The Homecoming (): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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No sooner is Shawn Collins home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way--as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with his son Patrick and the aging father with whom he has finally reconciled. When Shawn taps Katherine Townsend to be Patrick's nanny while he's on the road, he has no idea that she will be ...
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The Homecoming (): A Novel

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Overview

No sooner is Shawn Collins home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way--as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with his son Patrick and the aging father with whom he has finally reconciled. When Shawn taps Katherine Townsend to be Patrick's nanny while he's on the road, he has no idea that she will be the key to his future happiness and the mending of his heart.
This heartwarming story of tender love and fresh starts will capture readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441212054
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 25,386
  • File size: 393 KB

Meet the Author

Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.
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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Very+Lovey+Dovey

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Very good - book of faith and love

    The story was truely gripping from beginning to end. It showed a heart felt love and devotion to family. There is so much to be said about the good old days, as we suffer through this present microwave world. I cherish the opportunity to escape to a time when our morals were still in place and true love can easily be identified.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    Worthy Sequel that Stands Alone

    The Homecoming is a continuation of the Unfinished Gift. For those who read the first book, you will love seeing the fulfillment of all your hopes and dreams for Patrick and his dad. Kathleen Townsend, Patrick's social worker, is back as well as his Grandpa and Italian neighbor. But where the first book is Patrick's story, this one is his father Sean's.

    Through the pages, you will experience the war through his eyes. Everything from being shot down over Europe to traveling with USO stars throughout the eastern US and back to England in time for the second blitz. You get to experience the further healing of his relationship with his father, but wonder if you will make good decisions in all areas of his life. I hesitate to tell you more, because this is a book you should read.

    The characters are rich and three-dimensional. The author's writing will transport you to World War II and its impact on the homefront. And through it all you will close the book with a contented sigh, sorry to leave the characters behind, but richer for your journey with them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Heartwarming and moving

    Dan Walsh has outdone himself in his new book, Homecoming! I'm so thankful to have received a review copy of a story taken from a slice of American life when the world was so torn up and forever changed by war. The Unfinished Gift, the first book by this author, has Shawn Collins missing in action and his son Patrick goes to live with his estranged Grandfather. Homecoming starts at the same place the Unfinished Gift leaves off. Everyone is waiting for Shawn's homecoming.

    I loved how the author put me back in WWI. Dan made the time period come alive as his characters go through different aspects of the war in England and the States. Dan's description of what Shawn, Patrick and Katherine went through was riveting. I felt their highs, their lows and the heart breaking blows of war, like I've never experienced before. I rejoiced with these characters triumphs, felt tears in my eyes and a knot in my throat when they shared tender moments in the middle of uncertain times.

    I enjoyed this story written mainly in Shawn Collin's point of view and all he experienced in and out of war. Shawn survived a plane crash and was sent home for some rest. The media made him out to be a hero-he didn't feel like one, he was a guy just doing his job like anyone else. Then the next thing he knows he's on a USO Bond tour away from his family again, and in the spot light, the one place he didn't want to be. I enjoyed how Dan Walsh showed the affects of the war from many different angles. I felt I was there, seeing what happens to families and how it plays havoc with their faith in God. I enjoyed Patrick, Shawn's son so much and was thrilled by his relationship with Katherine. I admired Shawn and all he went through to do his duty and try to be there for his family as much as the government would let him. I can't wait to read another story by this author. His characters and story touched my heart deeply.

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org
    Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

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    It was just, Okay.

    I first saw The Homecoming on the publisher's website and thought it sounded like a great book . And from what I had heard, It was full of details of WWII and a sweet romance story. But, I thought, wait! A man writing romance?This I had to read. So when Revell was offering this up for review, I had to sign up.

    The Homecoming is the sequel to The Unfinished Gift, and centers around the return of the, now widowed, Patrick Collins. I love WWII novels and I liked the insight I got when I read The Homecoming but, I think I would have enjoyed the book so much more, if I had read the first book, The Unfinished Gift. I felt detached from the characters and I didn't fully understand their background with each other. I also felt like their was un-important dialogue between the characters and that we never really get "inside" the main character's head and understand things from that character's POV. Although I would have liked the romantic relationship between Shawn and Kathrine to be stronger, again I have the feeling that had I read the first book, I could have understood it all better. But, besides all that, I loved the mini history lesson I got, plus the exciting WWII action and that little dash romance added in. Overall, if you love WWII, I think The Homecoming would be the perfect read, I just highly recommend you read the first book in the series, The Unfinished Gift, first:)


