Friday, March 12, 2021

ALMOST HOME by Valerie Fraser Luesse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

If you want a good cry, pick up this book!

Set in 1944 in Blackberry Springs, Alabama, this story is about how different people coped with the privations of war while here in the states. Filled with Southern Charm, it shows that struggles are universal, from veterans recovering from their war experiences to a young war widow, to a young married couple who had to leave their farm in order to save it. Diverse people find themselves at Dolly’s family home turned boardinghouse. Lasting friendships are forged and romance blossoms. Christian hospitality abounds and kindness and healing flourish. So many heartfelt moments and beautiful, descriptive language, but lots of light, funny, comforting scenes to encourage and entertain.

Favorite quotes:
*He had not list his faith, but he had lost the ability to cope with the powerful emotions it stirred.*

*What-ifs are big sticks with which we smite ourselves.*

*A cool, steady breeze was blowing, rustling the leaves overhead. They seemed to be whispering to each other, telling secrets from their undulating branches.*

*We see each other true, Anna. That’s what makes us sister-friends.*

This is the first book I have read by this author but will not be my last. I’ve found a new favorite.
*I borrowed this ebook from Prime Reading. All opinions are my own.*5stars, strong faith thread

*Ebook Currently free to Amazon Prime Members March 2021

BackCover Blurb:
With America's entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam's munitions plants--and they're bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler's grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war--they're all hoping Dolly's house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly's only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing. 

Bethany House Publishing, March 2019
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