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on 15 January 2016
I had to check to make sure that this was the same author who'd written The Nightingale, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Home Front is a very different matter. Talk about over-egging the cake. From the cloying, saccharin sweet outpouring of love for her children: one of whom is a caricatured, sulky, obnoxious young teen; the other a somewhat developmentally delayed four-year-old, going on five, this mushy presentation of family life seems to go on forever. Her husband is irritated with her and so was this reader. He tells her he no longer loves her, but she gets on with life regardless; making videos for her two girls, writing letters, showing us just how strong minded she is, despite her husband's lack of love and her teen's continuing petulance. Then off she goes to Iraq as captain of a black hawk helicopter and gets shot down with her BFF by her side. Hubby now feels guilty for having pushed her away and becomes a loving, caring man desperate to make amends, but all that mushy pea love she felt for her husband and family has hardened into a numbing cement and she becomes as intractable as a lobster's claw, swimming in self-pity because the damage she sustained means that her life has changed forever. I'm trying not to give the game away, but she's now suffering from PTSD. The messages of love, strength, despair and alienation are all hammered home over and over again; the characters are heavily caricatured and totally unbelievable and, quite frankly, it was a relief to come to the end.
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on 1 August 2017
Life as a soldier and being sent into war and then returning as a changed woman ( yes, woman!) . Beautifully written moving and totally believable story of helicopter pilot's war experience and the impact on her family. Not an easy read but certainly a compulsive one that left me feeling in awe of the people who take risks with their own safety and happiness not just because it is their job to so but because they are truly good people.
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on 26 July 2017
I found the story in this book quite predictable but this didn't stop me enjoying it. I didn't give it a full 5 stars because I felt at times it laboured a point and I wanted to use the phrase 'Okay I get it!'
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on 22 April 2017
Excellent read full of emotional descriptive writing. Very educational it makes you have some idea of the cost of war and the suffering that goes with it. The story of family life intertwined, very enjoyable read.
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on 19 April 2017
I ugly cried. This book is so real and so beautiful and so horribly accurately described. Excellent research. Read it slowly.
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on 1 March 2014
Great story by a great writer. I have enjoyed every book of hers that I have read.

Good good read.
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on 21 May 2017
Fantastic book
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on 30 April 2017
Brilliant book. Couldn't put it down.
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on 10 June 2015
Realistic & very moving
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on 1 September 2012
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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