    *Many thanks to Donna Hausler @ Revell Books for sending me a review copy of The Homecoming. The review is my honest opinion on this book and is no way influenced by the publisher and/or the author.*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

    Follow up to The Unfinished Gift is perfect WWII romance

    The Homecoming by Dan Walsh is the sequel to his novella, The Unfinished Gift. Shawn Collins has returned from World War II, a decorated pilot with a compelling story of escaping Nazi hands after his plane was shot down over the Channel and saving most of his crew. But his wife, Elizabeth, isn't waiting for him when he gets home. She was killed in a car accident shortly before Christmas, leaving their son Patrick with Shawn's father Ian. Ian and Shawn have had a rocky relationship over the years, but Patrick has brought them back together. When the army decides to send Shawn on a War Bond tour, he has to leave Patrick again, so he asks former social worker, Katherine Townsend, to work as a nanny. Katherine and Patrick had bonded after the death of Elizabeth. Katherine has fallen head over heels with Patrick, and she soon finds herself doing the same for his brave and handsome father, but Shawn is struggling with guilt over Elizabeth's death. Walsh does a wonderful job of recreating wartime America with its passion for stars and heroes, and the deep sacrifices everyone was willing to make for the soldiers. His description of the dogfight is harrowing and incredibly real; I could see the action happening as the planes dodged and shot each other. That scene alone makes the book fascinating, but the sweet romance between Katherine and Shawn and their shared faith make the book a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Any one who likes history

    Loved the ending it will spruise you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    ANOTHER WONDERFUL BOOK BY DAN WA? ANOTHER WONDERFUL BOOK BY DAN WALSH!!!!! ANOTHER WONDERFUL BOOK BY DAN WALSH!!!!!!!

    MCELWOLF :o)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Slow but interesting

    Interesting story but at times it was slow for me. This is written by a Christian author. It was worth the download.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Compelling!

    Excellent. I want to read everything by him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Great Book

    Excellent book, a must read for all baby boomers,romantics or history buffs. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Excellent book!

    I have not read something this touching in a long while. Everyone should read this one.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Wonderful sequel to the Unfinished Gift

    Don't miss the continuing story of The Unfinished Gift. Wonderful, heartearming and a tearjerker.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    wonderful read

    this was an enjoyable story. it had some unclear breaks in chapters when changing between characters, but overall a very enjoyable book from beginning to end! if you like historical fiction, with a touch of romance and much more of seeing how God's love meets us all where we are at, you'll enjoy this as well!

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Great for a rainy day....

    When I think of a good book, I think of one that I want to crawl up into bed with and just read all day long. This is one of those books. It kept my attention and brought an ending that would have made any romantic glad they kept reading.

    I would recommend this book to "mature" readers only, due to some of the war details. It was a really easy story to follow even though I had not read the first novel.

    Historical fiction always seems to teach me and to show me things I may have not realized had really happened. This book brings WWII into a new light. It shows just some of the effects of the war on just regular people. I am always amazed how much I learn from historical fiction. It just puts a new light on something that really happened.

    The testimonies of God's Goodness and of His Steadfastness were apparent throughout the book. I appreciate how the author answered hard questions i.e. why would God take away a spouse and if God is all "good" - why would He allow that?

    This would be a great book to take on vacation or to read on a lazy rainy day!

    Blessings to you! You are loved!

    "Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

    Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    After reading "The Unfinished Gift", I couldn't wait to read "The Homecoming" and it was worth the wait for the book to be published.

    Dan Walsh has a true gift of writing and keeping me in suspense of what will happen next. I loved the way this book ended and I hope to read many more of his books.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    A Decent Sequel

    In this story, Captain Collins comes home. He has reconciled with his father and their relationship has begun to heal. His son, Patrick, is home safe and sound. Then he gets assigned to a War Bond tour and needs a nanny for Patrick. He asks Katherine, the social worker who had helped Patrick when his mom died, to be that nanny. She says she will and the story goes from there. All of this is explained on the back cover, so I don't think I'm giving too much of the plot away.

    This book is classified as historical fiction, but I would probably call it romantic historical fiction. There is enough of a story outside the romance of the characters, but it is an ever present thick thread through the story. It is a lot like a made for tv movie.

    So here are my thoughts...
    The Story: Good, not amazing, but good. The story is a lot like a good romantic made for tv movie that you might watch on the Hallmark Channel.

