When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.
World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.
Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.
Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.
Love Comes Home is the third in the Rosey Corner series that began with the beautiful Angel Sister. It opens on an August day in 1945. The Japanese have surrendered and Americans are celebrating. Here, Gabhart realistically captures the joyous emotions of that day, but tempers it with a reminder that not every son or husband would be coming home. The war hasn’t left the Merritt family unscathed. Torri is a widow at 19, her husband killed by the Japanese.
Even though the war is over, its repercussions echo through Rosey Corner. The husbands of Eva and Kate return physically whole, but not all war injuries are visible. The sisters have plans for their married lives, but the men aren’t necessarily ready for what they have in mind. Before the book is finished, more tragedy will hit the Merritt family in ways they hadn’t expected.
This is a book about learning to live beyond tragedy and being able to open your heart further than you thought possible. Torri has a potential suitor, who adores her young daughter, but feels that to love again would be a betrayal against her deceased husband. Lorena, meanwhile, is questioning the actions of her birth family and wonders if it’s possible to truly love two families equally.
Although a somber novel at times, Love Comes Home is still enjoyable and is a must for fans of the two previous Rosey Corner books. I presume that this is the last book of the series, since a series tends to be comprised of three titles, and it does have an air of finality to it in parts. I’m not sure I’m ready for that, however; there are surely more stories that can be told. We have seen these lives develop through the Depression and World War II. I, for one, would love to see Lorena come of age at the start of the 1950s.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary electronic copy of Love Comes Home, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 July 2014
Page Count: 384