Home Another Way


Home Another Way: A Novel

Christa Parrish

Bethany House Publishers, 2008

For me, the best books are populated with realistic characters that I think about long after I’ve finished the book. They become real people that I’ve met at some point during my life. They aren’t the perfect people we’ve come to expect to see on TV or movies. My favorite people (whether in real life or books) are the ones whose “insides” become the important part. Just like the scripture that says man looks on the outside while God sees the inside. That is the essence of this book – realistic characters we see clear down to their “insides” and love them anyway. This is a character-rich book and here are a few of them.

Sarah Graham has no home and no money, but she has the promise of an inheritance from her father’s estate. To accept it she travels to a small mountain village in the state of New York. She has an inheritance all right, but she must live there for six months before she can claim the money. This could be a recipe for disaster. Big City Sarah is hateful, rude, promiscuous and self-centered. She really doesn’t like herself and, at the beginning, neither did I.

Beth is a few years younger than Sarah. We first meet Beth as a waitress in the diner. There is no way to disguese the fact that Beth has been severely burned. Half of her face is scarred. But the “inside” of Beth’s character is so friendly and genuinely loving that after a while both Sarah and the reader don’t even think about her scars. Her inner beauty is all you see.

Maggie is Beth’s mom and owner of the local Inn where Beth stays when she first comes to town.

Jack is Beth’s brother and also the local minister. And, Sarah thinks he’s very attractive.

Melody is Sarah’s equal when it comes to throwing out insults. But inside, Melody has a very giving and loving heart. She gives Sarah what Sarah has wanted all her life.

Doc ia a crusty character. The local doctor, he gives Sarah a job visiting elderly and shut-in patients.

There are many more people in this isolated community. One person not alive but very present in spirit is Sarah’s father. Everyone in town has nothing but good to say about him. Sarah doesn’t want to hear it. This is the man she has never known. When she was a young child her father killed her mother and then spent many years in prison. Yes, there is a mystery here.

This is Christian fiction yet you will find no preaching here. It’s a deep and complicated story that should engage most everyone. One simple suggestion: read it with a kleenex handy. This is the first book by the author but I doubt it will be her last. It is very well written.

I won this book from the good ladies at 5 Minutes For Books. I’m so grateful as this is going to rank very high in my list of Favorite Books of the Year. I would love to share this book – only read once. If you are interested, leave a comment letting me know you are interested sometime before March 22. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 23.

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8 Responses to Home Another Way

  1. Beth F says:

    Sounds like my kind of book. I’d love to enter your drawing!

  2. Cerrin says:

    I would love to read that book…But I understand that you may not feel it is fair to put me in the drawing..as I am family.
    But I will have to see about borrowing it from a library some time.

  3. I love your book review. This type of book appeals to me also. I love books where you can really see the character of the man…his heart. That’s why I love the Mitford series by Jan Karron so much. Those books touch my heart and enlarge my faith.

  4. Krakovianka says:

    I’m very particular about Christian fiction–I don’t like the “pop” Christian books. But when it’s well-done…(like Gilead)…nothing is better. I’d love to give this one a try.

  5. Sherrie says:

    Hi Margot,
    Sounds like a really great book!! Have you read any of Terri Blackstock’s books? She writes Christian Fiction. I just finished a series of hers. It’s the Cape Refuge series. Very good books and series! Put me in your drawing please. Have a great day!!


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  7. Christian Books is the stuff i like coz i alway read the bible and i am a very religious person “”

  8. Spoon Rest says:

    my sister and i loves to read christian books because it inspires us to live life in its fullest `”:

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