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Home Front | [Kristin Hannah]

Home Front

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.
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Publisher's Summary

The blockbuster best-selling author of Night Road and Firefly Lane delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love.

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore.

But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news.

When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family. An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, Kristin Hannah's Home Front is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.

©2012 Kristin Hannah (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-12
    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing and heartbreaking at The same times"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 06-11-15
    Theresa 06-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great listen!"

    Loved this story about PTSD and the struggles of our American Heroes! Another great listen!

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    Svetlana Leeds  05-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Novel"

    I really loved the layout of this story. the character development and real life concepts are all well thought out and strike a touching emotional cord

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    ShariJoy Kansas City 05-19-15
    ShariJoy Kansas City 05-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "There's a first for everything"

    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.

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    Vicki YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, United States 07-16-13
    Vicki YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Kristen Hannah did a wonderful job on this book!!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April round rock, TX, United States 02-25-13
    April round rock, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Eye opening"
    What did you love best about Home Front?

    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!


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    Christopher Menomonie, WI, USA 12-18-12
    Christopher Menomonie, WI, USA 12-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Eye opening"

    This book really opened my eyes to the effect of war on families. I look forward to more by Kristin Hannah.

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 12-08-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific story"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Folsom, CA, United States 08-23-12
    Leigh Folsom, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hannah Not at Her Best."
    What did you like best about Home Front? What did you like least?

    Weak storyline - characters not very likeable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kristin Hannah before, how does this one compare?

    Not high on my list of her books.


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    I gravitate toward KH's writing but this one left me wanting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Redington Shores, FL, United States 08-20-12
    Eileen Redington Shores, FL, United States 08-20-12
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    "Heartwrenchingly wonderful. Could not stop crying!"
    If you could sum up Home Front in three words, what would they be?

    Patriotic. Heartwrenching. Real.


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    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.

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