Almost Home


Luesse, Valerie Fraser. Almost Home. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2019.

Owning a boardinghouse in Blackberry Springs, Alabama, Dolly and Si Chandler welcome guests into their home as America enters into World War II. With a mixture of boarders from different locations, varying ages, diverse beliefs and various backgrounds, the dinner table tends to be full of numerous lively conversations. As friendships grow and healing takes place, a mystery is uncovered from the past. As a historical romance, Christian fiction and heart-warming novel, author Valerie Fraser Luesse writes a story which makes everyone feel Almost Home

Instead of a fast-paced novel, Almost Home took time to reveal the characters, create emotions and provide that cuddly, homey feel. I enjoyed meeting the characters and learning their stories, watching where the mystery might lead, and sipping my hot chocolate while I lingered through the book. Though not necessarily my favorite time-period to read, I found the guests interesting and the home-owners delightfully charming. A slower read yet perfect for the coziness of winter, I read this book at just the right time of year. Definitely a warmhearted book, I may continue to watch for this author in the future. (I did also like her previous book, Missing Isaac.)

3.75 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Almost Home from Revell Publishing for my honest review*


Through Waters Deep

Sundin, Sarah. Through Waters Deep: Waves of Freedom: Bk 1. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

watersdeepEscorting British ships across the North Atlantic at the edge of World War II, Ensign Jim Avery is surprised to discover a high-school classmate working in the Boston Naval Yard. When a new ship, the USS Atwood, is possibly being obstructed, many people come under suspicion, including Mary Stirling, the shipyard secretary. Jim and Mary must work together to solve the mystery while maintaining their positions and guarding their hearts…

Absolutely loving the cover of the book as well as a favorite author of mine, of course, I was going to read this novel! Not set in my favorite time-frame, I still enjoyed the historical aspects surrounding this story along with the story-line. It was actually a bit of a history lesson aligned with a mystery, romance and adventure on water. Probably my favorite novel of Sarah Sundin’s yet, I look forward to her next novel in the Waves of Freedom series. Though subtle, the Christian aspect fit perfectly into the writing, almost naturally. (Along with the cover, I appreciated all the possible meanings associated with the title too.)

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Through Waters Deep from Revell Publishing for my honest review*