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Facing a deadline, novelist Melanie Vander escapes to a picturesque localation hoping to inspire her husband to appreciate her again. Meanwhile, Craig is seeking God's wisdom for his struggling business and marriage. Will Melanie keep running from reality and her problems? Or will she allow her characters to lead her home?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1634099559
ISBN-13: 9781634099554

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Melanie runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. 
 
When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution. 

At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed in opposite directions.

As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into her own fictional world, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage. Ultimately, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.

Author Bio

Ginny Yttrup is the award-winning author of WordsLost and FoundInvisible, and Flames. She writes contemporary women's fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny's work "as inspiring as it is entertaining." When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry (etsy.com/shop/StoriedJewelry). She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit ginnyyttrup.com.
 

Editorial Reviews

"In Home, Ginny Yttrup uses her own powerful storytelling chops to bring readers into the mind of a struggling novelist—a place where fiction meets reality and where all lines are blurred. This tale is an exploration of relationships, both real and imagined, and leaves the reader pondering what life could be if we dared to write our own story."
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Into the Free, When Mountains Move, and The Feathered Bone
 

"Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where heartache simmers. Ginny Yttrup’s new novel takes readers into hard places that remind us how easy it can be to lose ourselves in our intimate relationships if we’re not careful and diligent. At the center of this cast of complex characters who are all dealing with the curve balls life has thrown at them is Melanie, a novelist who can't seem to find her way through her marriage without the help of her imaginary characters. But those characters, who spring from those secret places in her soul, become lights that guide her way home—and back into the arms of her husband, Craig, who is floundering in his own sea of troubles. Home is not an easy read, but it will break your heart and heal it in one fell swoop. Another stellar novel from this amazing women’s fiction author, not to be missed."
 —C. S. Lakin, Editor and Author of Conundrum

"You will fall in love with Ginny’s characters and wish you could spend time with them long after the novel ends. Don’t miss Home. It really is where your heart will be."
—Christa Allan, Award-Winning Author of women’s fiction including Since You’ve Been Gone

This is quality Christian fiction, portraying the way real people incorporate their faith into tough situations, avoiding trite clichés and letting the light of God radiate through.

Yttrup delivers an affecting tale of many different faith paths, ranging from questioning the very identity of God, to learning to trust completely in Him despite being able to see a way out.

Home is at its best when describing Jill’s disorder and fear of the stigma of mental illness. Customers who enjoy Karen Kingsbury’s contemporary novels will ?nd Yttrup’s newest title appealing.

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  1. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Quite Satisfying!
    June 3, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Home is the imprint on our heart, the song of our soul, the memory we've yet to live . . . ."

    Melanie Vander has packed her suitcase and virtually run away from home to her friend's lake house, cowering under the pretense of completing her novel under deadline, when in reality she recognizes that she and her husband have slowly drifted apart; thoughts of the future so confusing that it seems safer to escape into the alternate reality of her work in progress. But there is no solace there, either.

    Craig Vander is under tremendous pressure; building custom built homes during a recession has drained his resources. Unfortunately, putting his own home on the market looks more and more like the only alternative. Why hasn't he been honest with Melanie before now about their bleak financial straits? The answer is obvious, it's because their recent conversations have either been one-sided or have ended in disagreements; Melanie's increasingly unfocused thoughts being driven by the imaginary characters in her novels, rather than by her very real husband.

    In this spiritually vibrant story, the Spirit makes His presence known; for Craig begins to pray for his wife, and Melanie's characters do eventually send her "home". And as an added bonus, a second story line parallels that of Craig and Melanie, equally satisfying and empowering.
  2. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Moving, Intriguing Story
    May 21, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Melanie Vander is doing what she does best, hiding. Hiding from pain, grief, her husband and most of all God. However, God doesn't let her hide.

    Ginny Yttrup has written another stellar book about life. Her books tackle tough issues, and she doesn't back down from hitting them head on.

    Home, written from the different perceptions and insights of the main characters introduces us to an intriguing cast, including Melanie's fictional therapist, Dr. Hammond. Melanie is a novelist struggling to meet a deadline and writing a book she doesn't want to write: it opens too many wounds. Craig, her husband, is overwhelmed by the recession eating away at his business and is too overcome by life to do much but watch his marriage seem to fall apart at the seams. However, God is working on each partner in ways neither can begin to fathom.

    I have read several of Ginny Yttrup's books. They all deal with major, sometimes heartbreaking, true to life events. She doesn't pull any punches and puts it out there for us, the readers, to read, absorb and learn from. Home is a book that may open wounds for some people and heal them for others. However, it is not a book that will leave you unmoved, and I believe it is not a book to be missed, either.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  3. Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Strong contemporary read
    May 19, 2017
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Most of us identify the word home with a place - a building or a community. We may spout the words, "Home is where the heart is" or profess that we would follow a loved one anywhere, making where he/she is our home. Ginny Yttrup's new book HOME shows us that "home" is also that place/state of mind where we are comfortable with ourselves, true to ourselves and to God.

    Next door neighbors, good friends, and work partners, Melanie Vander and Jill Rodriquez both seem to have captured the American dream. Both have loving spouses, Melanie has a growing career as an author, and Jill can continue her career as an editor from home, while raising twin boys and her daughter. But despite the daily cups of coffee and personal thoughts shared, neither Melanie nor Jill realizes the emotional baggage the other hides.

