When I Get Where I'm Going

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From the bestselling author, an inspirational novel about three sisters who rediscover each other-and themselves...

After thirteen years in Hollywood, Alicia Day is giving up her dream of stardom and heading home to Detroit-and back to her roots.

Hope Teesdale is desperately seeking the truth about her husband's death when she hears from her long-lost half-sister Alicia. Suddenly her idea of family is put into...

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Overview

From the bestselling author, an inspirational novel about three sisters who rediscover each other-and themselves...

After thirteen years in Hollywood, Alicia Day is giving up her dream of stardom and heading home to Detroit-and back to her roots.

Hope Teesdale is desperately seeking the truth about her husband's death when she hears from her long-lost half-sister Alicia. Suddenly her idea of family is put into question.

Heaven Jetter hasn't spoken to her sister Hope in years. Her spirit is being held captive by an abusive boyfriend. Her only comfort comes from admiring a mysterious man from afar on the streets of Detroit.

As the sisters reunite, they're determined to help one another find their silver linings. And realize that they never have to go it alone again...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451229472
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 824,073
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Robinson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She a has a degree in business marketing from Wayne State University. Cheryl currently lives in Dallas, Texas, and is working on her next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Seven

    On a scale of 1 to 10 this book about three dysfunctional sisters was for me a 7. I read it in five hours, so it certainly held my attention; however having just reread all of Terry McMillans work (with the exception of Mama and Disappearing Act) I find that I do not miss Alicia or Hope (2 of the 3 sisters) like I do Stella and Winston (How Stella got her Groove back) I would like to know more about Heaven (the third sister) and Havana (Hopes daughter) but not with the same desire that I have about Ms. McMillans characters. That said if you have plenty of book money buy this one too, it is a good read that takes place in a great city - Detroit - and it holds your interest, but if you are on a limited book budget buy Ms. Millans - A Day Late and a Dollar Short - truly a wonderful book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    A good read

    This book makes for interesting reading. The writing style draws you into the lives of the characters and makes it difficult to put the book down. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Great story!

    This book was also suggested to me. Being outside of what I would normally read I found this book incredible, ladies this is a must read. If you have sisters as siblings, it touches you in ways where you want to pick up the phone to simply say, sister I love you. This book is excellent!

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    A satisfying read!

    Alicia Day is a struggling actress originally from Detroit, now living in Hollywood. When she headed west with her best friend, Aubrey, both were determined to become the next big thing. So far Aubrey has made it big, but the only big things about Alicia are the fibroid tumors she keeps ignoring. Hope Teesdale lost her second husband in a boating accident. At twenty-seven she's too young to be the bitter, widow that she's become. She's locked into her small corner of the world that consists solely of work and her daughter, Havana. At only twenty, Heaven Jetter has lived entirely too much. As a child she grew up knowing that her father had killed her mother. This alone should have been enough to keep her from abusive men and the mean streets of Detroit, but it hasn't. She's a born party girl and even though she knows that her actions hurt those closest to her, she can't stop. Heaven and Hope grow up as sisters, but it's not until a letter from their imprisoned father comes to Heaven that she learns that they have an older sister, Alicia. Alicia is thrown off by the brash, in your face young lady that reaches out to her long distance. A trip home solidifies their relationship, but trying to create a happy family complete with Hope is going to be a lot more difficult than either Heaven or Alicia imagined. What did you like about this book? Each of the sisters is a mess and the author doesn't try to "prettify" their situations. Each is dealing with realistic issues and I fully appreciated the author exploring them. What didn't you like about this book? The story is told in third person narrative for the most part and I really would have preferred first person, especially since each character is given their own chapters to tell their stories. What could be done to improve this book? It's so minor that I feel silly even typing it, but I hated the cover model's cankles. Yes, I said cankles. How do I know that her calves and ankles are the same size, thus producing cankles? I don't. It just looks like it to me. Could be the cheap red shoes or the fact that I hate seeing heels like that worn with jean, I don't know. I just hate the look.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    This is a fascinating family drama

    Glenn Jetter is in prison for the murder of his wife. His daughter Heaven learns she has an older half-sister living in Southern California. Stunned Heaven calls Alicia Day who has spent over a decade trying to break in to Hollywood, but is ready to give up the impossible dream. She decides to meet kid sister in Detroit.

