FTC Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this audio book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .
Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own—for everything that matters to his family.
At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.
This was incredibly difficult book for me to read as an Army wife (there were many times I would have stopped reading if I hadn’t agreed to review the book). It is also one of the most incredibly well written books I have ever read. I don’t think I have ever had a book impact me the way this one did. There were days I cried on the way to school and on the way home because the book moved me that much.
Even though the book was very hard for me to read (there were times that I felt as though I was having flash backs), I am glad I read it. Hannah tackles tough issues without being judgmental. She presents family and relationship issues in such a way that the reader can’t not only help to connect with the characters, but perhaps also see things from a different perspective.
This is a book I highly recommend, but with a warning. If you are an active duty military spouse beware that this will be even more of an emotional read. I have added this book to my wish list to have autographed by the author. And I have added Kristen Hannah to my list of must read authors.