08 July 2014

Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart


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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 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. 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.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

Ann H. Gabhart’s Love Comes Home is a true delight. I loved getting to know the Merritt family in Small Town Girl (although Angel Sister technically begins the Merritt family’s story), so to revisit them and their quaint town of Rosey Corner made me very happy. Love Comes Home picks up a few years after Small Town Girl, at the completion of World War II, and the Merritt sisters faces her own challenges in greeting the uncertainty and unpredictability of the future as life returns to "normal" in ways different than hoped for and expected. The characters hold true to the personalities established in Small Town Girl, even as they grow while facing their individual, challenging circumstances. This novel realistically addresses many heartbreaking situations, but also contains the hope, love and faith needed to survive such experiences. Full of emotion, I found myself teary-eyed at several moments and happily smiling at others. I loved this return to Rosey Corner - it was definitely worth the trip. I recommend it to lovers of historical fiction, especially those who have read Angel Sister and Small Town Girl. While it is not necessary to have read these two novels before Love Comes Home, I think they help to have a better understanding of the characters and their histories.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of Love Comes Home and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels – The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted – and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com/.

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