Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Home Again by Michael Kenneth Smith

The nation is divided, and a bloody Civil War looms on the horizon. Two young men enlist, each with very different strengths, weaknesses, and reasons for service. They end up on opposite sides of the battle, though, in the end, they learn largely the same lessons about honor, human nature, and the horrors of war.

Before the Civil War had even begun, these young men, Zach and Luke, had already crossed paths while fishing in eastern Tennessee. After they parted ways, they never expected to later be pitted against each other in war-but, when Zach joined the Northern cause and Luke joined the Southern, that's exactly what happened. 

On the battlefields, each boy learns invaluable lessons about himself, and both contribute to the outcome of battles and, ultimately, to the war. Their lives are forever changed by all that they encounter, but their story does not alter the actual course of history in any way. 

Home Again is a rare piece of historical fiction that recounts Civil War experiences in strict compliance to recorded historic detail. Yet as historically accurate as it is, it is also incredibly insightful and compelling, and is sure to entertain both your heart and your mind.

Received for review.

I'm not a big fan of the Civil War since it was an embarrassing and disgusting part of our nation's history but this looked intriguing so I decided to give it a try.  

Although very well written and quite readable I never did connect with either Luke or Zach as characters and that took away a bit of enjoyment from reading.  They were perfectly okay characters and I'm sure they were historically accurate but I just didn't particularly care for or about either.

The story itself was very well written and showcased the horrors of the war for both sides.  The author did a nice job of staying quite neutral while telling the story so there wasn't a distinct rooting for one side or the other which was unique and rather unexpected, but pleasant.

Overall, this is a solid read for those who enjoy historical fiction set in the time period.   It is very well done and the attention to detail is apparent on every page.  I certainly recommend it to those interested in the subject.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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