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Summary: Ask him Why
Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can’t believe that his hero doesn’t have very good reasons.
Yet as the horrifying details of the incident emerge, Joseph disappears. In their attempts to find him, Ruth and Aubrey discover he has a past far darker than either of them could imagine. But even as they learn more about their brother, important questions remain unanswered—why did he betray his unit, his country, and now his family? Joseph’s refusal to speak ignites a fire in young Aubrey that results in a disastrous, and public, act of rebellion.
The impact of Joseph’s fateful decision one night in Baghdad will echo for years to come, with his siblings caught between their love for him and the media’s engulfing frenzy of judgment. Will their family ever make their way back to each other and find a way to forgive?
First off, I have to say I tried to hate this book, cause of the story line. Being a Veteran myself it bothered me that someone would write a book using the story line where a solider would disobey orders, bugged me to no end... I could only read a little at a time for the first half of the book cause of this. The more I read the more I understood why Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote this story.
You see it wasn’t about Joseph and his disobeying an order; it was about how simple things in our own lives can turn around something bad and make it good. It shows just how human families really are, and how quick we are to judge people before knowing the whole truth.
This story is a very complex one and it’s not a story you can speed read on and get the full impact of the plot, or fully understand the characters. For a unedited story I didn’t find any grammatical errors, which tells me Catherine and her team do an awesome job getting it ready to be published.
Would I recommend this book to others? YES
Would I read other books by this Author? YES and I have Pay It Forward, this is why I requested to review this book.
Is this book a Novel or Novella? Nice length Novel.
Is this book priced correctly? Yes on all counts hardback, paperback, and ebook.