09 March 2019

Almost Home | Book Review


With America's entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam's munitions plants--and they're bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler's grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war--they're all hoping Dolly's house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly's only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: March 5, 2019


Oh, how lovely! Valerie Fraser Luesse’s Almost Home captures life in the South in the midst of World War II, and it is a lovely story.

In Blackberry Springs, Alabama, Dolly Chandler turns her family home into a boarding house. Thanks to the war, people now flock to the town, and under Dolly’s roof gathers an unlikely group of strangers. But of course, they do not stay strangers for long.

Almost Home shares the story of these characters, marred by scars of the past, as they embrace friendship, healing, and new beginnings. Luesse adds a touch of mystery to their story, too, with a century-old disappearance to resolve and makes it a well-rounded, beautiful, sweet read. I recommend Almost Home.

I received a complimentary copy of this book 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.

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