Home Another Way

Home Another Way

by Christa Parrish

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Overview

After her mother's death and her father's abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441205537
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 725,372
File size: 647 KB

About the Author

Previously an award-winning Associated Press reporter, Christa Parrish now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives near Saratoga Springs, New York. This is her first novel.
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

Lynn Spencer

"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))

Cindy Crosby

"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)

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Home Another Way 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
mpmills on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Graham travels to the small town of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance from a father she hardly knew. She learns the will stipulates that she must remain in Jonah for six months. Sarah arrives in town an angry, bitter woman and reluctantly stays to collect her money. I loved the warm but quirky residents of Jonah, and enjoyed watching Sarah grow as she was forced to interact with them. Although this is not a book i would normally pick out for myself, I found I enjoyed the story and look foward to another novel by this author.
jaltergott23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the only Christian fiction books I have ever read (most likely the only one, actually); I decided to give it a chance since I received it as an ARC, and hey, it is only a couple hundred pages long. I was surprised to get drawn into this well-written story in the first couple of chapters, and I pretty much read it straight through. Sarah had a tough life; her father murdered her mother, leaving her to be raised by a resental grandmother, and she is coming to Jonah after a failed marriage and a stillborn child. In order to receive her inheritance from her estranged father, she has to spend six months living in Jonah. This was actually a wise condition from her father as I don't think Sarah would have given him a chance of a relationship or forgiveness when he was still living. By staying at her father's cabin and interacting with the people of Jonah, she gets to learn who her father really was and who she really is. She did grow emotionally through this process, but the book did not end with her becoming a saint with a perfect life - she still has a ways to go and some things were left unresolved...I felt this was a good choice by the author, I do not always like when everything is predictably wrapped up by the last chapter, plus it leaves the door open for a second book to continue her story. I am looking forward to reading more about Sarah.
princessputter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An astonishing tale of blind faith and love.Inflexable Sarah demands things to go her way, when the homespun town folk teach her a lesson in acceptance.She finds it impossible to ignore their dated lifestyle and is forced to live amoung them. This cynical woman discovers significant fiendships in a slew of loveable characters.Sarah falls inlove and discovers she can not be with him until she learns to love herself.This admirable story teaches selflessness.This reviewer begs for a sequel.
kibosa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was excellent. The characters were an eccentric group of down to earth neighbors that you grew to know and love by the end of the book. A feel good story of coming to terms with the life God gave you, without preaching. I was overcome with emotion in the last few chapters and didn't want it to end.
caroline123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Graham, a young woman with an emotionally scarred past, comes to the little mountain town of Jonah, New York to claim an inheritance from her deceased father. She finds out that she must stay in the town for six months according to her father's will.She is an embittered young woman who has not experienced love or even friendship, having been divorced recently and left without means. Her father, who was responsible for her mother's death, left her at the age of one to live with an emotionally cold grandmother. Her father had been imprisoned, only calling Sarah once in her life. He settled in Jonah and became a town "hero", beloved by many of it's residents, much to Sarah's chagrin. She hates his memory and finds it hard to believe he would be so caring to these folks.The townspeople are dirt-poor and Sarah shows her disdain for their ways by being rude, arrogant and looking down on them. Slowly as she gets to know more people she begins to find herself softening, even helping the local doctor by visiting the sick shut-in's and delivering needed supplies, even reading aloud to an elderly woman. This book was a good read. I found myself exasperated with Sarah at times because just when I thought she was softening and becoming a nicer person, she would ruin it with her attitude and insults. She does find acceptance which she so desperately wants, among these humble people. The ending is a surprise. I look forward to more books by this talented author.
mlschmidt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah goes to the very small backwoods town of Jonah to collect the inheritance left to her by her father, whom she hasn't seen since she was one, when he was incarcerated for killing her mother. In order to claim the estate she must live in Jonah for six months. Sarah is reluctantly drawn into the lives of the small town folk and the barriers she has surrounded herself with begin to crumble.What a wonderful book, I really didn't want it to end and I hope there is another book about Sarah and the residents of Jonah. I found myself with unexpected tears running down my face while reading parts of this novel, I truly didn't expect to be that immersed in the story.
love2goswimming on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great reminder that the "unanswered prayers" in our lives are usually the ones that provide the great learning experience. Would make a great book club discussion book. Enjoyable book and hard to put down once you begin.
karenthib on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Home Another Way is the story of Sarah Graham, a woman consumed by bitterness, anger, and a troubled past, who finds herself relunctantly spending six months in a small mountain community in order to collect an inheritance left to her by a father she never really knew.As you would expect, Sarah's stay in Jonah starts out rocky and gets quite a bit worse before it gets better. I would have liked to see more detail about Sarah's past brought out much earlier in the novel. She's not an easy character to like and the fact that the town's residents have the desire to help and support her is a little hard to accept when she returns their warmth with rudeness at every turn. This would have been a lot more understandable if we'd learned about her troubled childhood and the heartbreak she suffered as a young adult sooner. Despite that, though, I really enjoyed the novel and was sorry to see it end. By the end I liked Sarah and the people of Jonah so much I was wishing for a sappy, pat, feel-good ending. Parrish doesn't deliver on that though. She gives you an ending that's a lot like life - kind of up in the air, but still satisfying.I'm not sure how much appeal this novel will have with the general public based on its religious bent. Having recently gone through a time of searching and ultimately finding, I found it beautiful, comforting and affirming. I hope readers who don't consider themselves people of faith will give it a chance.