    Heaven's other sister Hope Teasdale is raging in fury towards her and refuses to talk to her or the newly found sibling. Heaven knows she did single mom of little Havana Hope wrong when she used her sister's identity to spend $10,000 on credit while her sibling was grieving the death in a boating disappearance of her spouse. However, Heaven also is trapped in an abusive relationship. Though Glenn's fondest dream is his three daughters become close knit sisters, there appears little chance of that happening.

    This is a fascinating family drama starring three siblings who have little reason to forge a bond and in fact have powerful rationale to remain estranged. Character driven, readers will enjoy When I Get Where I'm Going as the threesome struggle with their present lives whole considering can they rely on a sister to be there for them when family history says otherwise. Although the wrap up is too simple, the fully developed cast makes for an enjoyable profound look at dysfunctional siblings from a broken family background.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Don't waste your time

    This is the worst book I have ever read. Please don't waste your time reading this mess.

    Cathy Alston

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Nothing Like A Sister!

    Sisters, Heaven and Hope are traumatized at an early age, when their father murders their mother after a really bad fight. With their mother dead and their father in prison, the little girls only have each other to hold on to. Raised by their Nana in the inner city of Detroit; the girls manage to survive with Hope always the protector of her younger sister Heaven. Life isn't easy for either sister but Hope manges to make better choices for her life than Heaven does. Despite her frustrations with her sister's lifestyle; Hope continues to be there for Heaven until Heaven crosses the line and does something that forces Hope to disassociate herself from Heaven. Hope is a young widow struggling to raise her daughter from a previous relationship in the midst of her grief. Her husband had died in a tragic boating mishap that left many questions unanswered. Her losses have left Hope, angry and broken. As much as she tries, even mothering her daughter is a challenge for her. She hasn't spoken to her sister in a long time and neither sister communicates with their father even though he continues to write them letters from prison, letters full of remorse and regret. Finally Heaven reads one of her father's many unopened letters and is surprised at his revelation that he had fathered a daughter when he was very young. Heaven and Hope have an older sister that they never knew existed. Their father wants them to meet one another. This is a tender story of three sisters, all very different in personalities, living their lives in very different ways. After thirteen years of living in California trying to make her dreams come true, Alicia Day is no closer to becoming a movie star than she was when she first arrived in Hollywood. Heaven's phone call to Alicia from her hometown of Detroit finds her in a vulnerable place in her life. She has been bruised and torn apart by the business and wonders if it is time to cut her losses and go back home. I just loved this storyline and I loved the three sisters even more. Robinson is known for creating characters full of emotion with determination and drive. These women will remind you of your own sisters, daughters and girlfriends. They don't give up very easily. Heaven continues to telephone Alicia who at first was reluctant to bond with her, but Heaven doesn't give up just like she doesn't give up on seeking forgiveness from Hope. After finding that she has a medical condition that requires surgery; Alicia returns home to Detroit to her family; her mother, stepfather and younger brother. Once she gets settled, she meets up with Heaven. Then the drama begins. You can feel Heaven's pain as she struggles to turn her life around while in the throes of an abusive relationship. Heaven just wants to be loved. All grown up, she still carries the pain of the little girl who lost the love of her mother. Hope is strobut weak in accepting her losses. Professionally, she succeeds in life but personally she is a mess. She fears the pain of allowing her heart to love again and isn't really interested in bonding with Alicia or reconnecting with Heaven. Alicia is the glue that pulls the trio of sisters together. As she grows in faith and strength; she shows her sisters that together they can heal from life's storms and move on to a better future. They learn how important unconditional love is among family. Idrissa Uqdah for AALBC.com

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