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by Ginny Yttrup
From the back cover:
Melanie runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality.
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.
About the author:
Ginny Yttrup is the award-winning author of Words, Lost and Found, Invisible, and Flames. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry (etsy.com/shop/StoriedJewelry). She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit ginnyyttrup.com.
Grieving is not something any of us would choose, and yet it’s something we all face at one time or another. Sometimes we’d rather pretend it doesn’t exist than to face it head on.
Several of the characters in Home are grieving. They are facing difficult situations, and they handle their emotions differently, but ultimately they each must go through a learning and healing process.
I love that Home doesn’t shy away from this difficult topic but presents loving and wholesome perspectives on the process. The characters wrestle with their faith, and sometimes each other, as we each must do.
Whatever the cause of our grief, there is hope and healing to be found, and Home shows the way there. Whether you are struggling yourself or are walking alongside someone else who is struggling with grief, Home is sure to be an encouragement to your heart.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)