Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT TURNING FOR HOME by Caren J Werlinger

Today’s Team Review is from Chris, she blogs at

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Chris has been reading Turning For Home by Caren J Werlinger


Hard-hitting coming-of-age with sprinklings of romance, this is drama with gritty yet hopeful message.

When Jules’s grandfather dies and she returns home, the memories of the events that led to her leaving come flooding back and threaten her relationship with her partner, Kelli. When a young girl, Ronnie, asks Jules for help getting out of town and Kelli reaches out to Jules’ ex, Donna, past and present build to an unexpected conclusion.

The two story threads (past and present) intertwined wonderfully, with tension slicing through both. The characters were strong and realistically flawed, and the depiction of the issues faced by multiple generations (including Jules’ grandmother) made for a harrowing read. But a very worthwhile one. Recommended.

*I received a free copy from the author, via Rosie’s Book Review Team, in exchange for my honest review.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT TURNING FOR HOME by Carne J Werlinger #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Francis, she blogs at

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Francis has been reading Turning For Home by Caren J Werlinger



Reviewed by Francis Guenette

Turning for Home by Caren J. Welinger

5 stars


A story that shouldn’t be missed – humanizing – filled with empathy, courage and hope.


Every now and then, one gets the opportunity to sit, undisturbed for the hours it takes to read an entire novel, to enter fully into the world created by the author. I am very grateful that this chance happened for me when Turning for Home by Caren Welinger came to hand.


The novel’s main character, Jules, is a successful, professional woman. She’s in a fulfilling relationship with Kelli, she has a rewarding career. Going back to the town she grew up in to attend her grandfather’s funeral triggers memories from the past that Jules’ has never been able to face. Echoes reverberate into every area of her life. The scene is set. The reader knows long before Jules does that she now faces a crucial choice – deal with the past or be doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over.


The author masterfully weaves the story of Jules’ growing up years, living with her grandparents in the small town of Aldie and her friendship with Hobie – the boy next door who is every bit as much a misfit as Jules, into her current life. We go backwards and forwards with Jules’ and never once do the transitions become tiresome or the text confusing. In this type of a book, readers can often find themselves longing to get back to one or the other story. But in this case, the author makes both narratives so gripping, the reader wants to be exactly where she dictates.


This is a coming of age story that makes one ache with memories of the painful paths many have walked from adolescence to adulthood. But the struggle for acceptance faced by Jules and Hobie and Ronnie, a teenage girl who reaches out in desperation to Jules, are intensified by issues related to sexual orientation.


Ultimately, Turning for Home, opens an insight into the twists and turns of relationships – with parents and grandparents, friends, lovers, and those we mentor along the way. The story provides a roadmap for finding a way back to home – the place where the answers to how we have become the people we are hidden as surely and as carefully as Hobie hid his stories. Just waiting to be discovered.

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Sarah’s Survival Guide by Cynthia Harrison

Sarah's Survival GuideSarah’s Survival Guide by Cynthia Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sarah’s Survival Guide is a short story. It is a companion story for a character from “The Paris Notebook”, but it is easily read as a stand alone story too. Sarah is a pregnant college student who is forced to find her own feet when her mother gives her the ultimatum; Have an abortion or leave my house.

It’s about growing up fast and facing your responsibilities. Sarah is lucky she finds help from her teacher, Deena. This snowballs into help from another teacher and her son. Myra has had a fall and needs someone to help her while she recovers. David will pay Sarah to look after his mother and also helps Sarah find a waitressing job.

I wasn’t sure of the relationship between David and Sarah, my mind went off on its own and I imagined him to be years older than he actually was, thus I judged him and his motives poorly, until I was slapped in the face by the ending.

Sarah was lucky, she had friends and support when she needed them most. An interesting read.

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