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Monday, 12 May 2014

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman

Be Safe I Love YouBe Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I sat and read this, this afternoon, really got into it.

Who can come back from Iraq and not be traumatized. No one, and neither can she, we can see this as you turn the pages.

It was well written, the characters stood out and you really felt for her.

This is the first book I have read from this author.

It was good to see a book written from a females POV involved with the war and what happens to them.

Meeting up again with her long lost boyfriend was not ideal. I can't see how their relationship worked, it seemed odd at times, did they really used to get along?

The turn of events that happened gave a pause for thought many times in this book.

I liked it!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster who granted me a complimentary book to read via Net Galley.

Lauren Clay has returned from a tour of duty in Iraq just in time to spend the holidays with her family. Before she enlisted, Lauren, a classically trained singer, and her brother Danny, a bright young boy obsessed with Arctic exploration, made the most of their modest circumstances, escaping into their imaginations and forming an indestructible bond. Joining the army allowed Lauren to continue to provide for her family, but it came at a great cost.

When she arrives home unexpectedly, it's clear to everyone in their rural New York town that something is wrong. But her father is so happy to have her home that he ignores her odd behavior and the repeated phone calls from an army psychologist. He wants to give Lauren time and space to acclimate to civilian life.

Things seem better when Lauren offers to take Danny on a trip to visit their mother upstate. Instead, she guides them into the glacial woods of Canada on a quest to visit the Jeanne d'Arc basin, the site of an oil field that has become her strange obsession. As they set up camp in an abandoned hunting lodge, Lauren believes she's teaching Danny survival skills for the day when she's no longer able to take care of him.

But where does she think she's going, and what happened to her in Iraq that set her on this path? 
From a writer whom The New York Times Book Review says, 'writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain', Be Safe I Love You is a novel about war and homecoming, love and duty, and an impassioned look at the effects of war on women's soldiers and caregivers, both at home and on the front lines

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