Love Comes Home (Rosey Corner Book #3): A Novel

Love Comes Home (Rosey Corner Book #3): A Novel

by Ann H. Gabhart

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Overview

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline wants a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be--a life with a man who will never come back. And little Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Through the heartfelt storytelling of bestselling author Ann Gabhart, readers join these endearing characters as they walk an uncertain road. Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781441245199
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Series: Rosey Corner , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 157,566
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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Love Comes Home: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Love Comes Home is the third in the group of books revolving around Rosey Corner. Angel Sister and Small Town Girl preceded this one. Each one can be read as a stand alone but is best enjoyed when read in order as a series.  This book follows the Merritt sisters after their husbands return from WWII. The changes they encounter in their spouses and trying to restore relationships with them. This author is on target when capturing true to life situations on paper. The stories just pull you in and don't let you go. There is love, family, faith, loss, and inspiration. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Love Comes Home is the first book I have read by Ann H. Gabhart.  It is the third book in a series called Rosey Corner.  The first book in the series is Angel Sister, and the second is Small Town Girl.  Love Comes Home was based in Rosey Corner, Kentucky, and was a great book!  I obviously haven't read the first two books in this series, but felt that I didn't have to in order to understand the story.  Gabhart gives you enough background that you feel as if you know the characters.  Although I definetly wouldn't mind reading the other two now that I have read this one.  This story followed the Merritt sisters and their husbands as the war ended and the boys were returning home.   I liked how in this book there were already married couples and we got to follow along on their journeys as well.  We got to hear the story from several points of view which made this book really hard to put down.  In this story they all face trials and must cling to their faith and each other to make it through.  I loved hearing about Kate and Jay and how madly in love with each other they were after all this time.  This story inspired me to cling to my husband a little tighter and appreciate the everyday small things.  It gives us a small glimpse at the relationships between veterans and those they left behind.  That when they get back home it's an adjustment, and it takes time for some to adjust from who they were before to who they are now.  And that those who were left behind need to realize that there are things they've seen that we don't understand, but that we must support them in any way we can.   Kate can't wait until Jay comes home from the war.  She has a job at the paper, but now that the war is over and the boys are coming home what will her life be like?  She is ready to begin her life with Jay and start the family she has always wanted.  Thinking about Kate and home has kept Jay sane during long nights and crazy days during the war.  Kate's letters keep him updated on what is going on back in Rosey Corner, the only place that has ever felt like home.  What will life be like when he finally gets back there?  What do they know about being a married couple?  And what kind of dad would he be since he didn't have a great one himself?  Will Rosey Corner be as great as he's been picturing all these years?     Evangeline's husband Mike was the first to return from the war.  Mike was much skinnier than he was before, and by looking at his face you could tell the war hadn't been kind to him.  But being back in Evie's arms brought a huge smile to his face.  Evie took a week off of work to spend with Mike, and he couldn't wait to see family.  Once news spread that Mike was in town everyone started coming by to welcome him back.  Before the war Mike was the pastor in Rosey Corner.  Evie takes it hard when she realizes that Mike isn't the same as he used to be.  Mike doesn't know what he wants, and if he can be a preacher again.  Can Mike and Evie love each other through this tough time?  What will they do if Mike doesn't preach?     Tori is the only sister who's husband won't be returning from the war.  Sammy was killed, and Tori wouldn't get the happy reunion that her sisters did.  Tori and Sammy had been together forever and it was like he was a part of her.  Could she go on with out him?  Everywhere she went something would remind her of Sammy and something they did together.  But at least she has Samantha.  She was the only one of her sisters to conceive before the boys left for war, so she will always have a part of Sammy with her.  Clay was Sammy's friend, and has always had feelings for Tori, even way before they were married.  Clay would've never wished for something to happen to Sammy so he could pursue his feelings, but he wasn't in control, and Sammy isn't coming back.  Clay has been giving Tori space and time to heal, but he is getting impatient.  Will he press too hard and push Tori away forever?  Can Tori see how much Clay cares for her and what an amazing guy he is?     Love overcomes all.  And when love comes home to Rosey Corner nothing will be the same.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.  I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing Company, in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
I was very excited when I learned that I would be receiving a copy of Love Comes Home to review for The Book Club Network. I love the writing of Ann Gabhart. Since this is the final installment in the Rosey Corner trilogy, I knew I wanted to read Angel Sister and Small Town Girl first. I am so glad I did. The characters in these books are well developed and you do not want to miss any of the details of their story. When Love Comes Home opens, the young husbands are coming home from World War II to their brides with whom they had barely started married life. Mike, the young preacher who felt for his whole life that God had called him to preach, has changed. He spent much of the war as a prisoner of the Germans and he now doubts his call to preach. Jay, who after an abusive childhood, finally found love with Kate and her family, doesn’t want to talk about the war. He keeps that part of himself hidden from Kate. Sammy, who married Tori when she was sixteen, does not make it home. He leaves behind a nineteen year old widow and child. Lorena Birdsong, the precious little girl who was left on the church steps only to be taken in and loved by the Merritt family, now wants to find her birth family. Can the faith and love from those who surround them help them to heal? Will new love come to Rosey Corner. The author does not gloss over the big issues of life. She addresses love and loss in a loving, straightforward manner. Her prose are beautiful and her application of spiritual truths is right on. This is a wonderful book, but don’t cheat yourself by just taking a passing visit to Rosey Corner. Stay awhile and read all three books. You won’t regret it!
