World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.
Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.
Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.
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Although the synopsis reads the author, Ann H. Gabhart, “invites you back to Rosey Corner,” Love Comes Home is a beautifully written, stand alone novel. The previous two books will also stand alone, and Gabhart is a master at overlapping characters and scenes from the Rosey Corner stories. It is not necessary to read the books in any specific order, unless that is your personal preference.
Love Comes Home features the three Merritt sisters as two anxiously await the return of their husbands from World War II, and the third copes with grief and loss of her husband, Sammy, and father of their daughter, Samantha. Equally involved in this story is the adopted daughter of the Merritt family, Lorena. Lorena too is awaiting something specific to her world as an adolescent.
Gabhart’s prose is akin to poetry as she breathes life into her characters and scenes, and often I felt transported to Rosey Corner post-World War II.
Kate and Evie’s husbands return but both are changed by their war experiences. The young wives feel at times as though their husbands are like strangers to them. Torie’s grief grasped my heart as hers ached for Sammy, lost somewhere never to return home again. Yet it was Lorena who stole my heart with her wondering and speculation and, yes, confusion over her birth family while loving deeply her Merritt family.
Each page of Love Comes Home overflows with goodness, grace, and here and there struggles, all of which come together to feed the soul of the reader as each evocation of hurt, anguish, joy, laughter, community and more is expressed.
Give yourself the gift of goodness. Read Ann Gabhart’s Love Comes Home. You will not be sorry.
Anyone who loves well written Christian fiction and works set in or around the history of World War II will find this a book to enjoy and cherish long after you turn the last page.
Meet Ann H. Gabhart:
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author ofAngel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.
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Published: June 2014
Paperback, 384 pages
(Also available in ebook format)
I received a copy of Love Comes Home via Revell’s Revell Reads Blog Tour Program in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.