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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

The beautiful, peaceful beach scene on the cover of this book did not prepare me for what I was about to encounter within it's pages.  When I finished this book, I was emotionally wrung out.  To say that I have a greater appreciation for what our servicemen and women go through when they are deployed and then come home again, is an understatement.   I could not stop thinking about the troops who are on their way home even now - and what life for them and their families will be like when they get here.

Home Front deals with the issues of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the toll that military life takes on both those who serve, and those who are left behind to wait.  In this novel, the main character Jolene, is a wife, a mother, a friend, and a Black Hawk pilot.  When she and her best friend are suddenly deployed to Iraq, their lives are turned upside down as they begin to try and prepare for the unknown.  This story gives readers a raw, personal look into what soldiers and their family members go through before, during and after deployment.   I could not tear myself away from this story even though at times, it was gruesome. 

Readers need to be aware that this book does contain very strong language and at times, graphic descriptions of war and injuries.  I felt myself feeling sick at one point and had to put the book down  - this story is definitely not for everyone.   More conservative readers who wish to avoid profanity will not enjoy this book.  

Home Front is scheduled to release January 31st, 2012.    Pre-order your copy here.

You can watch the video where Kristin interviews the helicopter pilot and mother, Warrant
Officer Teresa Burgess, who was an advisor for HOME FRONT:

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From the Author's Website:
In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths of friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers keep. Now, in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage--with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost…

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene 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.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on an ordinary American family, HOME FRONT is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor and ultimately, hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received an advanced reader copy from Authors On The Web.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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