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Four college friends graduated from the University of Northwest Oregon. Twenty-five years later, they are back at their alma mater and discover their fourth friend has died. In her honor, they head out on a wilderness adventure that turns dangerous. The three women must work together to survive the elements.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
AlaskanAmy5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful ReadOctober 29, 2017AlaskanAmyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If We Make it Home kept my attention unlike any book this year. As a woman in my mid 40's I related to the characters and their story lines. The action of the book kept me from sleeping on a long plane middle of the night ride. I hope this author writes more novels soon.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Gripping from the startOctober 12, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book grabbed me from the beginning. It starts with a chapter each, about three different women, who roomed together in college, and now 25 years later, they are getting ready to go to the Emery House reunion, although all a bit reluctantly. Their lives are very dissimilar, and yet, not so unalike. Each woman is trying to escape her own inner struggles - empty nest, marriage problems, career difficulties... They head off to their college reunion, in hopes of maybe finding themselves and the glue that kept them together - Hope. But Hope has died, and life is now looking even more hopeless. They haven't kept in touch these past 25 years like they should have, and their comradeship is not what it used to be. Each anxious for the weekend to be over, but not sure what they will do next.
Individually, they each decide to take a survival trip to the mountains, not knowing the others will be going too. Can they get along long enough to survive? And yet, have enough "alone" time to figure out their lives?
Not too far in, the story took a totally random twist! I was seriously not expecting that! I could hardly put the book down in anticipation of finding out what was going to happen next. As I got deeper in, the twists kept happening. This is truly a book of survival, not just physical, but spiritual, a survival of the soul. These woman have to learn not only to depend on each other, but to depend on God, and figure out what they are really living for. I thought it was inspirational!
There is just a bit of confusion at times, because the book is written in first person, with each character telling it from her point of view, so it is important to really pay attention to who is speaking at the time. That's probably the only draw back.
I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of Kregel Publication. I was not asked or required to review positive and all opinions are my very own.
CafinatedReads20094 Stars Out Of 5Breathtaking Debut!October 8, 2017CafinatedReads2009Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another new author for me, and one I am completely happy to have found! When sitting down to read this intriguing sounding book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect,especially with this being a debut author. But, what I found when opening the pages was a book that completely swept me away, held me captive through out and completely stole all my emotions, from happiness to tears and back again.
The story really blew me away and left me reflecting on my life, and my journeys. The women within the pages of this book are chiseled in heart stealing way, and they all quickly became my friends for life. The author created them and made them real to life, as their reunion story plays out among the pages. They each had issues in their life, and spent time having to find themselves, the real them, just as we have to in real life sometimes. Their struggles and trials really hit home with me on more than one occasion.
If you are looking for a light hearted, fast paced read full of laughter and fun, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book that is completely and utterly gripping, that will make you feel like you are watching a movie on the big screen, that will leave you thinking about all that you have at hand, and what God can do for you if you just let Him, then this is the book just for you. A definite 4 star worthy book from a new author that I can't wait to see what's in story for her with more work. If they are like this incredibly stunning debut, then I know I will be a fan for life!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Heartbreak and SurvivalOctober 6, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If We Make It Home is quite a stark title for a novel that really grabs you and will not let you go. Not only from the harrowing adventure these friends find themselves in the midst of, but also all of the crazy, heavy emotions that comes with each of their stories.
Four college friends all embark on their life's adventure and 25 years later come back for an impromptu reunion when they find out their college sorority house is set to close its doors for good. What three don't know is that Hope, one of the four (the glue that held them together) has passed away. Not only reeling from that shocking news, each of the others is going through life crises of their own.
The narrative is told by each of the surviving friends: Ireland, Victoria, and Jenna. All are heartbreaking and life changing in significant ways and I found myself even relating to a few of their issues. None of them have felt their lives have turned out the way they had hoped and dreamed, and so each of them have different reasons, points to prove, as one by one they all set out on a survival hike/journey for about a week in the Oregon wilderness.
Wow. This was really pretty amazing storytelling, and even though I had to put the book down a few times to collect myself and/or to get over a shocking revelation- I could not keep it put down for long. This would be great on the big screen.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all the views and opinions are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A good novel of relationship transformationOctober 2, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed this novel about relationship transformation and character development. Three women are thrown into an environment where facades are ripped away, hurtful events from the past are clarified, and prickly personalities are molded into a new level of friendship.
The first part of this novel got off to a slow start for me. It finally grabbed my interest about 70 pages in when the women head off to their wilderness journey. The following adventure was good and kept my interest. Prior to that, it just seemed like cranky women were getting together for a reunion. Perhaps a prologue, a vignette of the women in the future in wilderness survival mode, would have captured my interest at the beginning of the book.
A difficult aspect for me was the frequent change in point of view. The character through which the following events would be seen was named at the beginning of the section. But after a few paragraphs I found myself flipping back to find out again whose mind I was in. I found that frequent change in point of view confusing.
That aside, I enjoyed the character revelation and transformation the wilderness journey inspired. The three women had to learn to work together, to understand each other, and help each other survive. It was interesting to see how the past had influenced each one's views of the others. Some hurts and misunderstandings had to be overcome. That may never have happened except the women were in a life and death situation.
I do recommend this book to those who would enjoy a novel about relationship transformation in women fighting for survival. There could be some good discussions about what is really important in life. Discussion questions are included to help with that conversation.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.