Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Homecoming: Book Review

Back in December 2010, I had the pleasure to read and review Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift. You can see my review here. I am very excited to announce that the sequel, The Homecoming, is now available!

About The Book:

A reluctant war hero returns home and encounters a new chance at love.

No sooner has Shawn Collins returned home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way--as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with his son Patrick and his aging father, and grieve the loss of his wife in private. When Shawn asks Katherine Townsend to be Patrick's nanny while he's on the road, he has no idea how this decision will impact his life. Could it be the key to his future happiness and the mending of his heart? Or will the war once again threaten his chances for a new start?

Dan Walsh does not disappoint in this tender story of family ties and the healing of a broken heart.

You can read an excerpt of The Homecoming by Dan Walsh here (in PDF format)

About The Author:

Dan Walsh is the author of The Unfinished Gift and The Homecoming. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan is also a pastor and lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area.
My Review:

Loved it! The Homecoming drew me in from page one! Just as I enjoyed the characters, Katherine, Patrick and Shawn in the first book, they were even better in this one. The book is very well-written and the the characters are developed in such as way, that you can't help but love them. Although The Homecoming is the sequel of The Unfinished Gift, it proofs that it could pass as a stand alone title as well. With themes of love, faith, and moving on from the past seen throughout the book, there is never a dull moment. I really appreciated the author using flashbacks as we discover what Shawn experienced while away at war. If you like historical fiction, these scenes will definitely impress you.

Your heartstrings will be tugged as you read this book, so have tissue ready to use, and it is also a very quick paced book, so can be read very quickly. I loved how the scenes in The Homecoming were written in such as way that I felt like I was living them. I would love to see another book with these characters, perhaps focusing on Patrick. I can't wait to see what author, Dan Walsh comes up with next!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Homecoming here, directly from Revell Books, a division of Baker House Publishing. It is also available now, from you favorite Christian bookseller.

***This book was provided courtesy of Revell Books, and Graf-Martian Communications, Ltd. for the purpose of review on this blog***

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review. So glad you enjoyed the book. My next novel is inspired by an amazing true story that happened in 1857. It will be called The Deepest Waters, and will be out next spring.

    It's about a couple separated by a shipwreck on their honeymoon voyage from San Francisco to New York.

    But we may still see a 3rd novel about the Collins' family, perhaps something in the 1950's. I know I'd love to do that.

    Thanks again,

    Dan Walsh