Romance novels are usually fun and breezy – a bit like chickflicks or action flicks. It’s pretty rare to find one that delves into important social issues and is also educational. Lindsay McKenna‘s Wind River Rancher is unique amongst romance novels in that it tackles an important social issue — the treatment of veterans in our society and educates us about PTSD.
Reese Lockhart is a vet with PTSD. When he arrives in Wind River, Wyoming, he is unshaven, unkempt, and unfed. He smells like a bum and looks like a drug addict. With the help of the kind owner of a general store, he gets hired as a wrangler at Bar C.
Bar C is no ordinary ranch. It’s run by Shay Crawford, an Afghanistan vet who also has PTSD. She is determined to transform the ranch into a place where vets can get a footing and start a life. But as Reese Lockhart attempts to help her with the accounting, he discovers a mess that threatens her dreams. How can you cope with PTSD and start a relationship? Read Wind River Rancher and find out.
Did you know?
- Veteran unemployment is nearly twice the national average.
- Between ten and twenty percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been diagnosed with PTSD.
- One-third of the homeless population in America are veterans.
- Roughly forty-five percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic.
It’s pretty sobering, right? If you are interested in learning more about how to help, here are a couple of organizations to check out:Wounded Warrior Project or Support Homeless Veterans. But make sure to research more and add to the comments below.