Happy Tuesday, Reader friends!
I hope you’re week is continuning an upward trend of awesomeness. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Jennifer Rodewald’s When I Come Home Again. Grab a cup of tea and read on!
About the Book
When a family crisis calls him back to Big Prairie, will Craig Erikson be able to work through past mistakes and the tragedy that had sent him searching for a new place to call home?
Brenna Blaum had been sure of three things in her life—her brother, her running, and her dad’s star receiver. But in a matter of a year’s time, everything she’d counted on fell apart, leaving her devastated. Seven years later, she’s stable again. She has a supportive boyfriend, fulfilling career, and close friends. She keeps her past heartache where it belongs—in her rearview mirror. Until the man who broke her heart finds his way back to Big Prairie.
Craig Erikson had it all—popularity, success, and the love of his high school coach’s daughter. But after a year of mistakes that ended in a tragic accident, he’d left Big Prairie—the place he’d thought to always call home—hoping that without his antagonizing presence, Brenna would be able to heal. Now his mother desperately needs him, as do two young boys in her care. Craig has little choice but to return for good.
Unsure that she can forgive him, Brenna does her best to avoid him. Irritated that she ignores him as if they’d never meant anything to each other, Craig becomes determined not to allow it.
Life in a small town forces their interaction, making them confront their unresolved issues and igniting emotions that have smoldered for seven years. As Craig and Brenna are pushed together, can they endure the hard places still littering their lives? If so, is it possible to find their way back to love and home again?
Jennifer Rodewald has a signature voice. One deep-rooted in the word of God and covered in grace. When I Come
Home Again continued Ms. Rodewald’s ever-present theme of grace as Brenna and Craig worked through past hurts.
I love when an author plays with the idea of returning home, because a character usually carries a sense of failure with them. I know the author is going to poke at that thorn until the character surrenders. And what a journey it was! Ms. Rodewald doesn’t shy away from tough subjects–the everyday trials we all go through. But she does promise hope and Brenna and Craig got to experience that.
All in all, this story had all the aspects of a Rodewald novel I’ve come to expect. If you take a chance, you won’t be sorry.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.
About the Author
Jennifer Rodewald/J. Rodes lives on the wide plains somewhere near the middle of Nowhere. A coffee addict, pickleball enthusiast, and storyteller, she also wears the hats of mom, teacher, and friend. Mostly, she loves Jesus and wants to see others fall in love with Him too. She would love to hear from you! Please visit her at https://authorjenrodewald.com.