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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?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides its time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. Shes 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 thats ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isnt even…real.
Melanies husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession thats threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife whos checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though hes carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, hes 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 shell check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.
Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Into the Free, When Mountains Move, and The Feathered Bone
C. S. Lakin, Editor and Author of Conundrum
Christa Allan, Award-Winning Author of womens fiction including Since Youve Been Gone
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Moving, Intriguing StoryMay 21, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie 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.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Strong contemporary readMay 19, 2017MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Most 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.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This novel affected me so much at a place I was at in my own marriage! Life changingMay 17, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets 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.
Jennifer Chandler5 Stars Out Of 5Not Your Usual Love StoryMay 7, 2017Jennifer ChandlerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First 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.
Pat from MUC3 Stars Out Of 5Finding HomeApril 30, 2017Pat from MUCQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A quote from theologian and philosopher Meister Eckhart opens Home, a new novel released by Shiloh Press. Eckhart says, God is at home, its we who have gone out for a walk. Home, in all of its interpretations, is the theme of this novel from award-winning author Ginny L. Yttrup.
The story unfolds through the eyes of three different charactersMelanie, a romance writer, Craig, her husband of 23 years, and Jill, their neighbor and Melanies literary agent. The novel takes place in an upper middle-class neighborhood in modern day California.
Melanie struggles with her storyline and Craig, with their financial situation. Craig likes building because it is logical and concrete, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. But he realizes marriage isnt like that. It often gets stuck in the middle with both partners dealing with the same problems and conflicts theyve always had. Meanwhile Jill who has financial security and a beautiful family is spiraling into obsessive compulsive behavior because she worries that all that can be taken away from her.
In order to complete her novel in time, Melanie takes some time away from home to write in a friends lakeside cottage. It is there that she explores her characters and becomes less attached to reality. She knows on some level there is something wrong with her marriage, her writing process and her other relationships, but turning to God is not working. In her words her prayer life is like her car radio. All she gets is static.
The strengths in Home are the well developed characters and the story within the story that is Melanies novel. It is fascinating to view one fictional authors writing process which Yttrup admits is similar to her own. The parallels between Melanies fictional therapist and Jills need for therapy also stand out. All three of the narrators are searching for home without really knowing what that means.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbur Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.