This was a great read. It made me smile, wistful and cry-(and I never cry!)
Interactions of a family, the heartaches and the best. Two lost people finding love and the true meaning of family and home.
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed and cried. A great story about family and friends.
Setting: Pueblo, Colorado
Voluptuous Jewel Sabatino kicked over the traces of her Catholic Italian family and ran off with a guitar player when she was only 17--shaking the dust of Pueblo, Colorado, from her fast-moving feet. Her furious father disowned her while her mother and three sisters missed her desperately. When she's compelled to return 21 years later, with her 17-year-old son, Shane, and terminally ill best friend, Michael, in tow, her father still isn't speaking to her. Thirty or so members of her extended family are, however, and welcome her home with open arms.
Jewel isn't planning to return to Pueblo for good. She needs the sanctuary of the farm she's inherited in order to care for Michael, and when he dies she intends to return to her life in New York City. But as Jewel finds herself becoming more and more immersed in the familial web, she learns that the ties that once choked and bound now represent a loving system that both support and uphold. And when Michael's brother, Malachi, arrives, Jewel finds that love can happen at any age.
While the dominant thread in No Place Like Home is romantic, the novel also addresses universal family themes--from siblings struggling to find their own identities in a large family to the often painful and never easy bonds between father and daughter, sister and sister, mother and son--in a touching story of love and loss.
I really enjoyed No Place Like Home. I thought it was a very well written and engaging story about a flawed woman of 40, her mistakes and the circumstances that lead her back to her home town.
The complex themes of poor judgment and redemption are well illustrated through the narrative and I really enjoyed Jewel's journey in those respects.
Stories like this are usually saccharine, dripping sap to a fault, but I find Barbara Samuel to be one of the rare writers who has the skill to keep the story more grounded and authentic. The lessons don't hit you over the head or try to force an effect on the reader. There's simply a story unfolding. I really liked that. Highly recommended.
I have never read this author before and enjoyed this book on tape. It is about a displaced family coming together again. It is believable and I wanted to listen to it to every day until I finished it. If you like rooting for the underdog you will enjoy it. Happy listening!