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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. Vicky Hallenbeck
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written, but confusing
    August 31, 2017
    Vicky Hallenbeck
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This was a difficult read for me. There was just too much whirling and spinning between characters (real and imagined), plots, sub-plots, problems, and multiple foci that it was hard for me to determine exactly where the book was going. Even after completing the book, I cannot pinpoint the book's primary focus -- it spent time with grief, mental illness, counseling, marital fidelity, infertility, faith, and other topics without really weighing in on any of them. When my thought-processes become like this, my husband says, "honey, you're just thinking too much!" I felt Ms. Yttrup was just thinking too much.

    The book also collided with my personal conviction that a life of faith does not always include revelation of the "why" of things. No matter how much we think, pray, or plead, often we are not given the "why" and are required to go directly to the "how" of daily life, allowing God to lead us. In this book one of the male characters lived a life of faith, praying for his wife in the midst of confusion, but with that exception, other characters pursued and were allowed to find out the "why" of their situations. I assume that one of the author's goals was not to just to spin an interesting yarn, but to help others dealing with grief, mental illness, and so forth, and I'm not sure that was achieved despite the author's skilled writing and ability to keep many balls in the air.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book fromBarbour Publishingand was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. Gayla
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pleasantly surprised
    July 3, 2017
    Gayla
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have never read anything from this author before, but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the premise of the story and the author did a good job of making you feel what the characters, feel especially their emotions. Loss is terribly hard, no matter what the kind and how people deal with their losses are vastly different. While I havent had much loss in my life so far, it helped to understand what other people go through with their losses.

    I liked the fact that this book was faith based and used that faith throughout. I also liked that there were relationships that were dealt with honestly, not everything is roses all the time.

    I enjoyed this book and will read others from this author.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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