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Publisher's Note:

Five women became fast friends when their husbands were deployed to Afghanistan. But as they welcome the soldiers home, what should be a joyful time soon becomes painful. Kim, who had a baby while her husband was away, knows how to be a mother but has forgotten how to be a wife. Nora, accustomed to taking care of herself during the long years of her husband's absence, resents having to forfeit her…

Overall Book Review:

A few years ago I picked up a copy of Annette Lyon’s Band of Sisters. I was instantly impressed by Lyon’s strong characterization of five women who become close friends while their husbands serve together in Afghanistan. 

In this gripping sequel, Lyon provides a straightforward, honest and raw look at what soldiers and their families deal with upon reentry. Readers will have a difficult time remembering Coming Home is fiction; Lyon has done impeccable research and her story flows easily. Tears frequently pricked my eyes at the depth of emotion I felt while enjoying this tale. Besides serving as a touching tribute to friendship, Coming Home renewed my appreciation for the countless sacrifices made for my freedom.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Covenant Communications

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore: Report of character cutting herself

Sex/Nudity: Numerous incidences of kissing; a few sexual references; a account of touching; one implied account of sexual activity; a few mentions of pornography.

Mature Subject Matter:

War; death of a loved one; post-traumatic stress disorder; emotional abuse; pornography; divorce; alcoholism; smoking.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character has an alcohol addiction; a minor tells of taking someone’s prescription medication; a minor recalls snorting. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.