Title: Home Front
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre/Audience: Contemporary, adult
Publication: St. Martin’s Press, 2012
Summary: Jolene Zarkades is a military pilot who is tough as nails but has a softer side for her two young daughters. Her marriage is crumbling, and in the midst of it, she is deployed and sent off to a dangerous warzone. Her husband Michael is left with their two confused, upset daughters and the pain of regret from words he should never have said to Jolene before she left. Then tragedy strikes, and Jolene is forever altered from the war. Now, she and Michael must find a way to save their marriage – and her spirit – before either reach the breaking point.
My Thoughts: This was a good book that really tackled a modern day problem head on. War affects so many people and it was insightful to read about this issue, especially from the rare perspective of a woman at war. This story showed the effects of war on a lot of different levels – how it affects the soldier, the spouse, the children and friends back home… it hit on SO many perspectives and made it seem so real. I enjoyed how the book focused on Jolene both as a soldier, AND as a family woman. It delved into her personal problems AND soldier problems. Michael and the children were devastated and deeply affected, and I thought this was important to portray. The marital problems were also very real and heartbreaking. This book was insightful and excellently written but I found it to be slightly slow moving though, and this is my own fault. About halfway through the book, I had to put it aside for a freaking month in order to read all my books for school, so I felt a bit disconnected from the story. I know that Hannah is an amazing writer though, as I previously read and LOVED Comfort and Joy. I will definitely read more from her but only wish I had read this book straight through so that I would have enjoyed it even more. I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews, so I’d definitely recommend this one for fans of contemporary fiction… I only wish my review could be more raving!
My Rating: 3.5/5