    Melanie and her husband are facing financial ruin as a result of the continuing recession, causing her husband to work longer hours, and also fueling the writer's block Melanie currently experiences as a huge deadline looms closer. When she escapes the pressures of home and travels to the lakeside retreat of a new friend, Craig feels his wife's absence is more than just physical. But could the time there and the new novel which seems to be leading Melanie, instead of the other way around, bring a whole new understanding of home to Melanie and eventually Craig? Meanwhile, Jill finds that the obsessive thoughts and actions that have darkened her life ever since the birth of her daughter must be faced. The growing anxiety is crippling her and threatens all she loves.

    While at times, it seemed odd having two such diverse stories happening at once, I quickly settled into this pattern, accepting it as another layer of realism. Certainly, suburban neighborhoods are filled with friends facing unique life-shaping events at the same time. Being there for someone else while your own life is breaking into a shambles is NOT fiction. It happens every day, and God calls us to be there for others. It may be what he provides as a path for our own healing. My heart ached for Jill as she found her way and also when Melanie and Craig finally admit what began her emotional exit from their marriage. Jill seeks professional help in the novel, and there is also another counselor who is a minor, but significant, character. The inclusion of these give Yttrup an avenue for

    presenting important, well-grounded information about the stages of grief, OCD, and PTSD.

    While I find that many Christian contemporary novels lack the depth for book club discussions, the themes of pain, loss, anxiety, coping mechanisms, being present in your own life, and more will give

    readers plenty to think about and discuss. Read this book and you will be left pondering Yttrup's message that "Home is the memory we've yet to live."

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This novel affected me so much at a place I was at in my own marriage! Life changing
    May 17, 2017
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "One way to describe it is a longing for home, though that's not quite accurate. The Welsh have a word for it: hiraeth. It's difficult to translate in English, but I've heard it described as a homesickness for a home you can't return to. Our a place that never was. I've come to acknowledge it in myself as a longing for God. 'Eternity set in the hearts of men,' as Solomon so eloquently wrote."

    I guess everyone has their own definition of what "home" really means. All I know is it is NOT confined to the walls of a brick and mortar building, but it is what is located in my heart. "It is either the sturdy foundation or the crumbling underpinnings a child is built upon." Home is in here. In our hearts, and time or distance have no bearing on it or cause us to lose our sense of where home really is.

    In Ginny L. Yttrup's latest novel, "Home," we get a sense of what it means for quite a few of her characters. For married couple Melanie and Craig, who have been married for twenty-three years are struggling to come to terms with where their future might be headed. After learning that they can't have children, they have both faced their own uncertainties. Craig is a home builder struggling to manage both his business and home with the rising financial downturns of the local economy. All he knows is that he has to come clean with Melanie that they might have to sell their custom built home and cut spending until things pick up. He feels at fault for not providing for their family. Melanie, a successful author now on her sixteenth novel, but is now wondering if she has more creativity left to inspire her to her looming deadline with her publisher. She wants to contribute to the finances, but if she can't complete this novel, they will have to look at selling their dream home.

    Their neighbors Marcos and Jill are facing their own struggles as well. For Jill it is dealing with her OCD behaviors that are beginning to impact her way of life and the way she relates to her family. She believes it has to do with a recurring nightmare that she is putting together bits and pieces of things that don't make sense to her. When she tries to explain it to her mother, she is dismissed. However it is possible these aren't nightmares but repressed memories? All she knows is that if she doesn't get help soon, she will come unglued and possibly hurt herself or her family without meaning to. Her only ally is her best friend Melanie, but even they are dealing with their own issues and now that Melanie has taken a trip away to a lakeside home to finish her novel, is it possible it is the end of her marriage as well to Craig?

    I received Home by Ginny L. Yttrup compliments of Barbour Publishing and Net Galley. This novel really hit home for me after a particular rough Mother's Day and found myself questioning whether I made a difference in the lives of our family. I can't believe how much I found myself relating to Melanie's character. Struggling to understand if she loved Craig as much as she should being married or it is possible they simply have grown apart. Is there a way to put things back together and see one another differently now that they're in different places in their personal and professional relationships. One thing is certain, temptation is just around the corner in places they least expected. Home is found in our hearts! Everything else is simply temporary. We are all created to live life to the full, and we can only do that if we're willing to fully participate! That is what I realized, after reading this novel. It isn't about what others are doing, but what we contribute to the life we are living. We can partner with our spouse or walk away. It is always better to work together!! There are some great discussion questions at the conclusion of this novel that would be great for a book club. For me, this one earns a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion, because it changed something even in my own heart, and for a novel to that, it has to be extraordinary.
  5. Jennifer Chandler
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Your Usual Love Story
    May 7, 2017
    Jennifer Chandler
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First things first. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own.

    I was on the fence about the book, Home, after reading the summary. It is not my normal choice for a light Christian fiction read, but I was intrigued by the story of the main character, Melanie. This story follows more than just Melanie's story. It also follows her husband, Craig, and their married friends, Jill and Marcos. The story is rounded out with a handful of interesting characters as well. The reader not only gets to follow along, but also gets to "see" the characters first hand by reading their thoughts that prompt some of their actions. The more that I read of this story, I knew that I had to know how it ended. I was not expecting to be griped by some of the twists, nor crying before reading the last word. I would not consider this book to be light or fluffy. It deals with matters of the heart and choices that can make or break a relationship. The main character, Melanie, and her best friend, Jill, struggled with huge life decisions. I felt like the author presented heavier topics than normal in a Christian fiction gracefully.

    At the end of the day, I would recommend this book if you enjoy reading a Christian fiction that is more than the typical girl falls in the love with guy and they live happily ever after. There is a unique flavor to this story, and I ended up really enjoying reading it.
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