A Place to Call Home

  • Author: Merrillee Whren
  • Publisher: Merrillee Whren
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Release Date: April 13, 2013
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

After serving six years in prison for the false charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife, Kurt Jansen must overcome a world of bitterness if he wants to start a new life. But his first priority is securing a restoration job to pay a private investigator to find the real killer and a lawyer to get his kids back.

Hiring a convicted wife-killer isn’t what kind-hearted Molly Finnerty bargains for as part of the prison ministry she supports. However, she begins to believe Kurt’s claim of innocence and gradually finds a great deal to like about him—perhaps more to like than she should.

Can they overcome the past and find forgiveness and love?


1. A Place to Call Home
2. A Love to Call Mine
3. A Family to Call Ours

Each book stands alone, but the stories are connected through setting or characters. The final two books in the series will release in 2017 and 2018.

About The Author

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who has written eleven books for Harlequin Love Inspired. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of thirty plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and Chicago but now makes her home on one of God’s most beautiful creations, an island off the east coast of Florida. When she’s not writing or working for her husband’s recruiting firm, she spends her free time playing tennis or walking the beach, where she does the plotting for her novels. You can find Merrillee on:

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Book Review by Bree Herron

This book was the perfect read to spice up my usual TBR pile. I have enjoyed getting more contemporary stories on my shelf and this was a well written, thought provoking novel. Kurt and Molly are very different, this goes beyond the one in prison for murder, and one an inn keeper descriptions. One thing the author does really well is creating the raw emotions and feelings for Kurt.

Kurt will be the first to say he isn’t perfect and he is trying to get his life back. As a reader it is easy to feel his feelings (even as a female). I thought it was wonderful how he wasn’t perfect yet and was a work in progress like the Bed and Breakfast. Kurt wasn’t really asking for a second chance but just a new chance. He worked through hardships, anger, and emotions that I think the author painted perfectly.

I think many would love this story and spend the night reading it like I did. I am left thinking about chances and opportunities taken or not, many of us have more offered towards us than most. I look at these chances differently now, I don’t have the obstacles of a reputation that could fail me, and I would hope to be given a chance like our characters if I did.  Kindness isn’t hard to give but it can seem like a challenge, a challenge we could all work to accept.

I Rate it

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

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