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Home Again

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,642 Ratings  ·  677 Reviews
When movie star Angel DeMarco suffers his first heart attack on location near Seattle, his survival depends on a heart transplant. He's medevac-ed to a local hospital famed for its cardiology unit and placed under the care of Dr. Madelaine Hillyard--the pregnant girlfriend he'd abandoned 17 years earlier. Facing death, he's forced to come to terms with his misspent life an ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published October 30th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1996)
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Jul 03, 2012 Beccalarge rated it did not like it
Uggg....Kristin Hannah. I thought I would give her another chance. I have read books by her that have drawn me in, that have been well written and beautiful (Firefly Lane, Winter Garden), books that made me think she could really write.

And then I read books written by her that made me cringe a little and think of a bad, overly sappy Lifetime movie. But this one? This book? I couldn't even finish it. And I NEVER stop reading a book once I start (unless it gets so vulgar I can't keep reading). But
This book was exactly what I needed to read. Little did I know when I started it that I would devour it in under 24 hours, and at times my face would be damp from tears that unwittingly fell onto the screen of my ebook.

By page 20 I knew what was going to happen, but the foreshadowing didn’t lessen the impact of what came next. The characters were so rich that I felt genuine warmth for them all and loved their character development. The one upset for me, and it’s very minor, is that I didn’t rea
Jun 25, 2011 Annika rated it did not like it
About 1/3 of the way into this book, I predicted it. I stuck with it, because it's not a terrible story (I've read waaaay worse), but it's so fluffy and cheesy that it's almost painful to read. And I was right, the author didn't surprise me with some snappy twist ala Jodi Picoult. She just finished her merry little story. I'm glad I don't cry easily.

Angel Demarco is this world famous actor, nominated for an Oscar, but he keeps saying he's not that great of an actor. He causes mass riots and pres
Chana Snyder
Dec 13, 2012 Chana Snyder rated it did not like it
OMG, no. Full stop. I got through about a third of this book before I lost my patience and dropped it to the floor. A few things I'm glad for: 1) that I didn't pay for the book; 2) that I don't live (or know anyone who does) in the emotionally warped world that the author's constructed here. What a train wreck!

Has any of these characters matured at all during the course of their adult lives? Why does that seem like such an unreasonable request? What really dropped my jaw was when another review
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Jul 25, 2012 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a big fan of Kristin Hannah, but Home Again just didn't do it for me. The idea of the book seemed promising, but Kristin Hannah just didn't deliver. The whole story of the heart surgery and the family dramas just didn't seem real to me. How am I supposed to believe that you would still fall in love with the same man who broke your heart so many years ago? Sure, people should be allowed second chances, but forgiving someone for running out of your life without as much saying goodbye w ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
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This was the first Kristin Hannah book that really let me down. I think this could have been a much better book than it was, the story arch was great, but the characters were flat and transparent. i also found myself disliking the whiny nature of every character in this book. is it possible for every character in a story to be this boring and irritating?
i've read worse, but i have also read better. this book gets 3 stars for the mediocrity of everything between the front and back covers. some st
Susana Guerra
Jul 21, 2012 Susana Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 23, 2014 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Home Again

5 / 5

Kristin Hannah does it again! Another wonderful story filled with hope & love. The story was wrapped in a very neat & tidy little package. Some might say, a little too good to be true but I was more than fine with that.

In true Kristin Hannah form, this is another "grab the Kleenex!" story. Her characters are so well developed (I adored Francis in this book) and you will most certainly feel their hurt, feel their loss, want to give them a hug and then cheer them on. I thou
Mar 13, 2011 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. I don't think I've enjoyed a book more in the past year or so as much as I did this book! I started to need the Kleenex close to half way into the book and went through about 3 boxes! It's a great book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy in the inside! GREAT BOOK! =)
I thought the premise of the story was interesting - childhood sweethearts reunite when the guy, a famous movie star, needs a heart transplant and the girl is his assigned cardiologist.

I thought the perspective of the cardiologist in particular though, was completely unbelievable and was used more to keep the reader in suspense then a realistic portrayal of a single mom. If she really did think that way, then she was extremely self-absorbed, seeing as how her daughter was asking to meet her fat
May 30, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it
Light read about Madeline, a cardiologist, her friend, Francis, who is a priest, and Francis' brother, Angel, who is famous but has no real life. Angel suffers a serious heart problem and needs a transplant.

A couple of good quotes: (1)"Maybe it's divine intervention that brought us here in the first place. Maybe that's all that God's supposed to do, point us on a road and wait. The road's there, it's always there, through the wind and the rain and the snow." (2)"Nobody's strong enough to be a pa
Oct 14, 2015 Brooke rated it it was ok
I needed a light book and sure enough, this was light, but excessively so. Very predictable with cliche characters, I'm sure glad Kristen Hannah's writing improved because "the nightingale" felt like it was written by an entirely different person (in a good way)!
Tiffany Mercer
Nov 19, 2015 Tiffany Mercer rated it it was amazing
I just loved the story. I didn't realize the book was written so long ago, but it was very entertaining & it sucked me in. It was a quick read too! My only complaint was how Angel immediately stepped into the father role and started disciplining Lina. It seemed unnatural that he wouldn't hesitate to come down on her even though she was a typical spoiled, bratty teenager! My favorite part was how Francis was involved all the way through the end. I loved how the family still communicated with ...more
Karen & Gerard
Jun 30, 2011 Karen & Gerard rated it really liked it
This book is about second chances. It's about Madeline, a single mom who is a cardiologist for her first love, Angel, who needs a heart transplant and how his brother the priest took care of Madeline and her daughter in his brother's absence. The daughter yearns to know her dad, the mother is afraid he will break her heart, the priest falls in love with Madeline but wants to do the right thing and Angel is a famous, rich actor living life in the fast lane until he has a third heart attack and wi ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
May 26, 2009 Rhonda Rae Baker rated it really liked it
Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors!

