Monday, April 2, 2012

Our Favorite Reads For March (Writer's Workshop)

Both Gerard and I loved these two books:  Defending Jacob by William Landy and Home Front by Kristin Hannah. Click on the links to see our reviews.

Defending Jacob by William Landy is about a kid accused of murder and his father who is one of the investigators on the case who wants to believe in his son's innocence but has doubts when the evidence starts showing up.  In the back of his mind he can't help thinking about the other murderers in his family and wonders if it is in his genes and his son's genes.  The wife begins to wonder if her son needs psychiatric help and feels guilty, wondering if they weren't good parents.  It's a great read!

Home Front by Kristin Hannah is an enlightening book about a military family.  When Jolene's and Michael's marriage is going south, Jolene gets deployed to Iraq as a helicopter pilot.  She leaves thinking her husband doesn't love her anymore and so only writes to her two young daughters via email.  She doesn't tell them how bad things really are though because she doesn't want them worrying.  When she finally comes home, it is because she got shot down and was seriously injured.  Her husband learns to appreciate her more when she is gone and realizes he does still love her but doesn't know how to convince her.  It gives good insight into the adjustments soldiers and the families have to make, even after they get home from war.

We linked up with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop to respond to this prompt:  Book review time! Some people STILL read books…share one of your more recent reads and tell us what you thought!

(50 cents per legitimate comment during April goes to Paralyzed Veterans of America.  Thanks to receiving 216 comments in March, we donated $108 to the American Cancer Society, giving half to Mrs. 4444 at Half-Past Kissin' Time to sponsor her difference makers and half to Lucky Lady at Country Pictures to sponsor her in the Relay For Life.)

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Lin said...

I saw Defending Jacob on my Kindle, but wasn't sure if it was a good read or not. Thanks for the review.

If you are looking for a good read on the Kindle, try "Into the Free". Don't remember who wrote it, but it is very good! I couldn't put it down.

BeadedTail said...

I'm on the hold list for Home Front but the other book sounds good too. Thanks for the reviews!

Cajoh said...

I like how you have your cat help display the books. Thanks for the reviews.

Alison said...

Defending Jacob sounds really interesting-I can't wait to read it!

kayerj said...

good for you, doing good. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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