Kate had a home, but her heart wasn't in it... or in her marriage. So she left them both. Phyllis had a home... and her heart was in it... but she wanted something more. So she shopped. Naomi had no home and her heart was in cold storage, frozen by grief and fear. So she shopped. They found one another in a department store, shopping. The problem with 'retail therapy'; you can overdose. As friendship grows between these three women, they help one another face up to their problems, realizing along the way, that every heart needs a home and it takes more than a house to make one. A contemporary novel about three women who want more.
Home is where the heart it. It not only is our shelter but is our comfort and holds many of our inner thoughts and most precious memories. We live, love, grow and build relationships that stand through the tests of time. Sometimes in life, couples get to a place where it's not that you don't love each other but you feel like you are complete strangers. If you just go on the assumption that love and your partnership is just what is over time with its' passing, than that binder that holds your foundation will develop some cracks in it. Sometimes all it takes is someone or something to restrengthen that foundation to make it strong again.
Making It Home was a complete testament to this wholeheartedly. This is one of those books that just grabs your heart because like so many who have fallen to this place in their relationship, this is such an inspiration of hope and validation that love conquers all, communication is so important and time heals all wounds. Such a beautifully written story that just captivates your heart and engages you throughout its entirety. The emotional depth of the characters as the story progresses just absolutely captivates you as a reader to where you feel completely invested. You grow as they grow. You feel as they feel and by the way, I would suggest a box of tissues because you will need them to sooth your melting heart.
When it comes to books like this, the first person I always seem to think of is Nicholas Sparks. I haven't seemed to find an author who captures sincerely on the true purity of the human relationship at its' raw and purest form along the journey of the strength and commitment of love between two people or the development of a true friendship until now. As I sing her praises loudly, as a reader to be able to just glide through the pages because the story just illuminates your mind and your heart into complete bliss just makes this book at it completion worth every moment.
So, the heart of the book were its' amazing characters. There is so much about this book that I think many people can relate to. We get introduced to Kate and Dan whose journey is a long introspective but inspiring one. What I love about this part of the book is the sincerity and truth of marriage. Whether you are married or not, you want that fairy tale that you meet a guy and live happily ever after but then life happens. You grow apart and you begin to doubt about the other person because you don't know how you got there or how to get back to what once was. The little arguments develop into resentment towards one another. Being in a room with each other is challenging an all you want to do is find that peace even if that means that you are in two separate places.
Kate, is like so many women out there. She got married young, had children and sort of "lost" her life. All she wants to do is start living. You never know who or what gets put in your life but everything happens for a reason. When Kate meets Phyllis, this is probably one of the most beautiful friendships anyone could have. Then they meet Naomi, whose heart and spirit have been broken. Like so many women who have been broken emotionally and physically, it's hard to let love in out of fear. The development of their friendship is my favorite part of the book. Their journey together defined her quest to find themselves, love for what it really means and healed whole hearts.
There is so much about this book that I want to share but I don't want to ruin it for you. This is one of those books that you have to experience for yourself. It will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the precious gift of life and its limited time of essence. We learn the beauty of friendship and that love can heal life's most challenging times. You will not be disappointed. You will be left with your heart smiling.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
Release Date: 6/13/2009