Book Review: Home and Away by Dean Hughes

Home and AwayTitle: Home and Away: A World War II Christmas Story
Author: Dean Huges
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Book Summary

A historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a son fighting on the battlefields of Europe during World War II and his mother, struggling with worry and uncertainty about her soldier son while she tries to keep a semblenance of a normal, happy Christmas holiday back on the home front. Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but 1944 will make that more difficult with money being tight and wartime rationing making everything hard to come by. Aware of his mother’s hardships and the worry from having her eldest son at war, second son, Dennis, is determined to buy his mother a special gift this Christmas, a lavender blue dress he hopes will bring her comfort as a symbol of special times gone by and the hope of a brighter future with the family reunited at war’s end. Meantime, on the long campaign to free Europe, her soldier son carrys on as best he can, the horrors of war taking its heavy toll on armies and civilians alike. On a battlefield far from home in Holland with his 101st Airborne battalion, he catches a familiar scent of lavender which briefly transports him back to the home front to the perfume scent his mother wore, giving him a short respite and reuniting the family once again if only in his imagination. This historical fiction novel is a nostalgic and tender story about the power of love, the reality of war, and the hope we all have that things will turn out all right.


Cheryls review

Beautiful story of a family’s love and trials at wartime. My Dad and other family members have fought in wars to keep our country and others free. It is a huge sacrifice and the soldiers come home forever changed. This story beautifully illustrates that sacrifice along with showing the power of love and prayer. I enjoyed hearing both brothers’ perspective of how the war affected them. I loved the ways prayers were answered, but not in the way we might expect them to be answered. This story brought me to tears. It can be read in one sitting. It is a terrific way to ponder the blessing we have each been given. This is one I will return to and read again.

5 stars


Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!!!

Content: clean, some non graphic wartime violence

Source: netgalley

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