Friday, December 30, 2011
Home Front by Kristin Hannah
After losing her parents at the ages of seventeen, all Jolene wanted in her life was consistency and order. Everything needed to be under control and in its place. So she joined the military service.
St. Martin's Press sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you). It will be published at the end of January. Make a note of it on your TBR list. This is an exceptional book.
Jolene set her parents life and death behind her. She had so much pain involved with her earlier life that she moved past it and started a new life. But the damage done when you are young never really goes away...
She has a husband and two girls that she loves deeply. She flies a Blackhawk helicopter and loves it. She runs every morning, has a menu schedule she follows and she's content with her life. Then her husband, Michael, tells her he doesn't love her anymore. She knew they were not sharing things like they used to, but she wasn't ready for this. On top of that, she gets deployed.
I was very impressed with how authentic the military life was depicted. I've read non-fiction accounts of the war and the facts in those line up with the facts shown in this fictional account. I discovered that the reason it was the quality of the tale it was had to do with her advisor, Warrant Officer Teresa Burgess. Someone who has the experience can definitely add value to the story.
Here is video of Kristin's interview with her: Interview
War is ugly and leaves its mark on everyone. If you look at the eyes of Ms. Burgess, they have the shadows of those who have seen too much. She's a beautiful woman, but constant danger and death takes its toll on anyone.
This is a story of family life and how two people who have grown apart deal with separation and family life. Michael hadn't done much with his daughters, he worked. He has no choice now. Jolene is fearful she may never make it home and who will teach her girls motherly things? And the girls feel deserted and are very unhappy to have only Dad.
There are all new challenges yet to come in this relationship and Ms. Hannah does a very nice job of expressing the emotions and torment of military families.
This is very good read, even if it made me cry. It's about the Iraq war, but it's really about any war. Whichever family member goes to war, they just don't come home quite the same. The underlying theme in war is loss. Why not read this book and see how this family deals it?
If you'd like to win my ARC of this book, leave a comment here on my blog and email info at bookfaerie.com with your NAME AND ADDRESS and why you would like to win the book.