Friday, July 27, 2007

The Road Home

Title: The Road Home
Author: Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen
Published by Bethany House Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0030-5.

There's no place like home, right? What if you have never really had a place to call home? Ruth has had a very difficult life from living in foster homes, certainly a less than stellar childhood to being a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. Just when she gets settled into her marriage to Lonnie and being a member of his family, tragedy strikes him and his brother just 3 years after their father's death.

Naomi is Ruth's mother-in-law who is dealing with the death of her sons death. She encourages her daughters-in-law to go back to their home. Naomi decides it is time for her to go back to "her people" in Pennsylvania. She has a homestead in Lancaster County in which to live once she gets there. Oprah and Ruth are ready to part ways with her but at the very last moment, Ruth jumps off the bus and catches up with Naomi with nothing but the clothes on her back. Ruth is determined to drive Naomi home to Pennsylvania. Will the 1976 Impala make it the whole way from Nevada to Pennsylvania? With a prayer, perhaps the car will make it. Neither woman has much money but if they pool their resources perhaps they will have enough to make it back there?

This is one road trip where an unlikely pair have very trying and often times humorous adventures. The mother-in-law and daughter-in-law have no real family ties now but they get to know each other on a different basis than in years gone by. They each share parts of their past and become best friends. What awaits them should they reach Lancaster County?

A great deal of time has gone by since Naomi Kaufmann Yoder has lived in the area. Will the land she plans to rebuild her life on still be hers? Like the book of Ruth in the Bible, will there be a kinsman redeemer who can help the women with the monetary problems that are presented? "The Road Home" is a delightful story written about the gentle people who enjoy simplicity in their lives.

"The Road Home" combines adventure, a beautiful friendship between two women who were once inlaws, humor, and a heartwarming love story all in one. "The Road Home" is a winding one with twists and turns along the way. This is excellent reading for all people who enjoy a story which combines adventure, a beautiful friendship between two women who were once inlaws, humor, and a heartwarming love story all in one. The twosome never gives up hope that God is directing their paths. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

Take "The Road Home", it is one trip that will not be soon forgotten!

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