Place to Call Home

Place to Call Home

by Merrillee Whren

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BN ID: 2940016606163
Publisher: Merrillee Whren
Publication date: 04/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 247,222
File size: 215 KB

About the Author

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who has written eleven books for Harlequin Love Inspired. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of thirty plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and Chicago but now makes her home on one of God’s most beautiful creations, an island off the east coast of Florida. When she’s not writing or working for her husband’s recruiting firm, she spends her free time playing tennis or walking the beach, where she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her at http://www.merrilleewhren.com/ or connect with her on https://www.facebook.com/MerrilleeWhren.Author or https://www.facebook.com/merrillee.whren.

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A Place to Call Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A Place to Call Home by Merrillee Whren My rating is 4.5 Stars Kurt had been falsely accused of murdering his wife. He was convicted and sentenced for it. I really appreciated that despite the fact he had given his life to Christ while in jail, he still struggled with anger and unforgiveness. Wait! Not the way it sounds. I’m glad the author didn’t just make him perfectly able to forgive and not fight anger. He was real His struggles were real. Molly had some struggles of her own. Although she was also a Christian and even involved in ministry to ex-convicts, she was afraid to trust Kurt and to work with him. I did find it humorous that she “tested” him by giving him money to go to the store for her. He was a convicted murderer, not a thief. What exactly would that have proven? I enjoyed reading about the struggles and growth of both Kurt and Molly. The way they learned to trust God, to seek His help and direction. The way they learned to trust each other. And, ultimately, to forgive. While the subject matter and tone of the book is serious, it was hopeful and not sad. Though the book is partly about a murder investigation, it is not gruesome, nor is that the primary theme of the book. This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net. Get a preview of A Place to Call Home at amongTheReads.net
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story of forgiveness. Molly and Kurt each have pasts that they need to learn to get through. They each must work through a lot of pain. This really makes you think. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story, book #1n the Front Porch Promises series. Life is messy, and that’s the realism that Merrillee Whren incorporates into her stories. But spiritual themes of hope and the grace of God always shine through as she uses her characters to inspire readers. A Place to Call Home, featuring the future Hawthorne Valley Inn of Hawthorne, Massachusetts, touches on themes of spousal abuse, prison, drugs, unsolved crime, and child custody. Kurt and Molly are sympathetic, likeable characters who are both grateful for second chances. I felt that I understood these two and really connected with them. Molly has a heart for helping ex-prisoners, and follows that heart in hiring Kurt to restore her bed & breakfast inn. From his determination to secure the job, to the bitterness and anger that often welled up inside, Kurt’s emotional and spiritual journey was heartfelt. A Place to Call Home is about forgiveness and second chances … essential for both giver and receiver, but just as in real life, never easy to come by. As Kurt worked to restore Molly’s inn to its former beauty, I could easily imagine the beauty of the spindle staircase, woodworking, furnishings, etc. But I also felt that his restoration project had a deeper meaning for him personally – and for us – pointing toward the abundant grace and restoration we find in Christ. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
A place to call home Ever been convicted of something you didn’t do? That is what happened to Kurt. He serve his time and now trying to prove his innocence and get to know his twins. Molly hires Kurt to restore her bed and breakfast place and home. She has a past also but scare to reveal it. A story of starting over and also of forgiveness. A very inspiring book that I found very interesting. One secondary character was kind of irritating due to one time she was nice and next she wasn’t. Enjoyed having the kitten in the story. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to be accused of a murder? How would you react when you are sentenced to prison knowing you are innocent? Kurt has lived that nightmare and now finds himself finally free from prison. He has a lot to deal with but his first priority is to find a job. When he gets hired by Molly to restore her Victorian home he seems to have hope. I liked that he was determined to prove his innocence and try to win custody of his children. I understood why Molly was a little apprehensive about hiring Kurt . The story is really intense at times and I could feel both characters holding back their feelings for each other. It would be hard to believe someone you don't know telling you that they are not guilty. I loved how the author slowly draws Molly and Kurt together. They both have trust issues and will need to learn to overcome that. It was nice to read that faith helped them deal with past issues. I was surprised at the secret Molly was hiding. How will Kurt react when she tells him about her past? The story is beautifully written and easy to like the main characters. I love second chance stories and always like to see how it gets resolved. We all make mistakes but sometimes people won't forgive. I loved how forgiveness was a main theme in the story. It made me think about times I wouldn't forgive and how I missed a chance to repair a relationship. Will Molly and Kurt be able to forgive and trust each other? Don't miss this charming book that reminds us that everyone deserves a second chance. