Homecoming

Homecoming

by Kate Hasbrouck

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ISBN-13: 9781940192215
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alaina Kate Hasbrouck wrote her first book when she was a little girl. She majored in psychology and writing at Houghton College. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.

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“For he will command his angels
Concerning you
To guard you in all your ways.
On their hands
they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot
against a stone.”

Psalm 91: 11-12
Chapter 1
Kerana
I stood at the very edge of the branch where I could see nearly everything in the forest. The sun had reached its peak and cast long shadows between the trees, wrapping the world in a cool blanket below me.
Today my life will change forever. I will go to Earth, and I will essentially become a Human.
These thoughts reminded me that I should be on my way.
The breeze was soft, but at these heights, the slightest wind sent the branches of the trees swaying. But I had anticipated that.
I looked down through the tree, the nearest limbs nearly thirty feet below me, and the forest floor seemed miles away. I took another step onto the branch, feeling it bow a little underneath my weight.
And I smiled, for what was a thirty foot drop to an Eldurian?
I leapt from the end of the branch, fell through the air for a few seconds of blissful flight, and landed lightly on my feet on the branch. I loved feeling the wind rush through my hair as I fell. I eyed the next branch below me, which was closer, but not by much, and quickly jumped down to it. I continued down the tree until at last, I reached the forest floor.
“Kerana?” I smiled and I turned to see the most beautiful woman in Eden approach me through the spotted pools of sunlight. Long brunette hair flowed over her shoulders like a waterfall, and blue eyes radiated a light that stars would envy. Her face was flawless and smooth. She had a smile that was contagious and beautiful, that conveyed a story of love and wisdom.
“Mother!” I replied. “How did you know where to find me?”
She said nothing at first, but opened her arms and I lingered a few moments more than usual in her embrace. She smelled like fresh pine and mint.
Then, “Kerana, really. Do you think I know you that little?”
I smiled. Of course she would know.
“It is getting late, dear. You need to get going. Your father is with the twins and insisted that I come to see you off.” She ran her hands through my long hair affectionately. She hadn’t done that since I was eight or nine. “He sends his love.”
She paused, looked at me, and brushed her hands up and down my arms. “Your first day wearing the Eldurian robe—I can’t believe it!”
I couldn’t either; it still seemed surreal to me that I had just that morning changed from the uniform of the Elduns to the robe that meant I was no longer considered a child among my people, but an adult.
“Well come on, we should get you going.” I knew she didn’t want to prolong the goodbye and I fell into step beside her.
My thoughts were tangled up in one another, and I couldn’t quite straighten them out. I was sure that this was what every Eldurian felt before they left for Earth.
“How are you feeling?” Mother asked me as we walked together.
“I am feeling confident, just a bit curious about what to expect.” I smiled at her. “I do not fear it,” I added honestly. I wasn’t afraid at all and really never experienced fear in Eden. But then again, I had never seen a Human before and we were taught in school that fear was a part of everyday life experiences on Earth. It was my first time away from home and I was to set out entirely by myself into a world that I was only familiar with through books and drawings.
She nodded her head. “I remember feeling the same way. But I trust that you will do well.”
“I believe I will too.”
“And of course,” she added, “Adonai will be there with you. You won’t have to remain in Earth’s fear when He is at your side.”
I smiled. “That is a very large part of why I am confident. I know I am supposed to go. I know that it is my time.”
“I know it is too,” she replied.
We walked side by side as almost equals now, I realized. It was strange to speak with her eye to eye, and to know that I would no longer rely on her help.
“You know, I still remember my first day on Earth,” she murmured, pulling me out of my musings.
“The very first?”
“Kerana, I doubt that you will ever forget your first day in the world of the Humans. I walked out of the Portal and into a place that was nothing like Eden.” She grew quiet, and looked down at her feet as we walked. “I remember I walked out of the Portal and immediately I wanted to go back. Everything felt wrong. The world smelled strange, it sounded strange. I began to think that Adonai was wrong, and that I wasn’t ready to go into this world.”
She smiled at me then. “But Adonai is never wrong, I reminded myself in that moment. And I knew that He was there because He reminded me in His ever so gentle way. So I picked up my bags and made my way to the busy streets to take a taxicab to the nearest airport so that I could reach Maine.”
Silence fell again as we continued to walk. I knew that we were coming close to where we would part ways. I wondered what was waiting for me only a short distance away, through the Portal.
Would the Humans smile the same way? Would they laugh like the Eldurians did? Would they love like the Eldurians did? It was hard to know the answers, knowing that the Humans were the Fallen, and the Eldurians were not. The darkness that lived in them did not live in us.
Against a tree along the edge of the path were two bags packed full of clothing, books, and other necessities. I laid them out before wandering back to the trees—before I had one last glimpse of Eden as I knew it now. I was fully aware that when I returned, my view of it will have changed. I wanted to retain an innocent, naïve memory of it, of the way I had always known it.
“Here,” Mother said. She opened a bag and pulled out some clothing and handed the neatly folded stack to me. “I am glad that the clothes I passed on to you fit as well as they do. You should change quickly before you leave. I will take your robe and keep it safe.”
I nodded at her, and quickly changed into the clothes she had given me. I handed Mother my newly acquired Eldurian robe somewhat regretfully. I was just getting used to wearing it.
Mother called the stiff pants I wore “jeans” and the shirt I wore was made from a soft cotton material and was a warm pink color.

