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Jess Talks: Home Front by Kristin Hannah.

I’d like to give a warm welcome to Jess, my good friend who’s just as big a book nut as I am! Today in Jess Talks, Jess gives us her thoughts on Home Front, by Kristin Hannah:

home frontNormally I stay away from romance novels, but I really respect Kristin Hannah’s writing style. She doesn’t write cliché romance, instead taking her readers on a whirlpool ride of twists and turns.

In Home Front, Jolene Zarkades has spent the last twelve years of her marriage believing that a smile and a positive attitude will fix most problems. Her husband Michael is quite happy to let his wife take the lead in the marriage, parenting and social interactions whilst he throws himself into his work as a defence lawyer. The only sour issue in their relationship is Jolene’s job. See, Jolene flies helicopters for the Army National Guard, an occupation that neither Michael nor Jolene’s eldest daughter Betsy approve of.

When Jolene is suddenly drafted to Iraq for one year the problems in her marriage threaten to overflow. Michael is 100% anti-war and resents Jolene for leaving her family. Jolene can’t fix these problems regardless of how positive she tries to be. Instead she has to trust Michael to step up and be the father her two daughters need and deserve.

As both Michael and Jolene battle their separate demons it seems as if their marriage is heading inevitably towards divorce. When Jolene is a victim of a horrific act, and is sent home, can she fight her nightmares and fight for a future for her family? Can Michael prove that he is a changed man and willing to do anything to win back his wife’s love and trust?

I really enjoyed this novel. Before I picked it up I thought it was just going to be a novel about divorce. I was shocked by how deeply it touched me – in fact I even cried a couple of times.

It was so compelling that I finished it within 24 hours because I just wanted to know the outcome for Jolene and Michael. The way that Kristin Hannah writes transports readers to Iraq and we live the gut wrenching horror along with Jolene. I highly recommend the Home Front: it’s spellbinding and beautiful.

Have you come across Kristin Hannah before? What do you need in a good romance novel?

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