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to be accused of a murder? How would you react when you are sentenced to prison knowing you are innocent? Kurt has lived that nightmare and now finds himself finally free from prison. He has a lot to deal with but his first priority is to find a job. When he gets hired by Molly to restore her Victorian home he seems to have hope. I liked that he was determined to prove his innocence and try to win custody of his children. I understood why Molly was a little apprehensive about hiring Kurt . The story is really intense at times and I could feel both characters holding back their feelings for each other. It would be hard to believe someone you don't know telling you that they are not guilty. I loved how the author slowly draws Molly and Kurt together. They both have trust issues and will need to learn to overcome that. It was nice to read that faith helped them deal with past issues. I was surprised at the secret Molly was hiding. How will Kurt react when she tells him about her past? The story is beautifully written and easy to like the main characters. I love second chance stories and always like to see how it gets resolved. We all make mistakes but sometimes people won't forgive. I loved how forgiveness was a main theme in the story. It made me think about times I wouldn't forgive and how I missed a chance to repair a relationship. Will Molly and Kurt be able to forgive and trust each other? Don't miss this charming book that reminds us that everyone deserves a second chance. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn’t commit. Then to add insult to injury you are ordered to stay away from your children, even after you have served your time. This is Kurt Jansen’s life! My heart ached for him, even as I rejoiced in Molly Finnerty’s kindness in giving him a second chance. Molly’s life isn’t entirely on the up and up, either. However, her need for Kurt to restore the home she bought and turn it into a bed and breakfast is genuine. Merrillee Whren’s book, A Place to Call Home, is rich with forgiveness, second chances, and redemption. I enjoyed reading it, not only for the redemptive qualities but also for the renovations aspect-a topic dear to my heart. I bought A Place to Call Home earlier. However, I also received a copy through Celebrate Lit; I was not obligated to provide a review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a page-turner, and quickly rooting for the injustice and unfairness of all this young man had lost, and the help he receives from those who live their faith. The author puts faces on these people and we soon are caring about them, and keep reading hoping the true murderer will be found and all the bad things that have happened will be rectified and Kurt will be reunited with his children. A really interesting and compelling read, you will have to get to the end for answers, and yes, I did suspect who the real culprit was, but didn’t see what was coming. Don’t miss this one, people who really live their faith! I received this book through Celebrate Lit Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Front Porch Series. A Place to Call Home. Merrilee Whren' s characters face challenges emotional, physically and spiritual. This is book 1 in a great series. If I had to describe this book, it would be restoration. Restoring a house for Molly Finnerty, Kurt Jansen found his niche in the world outside of the prison. Molly and her friends help Kurt clear his name, find the real killer, and get his kids back. Molly must face her past. Kurt's mother-in-law needed a change of heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read, addictive, and great story. Not quite cliche but enough sweetness to be interesting.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story by Merrillee Whren! It is an inspirational romance about not only forgiving others, but ourselves also. Kurt Jansen has every reason to hate the cards he has been dealt in life, but he his working on not allowing that to define him or the person he wants to be. Having served six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit he is struggling to get his life back on track so that he can get custody of his children and start his life anew, but there are those that are trying to stop him no matter the cost. Molly Finnerty is trying to get her B&B up and running and hiring Kurt to help with all of the woodwork that needs to be done will not only help her, but him also. Molly has reservations about hiring Kurt because of his criminal history, but how can she hold that against him all the while knowing about her past and the things that she has done. While working alongside Kurt she gets to know him and knows there is no way that he committed the crimes that he went to prison for and her feelings soon start to change for him. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books by Merrillee Whren in the future. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Mary_F More than 1 year ago
Newly released from prison, Kurt Jansen is hoping to get a job restoring the Victorian home that Molly Finnerty is converting into a bed and breakfast. He needs the income to hire someone who can prove his innocence and help him win back the two children he lost after being convicted of murdering his wife. Molly has helped in prison ministry by giving jobs to ex-cons before but is nervous about hiring someone who was charged with murder. After speaking with a couple of references, coupled with prayers for guidance, she gives Kurt the job. The more time they spend together, the harder it is to fight their growing attraction to one another. Molly extends Kurt’s job on her property to include working on the women’s shelter she is building. She comes to believe his story of innocence and helps place him on a path to realizing his dream to win back the custody of his children. Still, as much as she cares for him, she is reluctant to share her past with him for fear he will walk away. An unforeseen circumstance brings the issue to a head and she realizes that she must tell him her secret. This book drew me in from the start. It is a Christian romance with characters who become very real as you follow their story. The author provided me with a copy of the e-book in exchange for an honest review. However, I am going to add that I had already purchased a paperback copy of this book as I very much enjoy her work.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Place to Call Home is a wonderful read. A powerful story of starting over, forgiveness, and learning moving on. I, also, think it is a perfect reminder that everyone has their own secret pain. The book does cover some heavy issues, but it is still a very clean read. I look forward to more by this author in the future. Highly recommended. 5 plus stars.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
