Book Review: Home Again

Home Again
An Endless Love Novella
By Kathleen Shoop

It is the tumultuous 1960's, a time of upheaval and social unrest. Scenes from the Viet Nam War are played out nightly in living rooms across the country, and the great house on the sound has passed into the care of another family. April has fond memories of summers at Bliss and after her fairytale wedding disintegrates it becomes her refuge. The one place where she can attempt to pull the threads of a life unraveling back together. Yet, unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once sound roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is falling apart. Nothing is the same as she remembers - expect for Hale, a Viet Nam soldier 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 a grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of his arms, passion blooms. Yet April's future is unresolved. A wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back... and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to her new love. 

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a Ph.D in reading education from the University of Pittsburgh. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects won a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an honorable mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Her second novel, After the Fog, was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her debut novel, won a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer's Guide 2013. She lives in Oakmont Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. 

Home Again is the first Novella I've reviewed. In case you don't know the difference between a novel and novella, a novella is just a shorter. I remember loving to read them in high school when I had a little free time because you can get them done in a few hours. Home again is a perfect book to do just that. I love all the drama, and of course the love story and Kathleen Shoop does a fantastic job of making the setting, and really the story as a whole seem so real. I feel like I'm just walking into April's life. If you like Casting the Net or Perfecting Kate you'll for sure want to take a look at Home Again. 

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