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Today We Go Home

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Seattle, Washington. Larkin Bennett has always known her place, whether it’s surrounded by her loving family in the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest, or riding on a dusty convoy in Afghanistan. But all that changed the day tragedy struck her unit and took away everything she held dear. Soon after, Larkin discovers an unexpected treasure: the diary of Emily Wilson, a ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Kelli Estes
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. 😊 I hope you like it!
Former military officer Larkin Bennett is back home in Washington, desperately trying to overcome the loss of her best friend Sarah. While struggling to recover from severe PTSD, she stumbles upon an old family diary of Sarah's dating back to the Civil War. What Larkin unearths within the pages is quite possibly what saves her life. Readers are presented with an in-depth look at the effects of war; from depression to survivors guilt, nightmares to addiction. Kelli Estes brilliantly honors, respe ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received this book from Edelweiss. It alternates points of view between a current Afghanistan female war veteran and a woman disguised as a man who fought in the Civil War. It is a unique concept which I enjoyed. It highlights the bias that women veterans face even today when they serve their country.
Emi Bevacqua
Intersecting stories about female war veterans: present-day Larkin Bennett copes with PTSD, grief and guilt over the death of her best friend Sarah, as well as her own dishonorable discharge in Afghanistan while reading the Civil War journal kept by an Emily Wilson who enlisted in Indiana's 9th Infantry by posing as a male Union soldier.

I loved reading author Kelli Estes's true voice in her Afterward, with her passionate respect, honor and defense of all women who serve in the military. I learn
Erin Duffey
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow this book really surprised me. I'm not a fan military books but this one tackled so many amazing subjects. Read it.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having loved the debut novel The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes I have been eagerly anticipating getting hold of her new release Today We Go Home. Well I can emphatically say that it did not disappoint in any shape or form. I found it to be extremely compelling and binge reading worthy.
Today We Go Home alternates between the lives of Emily Wilson who enlists as a Union soldier disguised as a man Jesse Wilson during the Civil War and Larkin Bennet an Afghanistan war veteran. Kelli Estis r
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was honoured to receive an ARC for this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Having had read Kelli Estes’ first novel, I was excited to read her second one, as I absolutely LOVED the first, and knew that I had to get my hands on the second! Upon first reading this book, I was entranced with the story right away, which featured a dual timeline, and a focus on two different women, each of them fighting a battle of their own.

One view focuses on Emily Wilson, a woman who disguis
Les Romantiques
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

We follow two stories in parallel: Larkin’s, nowadays, retired military woman (so to speak) because of a tragedy which took place on her last mission. And Emily’s, whose story starts in 1861 (during the Civil War), a young woman who, as a result of a combination of circumstances, disguised herself as a man
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Two women, living centuries apart, fighting for our country’s freedom…and their own.

Seattle, Washington

Larkin Bennett has always known her place, whether it’s surrounded by her loving family in the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest, or riding on a dusty conv
Cheryl Sokoloff
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today We Go Home is the story of two women soldiers, Emily Wilson, who fought disguised as a man in the American Civil War, under the Union Army, and Larkin Bennett, who was deployed to Afghanistan twice by the US Army. Emily joined the Union Campaign because her father and eldest brother were both killed fighting for what they believed in, and she did not want their deaths to be in vain, Larkin joined the army because of "Gramps", who fought in the Korean War, and because of the trip she'd take ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks, Inc. through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

This story’s chapters go back and forth between current day and Civil War era. Current day’s character is Larkin, who lost a best friend, Sarah, in a battle in Afghanistan, and Larkin suffers from PTSD. Reference is made throughout the book to PTSD and the impact on soldiers and their families.

The Civil War character is a woman, Emily, who loses family
Julie Gustafson-Monk
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I went into this book mostly blind. I don't normally read Historical Fiction and had I known this was HF, I probably wouldn't have read it. I am so very glad that I did. This book was, in one word, AMAZING.
I was sucked into this book from the very first page. When I wasn't reading, I couldn't wait to get back to the characters I had grown to love.

In one day, Larkin's whole world had been torn apart. She lost the one person she loved more than anything, her best friend. It was time for Larkin t
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable and exciting read. We get a bonus, the book contains two great stories of two special female war veterans. Larkin Bennett is our present day hero, serving two deployments to Afghanistan. Her life has ended as she knew it. She has moved in with her grandma to recover and try to deal with the PTSD. While going through her best friends Sarah's things, which were left to her, she finds an old diary. The diary belongs to Emily Wilson. A young woman who disguises herself as a man, so ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for a chance to review Today We Go Home. I enjoyed this book. I liked how the book jumped from the present to the Civil War. The characters in the book were likeable people. The women in the book, both past and present, were strong in morals and character. The history of women serving in the Civil War was fascinating. Women have come a long way since this time but there are still things to improve upon.

The book helped me as a non-military person understand some of the str
Torrie Tovar
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Women today were doing the same jobs as men, both in the military and out of it, and still being treated as second-class citizens. The constant battle was exhausting, and right now. Larkin was too tired to fight it."