How do you start life again after being in prison for a crime that you didn't commit? Trusting anyone is hard, but, Kurt Jansen has to start trusting people again. He wants to find the real guilty person. He meets Molly Finnerty. She has her own life story with a secret or two that she is not ready to share yet. Author Merrillee Whren gives the reader the opportunity to explore many emotions, such as trust, faith, love and happiness after tragedy. The story reminds us that we all have a story to share and sometimes, those life stories can help others. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that i have read by this author, but it definitely won't be my last. I was pulled into the lives of the characters and the story line from the first pages. This is a heartwarming story following Kurt, who has just been released from prison where he was serving time for a crime he didn't commit and is seeking a second chance, and Molly, who has secrets of her own as she battles with giving him that chance. It is a beautiful story of God's love and second chances that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Hurting and broken hearts are a lot like old worn down houses, they need a second chance, tender-loving care, and restoration. At least that’s my first impression of Kurt Jansen. He served six years behind prison bars for a crime he couldn’t prove that he didn’t commit. He’s desperate to prove his innocence and the only way to do that is to get this house restoration job, save up enough money, hire a private detective to find the real killer and a lawyer to gain back custody of his two children. Molly Finnerty knows a thing or two about starting over and second chances! Once married to a violent man and now widowed, she works with a prison ministry hiring ex-convicts. While she’s wary of Kurt for good reason, she likes his past work so much, she decides to hire him to restore the old Victorian home she owns and turn it into a bed & breakfast. She, too, has past secrets she hides from Kurt. Can these two learn to forgive themselves and others who’ve hurt them? Can they truly find peace and “a place to call home”? I literally devoured this book in one day! It had so much depth in it and drew me in from the first sentence. Both Kurt & Molly have past hurts they must overcome to be able to move forward in their lives. Kurt’s is visible, Molly’s not so much. They also must learn to trust each other & the Lord to work things out. As the story progresses, you can see each of these characters begin to grow in faith and their prayer life. It also had me emotionally connected! You can’t help but cheer with each victory or cry with each set-back. Then there’s the mystery of finding the real killer & having so few clues to go by. And what are Molly’s past secrets that she tries so hard to hide? It’s a must read for contemporary inspirational fiction fans, a truly delightful story of faith, forgiveness, learning to trust and a sweet romance thrown in! **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have provided here. **
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
A Place to Call Home by Merrillee Whren is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness of God and man. Kurt Jansen has just been released from prison where he has served six years for the charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife. He has insisted that he was innocent from the very first and is looking for a restoration job so that he will have money to hire a private investigator to find the real murderer and a lawyer to help him get custody of his six year old twins. He is referred to Molly Finnerty for she has a house that she wants to restore and turn it into a bed and breakfast. Molly finally decides to give Kurt the job since she is a supporter of the prison ministry in her town. And, she has secrets of her own that involve the death of her husband and a short stay in jail.. Merrillee did an outstanding job in the development of all elements of the story. The characters are so real that one almost forgets they are fictional individuals. Molly and Kurt came to life in the story and I was pulling for them to solve all their problems and hopefully fall in love. All the settings are so well described that I felt as if I were right in the midst of the story. There were several twists and turns in the plot and a good bit of suspense. Who did kill Kurt’s wife? Would Kurt be able to get custody of his children? Would Molly finally let go of her secrets about the death of her husband? I was somewhat surprised when the true murderer of Kurt’s wife was revealed. I like when a book has a strong Christian message and this one did, both Molly and Kurt had a relationship with God and looked to Him for guidance and forgiveness. In addition to Molly and Kurt, there were other strong Christians in the book. I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great story with romance, suspense, Christian values, and a happy ending. Thanks to the author, Merrillee Whren, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Merrillee Whren’s novel, A Place to Call Home, delivers an inspirational message with a plot that offers something to satisfy the reader of suspense, new beginnings, and romance. This novel is very well written with likeable, well-developed characters. I did not realize when starting to read this that Merrillee has written for Love Inspired and has won awards for her writing – have probably already read at least one of her novels before! But, back to A Place to Call Home. Molly, owner of a Victorian mansion, has hired Kurt, a man recently released from prison for the conviction of manslaughter of his wife. He is a top-notch carpenter who would refurb much of the home that Molly would open as a bed and breakfast. If all went well, he would also update two other homes on the property to make them livable for a women’s shelter. Kurt did not murder his late wife, Bonnie, but there was no evidence to point to any other suspects at the time of the investigation. The work would mean more than a new start for Kurt, who planned to earn enough money to hire an attorney to help him visit his children, now in the care of his late wife’s mother. He desperately missed his children, missed watching them grow up, having had not seen them since they were babies. He also planned to hire a P.I. who could help him find the person who really had brutally murdered his wife. Seeing the work that Kurt is doing on the home and the integrity with which he worked, Molly found a way to help him begin to work through the legal system. She helped do some research in old newspapers and on the