Title: Today We Go Home
Author: Kelli Estes
Length: 411 pages
I was thrilled when I was approved for’Today We Go Home’ from Netgalley and I couldn’t wait to get started.
Seattle, Washington. Larkin Bennett has always known her place, whether it’s surrounded by her loving family in the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest, or riding a dusty convoy in Afghanistan. But all that changed the day tragedy struck her unit and took away everything she held dear. Soon after, Larkin discovers an unexpected treasure: the diary of Emily Watson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Union in the Civil War. As Larking struggles to heal, she finds herself drawn deep into Emily’s life and the secrets she kept.
Indiana, 1861. The only thing more dangerous to Emily Watson than a rebel solider is her own comrades in the Union. But in the minds of her fellow soldiers, if it dresses like a man, swears like a man, and shoots like a man, it must be a man. As the war marches on and takes it’s terrible toll, Emily begins to question everything, she has been told about the freedom she is supposed to be fighting for.
I really enjoyed this Historical Fiction novel. I hadn’t read historical fiction for a while and this book has reignited my love for it, and that’s always a good thing.
The story was fantastic. As you can tell from the synopsis, it’s set in two different times. Both were absolutely compelling. Each story was so interesting, I loved reading both parts. I also loved that Larkin was discovering Emily’s story as the same time as the reader, it just connects you to the story and the characters.
What really shone throughout this novel were it’s characters. I loved both Emily and Larkin. It’s was so interesting to read Emily’s journey. She had such spirit. I love that her circumstances didn’t destroy her. Everything she went through was terrible, but it didn’t break her. Larkin’s journey was absolutely heartbreaking to read. I’ve read a lot of historical fiction over the years and PTSD isn’t often dealt with, but in this book it’s been done in a real, honest way. Her arc was fantastic and I was willing her to get better.
Now, my fellow book worms, you know I love a book that teaches us something and this one certainly did. I had no idea women pretended to be men so they could fight in the Civil War, and the wars after. It was fascinating yet infuriating to read the injustice they faced, just for wanting to defend their country the same as a man. You can tell a lot of research has gone into this novel.
The writing was fantastic. Both stories were dealt with in such a classy, emotive way. They also blended together seamlessly. Both characters were written with such emotion. I loved them. Also, I loved Ben and Willie. Their story was a real highlight.
I can’t recommend this book enough! It was a great historical fiction novel! It’s a time that’s not written about often.
Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for a copy of this book, in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out September 3rd.
Until the next review