Someday Home by Lauraine Snelling is a novel about friendship, following your dreams, and new beginnings. We first meet Lynn, a woman surrounded by family but missing her husband who died unexpectedly a year before. Then we meet Judith, a woman from a wealthy family whose father has just died without leaving her his fortune. Angela seems to have it all together, but her marriage is struggling.
I hadn’t read a Christian fiction novel in quite some time, and I was reminded there are things I like about the genre and things that I don’t. It was a bit hard to get into at first for some reason, though once I did, I loved the characters and their storylines. Some of the Christian angle was a bit heavy-handed at times, but I was reminded how pleasant it is to read a novel about real characters with real struggles that is absent of profanity and other explicit descriptions, so that far outweighed any of my negative thoughts on the style.
These women all come together in a home sharing environment in Lynn’s house. They all have made major changes to get there. Lynn has decided to open her home to two strangers and struggles with the loss of control that will bring. Judith has been caring for her aging parents for years and is trying to figure out what she really wants for herself now that it’s just her. Angela looks to have it all from the outside, but when her marriage fails she falls into a deep depression.
I always like a story about new beginnings, and the fact that all three of the main characters were starting over in some way was interesting. The book took us through a very critical few months in these women’s lives and flashed forward just a bit in the epilogue, which always seems a little pat as an ending, though I always enjoy the opportunity to find out a bit more about where my characters end up.
Reading this simple, easy, novel reminded me how much I enjoy letting my brain (and my filter) take a break on occasion.