At the center of Home Again is Madelaine - a brilliant cardiologist, a loving mother, a tender friend, and a woman full of self-doubt. It is also the story of her confused and angry daughter, Lina, and of the two very different men Madelaine loves: Francis, a priest searching for his faith, and Angel, a talented but cynical man with a broken heart. When tragedy suddenly brings them all together, they must learn to forgive the betrayals of the past and find the courage to love again.
©1996 Kristin Hannah (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A memorable story of love and redemption.” (Library Journal)
“All the world loves Kristin Hannah.” (Newsday)
This is a great story, the people in this story will grab you. She puts hearts and souls in the people on the pages.
I cried almost all the way through it.
I Heard That
Not likely. The story begins with some intrigue and pulls the reader in wanting to know what happens. But then the painfully slow introspection of every thought and action is stated twelve different ways. It gets tiring. By the end of the story I was sick of hearing the same lines repeated by the characters, or their thoughts.
I liked Home Front, but Home Again has made me nervous concerning any future Kristin Hannah books.
The reader did a good job of helping the listener "see" the various characters. She did well with the different ages and genders.
The characters were not enjoyable. For the life of me I could not figure out why Madeleine was attracted in a life-altering way to Angel. He was weak, vain, and had few, if any, redeeming qualities. The most decent character in the book...well, I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it was all a bit too neat. Overall the book left me quite dissatisfied.
Made the main characters more redeemable, more likeable. Everything tied up too neatly.
NO. If I wasn't at work, distracted by other things, I would not have continued to listen.
I can't shake off how irritating the main characters were, and how it all tied up too neatly, resolved too suddenly, even though the book droned on and on for (Really?) 12 plus hours.
Comparing to Night Road and Firefly Lane, this book was a disappointment. Not terrible, but nowhere near the level of her other books. I found it slightly cheesy and very predictable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of young love and how it stays with you for a life time even after both have matured as individuals and gone on their own bath. This is a story of gut wrenching sadness, but a happy ending that soothes your heart and gives you a little bit of hope that the ones we love that pass on aren't as far as we suspect.
You will enjoy this book especially if you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks.
Francis. He had so much good in him that it was impossible not to love him. He was the epitome of what every man should be. The only thing he was missing in his life was a wife and child, someone to come home to, eat dinner with, go to bed with, but that just wasn't in his cards.
I love the scene when Angel reenacted their trip to the carnival as young kids. So sweet and romantic especially for a guy who was at that point in his life very famous.
This book certainly made me cry in various parts. Happy and sad tears.
Go pick this book up and read it! You won't be sorry!
Too predictable of a story line. From the introduction of the Angel character the end was too obviously projected.
Probably, one more
Very well done
Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!
Love, Faith and Understanding
Francis, all you need to do is open you eye's and see the good everything he brings to life.
Magdelaine so strong and willing to do anything to reach and help those she loves. Asking for nothing, Wants only the best for her family, and looking after all these years of raising a child on her own, she stands for a lot of us women that endured what she did and still standing today.
yes, and I went to bed with tears after reading it. Good and bad.
This will bring real life to your door steps. It's not what you expected, but neither is life. To many times we get caught up in books that take us far away from this. But then we need to see how people handle what we deal with almost everyday. Sometimes I think people that are larger than life are out of touch with reality. After this, I don't think so. It's happened to us all. This is a A teenager out to show you she knows it all, a hard working single mother and a the father showing up when he don't want to be a part of his home town life, and his brother, all smiles and willing to do anything to bring it all in front of their eyes. And he does. . Expect your emotions to be torn here, bring out tissues and all of us has been thru this. the way it's narrated was so remarkable, it helped me at least understand why everyone did was needed at the time and what they had to in this family. All families deal with trauma that leaves us with life altering decisions. It's all here, hate,love, understanding and mostly sacrifice. I loved this book and I cried many times knowing it hurt to lose someone you care so deeply for. But in the end we are given something more in return. They never leave us..They see us thru so much in a round about way. Read it. It's worth it.. I promise you. it's worth it and cry and enjoy this little book of wondrous joy it brings. I warned you.. it's excellent to read, but bring out the tissue box. It's life they are dealing with. What we experience day to day at times. I would of gave it 5 stars, but at times, I think it should of just moved on. I cried for them to heal and they should of earlier.
Loved Firefly Lane, so thought this would be as good. Story was predictable and so not a fun listen. I think I might like the narrator, but hard to tell as she had very little to work with.
There were some good and bad things about this book. I thought the storyline was compelling, if a bit predictable. The cast of characters and the ordeals they go through will certainly pull at your emotions. And Tanya Eby's narration was superb.
However, I also found the cast of characters a bit irritating, especially the male protagonist, Angel DeMarco. I think KH tried to explain his irritating behavior, but instead of coming across as complicated and broken, he just seemed arrogant, annoying, and a little stupid. Perhaps part of the issue has to do with when this book was originally published (1996) but some of the problems/questions he has before & after a life-saving medical procedure seem like common knowledge. Therefore, his reactions seem way over the top.
Angel's medical situation forces all the characters to come to terms with their personal issues. The teen daughter, Lina, often acts like a spoiled brat. But I actually found Lina and the forgotten brother, Francis, to be the most fascinating parts of the story. It's easy to understand why a confused teenaged girl would act out. And, it was very easy to sympathize w/ Francis b/c he's an innately good but flawed person.
Fortunately, I purchased this book when it was on sale and advise that others do the same. It wasn't a complete waste of money, but I would have been disappointed if I'd used a whole credit on it.
Felt like the story was somewhat predictable, but a good listen for the most part. The characters were well-drawn and although I thought the teenage girl was a bit over the top at times (I found her annoying, not at all endearing), they certainly seemed like real people with real problems.
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