This lovely story picks up right when WWII is ending and a new season of life is beginning for the rural townfolk of Rosey Corner, Kentucky. With its quaint setting and endearing cast of characters, Love Comes Home is like a breath of fresh air for readers. Its heartfelt tale will undoubtedly warm your heart and wrap itself around you like a big family hug.
My favorite part about the story were the bonds of friendship and sisterhood throughout. I felt like part of the Merritt family – like one of the sisters – as they dared to dream, learned to trust God, and grew stronger despite real sorrows. The book doesn’t shy away from difficult family issues and life lessons that must be learned the hard way. But it also shows the brighter side of that fascinating era, giving a good glimpse into the lives of those who welcomed their soldiers home and began again.
This book contains a lot of “life moments” – new beginnings, goodbyes, lost loved ones, and young love – all rolled up into one sweet story with a simple country setting so inviting I didn’t want to leave. I loved the down-to-earth descriptions and dialogue very much as well. What can I say? I’m a country girl. 😉
I wasn’t crazy for the occasional flip between POVs in a scene. I was confused a couple times over this. A character would have a flashback or memory hit in the middle of a separate scene of dialogue and it took me a moment to figure out where I was and who I was with. There were also a few subplots that seemed to lack a little completion at the end for me, but otherwise the conclusion of the novel was very satisfying.
I do have a tiny confession to make, though. When I requested this book to review, I did not realize it was part of a series and as a result, I was not previously attached to the story and its characters. However, that quickly changed as the story grew and breathed and I came to love the Merritt family and their friends as if I’d known them their entire lives.
Another story, another series, and another author I encourage you all to read.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.
World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy 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—a life with a man who will never come back. 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.