Thursday, October 3, 2013

Home Again

Home Again
Kristin Hannah

Home Again

Genre: Romance

Summary (from Goodreads):  Madelaine Hillyard is a world-famous heart surgeon at the top of her game. Her personal life is far less successful. A loving but overworked single mom, she is constantly at odds with her teenage daughter. At sixteen, Lina is confused, angry, and fast becoming a stranger to her mother—a rebel desperate to find the father who walked away before she was born. Complicating matters for Madelaine are the vastly different DeMarco brothers: While priest Francis DeMarco is always ready to lend a helping hand, his brother, Angel, long ago took on the role of bad boy. Years earlier Angel abandoned Madelaine—and fatherhood—to go in search of fame and fortune. His departure left Madelaine devastated, but now he reappears and seeks help from the very people he betrayed—as a patient in dire need. With Home Again, New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah has written a moving, powerful novel about the fragile threads that bind together our lives and the astonishing possibility of second chances.

Review: This book felt very dated to me, not only in the clothes, music and decorating taste of the main characters, but also in their attitudes towards careers, pregnancy, organ donation, and car safety.  When I checked this book out, I thought it was a true new release of Kristin Hannah's, and I was so excited to read it.  Turns out that it's a reprint of a book originally published in 1996.

Looking past that, the story was all right, and the female character development was okay, but not up to Hannah's current standards.  The changes that occurred in Angel's character were too quick and too unbelievable to enjoy.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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