The Road Home

The Road Home

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by Patrick E. Craig
     
 

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Author Patrick Craig continues the story of Jenny Springer, the child rescued in A Quilt for Jenna with a story of reconciliation and healing.

Jenny Springer is the local historian for the Amish community in Apple Creek, Ohio. As a child, Jenny was rescued from a terrible snowstorm, and when no trace of her parents could be found, the Springer family

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Author Patrick Craig continues the story of Jenny Springer, the child rescued in A Quilt for Jenna with a story of reconciliation and healing.

Jenny Springer is the local historian for the Amish community in Apple Creek, Ohio. As a child, Jenny was rescued from a terrible snowstorm, and when no trace of her parents could be found, the Springer family adopted her. Since then she has had a burning desire in her heart to find out who she really is.

When a drifter, John Hershberger, comes to town looking for his own roots, Jenny gets serious in her search for her long-lost parents. As she opens doors to her past, she finds the truly surprising answer to her deepest questions. And as John discovers the story of his own heritage, his growing love for Jenny causes him to reexamine his lifelong atheism. In doing so he discovers his need for a real home, a family, and a relationship with God.

Book 2 in the Apple Creek Dreams series

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Patrick Craig is an artist who chooses his words carefully to paint a masterpiece. The Road Home is no exception. From the first line, Craig draws us in with his colorful and poetic prose, gently but firmly tying our hearts to those of his characters. As a result, we immediately care about the fate of those characters and the outcome of his story. Expert writing and a delightful tale!"
?Kathi Macias, author of more than 40 books, including The Doctor's Christmas Quilt

"Craig does an excellent job developing both the characters and the story. He leaves the reader satisfied with the conclusion, yet wanting more of Jenny's relationship with Jonathan. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Apple Creek Dreams series."
?Jane S. Daly, janesdaly.com

"The Road Home was a very interesting and well-written story. It was especially fun to read as I have previously read A Quilt for Jenna, and I felt the characters were people I really knew. The Road Home taught very valuable lessons throughout the suspenseful storyline. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading more books in the Apple Creek Dream Series."
?Verinda Baxley

"Patrick E. Craig writes with brilliance and incredible insight, enveloping the reader in rich details and familiar emotions through his picturesque narrative."

Nancee Marchinowski, perspectivesbynancee.blogspot.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736951081
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Series:
Apple Creek Dreams Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
244,563
File size:
661 KB

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Meet the Author

Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in northern California and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren.

