Monday, December 9, 2013

Home Again Book Tour

1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?

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About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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                                                 My Review
  It took April's world crumbling to make her realize just how very out of touch she really was.  Abandoned morals, loss of her brother, left her fiancee at the alter... all that is raw in her face personified by her family's once pristine Summer home that has fell into dilapidation.  What exactly is she really looking for...will she be rescued?
    I have to honestly say Kathleen Shoop managed to stuff an incredible amount of depth and feeling into this short story.  I fell deeply in love with this story & the characters.  Shoop brought April and Hale to life in real and amazing detail.  She takes you on an emotional ride, and you find yourself lost in the story.  My only regret is that the story was so short,  I would love to read more.. perhaps a sequel? 

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


  1. Sounds like a truly special author to fit so much into a small read x

  2. Thank you so very much for your kind words!! It means the world to hear that the story resonated with you!