Heading Home: A Novel

Heading Home: A Novel

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by Renee Riva
     
 

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For eight years, A.J. Degulio has been itching to get back to her beloved Indian Island. It’s home. But a lot has changed: Sailor moves slower, Danny has grown into a man ... and A.J. has a promise to keep but it doesn’t include Danny. When Danny discovers the truth, he’s shocked and hurt. But he won’t stand in the way of what she really

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For eight years, A.J. Degulio has been itching to get back to her beloved Indian Island. It’s home. But a lot has changed: Sailor moves slower, Danny has grown into a man ... and A.J. has a promise to keep but it doesn’t include Danny. When Danny discovers the truth, he’s shocked and hurt. But he won’t stand in the way of what she really wants. What’s a girl to do? She wants to keep her promise and Danny. But Danny has plans of his own. Can they work it out? It will take compromise and laughter before Danny and A.J. figure out that home is more than a place on the map. It’s a place in the heart.

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Library Journal
Children's book author Riva began writing for the YA audience in 2007 with the publication of Saving Sailor, which introduced readers to A.J. Degulio and her best friend Danny. In the sequel, Taking Tuscany, Danny agrees to take care of A.J.'s dog, Sailor, while her family takes a vacation to Italy. Little did either of them know that the family would decide to stay for eight years. Now A.J. and her family have returned home, and, while A.J. longs for the easy friendship of their youth, Danny has grown into a man with dreams of his own. VERDICT This is essential for parents and teens who want a YA story with elements of romance that aligns better than many popular YA novels with their moral beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781404389
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
04/01/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
411,298
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Renée Riva has been writing humorous stories ever since she won her first writing contest in second grade. A former greeting-card verse writer and popular speaker, Renée is the author of Saving Sailor, Taking Tuscany, and two children’s books. She and her husband reside in Washington State with their three daughters and a menagerie of pets, the latest addition; a baby turtle, offered in trade for one of her novels.

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Heading Home: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson After eight years in Italy, A.J. is coming back to Indian Island, Idaho. She can't wait to see her dog Sailor and her old friend Danny. Sailor acts as if nothing has changed, but Danny-oooh. He's grown up into a six-foot-tall real-life cowboy. He seems interested in A.J., but she has a promise to keep that doesn't include Danny. What's a girl to do if she wants both? Okay. So I loved Saving Sailor, and I LOVED Taking Tuscany. So when I saw that Heading Home was available, I had to buy it. It did not disappoint. I'm a closure-happy ending kind of girl, and though A.J. sure does have a tendency to make a mess of things, Renée Riva has a great way of putting it all back together. A.J.'s Italian/Greek family is hysterical. This book was funny, heartwarming, and delightful. These three books were a fabulous coming-of-age story that takes place in the 1960's and 1970's. I highly recommend them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of all time. After reading it i had to force my mom to read and she loved it, all of the books! Thanks Renne Riva !
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TBCN More than 1 year ago
I'm so thankful to have received a review copy of this entertaining and touching book by Renee Riva. This is a charming tale of a girl coming of age, finding true love, discovering what's important in life and having peace about what God has called her to do. I remembered growing up in an Italian-American Catholic family and could relate to A.J. and her situation on many levels. I found myself smiling as I read and laughing out loud in parts! The way her family interacted reminded me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and how they did family. Fun, Fun, Fun! A.J.'s best friend and love interest is Danny, a Southern cowboy; he's waited 8 years for her to return home from Italy and is trying hard to understand the A.J. that has returned and her new mission in life. Danny says to her, "Are we talking nun here, A.J.?" "um..kind of." He exhales, "How can you kind of be a nun?" "Well, I won't be kind of a nun. I mean, I'll be kind of considering being a sister." He stares at me dead on. "You're serious aren't you?" Danny doesn't understand A.J.'s thinking. How can he compete with God for her affections? He respects her choice and leaves A.J. to work this out for herself. I enjoyed A.J.'s earnest search to do the right thing and follow God no matter what people said. She was confident God would reveal His will for her life. This was a refreshing and fun read. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Nora St.Laurent ACFW Book Club Coordinator
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Even though I missed the first two books in this trilogy, I absolutely loved "Heading Home". I loved the sense of humor of so many of the characters. The quirky but fake Southern accent that A.J. adopted, and some of her other goofy ideas made me laugh out loud many times. A.J.'s heart was full of love for all of God's creatures, and she felt her destiny was to become a veterinarian. She took a slight detour when she felt God was calling her to become a nun as well. Her weekend retreat with the nuns had many hilarious happenings, including her dreaming of hamburgers and fries under MacDonald's golden arches. The relationship between Danny and A.J. is delightful, and A.J.'s Italian family kept me in stitches. I don't often get so much enjoyment out of a fiction book, but this one was a refreshing escape from normalcy. Read this book, but be prepared to laugh out loud, over and over again. And even more importantly, this is a great story of faith and strong family connections.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
She's back! For eight long years, A.J. Degulio has been itching to get back to Indian Island, her beloved dog, Sailor, and her childhood friend, Danny Morgan. It's home. But a lot has changed. Sailor moves slower, Danny has grown into a six-foot-something good-lookin' cowboy.and A.J. has a promise to keep.which doesn't include Danny. When Danny hears of her plans, he's shocked and hurt. But he cares too much to stand in the way of what she really wants. What's a girl to do? A.J. Isn't sure how to fulfill her promise without losing Danny. She works every angle possible to keep her promise and her cowboy. But Danny has plans of his own. Will they be able to work it out? It will take compromise, laughter, and a lot of love before Danny and A.J. figure out that home is more than a place on the map. It's a place in the heart. (excerpt from the back cover). Dreaming of childhood crushes and romances that you wondered what would have ever happened if it all worked out just the way fairy tales or dreams would have it, this book, Heading Home, by Renee Riva does just that. It lets us live in the world of what if's and the possibilities of childhood romance and first love. I love this book because of the idea of keeping God in center of things always makes anything work out for the best. I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group to review and highly recommend it to any parent or young teen looking for inspirational love stories based on a love of God in the middle. For more information on this book including where to purchase a copy, please click on the link below: http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/Detail.cfm?sn=106061&source=search For more information on the author, click the link below: www.reneeriva.com
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Heading Home is the last book of the Indian Island trilogy, the first two being Saving Sailor and Taking Tuscany. Angelina Digulio's family had relocated to Tuscany, Italy, in 1968, when she was 10. In Heading Home, Angelina (aka A.J.) is returning to Indian Island in July, 1976, to study to be a veterinarian. Her friend from Indian Island, Danny Morgan, had been taking care of her dog, Sailor, and corresponding with A.J. throughout the eight years she was gone. This book is about A.J.'s return 'home.' This being my first introduction to Renee Riva's writing, I was enthralled with the simplicity of her very romantic love story. Her writing isn't simplistic, as the storyline hooks you- hook, line and sinker with such delight. It was a light, airy read but filled with romance, excitement, surprises, and fun. It is so reminiscent of the early 1970s era. A time of sweet love and innocence. The book swept me off my feet because of its innocent delight. I'd highly recommend Heading Home for a delicious, romantic read. It has the air of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This book was supplied by Audra of The B & B Media Group for my honest review. And it was a fantastic read!