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?
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A love story set with turbulant Vietnam war in the backdrop. More of a jump back in history where women were not really in charge of their lives. April is tormented by her failed marriage and heads to her family home to try to get her bearings. The home is a bit rundown and needs a lot of attention. Much has changed for April since she was home last. The loss of her brother in the war, then meeting up with her brothers best friend who faces his own demons from the war. The connection between these two is very strong and makes this story fly with sparks. Kathleen Shoop does a fine job bringing you into this story and keeps you in it til the end. “Home Again” is a great read, but will leave you wanting more of April and Hale!
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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.