Home by Ginny L. Yttrup Review

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About the Book

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.

My Perspective

This book was fantastic! Not only did I like the main storyline, but I loved the subplot about Jill and the problems she was having. The mystery of these nightmares she was having, or were they memories…was very intriguing and added this depth to the entire book that I enjoyed. Her problems were real, and it was evident that the author did her research on this topic before writing.

Back to the main characters, Melanie and Craig. I’m glad the author chose to put of their POVs in the story. Had it been one sided I don’t think you would have gotten all the emotions, reasonings, and backgrounds of both characters. At no time during the book did I find myself siding with either character, which doesn’t happen very often. This was written in a way that had you rooting for them both and hoping they’d find their way back to each other.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this book was watching Melanie pen her own book. It was so evident that God was a part of this, and it felt more like a self revelation than writing a story. It made me wonder if this happens to authors in the real world? The way the author wrote about God whispering to Craig when to pray really spoke to my heart. It was beautifully written, and was a wonderful reminder in the power of prayer.

I hope this book will touch your heart as it did mine. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Ginny L. Yttrup

Ginny is the award-winning author of Words, Lost and Found, Invisible, Flames, and her most recent novel, Home, which releases April 1, 2017. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry. She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit www.ginnyyttrup.com.


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