really enjoyed her. Most of all, I loved Jake and Laurel. They both were two damaged people, who forced themselves to live their lives, despite the ugly scars, and the three of them will help each other fight off the darkness together and bring in the light they so deserve. What follows is a heartwarming story of two people whom you liked from the start, and rooted throughout the whole book to get together and be happy. Laurel had a tough time, but her love for her daughter kept her solid. In time, her in-laws realize that the mother (villain #1), who forced them to blame Laurel was wrong, and it was nice to see them make amends. Jake was a great guy, and slowly he began to depend on seeing Laurel and Bonnie, as it always lifted him up. He had to deal with a stalker (villain #2) who was bent on hurting him or anyone close to him. There were some exciting and scary moments near the end that will bring them together even more. Sharon Sala wrote a fabulous story that had us hooked from the start. She also gave us three wonderful characters, and that is a strong point in liking the story. Jake, Laurel and Bonnie made this such an enjoyable story, even with the hard times they endured. If you enjoy a sweet romance, with some deep psychological issues, and wonderful characters, not to mention a small town atmosphere, then you should read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story...sorry that jake and laurel couldnt have a longer life together before and after marriage.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Resilience. We all have this quality embedded within. The ability to weather the bruises life throws our way without caving in. Jake returns to civilization a changed man. His body may have healed but his mind is slow on the uptake. The turmoil of his experience has left him broken and guilt-ridden. Heartbreaking images are on a continuous reel in his head. Traumatized he becomes a loner with nothing for company but his painful memories. Until Laurel sets her mind to bringing him out of his dark cocoon and into the light. Blessings is an apropo name for a place where the people care and miracles happy. Ms. Sala writes from the heart and that's why her stories are so appealing for me. Saving Jake is about conquering the past and rebuilding the path to the future.