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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447207610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447207610
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Movingly written and plotted with the heartless skill of Greek tragedy. You'll keep turning the pages until the last racking sob' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail 'A gripping tale of family love, grief and forgiveness' Sunday Express 'A guilty pleasure' Daily Express 'A moving coming-of-age story' " --Heat

'as a war novel it was a real page-turner and I was hooked by the story until the very end' --Rear Party website, where it scored 4 wine glasses

'An unusual premise, with Mum going to war as an army reserve whilst dad has to stay home and keep things together. Interesting characters and the very real depiction of "life must go on" as tragedy strikes and everyone comes to terms with what's going on. Brilliant dialogue makes this a compulsive read.' --Books Monthly

"A good book which is very sad in places, it really shows you how war can change a family.
Well worth a read!" --4 out of 5 on Whatsgoodtodo.com

About the Author

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, and Hawaii. Her most recent novel, Night Road, was one of eight books selected for the UK's 2011 TV Book Club Summer Read.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2012
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Jolene and Michael a once happily married couple with two children and challenging careers now seem to be heading for a divorce. Both are unhappy with each other, but before they get a chance to resolve their issues Jolene is called back to military duty. When her life is endangered the impact on her family is immense as they all struggle to face the future.
This book does get to the heart of the matter with some very touching moments, especially when reading about the suffering along with the effects of Post-traumatic Stress disorder that people who have been to war experience.
The only other novel that I have read by Kristin Hannah was NIGHT ROAD which I thought was wonderful, this one in my opinion did not really get going until about halfway through, worth reading but did not hold the same interest as this author's previous book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2012
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In Home Front Kristin Hannah tackles a subject that is a regular occurrence in many military families these days, the call-up of a spouse for a tour of duty to a war zone. However for most families this would be the husband but in this book it's a role reversal and she tells of the impact to family life when it is a wife that is deployed.

Michael and Jolene have the seemingly picture-perfect life; a happy marriage, successful careers, Michael as a defence lawyer and Jolene as a helicopter pilot for the National Guard, and two beautiful daughters Betsy, 12, and Lulu, 4. So Jolene is stunned when Michael suddenly utters the words that no-one ever wants to hear 'I don't love you anymore.'

But before they can decide how to deal with his declaration, Jolene is suddenly called up for a tour of duty to Iraq meaning that Michael will have to step up and take on the responsibility of everyday routines, something he's been absent from previously as he'd been so busy concentrating on his career that he's often missed or forgotten important family events in the past.

Fortunately for Jolene she will have the love and support of her best friend and co-pilot, Tami who has also been called up so they can help each other deal with the struggles that they both face in leaving behind their families. During their tour they see some horrendous sights which haunt them and make them pray that they can make it through and get home safely to their families.

So when their worst fears comes true, how will their families deal with the news? For Michael and Jolene this is a real test of their relationship, can he overcome his own feelings to help her recuperate as well as help his daughters to deal with what has happened to their mother?
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Jolene and Michael are a ‘normal’ couple with two kids, a lovely home… and a crumbling marriage. The distance between them seems to be becoming unsurmountable and Michael caves one day and says he doesn’t love Jolene anymore. A hard statement to overcome at the best of times but when your wife is suddenly called to active service and you haven’t retracted it, what comes next can only be agonising for both parties. Thus begins a novel that is beset with struggles. For Jolene as she faces fear, loss and displacement, mourning the loss of friends and colleagues at the same time as she fears her marriage is over and her children’s resentment and confusion is unsurmountable. For Michael as he struggles with life alone with the children and the guilt over his cruel announcement. For the children as they live in fear and confusion over their mother’s absence.

Sometimes the greatest thing about receiving review copies unexpectedly is that you get a book you would never have picked up under any other circumstances and find you really enjoy it. I didn’t think Home Front was necessarily for me from the blurb but by the second chapter I knew I could settle into it. This is an excellent story with many facets, delving into the intricacies of relationships but also raising more specific points, such as the pressures on military families, coping with time away from home, injury, bereavement. The novel also skims over PTSD, as Michael (who is a lawyer) becomes involved in defending a soldier who is accused of murdering his young wife.

This is a very compelling and emotive read, which kept me turning the pages. It’s thought-provoking and well written, all characters displaying emotional strengths and weaknesses that make them – and their struggles – seem very realistic.
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By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2012
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I have just finished reading Home Front by Kristin Hannah and boy what a bumpy ride of emotions I have been on. This book drew me into the family and between Jo and her husband bit by bit, I wanted to be his granny and I wanted to be her PT. I won't tell you too much about the story, but when Jo returns home and has a limb missing this reminded me of my Dad many years ago. The struggle and the emotions and the frustrations, the blanking of family to deal with your wounds but for Jo, she didn't just loose a limb. She lost part of her life so her emotions were a lot to deal with. I could see from both sides, the husband, the wife, but I could also see from the children's point of view and the husbands Mother. This book has left me thinking what to read next as this book was so intense, what do I read now that can match this?

I would recommend this book, you will NOT be disappointed
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