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Home Front by Kristin Hannah
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Mar 15, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary
Read in March, 2012

Reviewed By~JoAnne
Review Copy Provided By~SheKnows Book Club

This was a wonderful story of family, friendships, duty and the destruction and havoc of war. I was reeled in from the first page to the last especially with the prologue that set the stage and the epilogue that wrapped everything up neatly and tied up the loose ends. All my emotions and senses were involved. There were tears, sobs, outright laughter, love, heartache and loss. The scenes set in Iraq were so vivid that you felt you were there feeling the heat with the dust swirling and mud forming along with all the sounds of the war - bombs, machine gun fire and helicopters on missions. You could feel how the war separated families, how soldiers had to be creative to stay in contact with their families back home and how both those in the war and those at home had to sugarcoat their lives so as not to give the others something to worry about and not be able to do something to help. The friendships created by those serving together in the military whether at home or in a war zone created unbreakable bonds and they became each others family. The struggles upon their return home, especially when injured, was heartbreaking. You felt you were on the roller coaster with the families being reunited especially since they had difficulty knowing where they fit in - those on the home front had managed without them while they served their country. There was a happily ever after that was not expected for one family whose love ended up stronger and heartache for another. I highly recommend this book as well as others written by Hannah, although by far this is my favorite book of hers.

Favorite Quote: Michael reached out, took Jolene's hand. He should have done that before, told her he'd be there for her. She grasped his hand so tightly it hurt. He wanted to wrap his arms around both of them, but he didn't dare. If he got close enough to kiss her, he might fall apart and be the only man in the room who cried. His kids didn't need to see that.
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