Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings. Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker. Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, making jewelry, and spending time with her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the ACFW Virginia Chapter.
Book Review by Bree Herron
Toni Shiloh has a sweet way about her writing. Even when she designs characters that are struggling, she has the ability to make the story surrounding them sweet. I really enjoy diving into her stories, and Returning Home was a pleasant read. I thought that Jo Ellen and Evan were a dynamic pair, even when they didn’t see it.
One topic that is tough to touch on and Ms. Shiloh did a successful job of weaving into the tale, is when we have physically lost a part of us. Now, I have never experienced this, the raw feelings and emotions one would have in such times are incomparable. I felt as though readers could truly grasp with Evan and Jo Ellen what this could feel like to overcome and build anew.
This is certainly a series I would enjoy reading, and has a great contemporary style to it. I enjoyed the relationships and charming town created in the story. Overall, I would certainly suggest this book to friends and fellow readers.
**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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