I just finished up listening to the audio book NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt.
I was browsing through historical fiction selections on my on line library and saw this as an option. The story surrounded the Civil War time period. Being that’s my favorite time period to read about, I put it on my holds list. I was so pleased when it came available.
The book started out awesome. I was hooked right away. It had me wanting to do things just so I could listen…but then about mid book, it lost it. I found myself a little disappointed. The book slowed and became a little less then what the beginning had me hoping for.
I will say this again and again. I am frustrated with authors lately….it seems so many are adding in more and more homosexuality. This one does add a bit. It seems a girl can’t be strong and brave without it….I am not someone who likes to read sexual scenes no matter sexuality of the couple. That is the reason I went away from romantic fiction.
Anyway…here’s the publisher review, “She calls herself Ash, but that’s not her real name. She is a farmer’s faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Neverhome tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.
Laird Hunt’s dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: Why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?
In gorgeous prose, Hunt’s rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.”
As for ratings…Audible says 3.9. When Audible listeners review a book they review the narrator as well as the story so take that into consideration. I loved the reader…the book, overall, was more literature…. There is a deeper meaning to it all with symbolism and the like…I’d say I’d give it a 4.
Has anyone else read this? What did you think?
2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Neverhome”
I’m with you, Jo…i used to read romance novels in college but now really get annoyed with novels AND authors who feel they have to fill in the spaces with a bunch of sex scenes…its enough if they hint at it…if I wanted a detailed account I’ll read Penthouse letter…I have quit reading many a book because of this…most are not all that good to begin with…and I don’t think of myself as a prude but would rather not know the details…
I have started reading books with more of a Christian slant because they are good stories without adding the sexual scenes. A good book I found recently is Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson. It is a romantic, mystery type of book.