Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop

Hope rises. Those are beautiful words spoken to describe the passage two characters embark upon in this second in a series by author Kathleen Shoop. Although not not what you would expect from the   summer reading challenge (it is a chunker), readers who enjoy traveling back in time will want to pack this in their beach tote. Also, if you are a stickler for reading books in a series in order, you may want to pick up the first book to familiarize yourself with the characters, but it is truly a stand-alone book. Check out the synopsis for a glimpse of The Road Home.


The Long-Awaited Sequel to Award-Winning, Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop’s The Last Letter… 1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a miracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts. 1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.

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