Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review: Homeward by Melody Carlson

Homeward by Melody Carlson
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publish Date: September 27, 2010
Fiction, Christian, Romance
 ASIN: B00457VKK8

My Review:
Homeward is a a republished earlier novel of Melody Carlson's and I'm glad it was republished or I probably would have missed out on it.  Since I read my first Melody Carlson a year or two ago I have grabbed everything new by her whether it was for adults, pre-teens or teens so I jumped when the chance to review Homeward came about.

Homeward is a beautiful novel about families, forgiveness and God's love with a romance thrown in there for good measure.  I loved this book from the beginning.  You have a woman who has experienced a rough patch in her life so she decided to return home to her family that she left almost 20 years ago and make amends.  In some ways it's easy and in some ways it's not.  Slowly through family members and opportunities Meg learns what God has in store for her life.  There are of course bumps in the road, but they make life interesting.  I really liked Meg.  She was strong and stubborn, but she was interesting and knew when to bend at times too.  I liked her sister Erin, Sunny and her grandmother as well.  Matthew, Clive, Addy and so many others round out an interesting cast of secondary characters that bring the small town to life and also bring the story to life.  I think the characters were well done, interesting and all of them really added to the story.

The plot moves well and I quickly read the book over the afternoon and evening and kept turning pages on my Kindle to see what would happen next.  I especially liked it when the romance started, it was just one more facet that I really felt added to the book.  Homeward is just one of those great feel-good books that has a great lesson in it and makes you happy in the end of the book.  Ms. Carlson hits a home run with this book for me.
My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
From bestselling author Melody Carlson comes this award-winning story of three generations of Lancaster women. For twenty years Meg Lancaster has avoided Briar Hedge, the Lancaster family estate. Now she has been drawn back to her grandmother's home to uncover secrets that have been hidden for decades and to try to regain the family she long ago abandoned.

About the Author: 
Melody Carlson has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include:Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.

Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab.


FTC Information: I received this book through Glass Road PR for an honest review. 


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