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Review: When She Came Home

WhenSheCameHomePublisher: Grand Central Publishing
Author: Drusilla Campbell
Genre: Military, Fiction Contemporary
Review Source: Goodreads ARC

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Frankie Byrne Tennyson stunned everyone when she decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Now-after bravely serving her country in Iraq-she’s finally come home. Home to a husband whose lingering feelings of abandonment make her wonder if their lives can ever be the same. Home to a daughter whose painful encounters with bullies can only be healed by a mother’s love. And home to a father who still can’t accept his daughter’s decision to serve in spite of his own stellar career as a brigadier general. But the most difficult part about coming home lies within Frankie herself. To save everything she holds dear, she must face the toughest battle of her life . . .
A moving portrait of a modern American family, WHEN SHE CAME HOME reminds us that some things-honor, acceptance, and, above all, love-are truly worth fighting for.

I usually don’t read war/military books, but I don’t know why this book caught my eye. However, I am so glad I read it. When She Came Home has everything under the sun going on: domestic abuse, dysfunctional family, military issues, etc. You name it, it is probably somewhere in this book. You learn how to grow with the characters, how they intertwine with one another, you start to understand how it is to be in war, you urge to reach to them.. so captivating.
Frankie enlists in the military after 9/11, she thinks she needs to protect her daughter, her family, but most importantly her husband thinks she wants the approval of her father, the General.
When Frankie finally gets home she doesn’t want to admit anything is wrong with her, even two months later; however, the effects of Frankie’s emotions are toying with her daughter emotional balance.
This was by far one of the hardest books I have read in the longest time, probably why I don’t like reading war/military type books. On another note, I am so glad I did. It gives me more respect, than ever, for those who fight for our country on a daily basis.

About the Author:
Drusilla Campbell is an award winning author of 16 published novels, including the best-selling and award winning novels, The Good Sister, Blood Orange, and Bone Lake. Her latest novel, Little Girl Gone from Grand Central Publishing, is available January 31, 2012.

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Review: Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

friendshipmakesPublisher: Grand Central Publishing
Author: Lisa Verge Higgins
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Review Source: Publisher

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

1. Explore foreign cultures
2. Sample outstanding food
3. Desperately flee impending personal crisis

Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they’d dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of resurrecting shattered dreams.
But when her next-door neighbor, Judy, starts a slow slide into a personal crisis, and another friend, Becky, receives shocking news about her future, Monique realizes that Lenny’s legacy could be a gift to three women in desperate need of a new perspective.
Whisking her friends away on adventures from London to Paris, from Monaco to Milan, she is determined to follow the bucket list to the letter-until one eventful evening knocks the three friends off the beaten path. Caught up in adventures of their own making, they begin to understand: Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find what you’re really looking for.

Loved this book! It feels as though you are traveling along with these women while they find themselves again. It was a nice relaxed book, you could vision the scenes as they unfolded through the words, and laugh along with the characters. I have never been to Europe but now I know what to expect.
The Bucket List of adventure takes the women, neighbors: Monique, Judy and Becky through Castles, walking off cliffs, Paris catacombs, eating at a restaurant with no lights and a lot more. Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder was not only a journey of fun, but it was a journey of them learning about themselves, growing friendships, and the growing they had to overcome with their decisions of the present.
I would recommend this book and add this author to my Must Reads!

About the Author:
Lisa Verge Higgins is the RITA-nominated author of sixteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages–quite a switch for this former PhD candidate in chemistry. Now this opera loving mother of three is creating heartwarming new stories revolving around women’s lives and women’s friendship. THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP, her first foray into mainstream women’s fiction, won the 2011 Golden Leaf Award for Best Single Title, and was chosen as one of the top twenty novels of the year by the Barnes & Noble General Fiction Book Club. Her second book, ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER, cracked the same list in 2012.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.