Sunday, January 27, 2013
Let me start by saying a big thank you www.ReadingGroupGuides.com and Kristin Hannah for providing such a great book club contest. We were so happy to win and it was the perfect kick-off to the beginning of our 5th year of Booktini Book Club.
We’ve read a couple of Ms. Hannah’s books in the past, Night Road and Firefly Lane, and while we enjoyed those books, we agreed that this book was even better! The story is about a woman named Jolene and in addition to being the mother of two young girls and the wife of an attorney, she is also a pilot in the National Guard. Her marriage isn’t what it used to be and before she has a chance to work on her relationship with her husband, she is deployed to Iraq. The only thing that makes this bearable for Jolene is that she is there with her best friend Tami, who is also a pilot in the National Guard.
There is so much that civilians, like myself, do not know or understand about war. After reading this book I realized that soldiers who survive their tour and come home, need to continue to survive that tour for the rest of their lives. They don't come home and get the luxury of forgetting everything they've seen and experienced. I always thought of myself as a strong woman like Jolene in a lot of ways and to see her so broken and her family so helpless was heartbreaking and very eye opening.
This was a story about love and loss and finding the courage to pick yourself up when you think you’ve lost all hope. And yes, I needed a Kleenex at the end.