My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Homefront is about romance and second chances.
Gale and Melanie have spent over a decade a part after their divorce. Gale has been a devoted military man and the strain of his absence eventually took its toll on their relationship… leading Melanie to take their daughter and leave him. Its 15 years later, Gale is back in the US, Texas to be specific, and sets out to fix his relationship between his ex-wife and his sixteen year old daughter. But Melanie is hesitant to forgive and allow him back in her heart… she’s so used to Gale leaving as soon as they start getting close as a family.
And now things are a world more complicated… Jamie has mental health issues that once lead her to an attempted suicide attempt and a stressful relationship between her and her mother. More than that, Gale and Melanie soon learn that Jamie’s friend Alex lives under the hand of an abusive father… a fellow soldier and friend. As they struggle to find a healthy relationship and a balance between their new selves, they also fight to keep their daughter and her friend safe.
What I liked:
I liked that these characters were complex and felt real… it felt like I was reading someone’s life.
I liked that there was a bit of a slow burn; that Melanie didn’t forgive and forget right away and that Gale had to work to be a better person and father. I also like that Jamie was a bit mysterious… as teenagers usually are. I was never quite sure what was going on with her, or Alex, or her and Alex.
What I didn’t like:
It took awhile, maybe 8 to 10 chapters, for me to connect with this story and the characters, especially Gale… perhaps because it starts in a military setting; military jargon is all Greek to me.
The switching back and forth between first and last names among secondary characters was quite confusing; it made it difficult to keep up with the images of the characters in my head. I’m afraid I still don’t know who is who of characters…
Overall, this was a short and beautiful story and I rate it a four stars! :)
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USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house. She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice. She's pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.