Title: Home FrontAuthor: Kristin Hannah
Publication Year: 2011Publisher: MacMillian Audio
Edition: audioReader: Maggi - Meg Reed (very good)
Source: Amazon Vine
Date Completed: 1/18/2012Rating: 3/5
Kristin Hannah's latest novel, Home Front, explores how war affects families.
Jolene Zarkades, is a wife, a mother of two young daughters and a Black Hawk Pilot with the National Guards. She has been deployed to Iraq. Their marriage of 12 years is on shaky grounds, and to make matters worst on the day before she learns that she must go to Iraq, her husband, Michael, tells her he doesn't love her anymore.
Michael is a successful defense lawyer, who works long hours. He is not happy is not happy, nor is he support of what his wife is doing. Fortunately, Michael's mother, Mila is supportive of Jolene and is there for her grandchildren as well. The 12 year-old daughter is angry and is having issues at school, and the youngest child, only 4 years-old is a child who wants her mama around all the time. It isn't until Michael is put in the position of defending a client who murdered his wife while suffering from PTSD, that he begins to realize what fighting for one's country does to a person and what war is really like.
The story gives readers an eye-opening account of how war affects military personnel and their families. Without going into what happens to Jolene, of course what happens is the wars changes her. The picture it paints is not pretty.
Did I like this book? Not really, for a few reasons. While I felt it was an important story, the writing seemed overly sentimental, predictable and often very repetitive. Although the audio book reader, Maggi - Meg Reed did a good job, at times I just really got tired of listening to this story.