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By Ginny L. Yttrup

Melanie Vander's life isn't what she expected - her husband is working late, she never had the children she wanted, and her latest book is just not getting written. Her husband Craig is frustrated the repressed economy has his company on the very brink of folding and his personal finances are non-existent. And then there is Melanie who gets lost in her alternant reality more often than not. Can anything save their marriage from the course that they now find themselves on?

Meanwhile, Melanie and Craig's neighbors Jill and Marcos are having troubles of their own. Jill has struggled for years with OCD and a recurring nightmare and it is getting worse. But she has fears that getting help may cost her more than she'll gain. Adding to this situation are stresses involving their own parents.

As these two couples work through what they are facing (or haven't faced) they will either become stronger or crumble. Can the love they've shared for years be a strong enough anchor to give them the foundation they need to rebuild and regroup?

Can they all find their way home?

Home is an intensely personal journey for the four main characters Melanie, Craig, Jill, and Marcos. They are all dealing with issues from the past. The strongest issue is an ungrieved loss. And the devastating part is that the grief has been hidden away - festering over the years until suddenly it has to make itself known.

All too often loss is hidden away to avoid dealing with it. Others try to marginalize it rather than acknowledging that someone has lost something precious to them. Another's loss makes us feel vulnerable so we avoid acknowledging another's pain and therefore exasperate their pain. But hiding from our pain isn't the answer as this book shows. We must at times be broken by pain and in the process become stronger because of it. The author weaves a powerful yet subtle message throughout this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
        Melanie runs away. 
                         From conflict. 
                                     From pain. 

                                                      From reality. 
When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution. 

At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed in opposite directions.

As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into her own fictional world, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage. Ultimately, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.