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After reading a few reviews and the cover I was excited to read this book I felt the first 3 4 of the book were heavily loaded in an anti war push, even bringing the retired lifetime military father into not believing questioning the war he fought in Vietnam and the current war Im thinking I would not have been bothered by this if it wasnt reiterated so often to the point I felt like I didnt want to keep reading Admittedly I am from a family of lifetime military, but this rubbed me the wron After reading a few reviews and the cover I was excited to read this book I felt the first 3 4 of the book were heavily loaded in an anti war push, even bringing the retired lifetime military father into not believing questioning the war he fought in Vietnam and the current war Im thinking I would not have been bothered by this if it wasnt reiterated so often to the point I felt like I didnt want to keep reading Admittedly I am from a family of lifetime military, but this rubbed me the wrong way in how it was broached Then all of the sudden the story changes and becomesof a mystery thriller and I enjoyed itat the end I gave it a 2, but at parts I felt like it was a 1, but others a 3 The prologue took my breath away It set up the rest of the story, but took some of the mystery out of it for me I guessed and was correct where it was going Rosalind Noonan is one of my all time favorite authors and though I enjoyed this book, it was not my favorite of hers.All the viewpoints made the story come alive, but it also confused me at times I had to make sure I knew who was talking at the beginning of each chapter, so I understood the perspective I was reading.The ending was a lit The prologue took my breath away It set up the rest of the story, but took some of the mystery out of it for me I guessed and was correct where it was going Rosalind Noonan is one of my all time favorite authors and though I enjoyed this book, it was not my favorite of hers.All the viewpoints made the story come alive, but it also confused me at times I had to make sure I knew who was talking at the beginning of each chapter, so I understood the perspective I was reading.The ending was a little too unbelievable I like happy endings and things wrapped up at the end of a book a nice feel good ending, but this was a little too sugary sweet My book group is reading this book for next month s selection and we are meeting the author, too so I really wanted to like it As it was, though, it felt like it was a mix of too many genres Is it supposed to be a thriller A mystery A work of psychological fiction A romance It wasn t scary enough to be a thriller, too obvious to be a mystery, too one dimensional to be a work of psychology, and not sexy enough to be a romance Which leaves it as just a generic piece of fiction with enou My book group is reading this book for next month s selection and we are meeting the author, too so I really wanted to like it As it was, though, it felt like it was a mix of too many genres Is it supposed to be a thriller A mystery A work of psychological fiction A romance It wasn t scary enough to be a thriller, too obvious to be a mystery, too one dimensional to be a work of psychology, and not sexy enough to be a romance Which leaves it as just a generic piece of fiction with enough interest to keep me up one night reading, but not enough stamina to make it a memorable read With so many other books out there, it is hard to recommend a book that is just average this book was good until the last 100 pages, then it got a bit unbelievable to me it s between a two and a three star book, i gave it three being generous. The moment Abby Fitzgerald sees two soldiers approach her front door, she knows her husband is dead John Stanton, who gave up his career as a star NFL running back to serve after, has been killed in Iraq Suddenly Abby s kitchen is overflowing with casseroles brought by the army wives club to which she has never really belonged And her in laws arrange a lavish funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in spite of Abby s misgivings John had grown to hate the war even though he loved his country, and Abby can t reconcile the complex man she knew with the version being portrayed by self serving politicians, military, and the mediaShell shocked, Abby strives to cope with her own heartache while comforting John s loved ones, including his mother Sharice, his staunchly anti war sister Madison, and his bitter younger brother Noah But amidst her loss is a growing conviction that the truth about John s death is far from overGripping, thoughtful, and emotionally powerful, One September Morning is a story of loyalty and betrayal, of a shattered family s journey toward healing, and of the courage it takes to confront the truth not just about our enemies, but about those we love best Couldn t put it down Liked the mix of military generations Interesting study of personalities connected to the military by choice and circumstance. Couldn t put this book down I ve not read any books of any sort about 9 11 or anything to do with its aftermath since that cloudless, sky blue September day in 2001 I never wanted to I never felt the need to So I m not sure why this particular book called to me when I found out about it But I m glad it did This is a moving, touching, emotional albeit terrifying story of what can happen on any given day to change our lives This story s backdrop just happens to be the military and our country s war in Iraq.At first I w I ve not read any books of any sort about 9 11 or anything to do with its aftermath since that cloudless, sky blue September day in 2001 I never wanted to I never felt the need to So I m not sure why this particular book called to me when I found out about it But I m glad it did This is a moving, touching, emotional albeit terrifying story of what can happen on any given day to change our lives This story s backdrop just happens to be the military and our country s war in Iraq.At first I wasn t sure I was going to like each chapter shifting from character to character to advance the story, but this method actually works in this instance You get the full effect of what that character is feeling and doing at that point in time Another issue I had to get used to was reading in present tense instead of past tense It didn t take long, though, and that actually worked for this story also, bringing youinto the moment with these characters and their lives as it s happening.Abby Stanton is suddenly living every military wife s nightmare Her husband John has been killed in action while stationed in Iraq during the war She has to deal with an overbearing mother in law and career Army father in law who wants their son touted as a hero, full military honors, burial at Arlington, the whole nine yards What they don t know is that John, though he left a successful and lucrative professional football career to enlist, had been doubting his country s duty in Iraq American soldiers have done what they can, now