Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Home Again Book Review


1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?

My Take:

This story starts out tragic and it is a painful time during which the Vietnam War was going on and we lost so many men. April's brother, Andrew was one of those men who lost his life over there and his best friend, Hale, survived. Hale feels guilty because he survived and Andrew didn't.

April feels guilty because she finally realizes how much her parents sacrificed to send her to college while dealing with Andrew being in Vietnam and then his death. They experienced a financial setback and their vacation home suffered.

When April fled her wedding, she ran to the vacation home and ran into Hale, or should we say he rescued her? Together, maybe they can heal each other. If nothing else, they can repair the vacation home and help Andrew's parents get back some of their joy. And in the end, it just might help them discover other things.

It's a great little book and it's definitely a worthy subject and a hopeful message.

Happy Reading!

About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


Sharon Martin said...

This really does sound like such a lovely story, its on my tbr list xx