My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Homefront brings the war home in this new series from Jessica Scott. Some tough issues are tackled throughout this book of the men and women who return home with anger issues, drug addiction, anxiety attacks and even child abuse.
As with most of the books this author writes she doesn’t pull any punches in showing us the darker side of military life. Each man or woman comes back with their demons and its up to them on how hard they are going to work on them or not. Its taken First Sergeant Gale Sorren over 16 years to finally try and right the wrong he did in putting his military career above his wife and daughter. During that time his wife divorced him and daughter took a trip to self mutilation land which landed her in the hospital. Now he is finally stationed in the same town that they live in and hopes to be able to repair his relationship with both of them.
Melanie and Gale were teenage lovers who got married so young and then she got pregnant right away but ended up having to raise her daughter on her own. She divorced Gale but it wasn’t because she didn’t love him it was because he loved Army more than he did his family. She has done her best to raise her daughter but now that she is a teenager and with the past scare of her cutting mother and daughter are at constant odds. So when Gale first shows up and suddenly wants to be a father she has a little bit of resentment to work through first. Its not long though before she sees that two parents carrying the load is far better than one.
Along with the family drama the Sorren family and Gale and Melanie trying to work at a second chance we get plenty of time at Fort Hood and Teague and Iaconelli (from previous books) are also stationed here. There is a side plot that interwoven that involves another soldier and his son that heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed this first book of the series and looking forward to Sarah and Holly’s story, who we briefly meet in this book.