Book Review: Finding Home

A rich tapestry of wit, grit, and humor…

Twenty-four-year old Phoebe Hawley is on a quest to find her family a home. On the road with two siblings, twelve-year-old Maydean and five-year-old Willie-Boy, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas, and out of patience. The only things she owns in abundance are backbone and pride–neither of which she can trade for food or gas.

A collision with Gage Morgan puts Phoebe’s mission in even worse jeopardy–until Phoebe discovers Gage owns the perfect place for her clan. However, she soon discovers that Gage is the unlikeliest man in the universe to offer a helping hand.

Phoebe wields all the country smarts she owns to worm her way into Gage’s heart, but nothing works. With time running against her family, she plies one last inducement–her scarce feminine wiles.

My Review

Phoebe’s ancestors came from the Okefenokee swamp, but as time and circumstances changed they eventually ended up working in cotton mills. However, that work too finally dried up, which is the reason Phoebe is looking for a home for her family. I thought she was funny, spunky, and determined, all of which made me like her. However, in the beginning she isn’t focused on Gage. She just wants his land as a home for her family.

In the beginning I was not too fond of Gage. I thought the author focused more on Phoebe, and at first Gage just seemed surly to me. As the book went on I learned his back story and started to understand him and like him.

In spite of those little criticisms, I really did like the book. Phoebe and Gage found themselves drawn together in spite of a bad beginning. The dialogue between them is sometimes humorous and rather witty. The author totally captured the language and expressions that a girl like Phoebe would use, and of course that made the book seem even more true to life. I thought the story flowed seamlessly. The supporting characters were very well drawn and added a lot to the story. I would definitely recommend the book. In fact, I bought another book by Jackie Weger, and I’m enjoying it as well.

What about you? What are you presently reading?


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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10 Responses to Book Review: Finding Home

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I enjoy stories in which siblings have a strong bond and the older ones protect the younger ones.
    Hard to imagine the difficulties of navigating life without parents / adults who care for you.
    As for the author’s portrayal of Gabe at the beginning — I sort of like the notion that he’s a beast before we see him as a prince. Though, of course, I’m over-simplifying it (and haven’t read the story itself).

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    My favorite heroines are the strong women who don’t sit by helplessly until the hero comes along. This sounds like a story I’d enjoy.

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  3. I agree with Jeff that it was probably the author’s intention to not make Gabe seem particularly likable at the beginning.I would venture a conservative guess that seventy-five percent of most stories, (including those in movies and TV), have people who take an immediate dislike to each other only to end up in each other’s arms.
    I have known so many families where siblings have stepped-up to take care of younger ones,or sometimes, disabled older ones. It is a sad thing, but there are truly great people in difficult circumstances in this world.

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  4. Jackie Weger says:

    What a delight stumbling across your review. Thank you so much for reading — and reviewing! Much appreciated!

    Yes, Gage was a bit “grumpy” in the beginning, with, as you said, good reason. 🙂

    Without a doubt, Phoebe is one of my favorite characters. Some folks confuse her vernacular with ignorance. Shame on them! That girl was smart as a whip for her age!

    My next favorite characters are in “The House on Persimmon Road.” Justine and Lottie were a hoot to write! I hope you’ll check it out!

    Thank you again!

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  5. I love all Jackie’s books, and Finding Home is definitely one of my favorites! She just has a way with words, a style that I swear is so rare anymore. She makes me laugh, cry, and even swoon a bit!

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