When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.
But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.
Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution.
At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed in opposite directions.
As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into her own fictional world, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage. Ultimately, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.
Every so often, you will read a book that will touch your heart and change your life. Home was one such book for me.
Like Melanie, I also dive into the fiction world rather than confront the uncomfortable truths around me. Needless to say, I understood her quite well. For me, it was icing on the cake that she was a writer as I love reading books about writers.
In Craig’s struggles with a failing economy, a job on the brink, and a wife not emotionally present, I could easily see my husband. The man who carries the weight of the real world on his shoulders while his wife plays in imaginary ones.
Jill, Melanie’s best friend and editor, fights her own demons and it broke my heart to watch her struggle. In her, I felt a connection as well. It’s never easy fighting demons, and I felt Ginny L. Yttrup portrayed the battle incredibly well.
Each character was brought to life in such a way they all felt real. They could have been people living in your same community, or like me, you could feel a personal connection. I wish I could meet them and call them friends.
Written in first person, the book switches between Melanie, Craig, and Jill. It is clearly labeled which character is speaking, and once in the chapter, it’s easy to keep track of whose viewpoint you’re reading. I’ve read books in which this wasn’t the case, so it was a welcome respite to see it done well.
This book easily rivals anything Debbie Macomber has written, but includes a Christian viewpoint. It was beautifully written and I couldn’t put it down until I’d read the last word. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian books with a chick lit vibe.
*I received an ARC for an honest and unbiased review*
This book will release on April 1, 2017