13 November 2020

One Way Home | Excerpt + Giveaway


She’s hanging by a string—with only one chance left.

A recovering alcoholic and longtime widow, Sharon has struggled to build a new life. She’s made amends with her only daughter, Cassie, who’s been through a treacherous divorce. Cassie’s daughter, Renee, too young to understand her grandmother’s earlier mistakes, has become the light of Sharon’s life.

But Sharon can’t seem to escape from her past. Her mother’s deathbed confession haunts her. Convinced the answer to truly overcoming her addiction lies with her biological father, Sharon sends off a DNA test in the hope of finding him. When the results of the test aren’t as revealing as Sharon anticipates, she and Cassie team up to find the truth.

Meanwhile an old flame shows up. Sharon doesn’t think she can ever love again, but what Johnny offers seems like a dream come true. His charm and kindness shine so bright, Sharon can almost believe he’s changed.

As the search for her father continues to frustrate and tensions escalate with Cassie, Sharon wonders if leaving it all behind for a life with Johnny will save her crumbling heart.

Will the truth set Sharon free? Or it will it be the final blow to her sobriety?

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: November 1, 2020



I pulled my keys out of the ignition and reached for my purse. I shifted the rearview mirror so I could see my face and wipe away the mascara that was probably all over my cheeks by now. I shifted and glanced up, but I’d angled the mirror too low and it was reflecting my chest, not my face. Instead of smeared mascara and fine lines I saw the shirt I was wearing. The mermaid shirt Renee had given me for Christmas. 

My throat ached, and I ran my hand over the mermaid’s silhouette. Because it reminded me of you, Grammy. Me, a mermaid. That was funny, but I didn’t laugh. I sighed and set the mirror at its proper angle. I didn’t know much about mermaids, but I was pretty sure they didn’t go to bars. I rested my head against the seat of my old Buick. I would never win mother of the year, but I still had a fighting chance of being a decent grandma.


Melanie Campbell’s debut novel, One Woman Falling, won the 2020 Oregon Christian Writer’s Cascade Award for contemporary fiction and is a finalist for the Selah Award for first novel. One Way Home, the second novel in her Whispers of Grace series, releases on November 1, 2020.

Melanie wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her family and several spoiled pets.

When not writing, Melanie enjoys exploring Oregon’s beautiful outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and going for drives in the country. In less-than-favorable weather conditions, you will find her enjoying an intriguing book and a strong cup of coffee.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of One Way Home and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 10, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 17, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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