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Review: Here and Again

August 19, 2014

Here and Again

After Ginger’s husband is killed in Iraq, she wonders how much longer she can hold onto his family farm.  Her job as a nurse doesn’t pay enough to keep up her family and the farm so she thinks it might be time to move on.

Samuel comes along at the right moment and makes quite an impression on Ginger and her kids.  He helps them deal with their loss and shows them a way to move forward.

Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson is such a relevant story for so many families today.  Ginger’s family had to learn to move on without their anchor – no easy task for anyone.  It looks like they’ll have to make major changes to survive, making the loss even harder.

There is much to like in this book – the lovely writing, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley setting, and the love of Ginger’s family. There’s a supernatural element, though, that I wasn’t aware of going into the book, and I struggled with it.  That element kept the book from being great for me.  Having said that, I think those who enjoy the supernatural will love this book.

Karen White narrates the audio version of Here and Again and she does an outstanding job!  I’ve been a fan of her work for a while and I think this is her best effort to date.  She does a fabulous job with voices and even makes some animal sounds!  The book is worth listening to just for her narration.  The audio book is on 10 CDs and lasts approximately 12 hours.

Review copy provided by Blackstone Audio. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2014 7:20 am

    This sounds like the type of novel I would probably choose to listen to rather than read. Knowing you enjoyed the narration so much makes it an even easier decision!

  2. August 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Interesting how many stories now feature vets from Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

  3. August 19, 2014 8:30 am

    It’s a good thing to give a story line some reality with the people left behind after war breaks their homes, we need to get a glimpse of what it might be like. thanks for your thoughts.

  4. August 19, 2014 9:36 am

    This one is in my pile to read. Looks like it will be worth my time!

  5. Patty permalink
    August 19, 2014 10:57 am

    It sounds unique and interesting.

  6. August 19, 2014 11:01 am

    Yay for good audio

  7. August 19, 2014 12:34 pm

    Thanks, Kathy! I loved recording this one so I’m glad you liked it. It made me want to drive up and visit the Shenandoah (can’t believe I’ve never been there).

  8. August 19, 2014 12:38 pm

    This does sound good, and very relevant. The supernatural element gives me pause, but I may try to give it a listen sometime.

  9. August 19, 2014 1:26 pm

    The setting in the Shenandoah Valley is appealing. This sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  10. August 19, 2014 3:04 pm

    Shenandoah valley! That sounds like a great setting

  11. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 19, 2014 3:53 pm

    Sounds reallllly good. I’m curious as to what she moves on to.

  12. August 19, 2014 3:56 pm

    Not a huge fan of supernatural elements but I think I might like listening to this one. I enjoyed your review!

  13. sandynawrot permalink
    August 19, 2014 4:56 pm

    It is interesting that sometimes the supernatural elements bother me and sometimes they don’t. Like I kinda expect them with certain authors, but at times it feels like it is forced into a story. I cannot always say for sure that these elements will be an issue with me, but I’m usually willing to try. The issue I would have, and don’t throw tomatoes at me, but I don’t mesh well with Karen White’s narration. I’ve tried over and over and I get irritated, and I’m not sure why. Everyone else seems to love her.

  14. August 19, 2014 5:30 pm

    I would be excited to read this book just for the Shenandoah Valley setting. So much beauty! But the supernatural aspect would turn me off.

  15. August 19, 2014 7:23 pm

    Here and Again sounds good, I don’t mind supernatural elements in stories. The historical I just finished reading surprised me with that same thing.

  16. August 19, 2014 9:07 pm

    I can’t seem to read post war stories – Vietnam (for a while and now Iraq or Afghanistan. Glad the audio was good though.

  17. August 19, 2014 9:13 pm

    This sounds so good, Kathy, that it makes me really want to delve into audiobooks. Thank you for another terrific, concise review!

  18. August 19, 2014 11:18 pm

    I have this and need to listen to it soon!

  19. bookingmama permalink
    August 21, 2014 6:12 pm

    You had me until you said supernatural!!!

  20. August 26, 2014 9:53 pm

    I’m not much of a war or post war reader but this looks like a nie take on the after effects.

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