it s time for them to go home Abby tries to tend to John s wishes and also allow his mother some comfort in seeing her son honored.It s when her college buddy Flint, a reporter embedded with a unit during the war, digs forinformation for Abby that she learns John was killed by friendly fire And it may have been deliberate She s determined to find out exactly what happened to her husband, whether his death was an accident or murder Of course, the Army isn t raising a hand to help her, no matter which avenue she takes She meets the rest of John s unit when they come home months later to see what info she can get from them, and she meets Charles Jump, the psychologist assigned to help soldiers through bad times when engaged in battle He s a little too eager to becometo her than she wants when still dealing with such tragedy, but it is nice having a man around again, if her guilt will let her.There s so muchthat goes on in this book, of course John s brother Noah, a nurse, was in the same unit when John was killed he has his own issues with his brother s death and the war itself Their young, teenage sister Madison is at the age that everything seems to be going wrong The soldier who was by John s side when he was hit has a hard time dealing with the fact he couldn t help the man their unit looked up to Even their superior officers thoughts and feelings are given fair opportunity with a couple of chapters The author gives us a look at practically every feeling and emotion that could be associated with such loss The only thing I wanted but didn t get wasof an ending of what happens to the sociopathic bastard who caused such heartache.Even though our hero is killed early on in the book, we still get the love story woven throughout the heartache and it s a lovely story There are those little funny moments we all have in life, even in the midst of such suffering The evil encompassed on these pages is something you hope you ll never see There have been, of course, questions about the coincidence, I guess you could say, between this story and Pat Tillman s, who also left a successful football career to enlist and was killed in Iraq Ms Noonan s book, however, had been started well before that young man s death And, obviously, Tillman s story doesn t have the deliberate act of murder by a fellow soldier.If you ve been thinking about reading this book, and even if you haven t, please do It s well worth the time.See my complete review at This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Initially I thought I was going to really like this book, as it started as a mystery, but the mystery was really easy to figure out I also felt like it was not very easy to get into and like the characters because there were too many voices The story is told from everyone s perspective, but some characters only have 20 pages in the whole story Like the brother Noah I never needed his first person perspective, just hearing about his parents or sister would give the same profile I also felt l Initially I thought I was going to really like this book, as it started as a mystery, but the mystery was really easy to figure out I also felt like it was not very easy to get into and like the characters because there were too many voices The story is told from everyone s perspective, but some characters only have 20 pages in the whole story Like the brother Noah I never needed his first person perspective, just hearing about his parents or sister would give the same profile I also felt like the book got very far fetched In the beginning we hear from the killer first and he seems like a killer but sane and as the book progresses he takes a bit of a crazy pill It seemed way over the top and not deep The further towards the end theyou hear from the killer s perspective and it s just too far gone for me I didn t think the end with him seeing his brother in jail was necessary at all as a reader I felt like I got that relationship earlier in the book The same with the super natural ending with John With Abby being in Paris with Flint the reader gets it.I m not sure who writes the Discussion Questions at the end of the book, but I really didn t like the last one, who would play the characters in a feature film I know all books are becoming movies but I thought this was a silly question for book clubs This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Spoilers It took me a while to actually read this book, the first chapter isn t really a good indicator of how the rest of the book will pan out, and it put me off slightly For weeks all I could do was try and read the first few pages and then give up in favour of something a bitgripping However Persevere and it will pay off The narrative is interesting, and the reflection that bounces between characters both main and otherwise keeps things moving The impact of war and death shines Spoilers It took me a while to actually read this book, the first chapter isn t really a good indicator of how the rest of the book will pan out, and it put me off slightly For weeks all I could do was try and read the first few pages and then give up in favour of something a bitgripping However Persevere and it will pay off The narrative is interesting, and the reflection that bounces between characters both main and otherwise keeps things moving The impact of war and death shines through each and every narrative and actually for someone who hasn t experienced the brutality of war, it is very insightful The occasional touch of humour in an otherwise stressful and testing time for all involved, is nice It s just about right and also makes it really easy to be able to see this as a fairly epic film The story ends quite predictably, which is a shame At the beginning, when Abby the main character meets up with an old college friend journalist who she once had a brief thing for well you can predict how it will work out in the end This was the only bit that really frustrated me but is this because we re all suckers for a good happy ending and we don t want to read otherwise perhaps One September Morning


About the Author: Rosalind Noonan

ROSALIND NOONAN grew up in suburban Maryland and enjoyed being part of a large family With my four siblings, Saturday mornings were a blast, she says There was festival seating on the living room floor as we devoured cartoons and passed the Sugar Pops She caught the writing bug in second grade when she won first place in a poetry contest The prize was twenty dollars, she recalls That was big bucks for a second grader I thought I was going to Disneyland Wooed by the taste of fame and fortune, she kept writing.After attending Wagner College in Staten Island, she remained in New York City where she worked as an editor for various book publishers Noonan currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a retired cop from the NYPD, and two children Although she sometimes misses the rapid pulse of New York, she enjoys writing in the shade of towering two hundred year old Douglas fir trees.


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