Friday, October 24, 2008

Home Another Way by Christa Parrish


Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.

A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her family in upstate New York, where she is at work on her second novel.


After her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.

In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast–and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father’s will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?

A story of grace, of God’s never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.

Christy here: I guess I don't get out much. I know. I've said that before. And when I mean, "I don't get out much," I mean it about reading. You see, most of the CBA books I read are about Christians. They aren't promiscuous. The don't swear. They're nice to people. While I enjoy these books, the characters are too perfect.
If you're looking for an alternative - and don't misunderstand me - Home Another Way implies the main character does certain things but it is not seen. The main character, Sarah, is what the book description above says. She's living life fast and hard. Whoa, is she. She isn't real nice to the small town folks she's meeting. She's there for the money and that's it. She believes her father killed her mother, but everyone in town loves her father. I guess I'd be irritable too.
This book has impressed me because even though I didn't really like the main character in the beginning. I got irritated with her a time or two. The author has somehow managed to make me understand her. I feel sorry for her. But more important, I'm rooting for her. I'm halfway through the book and I'm going to finish. Because I want to. Because I want to see what happens to Sarah Graham at the end.
If I had a good copy of the book I'd give it away to help spread the word. Though I feel blessed to have an Advanced Readers Copy, I can't give it away and won't. I have too many notes in the margins. Not only has Christa Parrish nailed her characters, she's got some excellent lines. As a writer, I want to learn how to do that!
Pick up a copy if you have a chance. I highly recommend this book.


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If you would like to read the first chapter of Home Another Way, go HERE

1 comment:

  1. Christy, thanks so much for this recommendation. I hadn't heard of this book.