This was such a wonderful and heartbreaking book to listen to at the same time. I thought the narrator did a fine job, but it was the book that touched me so deeply. Have told all my friends that this book is a keeper.
I have never read/heard a Kristin Hannah book I didn't LOVE. It pains me to say this, but I really didn't like this one. I suspect it was the narrator, or at least I want to blame her since I love Kristin Hannah's books.
I just didn't like the characters. Jolene was fine but I frequently wanted to slap her oldest daughter. Frequently. I think the narrator may have contributed to that. I couldn't take the whining and crying (from either daughter). I have two kids of my own and don't need more whining and crying! ;) Perhaps if I had read it instead of listening I would have felt differently.
I can't really put my finger on it but I found the whole book rather irritating. If it hadn't been a Kristin Hannah book I think I wouldn't have finished it as I often found myself irritable after listening (or not wanting to continue listening). I listened to the author's Q&A after and I feel really bad that I didn't like it. Sounds like it was very meaningful to her. I'm sorry! ;)
I will say that I did appreciate being enlightened to the lives of those who serve our country. I am so grateful to them. Like the author, we are not a military family nor do I really know anyone in the military. So I am glad to know more about it and PTSD.
She did a lot of research for this book on the war. It really touched my heart knowing what Jolene and her family went through to bring herself back from all the pain she endured. More people need to know how the war effects our men and woman who fight for our country. Bless them all. Thanks Kristen Hannah for writing this book. It opened my eyes wider then they were before.
This was such an eye opening experience for me regarding our soliders and what they go through. It gives you a new appreciation for the adjustment it takes for a solider from getting the news of deployment to transitioning back to civilian life. Great book!
Within a few minutes of listening, I realized this writer could really capture human emotions and I was hooked. Good story, well researched (I learned alot about military deployments, etc) and a real tear jerker. I will look for more from this author.
Weak storyline - characters not very likeable.
Not high on my list of her books.
I gravitate toward KH's writing but this one left me wanting.
Patriotic. Heartwrenching. Real.
I cried through easily half of this book The portrayl of the family, and especially the pre-teen girl was spot-on! The deployment of a mother and wife to Iraq, leaving her family behind and her husband in charge of everything, was heart-wrenching, as was her return. It is an angst-filled story of heroism, personal growth, change, and love. Could not stop listening. The narrator did a wonderful job with all the characters, but I particularly loved the accent of the mother-in-law perhaps best.