Sunday, December 15, 2013

Home Again Book Review

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1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?


When I saw the description of Home Again.  I was excited to read it.  However, when I got it, I was a little hesitant.  It was so small.  That is when I realized it was a novella, and not a full length novel.  I actually read another one of Kathleen Shoop's books, Love & Other Stories, first, even though, I got this one first to review.  After reading that book, I could not wait to read this one.  I'm glad I did.  I really liked it.  It is well written and grabbed my attention from the beginning.  I couldn't put the book down.

I love a good love story, and I've always been interested about the times around the Vietnam War.  What were people really like at this time?  How did the men coming back from war deal with PTSD?  This book touches on all of the above.  If you are interested in this time period and like a good love story, then this book is for you.  I would have probably liked this more if this was a full length novel.  It has all of the making of a wonderful full length book and possibly a movie.  It seemed a little rushed at parts especially at the end.  Overall, it is a good book.  I just wanted more.

I give this one 4 stars out of 5.  There is some sex in the book.  So, it is not appropriate for all ages.

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About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! It's so nice to hear your thoughts and there will be more of April and Hale soon!