Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Book Review: Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Lately I’ve been in the mood to do a little mind cleansing of ALL the psychological thrillers I’ve been reading lately. Sometimes a psyche can only take so many missing-person, whodunit, murder mysteries before it needs a lil’ break.

Cue: Kristin Hannah.

Kristin Hannah books are the perfect family saga that can often leave you in tears (and who doesn’t love a good tear jerker from time to time)?

“You know there’s many different ways that you can kill the one you love..

..the slowest way is never loving them enough.”

Taylor swift, high infidelity

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Home Front by Kristin Hannah


(Synopsis from Goodreads)

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 lifechildren, careers, bills, choreseven as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a 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 ownfor 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.”


I loved the rawness and tragedy that Hannah writes about so effortlessly. She was able to capture heartbreak in terms of extreme grief, loss, and war, while also capturing the smaller, more mundane heartbreaks that we often experience in our every day lives.

I expected this book to devastate me. While I did get emotionally invested (how can you NOT when you’re talking about 9/11 and the war?) – the ending was not quite what I’ve come to expect from a Hannah novel.

My overall recommendation is if you enjoy a good family saga, war-stories, and shedding a tear or 100, then definitely give this one a read.

My overall rating: 4 stars.

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