Home Front Lines by Brenda Sparks Prescott

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Book: Home Front Lines

Author: Brenda Sparks Prescott

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Black main characters, Hispanic main characters

Recommended For…: historical fiction

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

Genre: Historical Fiction

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, racism, sexism)

Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company

Pages: 236


It’s 1962. Betty Ann Johnson is an African American military spouse on an Air Force base outside Washington, DC. Sisters Lola, Chita, and Rosita are the proud keepers of the Montero name in Matanzas, Cuba.

Betty Ann gets wind that military preparations are ramping up for something more than just practice drills. Fearing that the Soviet presence in Cuba has become a tangible threat, she and a small band of military spouses, without telling their husbands, put together an evacuation plan for their children. At the same time in Cuba, Lola is asked to cook for the Soviet soldiers amassing there and accidentally witnesses a Soviet missile installation. She tells her sisters, and they devise a way to send their children to Florida on a boat, while keeping this plan from their husbands.

Betty Ann Johnson and the Montero sisters may be on opposite sides of a life-threatening conflict, but they share the same heart when it comes to protecting their children.

Home Front Lines is a story of strong and determined women. Women that you know, grew up with, interact with every day, only these women are adorned with different cultural robes and live elsewhere in a different time.

Review: I really liked the way this book was told. The writing was well done, the characters were well developed and the world building was amazingly well done. The story itself grips you at the beginning and doesn’t let go until the end.

The only issue I had is that the pacing was slow and that some of the events felt like they could have been better explained.

Verdict: It was a good book.!

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