Typical A. J.: The rowboat smashes into the dock with a thud. A startled mallard plunges into the lake and paddles quickly away. Im home! I yell at the top of my lungs. Ive waited eight long years to hear myself say those two words again.
Quick note: I havent read the other two in the series, so maybe some of my thoughts on "Heading Home" arent the same as the ones others would have. And at least one spoiler is in there, sorry!
A.J. has been in Italy for 8 years. Now she is finally going back to her home on the island! There she is reunited with her dog Sailor and friend Danny. Has he grown up! The two of them seem to like each other more than just friends. But A. J. was thinking about becoming a nun. And nuns cant marry. Now A.J. is torn between what she believes to be her calling and her love for Danny. What does God have in store for her?
A. J. is a 18-year-old girl with a wonderful sense of humor. I have laughed at what she says numerous times. An original character, I think. The nun/true love problem is unique too. And her family is large and provides a source of entertainment as well.
Sadly though, mostly there wasnt that much on living the faith. A. J. would go on with her life and then all of a sudden she thinks about God for a few scenes. And then Hes not there for a while again. Lost in the fun stuff A.J. is doing, I guess. Another disappointment was that the whole nun problem was solved too easily and by about the middle of the book! And then the other half was mostly about them planning the wedding. Maybe this is the climax of the whole series and is worth half a book if youve read the other two. But if you only have read this one book, it gets boring easily. There is this other problem about them marrying: what church should they be married in? Shes a Catholic and hes a Baptist. And theres some discussion about God around that. But when that problem is solved, God is mostly not mentioned till the wedding where she says thanks a couple times. Sad.
To sum that all up, "Heading Home" is a book I suppose is better read after the other two in the series. It is a light read with a lot of good, clean humor. But if you want something that really encourages your faith, you just might want to pick up something else.
After having read Saving Sailor, I was very much interested in continuing the story. Then I discovered that there were two more about this family. I highly recmd them for young readers and adults as well. I thoroughly enjoyed all three. Light reading, fun, depicting how family life, the relationship of the siblings and parents, should be for all of us. I would refer to these books as "comfort reading." Loved her lessons about our relationships with God as well. Good read!!!
After eight years in Italy, A.J. is coming back to Indian Island, Idaho. She can't wait to see her dog Sailor and her old friend Danny. Sailor acts as if nothing has changed, but DannyÃ¢â¬âoooh. He's grown up into a six-foot-tall real-life cowboy. He seems interested in A.J., but she has a promise to keep that doesn't include Danny. What's a girl to do if she wants both?
Heading Home is the last book of the Indian Island trilogy, the first two being Saving Sailor and Taking Tuscany. Angelina Digulios family had relocated to Tuscany, Italy, in 1968, when she was 10. In Heading Home, Angelina (aka A.J.) is returning to Indian Island in July, 1976, to study to be a veterinarian. Her friend from Indian Island, Danny Morgan, had been taking care of her dog, Sailor, and corresponding with A.J. throughout the eight years she was gone. This book is about A.J.s return home.This being my first introduction to Renee Rivas writing, I was enthralled with the simplicity of her very romantic love story. Her writing isnt simplistic, as the storyline hooks you hook, line and sinker with such delight. It was a light, airy read but filled with romance, excitement, surprises, and fun. It is so reminiscent of the early 1970s era. A time of sweet love and innocence.The book swept me off my feet because of its innocent delight. Id highly recommend Heading Home for a delicious, romantic read. It has the air of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.This book was supplied by Audra of The B & B Media Group for my honest review. And it was a fantastic read!
In the conclusion of the Indian Island trilogy, A.J. is reunited with Danny when she returns to the island to go to college. As the two friends fall back into old routines, it's impossible to miss the fact that 8 years has passed ... and they're not the kids they were back then. While A.J. has some big decisions to make, Danny recognizes his true feelings for A.J. Together, they work through big decisions about careers, religion, family, and what they mean to each other.This is a really sweet story. I had not read the first two books in the trilogy but felt I could easily catch up (although I certainly would enjoy the other books!). The book is funny and a great coming-of-age story. A great young adult novel or a quick read for those of us who wish we still were young adults!I received a FREE copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.