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Home Song
     

Home Song

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by LaVyrle Spencer
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101219300
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
182,291
File size:
433 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Heartrending...a tear-drenched page-turner.

Meet the Author

LaVyrle Spencer is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance novels including Small Town Girl, Then Came Heaven, and That Camden Summer

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Home Song 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Susiegee More than 1 year ago
I was not let down, LaVyrle Spencer is good.
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Pulls your heart strings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!