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Love Comes Home is the story of family – the good times and the bad – the joys and the hurts of life. This story is centered around the Merritt sisters and takes place at the end of World War II when the troops are coming home. It shows the reality of war and how it tears families apart when their loved ones die on the battlefield as well as the internal pain of the soldiers who make it home. Each Merritt sister has to face life-altering changes as they adjust to husbands returning or not, finding jobs, starting families, and discovering who they really are in Christ. Ms. Gabhart has woven a heartfelt story that exemplifies everyone’s need to allow God to be the guide and helper He wants to be so that life makes sense and provides peace for the soul. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for everyone who believes in “family.” I received this free book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
Until I received this book, I hadn’t realized it was third in a series of Rosey Corner Books. I read ANGEL SISTER when it came out several years ago and loved it. This book is just fine as a stand-alone, but there were enough mentions in passing of past events that I am curious to read the second book, SMALL TOWN GIRL and learn more about some of the backstory on various characters. Don’t let the fact it is part of a series discourage you from reading this touching, sweet story of a family in Kentucky who just keep pulling folks into their family circle. It is a story of family love, love and loss, and a faith in God that whatever troubles we have in life, he will be with us through them all. There is pain and tragedy, but overcoming it all is fresh starts and hopeful beginnings and deep thankfulness for the blessings they have all received. The book opens as the Merritt sisters are anxiously awaiting the return home of Evie’s and Kate’s husbands at the end of WWII. Their joy is tempered by the sorrow of their sister, Tori, whose husband was killed in a Japanese prison camp. As Tori said, “It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. All of the characters had changed in the four years of the war, in ways visible and those not seen; and as Kate later observes, “Life didn’t offer many perfect endings, not without some pain mixed in.” This book acknowledges the fact that life is not always as we want it, but that it is good and a blessing to be shared. The sisters and their extended family love and support each other through the “storms of life that come to all of us” and take to heart Aunt Hattie’s wisdom that “It is what we do in the storms that matters.” I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this family- Kate, Tori, Samantha, Victor, Nadine, Graham and Aunt Hattie. Lorena, the fourth sister, was as much a delight as she was in ANGEL SISTER which tells of her adoption into this family. Her warm and giving heart toward the lonely in the world was so genuine I couldn’t help but wonder how great the world would be if we all saw through Lorena’s eyes. Evie----well, hopefully she will one day grow up. I received this delightful, uplifting book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are solely mine.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Ann H. Gabhart's Angel Sister and its Great Depression story of the Merritt family and the little girl Lorena that they found on the church steps had to be one of my favorite reads over the past two years.  Every character in Rosey Corner added another layer to the story from the family's preacher grandfather to "crazy, scary" Fern who wandered the large woods surrounding the town.  That the story of the four sisters (three Merritts and the adopted Lorena Birdsong) returned to share more of their lives in the book Small Town Girl delighted me.  It was natural that these young women who had begun to find their personal strengths as the Depression continued would meet the threat of war head on with equal strength, and of course desperate declarations of love are part of the story.  (Just as we hurry to record the important stories those WWII veterans have to tell, maybe we should be hurrying to record the many, many unique loves stories of that time, but I digress).  I liked Small Town Girl as much as the first novel, but no war story should end without a return home of the troops.  So, I was delighted to hear that Gabhart had written a third Rosey Corner novel, Love Comes Home, this one focusing on the Merritt family as the soldiers return.  Tori struggles with being a single parent while sisters Kate and Evie welcome home their husbands.  Like so many real WWII young couples, they face the reality that war has changed their husbands.  Plus the jobs the women had excelled at have been eliminated or given to returning vets.  It's time to start families, but all is not so easy. Young Lorena, the five year old left on the church steps, has grown into a talented teenager making herself known on the local radio music shows.  Despite her talent and the love of the whole Merritt clan, Lorena struggles with the thought that her real parents abandoned her and never returned.   Rosey Corner continues to be a great place to visit for heart warming stories.  Gabhart again has let us peek into the realistic lives of the Merritt family and their loved ones.  Like the other books, we see multi-generations living and interacting with each other.  Everyone's story is important --- in the end, everyone has added some message of value to the book.  I just love the depth of Gabhart's writing.  While I highly recommend that readers plan to read all three books, it is not essential.  Each book can stand solidly on its own. And while, we can certainly leave the four sisters at the end of Love Comes Home, content that they have found their ways in the world, Gabhart has left enough untold that another visit to Rosey Corner could be forth coming.  I mean, weren't the 1950s another exciting time of change and challenge? I received a copy of Love Comes Home from Revell Publishing for my honest opinion.
