Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge: The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

This week's book is The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop.

About the book:

Find your way home... 

1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a miracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts. 

1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.
This book by Kathleen Shoop weaves the lives of a mother, daughter and son all in one story. She gives great examples about how deep love can go and strengthen a person.  She also shows how people can be torn apart and what rock bottom really is.  Jeanie not only loses her precious items and home, but she also loses her children.  This book is shown from the points of view of Jeanie and her child and the hurt and loss they experience while they hope to reunite.  This book is very descriptive and it makes you hope for this family and everything they have lost.  This book is actually the second book in the series, but you can read it as a stand alone.  
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