Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Home Again by Kathleen Shoop Book Tour

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?

"I loved this novella! I was expecting a simple romance, but this was so much more and I hope the author will be continuing writing more of April and Hale's story." - review from Amazon
"Shoop’s characters breathe. I am blown away by the authenticity of the dialogue and setting. … a gifted writer with a bang-non sense of atmosphere, time, place and social class." - review of The Last Letter from Bev Kratz Rosenbaum, author of I Was a Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool.

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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My Review:
When her life falls apart on her wedding day when she discovers pictures of her groom cheating, April Harrington goes to the only place she remembers solace: the family beach home on Albemarle Sound.  There she discovers the once beautiful beach home has deteriorated with neglect. While there repairing the home, she runs into her childhood pal and her brother's best friend who is battling his own demons from the war in Viet Nam.

They find solace in one another, morn their mutual grief of her fallen brother, and find the love both desperately need! Although this is a novella, there is a huge amount of feeling, and depth to this love story! Kathleen did an amazing job depicting the demons that often follow our soldiers fresh home from the war, and she kept me so riveted I didn't put it down until I had read the last word.  Two Thumbs up!

Disclaimer:  I received a book to facilitate my review, but I received no compensation.  All opinions are 100% honest and the property of My Wild Crazy Life Blog.

1 comment :

  1. Such a beautiful story and a wonderful review thank you for sharing today x


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