We all wonder what it means to go home. For Arlen Breckenridge, it is no different.  Leaving his North Carolina farm to fight a bloody war across Europe, Arlen finds that the memory of his own home, a real and lasting place, is the only thing that makes him fight on.  He hopes to protect it and return to it. But when he returns the hero, Arlen is a different man.  His little rural world has changed, too, and Arlen is left almost alone, trying to bring the soil of his old farm back to life.  Was all his sacrifice, misunderstood by everyone around, all for nothing?  Or can he find redemption in how he has changed, able to make his home, his farm and family, live once again?

This is Victory Ruins, by Troop Brenegar.