This book was picked up at a yard sale for 50 cents and what an amazing treasure it turned out to be. I couldn't put it down...LOL.

I loved the characters and was quickly feeling what was happening in their lives as Kristin writes so dramatically. There were many twists and turns that came together in beautiful ways. I was crying more then laughing on this one but it warmed my heart and somehow I feel encouraged.

Life is hard...turns come at us with no
Oct 11, 2012 Christy rated it it was ok
This book was too predictable and overly emotional. I have read most of Kristen Hannah's books, and was looking forward to this. I then realized it was one of her older ones and she hadn't perfected her suspense and her nuance in dealing with human interactions. The premise was ok but the characters overwritten. I predicted every single twist and turn in this book. It was also very unrealistic. I understand she had a storyline to fit into the timeline, however they just didn't match up despite a ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was a good book.

Angel had myocardidis as a child, and now as an adult has to have a heart transplant. Now he reluctanly has to change his lifestyle if he wants to 1) get a new heart and 2) live alot longer. Now Angel finds out that his cardiologist is a girl friend from high school he basicly dumped and ran away from.

Personaly, as an adult I had myocardidis, I didn't have to have a heart transplant; although it is a life changing illness and can be very scarey. I've read two of Kristin
Sep 01, 2014 Betsey rated it liked it
This is an early work, just about 1 step above a cheesy romance novel. It's not as good as her later books, but it's a diverting summer read all the same.
Maureen Mullis
Dec 22, 2014 Maureen Mullis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story. Kristin Hannah spins a good yarn, and her characters ring true. Home Again is another winner from a remarkable story teller.
Aug 15, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was ok
I really like Kristin Hannah, but this book was hard for me to read. Too much of the same story again and again, characters that do and say the same things again and again, reactions that are the same again and again - - - -well, you get the idea. Plus, I found the whole idea of the heart business and Angel's subsequent personality more than a little ludicrous. The only spot where I could see my "real" Kristin Hannah was in the character of Francis, particularly toward the end of the book - - -I ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Anne rated it it was ok
Disappointing beach read. Top flight cardiac transplant surgeon at age 33?! Doubtful.
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah writes books that I like and this is no exception. It is the story of a single mother, now a heart doctor, whose boyfriend Angel abandoned her when he learned she was pregnant as a teenager.

He goes on to become a famous movie star. Madelaine raises her daughter Lina with the help of Francis, Angel's brother and a priest. Then Angel reenters the picture when he has a heart attack and is flown to Madelaine's hospital to receive a transplant. As he nears death with no donor, Francis
Mac van Leeuwen
Jul 24, 2014 Mac van Leeuwen rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I read time and time again.

Madeline, at first, struck me as an older... well... me. I won't get into that. She was the sort of typical person, while being so much more. I sympathized with her pain, loneliness, and seemingly clueless and hopeless attitude towards the world, all while somehow managing to maintain something that she could keep perfect. Work. Because work doesn't require you to be social and perfect.

Lina was such a typical teenager with a troubled family,
Celia Kennedy
May 03, 2014 Celia Kennedy rated it liked it
Kristin Hannah has an extraordinary gift, perhaps well crafted tool, in reeling us into her story immediately. She fills our heads and hearts with powerful imagery and whether or not the plotline is predictable, there is an emotional need to finish the book; not because I want to find out that I predicted the plotline correctly, but because I have fallen in love with the characters.

The first book of hers that I read was Firefly Lane, and it ripped me apart emotionally. This and Winter Garden. To
Jul 03, 2012 Mina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah tends to be chick-lit-ish beachy reads. But entertaining ones. I often appreciate the way she handles relationships of all sorts. This was not one of her best, a little more on the soap opera side than some. But still a nice diversion, kept my interest. Got me half-way through a funeral trip.

(I can't figure out this particular cover. Unless it happens after the action of the book. Which would be odd. Not that it really matters.)
Sep 10, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
If you tear up over and over does that mean that it was a good book? At least this time I will say YES! There was a while there with Father Francis when I was nervous about the direction it might take, but that worked itself out. I also am not a very forgiving type when it comes to betrayal so it took me a while to get over Angel's selfishness and immaturity. By the last page I was with the program and willing to go where the author was taking us.
Aug 08, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing earlier Kristin Hannah book that I just LOVED!

About 3 chapters in, I felt completely swept into this story and the characters' lives. I related to the rebellious, yet hurting teen girl, I felt like I was a part of the special friendship between two of the characters and my heart ached for the loneliness of the heroin.

I cried during so much of this book and my heart felt full when their hearts were full.

well done.
Apr 23, 2012 Kryptique rated it it was amazing
Good!! Hannah writes at the start of this book that it marked a turning point for her in quality of writing. It became deeper and more emotionally gripping. I concur!! Her earlier works are ok, not bad but not really my ideal. This is more like Picoult---bringing me to tears every few chapters, but in a good way. More vivid writing and showing deep emotion, less formulaic and predictable, deeper characters who are more real.
Dec 04, 2012 June rated it it was amazing
Home Again is a very touching story about three people and how they've touched each other's lives. I found it a little predictable a couple of times but overall it was a book I couldn't abandon. Kristin Hannah is a very good storyteller and I always get excited when I come across one of her books that I haven't read. I would highly recommend you to read it. Some funny times and some crying times, but always touching.
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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