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Almost Home

I hope there ain't no cast iron in heaven, 'cause if there is, I reckon the Almighty's 'bout ready to whack us upside the head with a skillet

Book Review:

Y’all, I could not get enough of this book! (Reading southern-based books brings out my accent). If you love, or even like, maybe tolerate, southern charm, a pirate treasure mystery, match-making grannies, and all-out knee-slapping conversations, then I suggest you buy this book immediately. I’m not even kiddin’. If you’re not used to reading southern dialect, it might be a little tricky at the beginning, but I think you’ll catch on pretty quick.

Now, there are a few characters that you’ll find yourself reading from their perspectives, but don’t worry, they each have their own personality and you’ll get them sorted out in no time. I was enamored with how all the loose ends tied up, even though I had the ending figured out way ahead of time. Sometimes I want a surprise, and sometimes I like knowing where the story is heading before I get there.

The conversations in Almost Home had me laughing out loud. At one point, my husband almost dared to ask what had me so tickled. He didn’t ask because he knew there would be a ten-minute explanation, followed by, “You just have to read it. It’s funnier if you read it.”

I loved all the characters, each for their own reasons. Jesse and Anna were special because they were the already married couple who were struggling through a crisis. If you’re married, or been married, you know what that’s like. Jesse felt like a failure, and instead of leaning on Anna, he pushed her away. Marriage is meant to be a joint effort, a point which is hammered home with Dolly and Si’s marriage.

Reed and Daisy were the youngsters, with Reed showing up probably halfway through the book. Shredded by war, Reed feels broken, worried he’ll never find peace. Daisy lost her husband to the war, and together, they learn to walk the battlefield of life after pain and loss.

The sadness and pain was perfectly balanced with moments of joy and the undercurrent of mystery as Anna and the others find old journals that lead them on a merry chase for hundred-year-old pirate treasure. It was like The Goonies, only as grown-ups, with some hard-hitting reality to stabilize the thrill of the hunt. I LOVE The Goonies, so don’t be taking that reference as some sort of put-down, cause it ain’t. (Can you tell I’m having a good time letting my southern drawl out to play on this one?)

Almost Home is listed as Christian Romance, which I feel is an accurate representation. God is mentioned occasionally, the majority of the characters do attend church, but the overall thread of God and Christianity is very thin.

Favorite quotes, just to show you a little bit of what I mean about the humor in Almost Home.

“What-ifs are big sticks with which we smite ourselves.” – Anna

“I hope there ain’t no cast iron in heaven, ’cause if there is, I reckon the Almighty’s ’bout ready to whack us upside the head with a skillet.” – Daisy

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