“Home” is one of those books that encourages the reader to dig a little deeper into her own heart, to examine herself, and perhaps to receive some healing for long buried grief and pain. It is not a particularly easy to read book. The primary character Melanie has buried years of grief so deeply that it has driven a wedge between her and her husband. Financial difficulties and the potential loss of their home bring best-selling novelist Melanie to the breaking point and she runs to a friend’s cottage to attempt to reach the deadline on her latest book. What she finds is peace, healing, and an entirely different book than her usual style.

I liked the fact that this book was written from the point-of-view of both Melanie and her husband Craig. Their personal and spiritual journeys helped me as the reader to understand their relationship struggles which made my reading experience so much richer. I also liked that the author took Melanie and Craig through some unexpected territory that did not turn out at all as I speculated.

“Home” is a beautifully written and thoughtful novel that held my attention throughout.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Amazon Vine. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Novelist Melanie Vander runs away—from conflict, from pain, from reality. When Melanie finds herself faced with a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to a novel-worthy locale. Maybe a bit of distance will inspire her husband to appreciate her again, too, she reasons. Melanie’s husband, Craig, is facing his own problems, including a recession that’s all but shut down his construction business, the threat of home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally. Craig feels as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. 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.


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