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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The NightingaleLiving in France before the invasion by the Germans at the beginning of World War II is difficult to imagine. Were the people ready? What should they buy and store? Were their clues of the impending invasion? Why didn’t the citizens leave the country while they were allowed to travel freely?

From our perspective, today, looking back in history, we often cannot understand why the French people didn’t all leave the country. Of course, where would they go?

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The Nightingale is a masterful tapestry interweaving the tale of two sisters, Vianne, and Isabelle. The two live in the same place but have very different lives.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

homefrontReviewed by Jane Squires

This book will give you a greater understanding of our soldiers and how being a soldier affects everyone in the family.

When a husband or wife (in this story) goes off on deployment, there are struggles both at home and on the front. Life goes on at home but sometimes family feel abandoned and children do not understand.

Jolene in this story loved being a soldier but her husband did not support her career. So when she leaves, it is with words he doesn’t love her anymore. Her children did not understand how their Mom could leave them. She returns home broken and injured and cannot face her life as it is putting more stress on an already broken family.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah (Review #2)

Home Front Reviewed by Teri Davis

Frequently, a book surprises you. This is the book Home Front.

When her parents died in a car accident, Jolene discovered a new family, the Army National Guard. This group molded her to develop into a confident adult. As she made friends she developed skills such as becoming a helicopter pilot. Eventually, this self-reliant woman met the love of her life, Michael, who was a lawyer and was enthralled with Jolene. The two became the parents of two daughters and established their home.

Anytime the traditional role of husband and wife are reversed, many people have difficulty with it. This is the situation for Jolene and Michael. Michael works as a successful lawyer heading his family firm while Jolene works as a housewife and mother of two daughters. There’s nothing unusual there except that Jolene is also in the Army National Guard as a helicopter pilot. Now, she has orders to go to Iraq.

Obviously, this turns into chaos for her family. Michael expects the family to accommodate his work demands but is resentful of being placed in the situation of being a single parent for a year. He also is not accepting of Jolene’s Guard family and refuses to interact with them. Jolene realizes that she has two choices. She either goes to Iraq or to jail. That isn’t much of a choice. Before Jolene deploys, Michael’s last words to her hurtful is that he no longer loves her.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Home FrontReviewed by Julie Moderson

Kristin Hannah always writes great novels but Home Front is an amazing. It is so well written that you feel as if you have a friend telling you a story.

It is a story about love and friendship between two women that is so compelling you can see yourself in it. It is about family dynamics and what makes us work as a couple and as a family. The story is about being a soldier and how they function and stay strong as an individual and as a unit.

Jolene is a wife, mother and soldier. Her marriage is in a place that she and her husband Michael seem to have forgotten how to care about each other. When Jolene’s unit is told that they are going to Iraq, instead of becoming more supportive of each other, they pull apart. Jo is going to war with her best friend Tami and tells her family that they will be far from the dangerous areas. Michael is terrified and has no idea what to do with their two young daughters when Jo leaves. What is their schedule? How on earth can he possibility do everything his wife did?

Night Road by Kristin Hannah (Review #2)

Night RoadReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

For Lexi Baill, moving to Washington State to live with her Great Aunt was just the latest in a long chain of new beginnings for her. So often disappointed when the moves did not work out, Lexi didn’t want to let herself believe that this time would be any better than the previous moves. But on the very first day of high school, Lexi meets Mia Farraday and her “most popular boy in school” twin brother Zach and things were different. For the first time in her life, Lexi was a part of things. Mia and Zach’s mother was a textbook example of the “helicopter” mom-forever hovering over the twins. While they resented it, for Lexi it was something she’d wanted her entire life-a mom who cared. Mia and Lexi became best friends and although they fought it, Lexi and Zach became romantically involved. Things were great for the threesome almost all of the way through high school. But one night close to graduation, tragedy struck and their lives were forever altered.

This is a fairly standard book for both the author and the genre. Readers know from the beginning that there will be at least one close relationship shattered by some sort of tragedy that changes everything. There is just such an event in Night Road and it is easily predicted as to what is going to happen well before the event occurs. This is what Hannah’s fans expect. It’s how the characters work through the event’s aftermath that is the main story. The characters are forced to dig deep within themselves to find the courage to put the past behind them and go on with life.

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Night Road by Kristin HannahReviewed by Julie Moderson

Wow! I think Kristin Hannah just wrote her best ever book. Hannah writes wonderful stories that leave us begging for more but Night Road is such a compelling story that you are drawn in on the first page and don’t want any interruptions until you have finished the whole book.

From the first page you fall in love with 14 year-old Lexi Baill. She is a child of the foster care system. She has made herself so thick skinned or so it appears. Really she is just a sad lost child. She has never had a real friend because she has changed families and schools so often she can’t form relationships. She is the child of a drug addict who keeps coming back into Lexi’s life just when things start to smooth out. When her mother dies she is taken cross-country to live with an elderly aunt that she never knew she had. Aunt Eva never had children of her own and is really not sure what to do. But for the first time in her life someone actually loves her for who she is.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

winterReviewed by Julie Moderson

Kristin Hannah started writing with her mother when her mother was near the end of her life with cancer. She put all the notes away when her mother died but started writing while on bed rest while pregnant with her son. By the time her son was born, she was hooked on writing and had finished her first draft. Kristin Hannah has a wonderful style of writing that I love to read. She is truly a great storyteller.

Meredith and her younger sister, Nina, have the most wonderful, loving father but their mother is so stand offish that the girls don’t know her. They don’t even know how old she is or the date of her birthday. Meredith is married to Jeff her best friend from her childhood. Meredith runs the family orchard and often gets her father’s advice. Nina is afraid to make a commitment to anyone. She is a photojournalist and is fantastic at what she does but is always running to another war zone.

The girls wonder how their mother can be so affectionate with their father but at the same time, so withdrawn from them. She shows affection to her granddaughters but not to her own daughters. The family orchard is called Belye Nochi and the home that their father built looks so out of place in Western Washington State. It is built to look like a Russian dacha or summerhouse. Anya Whitson wanted a fairy tale castle and that is what her husband had built for her complete with turret like two story veranda and elaborate fretwork trim. It had a beautiful copper roof and was truly a fairy tale house. Anya told her daughters very elaborate fairy tales but would only tell them in the dark. These fairy tales were unlike any other fairy tales.