Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review: Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

Queen Elizabeth Wake (Queenie to her friends), ran away from her small Texas town years ago after being rejected by her lifelong love, Everett.  She and her sister were always treated like outcasts in the town based on their mother's reputation and her sister's teen pregnancy.  But when Queenie loses yet another job, she is forced to return home to face the people of the town and her lingering feelings for Everett.

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.

Entertainment Value
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.


  1. Thanks for the heads up on this one. Love me some women's lit! It sounds very character/relationship-driven, which is one thing I love about that genre.

  2. Sounds like a fun book. I'm going to add it to my summer reading list. Thanks for the review.

  3. I'm so thrilled you liked it! I love books that give insights into life -- those are the ones I keep throughout many book purges.

    Thanks for being on the tour!