Going Home

Going Home

by Judith Keim

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In 1970, Violet Hawkins' only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she's been missing all her life. She makes it to San Francisco, but soon learns she needs a job if she's to live properly. A kind, young man named Kenton Chandler offers her a sandwich and a job at his father's inn and vineyards. With nothing to lose, Lettie takes him up on his offer and begins a whole new life in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. She immediately falls in love with the land and is fascinated with the idea of growing grapes in order to make wines. She, Kenton, and Rafe Lopez become friends as she learns about running the small inn on the property.
At the same time she marries Kenton, a stroke kills his father. And then before she can tell Kenton she's pregnant, he dies in an automobile accident. Heartbroken and burdened with the gift of the Chandler Hill Inn and Winery, she's left with the task of making them a success. Struggling to raise a child alone while working to grow the business, Lettie makes a shocking discovery that changes everything.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161222010
Publisher: Wild Quail Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/13/2019
Series: Chandler Hill Inn Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 49,491
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family.
While growing up, she was drawn to the idea of writing stories from a young age. Books were always present, being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. All in her family shared information from the books in general conversation, giving them a wealth of knowledge and vivid imaginations.
A hybrid author who both has a publisher and self-publishes, Ms. Keim writes heart-warming novels about women who face unexpected challenges, meet them with strength, and find love and happiness along the way. Her best-selling books are based, in part, on many of the places she's lived or visited and on the interesting people she's met, creating believable characters and realistic settings her many loyal readers love. Ms. Keim loves to hear from her readers and appreciates their enthusiasm for her stories.

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Going Home 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
KatrinaEpperson 5 months ago
Oh my what a wonderful story!! I was immediately drawn into the story from page one. Violet Hawkins, aka Lettie, is a strong character that easily pulls the reader in. As a young woman she longs for a family, freedom, but most of all she's looking for love. San Francisco in 1970 has much to offer, but when Lettie arrives reality smacks her in the face. Finding an affordable place that's safe to live is easier said than done. After 4 months meeting Kenton Chandler was her saving grace, because he offers her a job at his family's vineyards in Oregon. What Lettie didn't expect was to find the beauty and fascination the land brings her. This captivating and heartwarming story of Lettie Hawkins flows effortlessly. This spectacular read has engaging characters, captures time and place, shows realistic values and beliefs, and love. This unexpected gem was hard to put down. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good story. I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
kaitlynspet 8 months ago
Judith Keim's Going Home is the story of family and not your traditional family. This is also the story of belonging, love, loss and Oregon's wine country. The lead character is a strong female, there is a good plot, and decidedly different family dynamics than in most women's literature. Would recommend this book. #GoingHome #JudithKeim #NetGalley #fostercare #Vineyards #winemaking #love #family #loss
Sailon 8 months ago
Lettie is a foster kid who jumps out the system right to California. She runs through her money quickly and finds herself desperate for a job. Sitting on a stoop, Lettie meets Kenton who offers to take her away to Oregon to his family winery. Lettie decides to go to Oregon, meets Kenton's father and starts to build a life in a place she really loves. Talk about insta-love x2. I was taken aback by the lack of character development that lead to not one but two proclamations of love. I was thinking that I could maybe believe a relationship with Kenton because he saved Lettie from homelessness. But Lettie literally jumps right from Rafe to Kenton. Lettie gets married only to be widowed during a tragic accident, leaving her the owner of the start up winery, a single mother and having to face it all on her own. Lettie goes from innocence to strength, mother to grandmother and transverses 48 years of her life. Its a story of love, life, and death. A very fast telling for what I thinks was 48 years of Lettie's life. I found Going Home a quick easy read. I received this ARC copy of Going Home from. Wild Quail Publishing. This is my honest and voluntary review.
LauraMHartman 8 months ago
Violet (“Lettie”) has been in the foster system her entire life. She has had the necessities of life, but living with very strict, religious foster parents, she longs to live a life of her own. So the minute she is old enough, she sets out on her own for San Francisco. The 1970’s are full of free love and drugs, neither of which she is really a part of. A few months later she is hungry and out of cash, but her fortune changes when she meets a Kenton Chandler, who offers her food and a job if she will go with him to Oregon. She hesitates but decides it just might be her salvation. Kenton is full of surprises. His father owns a fledgling vineyard and he is going home to work in the family business. As soon as Lettie arrives there with him, she feels as though she is home. She has finally found a place that she loves and embraces the land and the people she meets. Times will not always be easy for her, but knowing she is surrounded by everything and everyone she loves she knows she will spend the rest of her life there. It is easy to jump into the interesting world of wine making, and the surrounding vistas are vividly brought to life in this novel. I would have liked some more information about the winemaking process. I enjoyed the characters, they are believable and multidimensional. The only problem I had with this book was the timespan. It begin in the 1970s and progresses through three generations in a 256 page book. Sometimes I wanted more details. Major events were mere paragraphs. In order to pull me into the story and characters, I would have loved more details. It seemed at times the plot was getting in the way of the story. Going Home is the first book in the Chandler Hill Series. This is the fifth series for prolific fiction series author. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman
Sharon_Arundel 8 months ago
What a wonderful read! This book has so much to offer the reader, it goes from heartbreaking to being inspirational and was a joy to read. Lettie goes through so much in her life and yet she copes and is able to move forward with her head held high. This is an emotional read and one that had me in tears at times, but it is a great book and well worth the time and tears to read it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
4GranJan 8 months ago
Oregon Vineyard Saga This novel is the story of one woman's life from teenage years onward. It is a nice, long book that lets the author tell a complete story across the decades. This story is written so well that it was like a movie playing in my head. The story is told without judgment or horror, it is just what happened. I loved this book, can't wait for the sequel and know that I will read it again! I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
lauriesophee 8 months ago
I am so glad that this is the first book of a new series! I am looking forward to the next one! This novel is about a young woman named Lettie and her life. It spans over fifty years. She runs to California at eighteen, looking for freedom and a new life, after coming from the foster system in Ohio, Lettie meets a kind man who offers her employment in his family's bed & breakfast in Oregon. She has nothing to lose. This is just the beginning. There is lots of romance, a hint of suspense and lots of overall goodness in this fabulous book. Lettie finds the family she has always wished for. But as in every family, heartache as well. I loved Lettie! You can't help but admire her compassion and kindness! I will say that I definitely needed tissues at more than a few times!
Anonymous 8 months ago
How much can one person handle? Going Home showed us how a young lady, Lettie was able to find beauty, compassion, love, and strength through her journey. Make sure to keep your tissues handy as you accompany Lettie along the way. This book was beautifully written and it beckons the reader to continue until the very end. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Penny Leidecker 8 months ago
What a fantastic emotional book. This book will take you on a roller coaster ride and have you needing tissues several times. Lettie ages out of the foster care system and heads to San Francisco. Her money doesn’t last as long as she hoped and when she sets down on some steps, she meets Kenton, who will change her life. I don’t want to leave any spoilers because I really hope everyone will read and review this amazing story. I will say, you will love these characters and the descriptions will have you wishing you was there. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.