Then comes the day when Jolene and her best friend, Tami, are called into active duty. They must leave their families and serve their country in Iraq. Devastated by the news, Jo’s children act out in confusion and fear and Michael says horrible things he can’t take back before Jolene leaves. What follows is the story of both Jolene and Michael – dealing with their new realities and trying to salvage their marriage from an impossible distance.
Kristin Hannah has written, hands down, the best book I have read in a very long time. Her incredible insight into the hearts and minds of her characters lends believability to a horrifying and heartbreaking story. Jolene and Michael are flawed, damaged by their circumstances, and Ms. Hannah doesn’t sugar coat or shy away from the harsh realities these people face.
Do not read this book without tissues nearby, and don’t expect to get much done until you have completed the novel.