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The Road Home 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st book I have read by this author. It was good & I enjoyed how he allowed us to see the story through the eyes of each character. I'm still on the fence about whether or not to read next book in the series. I don't understand where Jenny can possibly get enough imformation to search for her real.family.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Patrick pulls you in and won't let you go! This book kept me pulled into the story so much more than the first one, I could hardly put it down. Patrick did a great job of making me feel as if I were experiencing the emotions of the characters yourself, I found myself cringing at times, happy at times and near tears other times. I liked the first book but didn't care for the style it was written but knew I would read the other books in the series and am so glad I did, a huge improvement as far as I was concerned. He also makes you think about your faith and how you may be interpreting the Bible, he expresses a deep faith in this book. Ok, onto the next book, "Jenny's Choice", in a few days!!!!
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
The Key to Understanding... Two young adults searching for something missing in their lives meet under unusual circumstances. As their paths cross Jenny and Johnny become acquainted and discover they have a common bond, the need to find out who they are as individuals. Adopted and raised Amish by Reuben and Jerusha Springer, Jenny has an insatiable curiosity about her past, who her biological parents were and how she ended up trapped in a car in a blizzard in Sugar Creek, Ohio when she was only four years old.  Johnny Hershberger is a hippie escaping a drug deal gone bad. He escapes pursuit by the drug dealers through traveling off the beaten path in Amish country, Ohio. Noticing an Amish family working the fields near Sugar Creek, Johnny stops to watch, and the scene brings him to tears. The sight is surreal as he recalls a recent dream. A strong feeling of familiarity affects his emotions, bringing more questions to the surface.  Repairing a badly damaged Rose of Sharon quilt is Jerusha's way of coping through difficult circumstances. As she makes repairs to the quilt she prays, and God speaks to her as she stitches. The quilt is a testament of life. God's deep and peaceful voice spoke to Jerusha as she kept her mind and hands busy. "I have things to show you, Jerusha - things that will help Jenny, but they will help you also. All of your life, you have been in My hand, and yet you still don't understand Me. The quilt is the key to understanding." The second book in the Apple Creek Dreams series, the story of Jerusha and Reuben Springer continues, focusing on their adopted daughter, Jenny. This story is told with depth and detail, delivering a beautiful story of the love of family and the love of God. Jenny and Johnny's search for that missing link in their lives is a strong element in this installment of the series. Jerusha's Rose of Sharon quilt becomes a pivotal part of the story, as the quilt represents life in all its shapes and forms. Patrick E. Craig writes with brilliance and incredible insight, enveloping the reader in rich details and familiar emotions through his picturesque narrative. The Road Home kept me engrossed and left me with the comfort of being embraced by Jerusha's quilt. I highly recommend this book! It's a journey through broken and shattered lives, and exposure to life in its deepest, darkest moments, ultimately bringing peace through its spiritual revelations and restoration. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author through Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
A Real Page Turner! The Road Home is book two in the Apple Creek Dreams Series.  This book is about Jenny Springer, the little girl who was rescued by Jerusha in book one A Quilt for Jenny.  After the rescue, Reuben and Jerusha adopted Jenny.  Even though Jenny loves her adopted parents she has the burning need and desire to find out who her birth parents are.    I loved book one.  I couldn’t believe that book two could be even better.  Author Patrick E. Craig really knows how to keep you interested with twists, turns, and excitement.  I picked this book up every chance that I got.  I had to know about Jenny’s search.   This book isn’t just about Jenny as you will find out.  There are so many other characters in this book that are not only interesting but very fascinating.  Good characters as well as bad characters.  I found myself with some very anxious moments because after all, I was drawn into the story as well.  I had to help Jenny, didn’t I? There are also some lessons to learn about turning everything over to God and allowing him to have control over our lives.  I really enjoyed the interaction that some of the characters had with God.  I will admit that I shed some tears at the end of this book.   I am looking forward to reading book three in this series, Jenny’s Choice.     
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite The Road Home is another in the Amish series by Patrick Craig. In this book, Jenny Springer is a young adult and intensely serious about trying to find her roots. She was adopted by an Amish couple after having been found in a snowstorm. Although she loves and respects her adoptive parents, she longs to find her biological parents, especially her mother. She feels incomplete without knowing her true genetic roots. When she meets a young man named Johnny Hershberger, Jenny finally feels she has some understanding of her longings to uncover her past. Johnny also needs to discover his history and, together, they set out to do just that. But, Johnny has a secret that threatens to undermine the entire search as well as jeopardize Jenny's well-being. Despite not having read any of the previous books in the series, I had no trouble following the plot and characters in this book. The characters are well developed and, for the most part, quite lovable in their own, unique personality traits. When the couple became separated, I felt some of the intensity of their interactions were lost. However, the plot was nicely worked so that the reader might understand the feelings of the characters. Most readers will be able to identify with the fears of the adoptive parents as they begin to explore their own feelings of possibly having to share a daughter they have loved and nurtured. If you've liked the other books about Jenny Springer, you'll love this one as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The book The Road Home  was a very interesting and well-written story.  I enjoyed following the story as questions and problems were presented to keep my interest.  It was especially fun to read as I have previously read A Quilt For Jenna, and I felt the characters were people I really knew.   The Road Home  taught very valuable lessons throughout the suspenseful storyline. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading more books in the Apple Creek Dream Series."   Verinda Baxley Senior Life Journeys  
CLPadgett More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in the Apple Creek Dreams Series, A Quilt For Jenna. I opened The Road Home with a bit of trepidation, hoping it would be as good. Rest assured, Patrick Craig is a gifted novelist and he writes a page-turner. I enjoyed catching up with Jerusha, Reuben, and Jenny. We got just enough of the backstory from the first book so a new reader knows what's going on, but not so much that it bogged down the new story. When we left the Springer family, they had just welcomed four-year old Jenny into their family. The Road Home opens in 1965. Jenny has grown into a lovely young woman, but she is plagued by feelings of not fitting in in her Amish family and community. She loves her adoptive parents, but yearns to know who she is and where she came from. Johnny's story begins in San Francisco, in the midst of the drug and free love culture. He witnesses a crime and flees the city with drug dealers on his tail. He spends a few days in Apple Creek and meets Jenny. The two are drawn together by a shared sense of something missing. When the drug dealers find Johnny and Jenny, their lives are in great danger. Only by God's grace do they get away and get answers to all their questions. I'm looking forward to the next installment from Patrick Craig, Jenny's Choice. I'm intrigued and wondering what her choice is all about. The Road Home is a recommended read! --I received a free copy of The Road Home from Mr. Craig and Harvest House in return for an honest review.