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Homecoming 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
In Homecoming, by Kate Hasbrouck, Kerana has finally entered adulthood, which means she has to spend a year in the human world. Going to college on Earth and trying to blend in with the humans is harder than she first anticipated. She draws the attention of nearly everyone around her, including Eli. Kerana’s encounters with Eli might just spill the secret of her home planet of Eden. Homecoming was different than I expected. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but it was certainly unlike any other book I have read. In a good way, of course. I confess, I could barely put the book down. The characters were sweet and had depth. Seeing Kerana experience earth and both the dangers and joys of it was entertaining. Both of the main characters grew in many ways.  The plot was intriguing. I barely knew how the events would play out. I was seriously stressed about how the romance would turn out. How could it be possible for someone who is perfect to marry a non-perfect person? Especially with the other major problem going on.  One of the things that impressed me the most was the Eldurian race that Kerana was a part of. I was curious to see how the author, Kate, would portray a perfect race, a race like the humans that had never given in to sin. Because of this, I was extremely curious as to how Kate had come up with the idea. Kerana’s impressions of Earth and the comparisons to her perfect world brought home the consequences of the Fall of mankind. I was surprised to see that Kerana and the other Eldurians had selfish or jealous reactions or emotions. If they are merely emotions, than they are not sin exactly, but if they are more than that, then they are sin? All the same, I loved the perspective on the two worlds and the differences therein. Overall, Homecoming was a sweet romance with an intriguing look on human nature and the comparison to a perfect world. I look forward to new books from Kate Hasbrouck. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
What an amazing debut by Kate! It wasn’t a huge action story or even a big romance one, but there was such a plain spiritual message that makes this novel very unique and special! I really enjoyed the way the story started off and how Kerana and Eli were introduced. They both have such a different background and history, but are both equally fascinating in their own way. Eden (the place where Kerana is from) sounds so beautiful! Probably one of my favorite parts of the story itself is experiencing it through Eli’s eyes since he’s a human. The Eldurians even sound amazing, but their homeland even more so. I could go on and on about the Gospel message that is presented through Homecoming, but it would take so long to write! However I will say that I was very moved and even in awe of the simple truths that are spoken. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who is in need of a story that reveals God’s desire in having a personal relationship with us. Kate shows the reality of having to trust God as well as why where here despite hardships or other doubts that we face in life. Plus the romance was very sweet as well! I am giving Homecoming by Kate Hasbrouck a 4.5 stars rather than 5 stars, but only because I felt there were a few places that lagged. *(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*