Home Again By Kathleen Shoop
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?
Home Again is a very sweet, quick story. I’m not usually a fan of Novella’s. I typically like a longer story that I can sit down and really dig into over a week. But Home Again had such a wonderful storyline that I found myself unable to put it down. It is a very quick read that would be perfect for reading while waiting at the Dr.’s office or an appointment.
April and Hale’s story moves very quickly and I did feel like I’d missed a bit of story once I finished. I wish there had been a little more involvement with the other characters. I wanted to see more interaction with her fiancé and her parents. This was a teaser. Home Again would make a wonderful full length novel and I hope to read April and Hale’s “full story”!
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About the Author:
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.