May 20

The Road Home Book Review

the road home

Title: The Road Home

Author: Kathleen Shoop

Publisher: Oakglen Press

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: The Letter Book 2

Pages: 418

Buy Link: Amazon 


Find your way home… 

1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a miracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts. 

1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.

My Review:

I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. My opinions on this book are 100% my own.

This is the second book in the “The Letter” series.  I have to honestly say I enjoyed the second book more than I did the first book. 

My heart broke for Jeanie. I can’t imagine having to live without my children. That is just something no parent should ever have to live through.  Katherine and Tommy are forced to do whatever it takes to stay alive and find their way back to their mother. The family never forgot each other and always strived to be reunited.

This book goes back and forth between time frames and point of view. We learn how things were for Jeanie, Tommy and Katherine. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be without your mother or family at the tender age of 14.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat to find out if the family gets reunited. Does everything work out for the family? Are Katherine and Tommy able to let go of the past hurts and mourn the loss of their mother now?

I can’t wait to read the 3rd book in the series.



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Hi, I’m Gina and owner of this blog. I'm married with numerous nieces and a nephews. I live in the Pittsburgh PA area. To work with me for a review for you, contact me at: libraryofreviews@gmail.com

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