Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Road Home - Review #SRC2015


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.

Review by Marlene Engel
In the highly anticipated sequel to The Last Letter, The Road Home follows the relationship between Jeanie Arthur and her children, Katherine and Tommy.  Set in the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, this book is about life, love, struggle and hope. 

Raising her children alone, Jeanie has to make some difficult decisions to ensure that both of her children are being cared for.  However, at that time there were limited options and she had to do what she felt was best for her family.  Even if that meant her children were to be separated and sent to other homes.  We follow each of their lives, learn the struggles and pain they had to endure and watch as they find strength where they thought none was to be found. 

An amazing book for historical fiction lovers.  The Road Home will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what’s going to happen next. 

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About the Author:
Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her debut novel, The Last Letter, is a multiple award-winner, including a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. 

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