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.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this one.
First, the good. I really enjoyed the characters. They were warm, relatable and realistic. Good, kind people. Dolly’s voice rang loud and clear – she was a perfect mother hen for the group! The friendships formed were strong and beautiful. I enjoyed the setting and time period. I was happy to watch a romance between two of the characters develop naturally and believably.
Now, for the not so good. This story didn’t have much of a plot at first. (This does improve later in the book.) The faith content is light. One of the female characters used the word “dang” a lot – an awful lot. This isn’t the worst word in the world, but it was used so much that it became a huge distraction. There was an intimate scene between a married couple, and later, mentions of their “love nest” and when to avoid walking in on said couple. Finally, the sensual diary entries shared from a mysterious woman’s journal really spoiled the story.
I almost didn’t finish this one, but I was interested to read about Reed’s struggles with PTSD after the war. He was definitely my favorite character, and I was happy with how his story wrapped up. I was also pretty pleased with the last 20 or so pages – there was a big surprise that led up to a really good ending!
Almost Home is a blend of mystery, historical women’s fiction and romance. While this book wasn’t my favorite, if the plot sounds interesting, it might be a good fit for you.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. A positive review was not required. This is my honest opinion.