Wednesday, April 3, 2013
When it comes to genre fiction, I must admit that I often have low expectations for the writing. I'm not really on the lookout for outstanding commentary on life or depth of insight - I'm just looking for a good story that fits a certain schema. In the case of women's literature/romance, I'm looking for likable characters and an intriguing plot with a nice ending. However, Nowhere But Home met and then surpassed those expectations. I did find the characters and plot I was looking for, but I also found some serious insight. My favorite point in the book was Queenie's realization that "anger is just a bodyguard for sadness." I was thoroughly pleased with the quality and style.
As I mentioned above, this is what I'm really looking for in a genre read and it totally delivered. I loved Queenie's relationship with her sister, with the men she works with as a prison chef, and with her nephew Cal. I also loved the romantic aspect, had the appropriate swoony feelings, and it was all bundled with an ending I could appreciate. I also really respected that the author took care not to create stock characters. The "bad" characters in the book, Queenie's enemies, are revealed to be hurting people who have their own life issues to deal with. In the end, no one is all good or all bad, and I like when authors can capture that.
Highly recommend it, especially if you're looking for a lighter read going into summer or spring break. I'll definitely read more by the author.
Thank you to TLC for putting me on the tour. You can click here to see the rest of the blogs that will be reviewing Nowhere But Home.
Posted by Julie G at 12:15 PM