My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the story of an incredibly strong woman learning to live with some weakness, some vulnerability, and some reliance on others. Jolene is a black hawk pilot in the National Guard, and she’s deployed, along with her best friend Tami, to Iraq. The deployment occurs right after her husband tells her he no longer loves her and while her preteen daughter is treating her with typical disdain and disrespect. She also has a four-year-old daughter and her husband, who will be a single parent during the year she’ll be gone, is a criminal defense attorney who works 60-plus hours at his own law firm. There’s a lot to the set-up, the history and the current situations of all of the characters, but I’ll let each reader discover these elements for herself.
There are some twists and turns in the story, and there were several times I had to close the book and get a grip on my emotions before continuing. Note, I am NOT usually emotionally affected like this!
This story is the best Kristin Hannah book I’ve read. I have a new, more intense respect for, and a better understanding of, our service people. Well done!
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