DianaCoats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To throw away a book just because it is label Christian is a travesty. Everyone has a worldview and this is the one the author chose and it closes our world to do the same unaccepting behaviors we find the characters in the book doing.That being said, I did not find myself bonding with the characters...particularly Sarah and Maggie...and therein lies the reason that the book didn't work for me. I won't say that the book wasn't well written, it just means on the particular time in my life when I picked it up to read that I didn't fuse with the protagonists so the book about the sleepy little town wasn't for me and I didn't really care about the history with her father.Others found it far more engaging and I love the we are all quite different in the way we view the world.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah graham has no money and is led to a very small town where her father (she hates) left her money and his home as long as she lives there for 6 months. She's a real brat and unkind person but the town trys to love her anyway and bring some God into her life. She falls in love with Jack, the town preacher, which further complicates and furthers the story., Very good.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are someone that thinks that Christian fiction is always positive, with sunny, happy characters who are willing to drop everything to help out whoever walks by, you need to read this book. It will definitely change your mind about the genre. This book isn't your typical Christian fiction book. The town of Jonah, New York has been a safe haven for Sarah Graham's father and now after his death, it has become hers. I enjoyed reading about her becoming acquainted with the small town and its cast of characters. Also the discovery about the truth of the situation involving her parents is painful yet life changing for her. The chemistry between Sarah and Jack is really excellent, and I really liked his character.Sarah is an extremely prickly character. Throughout almost the entire book, she is nothing but mean, snippy, rude and always trying to get a rise out of a person just for the fun of it. I understand where her hostility comes from. If I had to live the life she went through, with a mother killed by your father who then abandons you with a grandmother who tells you everyday you are worthless, I'd be angry and sullen too. However her attitude continues throughout the entire book and her continual rebuffs at those who try to help her make it very difficult to actually like her as a character. I found myself several times in the book wanting to yell at her to just listen to what the other person had to say before making snap judgments about them.I did feel that the ending was rather abrupt and leaves the reader with a sense of incompleteness. I honestly felt that there could have been more, not necessarily a neat and tidy ending, but at least a little bit more closure than what we were given. It made me almost feel as if the time I invested in the book seem to have vanished almost immediately. I really liked the entire Watson family and would have liked more closure with them as well. That being said though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not preachy at all and the storyline sucks you and keeps you wanting to read more. This is an absolutely wonderful debut novel and I am looking forward to reading future works from Christa Parrish. HIGHLY recommended.
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Jayne1126 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and wasn't ready for it to end. My only complaint is that it had an open ending and i hope there is a sequel in the future.
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gpi More than 1 year ago
The plot was good but the end was abrupt and left a lot hanging. I enjoyed reading it but the end wiped out my enjoyment. If you can look past abrupt endings, then you won't have a problem.
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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
If you are someone that thinks that Christian fiction is always positive, with sunny, happy characters who are willing to drop everything to help out whoever walks by, you need to read this book. It will definitely change your mind about the genre. This book isn't your typical Christian fiction book. The town of Jonah, New York has been a safe haven for Sarah Graham's father and now after his death, it has become hers. I enjoyed reading about her becoming acquainted with the small town and its cast of characters. Also the discovery about the truth of the situation involving her parents is painful yet life changing for her. The chemistry between Sarah and Jack is really excellent, and I really liked his character. Sarah is an extremely prickly character. Throughout almost the entire book, she is nothing but mean, snippy, rude and always trying to get a rise out of a person just for the fun of it. I understand where her hostility comes from. If I had to live the life she went through, with a mother killed by your father who then abandons you with a grandmother who tells you everyday you are worthless, I'd be angry and sullen too. However her attitude continues throughout the entire book and her continual rebuffs at those who try to help her make it very difficult to actually like her as a character. I found myself several times in the book wanting to yell at her to just listen to what the other person had to say before making snap judgments about them. I did feel that the ending was rather abrupt and leaves the reader with a sense of incompleteness. I honestly felt that there could have been more, not necessarily a neat and tidy ending, but at least a little bit more closure than what we were given. It made me almost feel as if the time I invested in the book seem to have vanished almost immediately. I really liked the entire Watson family and would have liked more closure with them as well. That being said though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not preachy at all and the storyline sucks you and keeps you wanting to read more. This is an absolutely wonderful debut novel and I am looking forward to reading future works from Christa Parrish. HIGHLY recommended.
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Dee28 More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters in Christa Parishes awesome first novel. I would love to live in that community. I hope she does a sequel.
Meredith_GA More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book... entertaining with endearing, believable characters and powerful plot. Read it in one day!! I've been looking for something similar in the christian fiction section, nothing else delivers like this book. Looking forward to Christa's next work!!
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With twenty-three borrowed dollars in her pocket, twentyish Sarah Graham leaves the big city to travel to the mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York where her estranged father recently died. She only goes to collect her inheritance as she has not forgiven her dad Luke Peterson for deserting her. Thus when she arrives to find out that to inherit his estate she must remain in the small town for six months, Sarah goes berserker. Unhappy she reluctantly accepts the terms as she desperately needs the money.------ The townsfolk apparently loved her father. Each visits her and tells Sarah favorite stories about Luke. She cannot believe that the Luke the locals describe is the same Luke she remembers. Still she begins to reconsider her beliefs re dad, but each time she feels a bit of affection Sarah quickly recalls why she loathed him. Will the townsfolk teach her to forgive and move on by thinking of the good or will she retain her belief that Luke was a louse.-------- Although the theme seems out of Inspirational fiction 101, Sarah¿s hedonism throughout the story line keeps HOME ANOTHER WAY quite fresh and interesting. There is no miracle return to nature even as the lead protagonist considers forgiving her father because Sarah has a lifestyle she is used to and can see the dirt poor poverty that engulfs Jonah. Instead Sarah remains a somewhat spoiled hedonist while the key townsfolk also have faults in a brisk inspiring character study in which the outside reflects on to forgive or not forgive that is the plot.------------ Harriet Klausner