Home Song [NOOK Book]

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LaVyrle Spencer explores the true meaning of unconditional love in this powerful New York Times bestseller.

High school principal Tom Gardner feels a sense of shock when he sees Kent Arens, a new transfer student. With one glance, Tom can see that this teenager is the son he never knew he had-the result of a one-night stand on the eve of his wedding years before, now grown ...
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Home Song

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Overview

LaVyrle Spencer explores the true meaning of unconditional love in this powerful New York Times bestseller.

High school principal Tom Gardner feels a sense of shock when he sees Kent Arens, a new transfer student. With one glance, Tom can see that this teenager is the son he never knew he had-the result of a one-night stand on the eve of his wedding years before, now grown into an intelligent, athletic, and polite young man. But the boy's presence has a devastating effect on Tom's family.

As the Gardners careen toward disaster, they test the foundation of trust and respect that their family was built on-and learn that love leaves no choice but forgiveness.


Tom Gardner, devoted husband, father, and high school principal, and those who are dearest to him have their security and trust threatened, when Kent, the result of Tom's one-night stand with a fiercely independent woman, is transferred to his school. Special release date of January 18, 1995.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A seemingly Norman Rockwell-like family is at the center of Spencer's (Family Blessings) latest novel, and, as usual, Spencer reveals the hard truths that lie beneath the bright exterior. On the first day of school, high-school principal Tom Gardner thinks his biggest problem is finding the shipment of textbooks for his wife Claire's English class; but the most difficult ordeal of his life is about to begin. Tom's real troubles start when he meets a new student, Kent Arens, who turns out to be smart, well-mannered, a star athlete-and the illegitimate son Tom never knew he had, conceived during a one-night stand 18 years ago, just before Tom married Claire. Tom swings between fear that Claire will find out about Kent and pride in his newfound son, but when the boy, unaware of his lineage, starts courting Tom's 16-year-old daughter, Chelsea, Tom is forced to reveal his secret. Claire, bitter and angry, asks Tom to move out of their home. Robby, their son, resents his new brother and takes out his anger on Kent on the football field. Chelsea, meanwhile, starts running with the wrong crowd. But while Tom and Claire grow farther apart, the three siblings decide to become friends. Together, they reunite Tom and Claire, restoring family harmony. While the course of events is predictable, the characters are warmly drawn and their dilemmas realistic, and Spencer knows how to tug at readers' hearstrings. Chalk up another likely bestseller, the 11th in 11 years for this consistently commercial author. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; film rights to CBS-TV. (Jan.)
Mary Carroll
The Longfellow poem that Spencer uses for the title of her new melodrama urges "my heart [to] stay at home." But high-school principal Tom Gardner almost loses home and family because of a long-ago betrayal. When transfer student Kent Arens enrolls at Tom's suburban St. Paul school, Tom realizes that Kent's mother, Monica, is the college acquaintance he took to bed the night of his bachelor party in a brief rebellion against having to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Claire; Kent is the son the principal didn't know he had. Tom delays telling English teacher Claire and children Robby, a senior, and Chelsea, a junior, this secret, until Kent and Chelsea appear to be attracted to one another. There's a hothouse quality to this confrontation: the only major characters who "don't" spend their time at the high school are Monica, a 3M engineer, and Tom's wise-old-man father; Kent and Robby are rival candidates for homecoming king and bump shoulders on the football team; and Kent is a student in Claire's honors English class. All the characters are such decent folk that it's clear from the start their wounds will heal and they'll find ways to forgive one another. Spencer's latest is as simple but satisfying as the made-for-TV movie it may well become. A main selection of both the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101219300
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 82,873
  • File size: 423 KB

Meet the Author

LaVyrle Spencer was
born in Minnesota, where she attended high school and met and married her high school
sweetheart, Dan Spencer a decision she calls the wisest choice of her life.



Although she showed a flair for writing during high school, LaVyrle didn't begin her
first novel until she was in her thirties, working as a teacher's aide at Osseo Junior High
School. Spencer decided to try transferring to paper a recurring dream she was having
about a story based on her grandmother's lifestyle on a Minnesota farm. She awoke at
4:00 a.m. one morning, and as Spencer recalls, "you think that you can do
anything at 4:00 a.m. I wrote the first half a page in a three-ring notebook with a
ball-point pen." She finished that first novel, The Fulfillment, and it was
published in 1979.



LaVyrle Spencer could be a character in one of her own bestselling novels, as she has
experienced as much love, pain, and bliss as any of her characters. And like her heroines
she is a charming mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft-heartedness. Her books
are family love stories, and the characters in her novels aren't perfect, they are real people
with real problems. Before they live happily ever after they must overcome some sort of
adversity pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one and then
undergo a catharsis. Along the way there are moments of anger, happiness and self-
revelation. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in
difficult times. According to Spencer, "the trademark of my books is mending
relationships, showing people how to mend relationships."



Whether set in the Old West of the 1880s, or today, in suburban Minnesota, opening
a Spencer novel means seeing love in a new light, and meeting characters so real it's all
you can do not to climb into the pages yourself.



In the last 12 years, LaVyrle Spencer has written 12 New York Times
Bestsellers. Her books have been sold to book clubs both here and abroad, and have
been published around the world. Condensed versions of many of her novels have
appeared in Reader's Digest and Good Housekeeping magazine.



In a television deal that Publishers Weekly called "precedent-setting," CBS-
TV is now producing two of Spencer's books for television movies, with an option on a
third. Home Song, the first book produced by CBS-TV, starring Lee Horsley,
Polly Draper, and Deborah Raffin, aired this past April 1996 to high praise. And in July
the filming started on Family Blessings. That production stars Lynda Carter,
and will be directed by Deborah Raffin and Nina Foch. The network also bought the
rights to first look at 11 other Spencer novels, as well as pre-cable broadcast rights to the
theatrical film of her book Morning Glory.



LaVyrle Spencer has already made the leap from page to screen, as two of her books
have been made into movies. Spencer's first novel, The Fulfillment, was turned
into a CBS-TV movie starring Cheryl Ladd, and Morning Glory, which Spencer
wrote in 1989, was released as a major motion picture under the same title, starring
Deborah Raffin and Christopher Reeve. LaVyrle and Dan appear as extras in the film.



LaVyrle and Dan Spencer live in a beautiful Victorian house in Stillwater, Minnesota,
and the Spencers often escape to their rustic log cabin deep in the Minnesota woods.
LaVyrle's hobbies include gardening, travel, gourmet cooking, entertaining, playing bass
guitar and the electronic piano, photography, and observing nature.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Loved it

    I was not let down, LaVyrle Spencer is good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Awesome

    Pulls your heart strings

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

    highly recommended

    I bought this book for one reason which is that I really enjoyed the movie and when It was a book a book I knew I really needed to read the book. I really enjoyed reading it and once you start the book you cannot let it go. It's that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    Weird teenagers

    I thought this book was a dud; the adult characters were fine and the dilemmas were handled well, but the teenagers seemed like transplants from the 1950s. I was a teenager in the early 1990s when the book was set, and no girl I knew had Rod Stewart posters on her wall. The teens here are so squeaky clean (admittedly, they are the principal's kids) that Chelsea's goofy little fling (and quick return to good girl) is utterly predictable. Not one of my favorite Spencer titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    Loved this book!

    This is another great book by LaVyrle Spencer. She is such a talented writer. She makes the characters seem so real. This is a book that is hard to put down once you start reading it. Loved it!

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