Aug 5, 2011
Homeward by Melody Carlson
This Melody Carlson novel was a RITA award winner and is now available as an e-book for $2.99 at Amazon.com.
Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab.
Meg moved away from her hometown and her entire family many years earlier, and she has finally decided to come home for a short visit. Her own wedding plans have been called off, and her dreams are on hold. She doesn't expect to stay long, but she wants to make peace with her elderly grandmother before it's too late.
Meg is totally unprepared to see her mother, and is shocked to find that her mom has actually mellowed over the years. In fact, she seems like a totally different person than what Meg remembers. Even Meg's sister and her family are like total strangers, yet they welcome her with open arms.
Some of Meg's sweetest childhood memories are of her grandfather's cranberry bogs, which have been abandoned for many years and are totally overrun with weeds. With her grandmother's blessing, she tackles the ruined fields and tries to bring them back to their earlier glory days. She faces unbelievable opposition from certain family members, but others support her efforts wholeheartedly.
Homeward is all about a broken family who learns that it's never too late to work on broken dreams and broken relationships. Overall, it's a great story!
DISCLOSURE: I received an ebook of Homeward courtesy of Glass Road Public Relations, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.