Monday, October 13, 2008

"Home Another Way" Book Review and Giveaway!


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Home Another Way

Bethany House (October 1, 2008)

by

Christa Parrish

MY REVIEW:
I found this book refreshing in a very unusual way. As a reader it is almost impossible to figure out what happened in the past or to predict how the book will end. I was impressed by the growth of the characters and how the storyline progressed. It is not often that you almost hate the heroine, but there are always exceptions and this is one of them. For a fresh read where not everything gets wrapped up in a pretty bow this book is a nice change of pace.

So much so that I decided to give you a chance to win my copy but my copy is just an Advanced Reader Copy - so be aware of that if you sign up for the drawing. Christa emailed me to say that she would love to give away an autographed copy to the winner of the drawing!! Isn't that great! Leave a comment with your email address and I will enter you for a chance to win!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.

A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her family in upstate New York, where she is at work on her second novel.



ABOUT THE BOOK

After her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.

In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast–and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father’s will stipulates a six-month stay before she can recieve the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?

A story of grace, of God’s never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.

If you would like to see a video book trailer of Home Another Way, go HERE.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Home Another Way, go HERE

28 comments:

Christa Parrish said...

Janna,

Thanks so much for the thoughtful review. I sent you an email about your giveaway!

In Him,
Christa

Ruby (Mouth) said...

Great review!! This book sounds like a great one for anyone that might have someone suffering from abandoment and just feeling like they can never forgive. I would love a chance to read it.


angelleslament @ gmail.com

Carla (Pioneerheart@PBS) said...

Sounds like a powerful read. Please enter me in the drawing.

~Carla pluumeria at cox dot net

windycindy said...

This book's story line is intriguing. I like the twist where her father's will requires her to stay for six months in the mountain hamlet during the winter! Please enter me in your book drawing. I really appreciate it!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

hippmom said...

Love the sound of this plot. Please enter my name!

Carole said...

While I read several different types of books, the small-town relationship drama is the one I keep coming back to. Thank you for the chance to win Christa's book and discover a new author.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

lisa said...

This book has excellent reviews. I wish her luck with her debut novel!

Please enter me for a chance to win!

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

lovedandamazed said...

I've seen several reviews of this book and they have intrigued me. I live in a small town and always like to read books set in them.

Thanks!
author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

traveler said...

An intriguing and unique novel that appeals to me greatly. The plot and characters reach out to me. Thanks.
rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lora Lease said...

Sounds like yet another great book... thanks for the amazing service you do for all us book-lovers!

Please enter me in the contest.

Carolynn W. said...

I would love to read the book, it sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!
carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com

Pamela J said...

What a wise father, though estranged, to stipulate that Sarah stay in his home town. He must have known the people would reach out to her with the grace of God's never-ceasing love. Of course, using the faithful people, though flawed, is what God does best. Looks like a great book!
Pam Williams
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Excellent review and the book sounds like it is a really excellent one. Something that really makes you stop and think. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Martha A. said...

This sounds like one I need to read! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Becky C. said...

This sounds like a fabulous book.

I would really love to read it.

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.
rec(at)hiwaay(dot)net

Donna M said...

I would love to read this one too! It sounds like a great read! Please enter me in the drawing.

Donna Moore
runninmama[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Skywaywaver said...

This book sounds really interesting. I'm glad you reviewed it and I found that review, as I don't think it's something I would have read on my own.
Please enter me in the giveaway, thanks!
hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

Carolyn said...

this sounds like a very heartwarming book and I would love to read it. Thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

Doreen said...

Hi, I would love to be entered to win this story of grace! Thanks. purposedrivenlife4you (at) gmail (dot) com

Sherrylinn said...

Another one that sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cricket said...

This sounds really, really interesting and one I would love to have to start my library off! Thank you!

Cricket4JC AT hotmail DOT com

robin_titan said...

Ahh this book sounds really good! I like books that don't have a happily ever after there are too many of those sometimes it seems :)

Carol said...

This sounds good! Thank you for the chance to win it!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

Sandee61 said...

Please add me to the list. I'd love to read this book. The cover is beautiful. Thank you!

Sandy

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

mary jo said...

Please enter me in your drawing.

rcmjrobertson[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Jill said...

Please enter me in your drawing.Looks like a wonderful book.

j4fortner(at)att(dot)net

marci said...

Sounds like a great and touching book. My email is marcijean02@yahoo.com

Janna said...

And the winner is...

martha@...

Congratulations!