Cheryl Wyatt doesnt just use words to tell a story, she crafts with them. Her pacing, detail and dialogue deliver a tight plot with impressive impact. Succinct word choice still packs a wallop without robbing the reader of an emotional connection with her characters.And Cheryl excels at characterization. She creates thought-provoking people who are struggling to find their way through difficult times.As a romantic hero, Chance Garrison is sublime. Cheryl contrasts his strengths with fears and exposes vulnerabilities that make him believable and very, very appealing. Chloe Callet has her own brand of strength but is also emotionally fragile. At the beginning of the book their needs and desires for the future are definitely at odds. Part of the joy of this reading journey is discovering how Cheryl stacks those odds in their favour to ensure a happily every after ending.The romantic connection between Chloe and Chance is immediate though fraught with complications. But that doesnt stop the slow sizzle that gradually fans into a deeply-committed, God-centered love.From plot to characterization, to romance, Steadfast Soldier is a totally captivating read.