When She Came Home by Drusilla Campbell

When She Came Home by Drusilla Campbell
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (325 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Frankie Byrne Tennyson stunned everyone when she decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Now-after bravely serving her country in Iraq-she’s finally come home. Home to a husband whose lingering feelings of abandonment make her wonder if their lives can ever be the same. Home to a daughter whose painful encounters with bullies can only be healed by a mother’s love. And home to a father who still can’t accept his daughter’s decision to serve in spite of his own stellar career as a brigadier general. But the most difficult part about coming home lies within Frankie herself. To save everything she holds dear, she must face the toughest battle of her life . . .

A moving portrait of a modern American family, WHEN SHE CAME HOME reminds us that some things-honor, acceptance, and, above all, love-are truly worth fighting for.

When a tragedy strikes, some people make a decision that could change everything. Frankie Byrne has made one such decision. While the world is still reeling from the events that changed things on that fateful day in September 2001, Frankie wants nothing more than to fight for what she believes in, even if that means leaving her family.

I have to applaud this character for taking a stand, for fulfilling a voluntary duty that changes her life forever. Fighting in a war is a scary, yet honorable thing to do for our country. It’s brave people like her that we must thank everyday. Yes, Frankie is a fictional character, of course, but her situation is most definitely not.

What happens after one comes back from the war is constant struggle, a battle, but this time, it’s a battle within themselves. This woman’s family has learned to be without her as she was far on the other side of the planet, doing things that we can’t even imagine. What is her place here now?

When She Came Home is one woman’s struggle to cope with every day life, and with the demons that she tries to hold at bay. She can’t keep it together anymore, and her family is struggling right along with her. This story is compelling, emotional and very realistic. I hurt for Frankie and her family, as they have to lean to pit the pieces together to be a family. It’s not just Frankie that has to overcome things, but her daughter, her husband, and her family. The plot pulled me in, and I was rooting for the family the entire time, that they could learn hope to cope with the reality of the situation, come together to find peace, love, and forgiving.

I recommend this book because it’s so true to today’s world. It’s moving, and the story tugged on my heartstrings and made me cry a few times. Why not get yourself a copy?

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