internet, his life and marriage an open book to her. Little known to Kurt, however, Molly has secrets of her own that could destroy the tenuous friendship growing between them. Faith, friendship, and forgiveness are hallmarks in this well-written novel. This reader enjoyed the mystery, the way Kurt‘s faith was encouraged by his friend, Steve, who he had met through the prison ministry. I appreciated how the friendship of one Christian can help someone who is in prison, whether or not the person is innocent. Sometimes it just takes one person… Favorite Lines: “…he secretly wondered how God could answer this prayer when He hadn’t kept Kurt out of prison. God was there, but sometimes He seemed too far away.” “His innocence or guilt didn’t matter. God was reminding her that He had forgiven Kurt’s sins as surely as He had forgiven hers .” I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys faith, suspense, and a bit of romance. It is well worth the read, and spiritual lessons abound as the reader watches Kurt’s faith grow in spite of the past. Would love to see more books by this author! This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review. The opinions herein are my own.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
A Place to Call Home By: Merrillee Whren I loved this story by Merrillee Whren. It’s a story of hope, faith, and trust. This book is for anyone who has a hard time putting their past behind them. Our past is not to imprison us. Our hope and trust is in God who can use our pasts and insecurities. A Place to Call Home is a feeling you get when you are accepted and loved for who you are. Don’t miss this book and this very special feeling! Kurt Jansen needed a job. He had served his sentence and was ready to move on. Molly Finnerty needed someone to restore her house. Can Kurt convince her to give him the job? What would she think of him with a prison record, trying to get custody of his kids, and everyone thinking he’d killed his wife? Kurt will have to find a way to trust Molly and believe God will work his problems out. Molly has a past she keeps hidden from others. She doesn’t trust anyone for fear they will figure out who she is and what she’s done. Steve Barnett has a prison ministry and Molly is friends with his wife. He sends people to Molly to help out. She is a Christian but has a hard time believing God has forgiven her. Can she trust Kurt with her past while helping him deal with his mother-in-law, gain custody of his children, and prove his innocence? What happens when her past jeopardizes Kurt’s future? Kurt and Molly need to learn to trust each other, others, and especially God. Both are worried about people’s perceptions of them. They can’t rest in the assurance that God has forgiven them and loves them. They are prisoners of their pasts. If you haven’t read A Place to Call Home, get it today! The engaging characters, the descriptive setting, and life events makes this book a must read! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
"Even though Steve had helped Kurt turn his life over to God, Kurt still had to tamp down the anger that surfaced whenever he faced the way people would view him for the rest of his life, unless he could find the person who had killed his wife.  Where had God been when He'd been sent to prison for something he didn't do? Would he ever know the answer?  His mind buzzed with the unfairness of it all, but he couldn't let his thoughts take him to that dark place---the place where hatred and revenge ruled.  Each day he struggled to keep his mind focused on something other than the injustice he had suffered." Forgiveness and second chances abound in this book.  Are they easy to come to? No, they are not!  Steve has to prove himself to everyone and he swears he is innocent.  He wants to find the killer of his wife and get his children back, but obstacles are all around him.   Molly seems to be the answer to his prayers when she hires him to restore her home and live in the little apartment over the carriage house.  They both sense a powerful attraction between them and both continue to deny it.   Read this book to find out what happens ....this is a 5***** novel!   I was given a free kindle version of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
CammieG More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a gift to review. I started this book in the morning and finished it that night. It was so good that I could not put it down. This book has everything. Romance, mystery, fun and a message.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What a gem of a book! This story grabbed me right from the start and did not let go. In A Place to Call Home, we meet Kurt Jansen, who is newly released from prison for time served for a crime he didn’t commit. Understandably, he has a lot to be upset about, but in this story we watch as he learns to give it all over to God and trust that He will answer Kurt’s prayers. The other main character, Molly Finnerty, struggles with her own issues from the past. These two characters well-written, likeable and feel very real. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop throughout the book. I was very impressed with the multitude of deep issues that this book covers, and the message of the importance of forgiveness and letting go of anger. This book has so many things to recommend it: a great romance, a mystery, drama, pasts that must be overcome, learning to give it all to God…and so much more. I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary Christian fiction. I received a complimentary copy of A Place to Call Home from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Angelian More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book are easy to relate to, maybe not the situations presented but the feelings they have because of it.  Kurt and Molly have things in their past that give them both trust issues.  Molly wants to open a women's shelter and bed and breakfast, Kurt is the perfect craftsman to renovate her home.  They both fight the immediate attraction.  This book shows them learning to trust each other and trust God.  It's fast paced and a lovely read that will appeal to all.  I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
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Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully touching tale of two people with pasts that haunt their souls. With God's guidance the learn to trust in Him and others and find the path meant for them. A lovely story that everyone should read.