Fly Away Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jun 2013
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"By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah ("Night Road") calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family." --"Publishers Weekly "on "Home Front"
""Home Front's" heart-wrenching portrayal of one veteran's trials points out how much training goes into preparing for war-and how little is done to teach returning soldiers how to be parents again." --"People""Magazine"
"A stirring, inspiring celebration of heroism in its many incarnations." --"Family Circle" on "Home Front"
"Hannah's best work yet." --"Seattle Times" on "Home Front"
By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah ("Night Road") calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family. "Publishers Weekly on Home Front"
"Home Front's" heart-wrenching portrayal of one veteran's trials points out how much training goes into preparing for war and how little is done to teach returning soldiers how to be parents again. "People Magazine"
A stirring, inspiring celebration of heroism in its many incarnations. "Family Circle on Home Front"
Hannah's best work yet. "Seattle Times on Home Front"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
KRISTIN HANNAH is the "New York Times "bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including "Firefly Lane "and "Night Road." A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story starts in 2010 four years after Kate's death, but also moves back in time to show what has happened in the intervening years. We also meet Cloud again, Tully's mother, and finally we learn about her and what shaped her into the person she became. This was really good reading which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It is a very moving story, at times I had a few tears in my eye and, like the author's other books, is extremely readable with excellent characters that you can really relate to and care for. It was almost like meeting old friends again. As I said before, it is a more sombre read with a lot of heartache to be worked through and there is plenty of drama still to come in everyone's lives. A really good read - not the happiest of books certainly, it is very sad indeed, but one that will make you think about your relationships with your own loved ones, and appreciate what you have.
I gave it another chance a couple of months later when the sleepless nights eased off, and I've just finished it. It was still a little depressing to be honest - I can see that the author tries to inject an air of nostalgia in the book, but actually ends up injecting too much sadness into the lives of these characters. That said, the characters are well formed and you can relate to them, they are very believable.
As someone else has commented, there is far too much repetition of the first book, Firefly Lane, which I felt was unnecessary. The other thing that is really annoying in this second book is that the author flits back and forth from one era to another without much cohesion; this does make it a bit frustrating at times as you're not always entirely sure what point in time the characters are at.
Overall, this isn't a bad book, and I would read more by this author as she is very talented without a doubt, but it's not as good as Firefly Lane. If you want a tear jerker, then maybe give it a go... on the other hand if you want a cheery book of pure escapism, this isn't for you!
I appreciate that in order to find out why key characters, such as Cloud, (Tully's mum) behave as they do you need to know the background. But for me personally I felt the book had too many sad stories, and I was left feeling miserable having read the book.
This does not detract from the continuing story. I thoroughly enjoyed both.
The first book felt like a very enjoyable but rip off of Beaches, and not quite as good - however this book was brilliant, I couldn't put it down, I spent two days solidly reading it, mostly weeping!
It was so emotional and rewarding, brilliant book - and that rare thing where the sequel outshines the original.
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This story gives an insight to some of the problem of our times,well worth reading.Published 1 month ago by Mal Rings
Wonderfully written book. Have bought the sequel and will be reading all other novels by this author. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by adrenalize1992