A friend recently gave me a new book to read and asked if I would consider reviewing it on my blog. Her mother wrote it. I said, “Yes,” but hesitantly, because, well, you know, what if I didn’t like it? What would I say? What would I do?
So I read it. In 2 days.
It grabbed me.
(Then I re-read it so I could write more in depth about it.)
Written by Sarah Byrd, and set in beautiful Cornwall, England, Finding the Way Home is a book about relationships, journeys, and how we all struggle to find peace and love in our lives.
The tone of the book is gentle and thought-provoking, and each character pulled me in. I found myself frustrated with Suzanne and Peter, wishing I could pick up and hold Blair to comfort her, and wanting to shake Ian and Jillian multiple times. When I read a book and the characters grab me, I know it’s good.
What grabbed me more was how much of myself I saw in Suzanne, the main character. She is a woman who is searching for who she really is, living for others, struggling through grief, and learning how to be loved. Then as I turned the pages, I saw myself in Peter and his struggles with guilt and forgiveness. When I read a book and can identify with the characters, I know it’s good.
It is no secret that I love books that make me think. While I would not put Finding the Way Home in the category of the “deep thinkers”, Sarah wove truth beautifully throughout the book and I had to stop and find my quote book to write thoughts down. When I read a book and have to grab my journal, I know it’s good.
Finding the Way Home is just a pleasant read, and if you’re looking for a book to curl up with as the leaves begin to fall and the fires begin to burn and the nights begin to chill, this should be on your list. Grab a blanket, a steamy mug of something delectable, and a plate of molasses cookies.
Oh, and grab this book for an enjoyable few hours of pleasant reading.
For you local folks, you can grab a copy at a book signing with Sarah Byrd here in town next Wednesday, October 20th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. If you’re interested, comment below (or call me if you know my number) and I’ll email you with details.
Go ahead, friends, grab away! It’ll grab you back.