Home Front by Kristin Hannah -388 pages
All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .
Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own---for everything that matters to his family.
My Review: 3.5 stars
This author is best at bringing emotion into her characters, their lives and thus the reader. This book was not my favorite from Kristin Hannah but it did really inspire me to think about the brave service men and women from our country. I think this was a smart choice to write about and to let the world in on the emotional and physical sacrifices these men and women take to protect us. What bothered me however, was the one dimensional characters that were portrayed in this book. I don’t want to give too much away, but I just didn’t believe in all of their relationships and the youngest daughter was portrayed as a toddler not a kindergarten student. This is a fast read, great for a day on the couch or on vacation and definitely geared to the mass market, pedestrian reader. Prepare for this book with some tissues nearby!
Quotes I liked:
- “We are what we do and say, not what we intend to.”
-“I know about forgiving people and loving them anyway, even after they hurt you.”
-“Fifteen minutes later, Betsy came thundering down the stairs. "I'm going to the mall with Sierra to see a movie."
Michael leaned forward, switched off the television. "Can you please rephrase that in the form of a question?"
"Sure. Can I have some money?”
Tags: 2013, Fiction, Book Club, Chick Lit,
Labels: 2013, Book Club, Chick Lit, Fiction