“WHEN PEOPLE SAY “‘A dream come true,’ they surely don’t realize how difficult and painful realizing dreams can be.“ Three women, Lynn, Judith and Angela strangers at different stages in their lives; each one having . . . needing to start over. SOMEDAY HOME: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling is about personal discovery and personal courage. Each woman in her own time will “appreciate praises, especially when they are a sacrifice.”
“LIFE CHANGES IN AN INSTANT and we have no control over it.“ Suddenly alone Lynn decides her home is too big for one person and pursues the concept of “house-sharing.” Although nervous, she extends the invitation to Angela and Judith whom she met at a local quilting convention in Minnesota.
PAIN, A COMMON THREAD Lynn, Angela and Judith share. All three have suffered the pain of a personal loss and the unexpected opportunity for a new beginning. Lynn’s husband died suddenly from an aneurysm. Judith’s overbearing and controlling father died after a long illness, and Angela’s husband had an affair with a younger woman and demanded a divorce after 25 years of marriage.
EACH ONE LEARNED TO ADAPT and heal through her own grief. Neither one would “have guessed this change of scene would be so healing.”
- Lynn – Had to truly live again once she forgave her husband for dying and leaving her alone. Once she forgave, she began to heal.
- Judith – Had to forgive her father for “guilting” her into not pursuing her dreams. Once she forgave, she began to blossom.
- Angela – Had to forgive herself for allowing her ex-husband to steal her joy. Once she forgave, she was able let go of the pain.
THESE THREE “STRANGERS” take a chance on embracing change. Not easy at first, but they soon realize that their new-found freedom and living arrangement may be the answer to a dream long-buried in the solace of their everyday lives. This revelation calms their fears.
THOUGHT for your SOUL:
- “Through the years I have learned that when God wants me to do something, He sends an idea, but then persists if I try to ignore it.“
IT IS EASY TO IDENTIFY with any one of the characters in SOMEDAY HOME. The characters are real and personal with human frailties, fears, and shortcomings. Along the way each must answer an important question, “How do you find yourself when you’ve been living your life through someone else’s“? How do you pick up the pieces when your life suddenly takes a different path”? After all, she though she’d had her life all mapped out and look what happened … Life changes.”
SOMEDAY HOME is a book about family. The kind of blended family formed by choice, trust, and friendship, not by blood. They were born “strangers” and now were bonded forever as “friends.” In the end, the friendship/sisterhood opened the door to a lifetime of opportunities simply by being at the right place at the right time.
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates SOMEDAY HOME as CHALLENGINGLY CHARISMATIC (301-500 pgs.) . . . Borderline lengthy . . . it better have a good ending and it does!
Disclaimer: BONDing over BOOKS received this book for free from FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. for this review.