Jun 29, 2010

Book Review: The Homecoming by Dan Walsh

"Shawn's insides were doing somersaults. He wasn't sure what they expected to hear. He had barely thought about his 'escape story' since it happened. How could he begin to explain what he'd been through? How much should he share, could he share? Their ideas about war, he was sure, were fueled by all the stupid Hollywood war movies they kept turning out. What he experienced was nothing like the movies; it was the difference between real life and comic strips. Shawn looked at their faces, all smiles and bright eyes. The only thing missing was the popcorn.

God, don't let me say too much. He knew he'd have to hold back most of the details. Some of the images were already drifting through his mind. There were some things that happened on that last mission that Shawn never wanted any of them to know.

'Okay,' Shawn said, 'where should I begin?'" The Homecoming, pg 34.

WWII was hard on many families, losing husbands, lovers and sons is never easy. Shawn Collins willingly faced those dangers everyday, knowing that his family was safe at home. Little did he realize that his wife would lose her life in an accident back home. A broken Shawn comes home to a heartbroken little boy and a father who hadn't talked to him in years. Shawn's faith crumbles as he deals with the aftermath of his wife's death. Too soon, he's called upon to leave his son and serve his country in another way. Will he ever get past the loss and see the future that could be? Will he realize too late what he has?

This is the first of Dan Walsh's books that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Dan has an easily readable style and a plot line that pulls you along. I felt along with the characters and longed for things to work out for them. I was not disappointed in this novel, and I look forward to reading more of Walsh's work.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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