    The Writing: The writing is good. This is where this book differs from how a woman would write a romance. There is a gentleness about their relationship and descriptions that help you picture the scenes, but the writing isn't gushy or overly flowery the way many Christian Romance stories written are today.

    The Romance: If you enjoy reading romance stories, I would definitely recommend this one over others I've read this year. It doesn't exaggerate how men and women look at each other and it doesn't go near the fine line between romance and lust.

    Strengths: It is an easy book to read. The story and characters are engaging. I read this book in 2 days.

    Other thoughts: The one facet of this story is how quickly the relationship between the Captain and Katherine progressed--all things considered. (sort of a spoiler!) I don't know if people got married that quickly back then. I do remember that my great grandmother had 3 husbands (2 of them were brothers) in a matter of a few years. So, maybe the mourning period when a spouse died back then was shorter then.

    In Conclusion: Though parts of the plot weren't always believable to me, I enjoyed the book and thought it was a good book for one of those nights when you want to curl up and forget about life and read.

    Please note that I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Dan Walsh's Icing on the Cake

    Book Description
    Review of the Homecoming
    By Dan Walsh
    Revell
    c. 2010 Dan Walsh

    ISBN: 978-0-8007-3389-6
    $14.99

    From the publisher:
    The Homecoming is Walsh's second book, which brings readers back to the reunited Collins family. No sooner is Shawn home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way--as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with Patrick. When Shawn taps Katherine Townsend to be Patrick's nanny while he's on the road, he has no idea that she will be the key to his future happiness and the mending of his heart.

    Review:
    Dan Walsh's second story of life during World War II is captivating. The settings are well established and painstakingly researched to remain true to era. One of the aspects I appreciate most is the author's insistence on obedience, especially when it would have been so easy for the Major to simply walk away from his career. We do that too much in our society, and we are the poorer for it.

    As a reluctant war hero, Walsh's character, Major Shawn Collins, is a truly dedicated family man. How could anyone grieve the loss of a spouse in just six weeks? And then arrange life at home before leaving again, practically incommunicado-or, life without cell phone, as we would we call it. Shawn's young son, Patrick, proves to be the faithful little man, dealing with more than maturity not only the loss of his mother, but life with a very reluctant grandfather. Patrick is the one who knows what to pray for, and receives blessing upon blessing when a caring social worker, Katherine Townsend, becomes a full-time nanny during his father's next army assignment. Shawn models exemplary character to his son and father, and to the memory of his wife. When he recalls the conversations with Elizabeth that mostly dealt with what she should do if he didn't make it back from the war front, he eventually comes to grips with her accidental death and takes his own advice.

    Walsh did a great job letting the reader experience the depth of fear of the London bombing in contrast to the same era in the States. The Homecoming is a satisfying read.

    Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    The Homecoming

    I think Dan Walsh must own stock in the company that makes Kleenex because he sure can write a tear-jerker! I read The Unfinished Gift last year and fell in love with Dan's storytelling and the family he created. I could not wait to read the sequel, The Homecoming. This book was written in the same tender and heart-warming way, but it also had a much more romantic feel to and the historical details made for an all-around delightful book. Patrick was his usual adorable self and I enjoyed spending more time with this wonderful cast of characters.

    I think I said this about The Unfinished Gift, but it also applies to The Homecoming. This is a book to be savored and enjoyed. The story moves very quickly, so it is easy to read it fast, but it really is so much better to take your time, relax and enjoy. I don't know if the author has any plans for continuing this story, but I would love to read more about Patrick as he grows up. I love the concept of mixing history in with the story and I would be very interested in reading more stories like that by Dan Walsh, he does it so well.

    Overall, The Homecoming is another outstanding story by a very talented author. I am now a fan of Dan Walsh and will anxiously look for more of his books in the future. I highly recommend this book, but it is much more enjoyable if you read The Unfinished Gift first.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    My Kind of Book!

    What a great read! I'd like to see a movie created from this novel. The parts involving Mama's Kitchen would make for good action; other parts would please the chick-film-loving-crowd.

    This talented author did extensive research to bring WWII history alive; the train station send-off actually brought tears to my eyes! In addition, there were a few other areas that required a tissue.

    When I turned the final page, I sighed in contentment; this is my kind of book! The characters make easy connections, the plot engages from the beginning and continues to the satisfying ending, and history is taught in a palatable manner.

    Although this novel picks up where The Unfinished Gift ends, it is a stand-alone book; it can be easily followed without having read the first. A big thank you to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing Group for my review copy of this historical Christian fiction.

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