In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast--and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York, to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father's will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?
A story of grace, of God's never-ceasing love, and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purposes to pass.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||647 KB|
About the Author
A winner of Associated Press awards for her journalism, Christa Parrish now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives near Saratoga Springs, New York. She is the author of Home Another Way, finalist for the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, Watch Over Me, which won the 2010 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, and The Air We Breathe. Learn more at www.christaparrish.com.
What People are Saying About This
"In Home Another Way, debut author Christa Parrish manages the rare accomplishment of telling a very good story peopled with flawed and very human characters. Though the tale of a city girl out of her element in the country is one that has been told many times, it comes to life vividly in Parrish's hands without the trite qualities that some readers associate with this theme."--(Lynn Spencer, All About Romance (LikesBooks.com))
"In her poignant yet gritty first novel, Home Another Way, Christa Parrish tells the moving story of one woman's healing from the scars of her past.... What sets Parrish's novel apart are her beguiling descriptions and careful word choices. "It took me by complete surprise, how Memory and I had knotted ourselves together, one Sunday at a time one argument at a time --- knit one, purl two --- until we'd tangled ourselves into some ugly granny-square afghan, with misshapen edges and dropped stitches throughout." Beautifully said. Parrish knows how to give her readers just enough background information about her characters to keep the pages turning, but without holding so much back that the audience feels cheated or becomes frustrated. Varying points of view (including using first person only for Sarah) help flesh out the characters. As Sarah's story unfolds, we discover a childhood full of emotional abuse by her grandmother ("She called me her burden; She said I was her constant reminder that she raised her daughter to be a whore.") and complicated and often checkered pasts for the people of Jonah....
Parrish has peopled her novel with engaging, interesting characters, from old Doc White who has his own skeletons rattling around in a closet to the mountain folks who are lightly sketched. She adeptly avoids the clichéd happily-ever-after ending while still leaving the reader satisfied. Hopefully we'll hear more from the talented Parrish."--(Cindy Crosby, FaithfulReader.com)