This book captured me from the beginning. It is a historical fiction story of a woman who fought as a man in the Civil War and a present day woman who fought in Afganistan. I haven't read any books about a woman in the military so it was all new to me and I devoured it.

As I was rea
Wendy Golding
I really enjoyed Kelli Estes' last book, 'The Girl Who Wrote in Silk' and was happy to read a galley of her new book that comes out this summer. This story explores the history of women who served our country during our civil war, in the 1860s. In order to do so, these women had to pretend to be men. Back to present day, we meet Larissa, who served in Afghanistan, and is back home with the diary of the woman who fought during the civil war. While their stories are unique, the running themes in t ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Kelli Estes is a great storyteller! Today We Go Home is an interesting story taking place during the Civil War and the war in Afghanistan. I had no idea that during the Civil War there were women who actually joined up to fight. The story is based on real women who actually disguised themselves as men and fought for their country in 1861. It talks about soldiers and how they suffer and cope in society after war is over. I love Estes first book The Girl Who Wrote In Silk and look forward to readi ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story told in both the present and the time of the Civil War. After being discharged from the Army< Larkin Bennett suffers from PTSD and her guilt over the death of her best friend Sarah, which she feels at fault for. While going through Sarah's possessions she finds the diary of Sarah's ancestor, Emily. Emily posed as a soldier to follow her brother into war. This story alternates between Larkin's troubles and Emily's story, through which Larkin is able to find some pe ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed both the modern and historical storylines. The author researched all aspects of army life so well, I wondered if she had served herself. (No, as she explains in an afterword.) This is a very compelling read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to everyone, although VETs with PTSD may need to go into this carefully. The author helpfully includes a number of resources for veterans in crisis at the end of the book.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Early edition book club read. This book was awesome!
The book is told through two women who both served our country in two completely different times; one current day serving in Afghanistan while the other from 1860's Civil war where she had to pretend to be a man in order to serve.
The book kept my attention, was hard to put down, had great character development and related the stories very well.
Definitely will check out the author's other book.
I'm a huge fan of "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk," encouraged many book clubs to discuss it, and book talked it whenever I could. The historical story of this dual narrative book is just not as original as her first. I've read several books lately about women passing as men to fight in the Civil War. There were too many coincidences to tie the 2 strands together... I'll keep reading her books, but won't book talk this one as often this time around. Thanks to Edelweiss for the download.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc
Even though this story is fiction, there is so much truth in it. The truth of PTSD and how it can control your life. The truth of women in history being forgotten or shunned. But in addition to that, this story is about never giving up,and about how the love of our family and friends can help us find hope again!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Dual timeline with female soldiers. The civil war parts were great, the modern ones suffered from a lot of telling instead of showing. Recommended for adults who like reading about women in the military.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A moving and heartrending story of two women, one a soldier in the Civil War pretending to be a man and the other a vet with tours in Afghanistan. The parallels between their lives are life changing as history is relived and connections with the present are made. Wonderfully told.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to get an ARC at Book Expo!
Nicole Pinto
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? It’s not often that I feel emotional while reading a book, but the wonderful Kelli Estes has done it again. This book alternates between present day veteran Larkin and past veteran Emily. It is woven together so beautifully, and of course their stories intercede. And what a powerful tribute to female military personnel everywhere. 5 stars. Thank you to netgalley for the ARC.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is long overdue for so many women, in so many aspects of life. Stick your neck out and defend a woman's right to serve her country in the military, or even have the choice of having an abortion, or God forbid, choose her own husband; and the male collective will hang a feminazi label around that neck.

I'm sure every woman would like to go home today, to a place where she is understood and accepted. Thus, I am so very grateful for ESTES to put into eloquent words, that which all women ca
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing!! “Today We Go Home” weaves together the lives of Emily who enlists as a Union soldier disguised as a man during the Civil War and Larkin a present day war veteran. The author highlights the struggle and persistence of woman past and present in the military. It is an extremely well-researched novel that tackles the issues presented with understanding and truthfulness and it gives excellent insights into the ways veterans cope with traumatic events. It has a strong story line ...more
I didn't expect to cry so much. I am a fan of military novels, with Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" always landing in my list of all-time favorite historical fiction novels. However, there has been little for books from the female soldier's perspective. Kelli Este's book explores this perspective by alternating the perspective of a modern-day female Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD with that of a woman who enlists in the Civil War by pretending to be a man. Both women deal with trauma, ...more
Aislinn Kelly
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Kelli Estes but I'm sure it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. This is an extremely enjoyable and interesting read especially for historical fiction lovers. It had a strong story line and endearing central characters. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any other fellow reader.
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Kelli Estes grew up in apple country near Yakima, Washington before attending Arizona State University where she learned she is happiest living near the water. Today she lives near Seattle with her husband and two sons. When not writing, Kelli is hiking, reading, exploring, traveling, or drinking tea.

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