chrisg21 More than 1 year ago
Neat book That shows sisters caring for each other. Showing the after effects of World War 2. Showing a great small town. Showing family. Showing God's Love, It got a bit confusing keeping track of which person belonged to which family though A nice clean, christian book I received this book from tbcn and the publisher for my honest review
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Love Comes Home By: Ann H. Gabhart If you like historical and romance you will like this book. Ann has written another great book with great characters. I like the book because like all Ann's book they are Christian Romance. Love the romance but it is done in taste. The story is about four sisters after World War II is over with. The book tells the love story of each , the trials they will go through. A story of family sticking together for one another. Through rough times. War changes things can these men come back and be the same? Healing needs time. Will they be showered with blessings? Was hard to put the book down once i started reading it. I hope this one doesn't end the series.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 * stars out of 5 Historical Fiction I fell in love with Rosey Corner, Kentucky when I met the Merritt family who lived there.  The sisters, Kate, Evie, Tori and Lorena have grown up. World War II is over, and the boys are coming home. The girls are still very involved with each other, and even living in their own homes, I learnt to know the adult versions in a new way. I saw sister interaction and reaction clearly and it gave me insight to other sister relationships I have encountered. Ann does a super job of writing in such a way that her readers can identify with one or more of her characters and feel a bound with them. I have read the other two novels about the Merritt sisters in Rosey Corner, ANGEL SISTER, and SMALL TOWN GIRL but if you have not, do not let that keep you from reading this one. It can stand on its own. I think you will want the others, too, and I know I am hoping there will be atleast another one in the series. I received this book free from Emily Davies-Robinson at Nuts About Books and Revell Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own 
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK The men are coming home to Rosey Corner after years at war during WWII. Two of the Merritt sisters were waiting on husbands to return, while one sister knew her husband would never be back again. Over three years had passed since the men left, and in that time everyone and everything had changed. And the guys struggled being in quiet Rosey Corner after living for years watching their every move, and watching his back. And on the other side, the ladies struggle with understanding what their husbands have been through. And especially Evangeline, because she was expecting thing to change to give her a better life, and she wasn’t really concerned about everyone else’s feelings. I though she was a bit overboard with her wants. I just wanted to shake her good! Ann Gabhart does a wonderful job of weaving everything going on in this story together and ending Love Comes Home in a wonderful and heartwarming way. If you enjoy romantic stories, you will enjoy this one. And for you WWII buffs, you will enjoy this as well. I hope you will this book a try, and I hope you like it as much as I do. I received this book from Revell Publishers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LOVE COMES HOME is an wonderful Christian historical Romance set after World War II in the small town of Rosey Corner. #3 in the "Rosey Corner" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would suggest reading the other two in this series, as well. See, Angel Sister, Book 1 and Small Town Girl, Book 2. A four sisters, the Merritt sisters. Kate, Evangeline, Victoria and Lorena, each looking for her own future. Set right after World War II, in the small town of Rosey Corner. Each sister shares their sorrows, their joys, and their triumphs. We re-visit Rosey Corner once again in this heartfelt tale of sacrifice, healing, hope, faith, and love. Once again, Ms. Gabhart captures, small town life, the returning of sons from war, and the aftermath of war. A heartfelt tale that will capture your heart as you follow along with the characters of this tale of an unknown future. Well written, with engaging,and enduring characters. The storyline is unique and well thought out, as well as thought provoking and emotional. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. *Coming in July from Revell Books, a divisision of Baker Publishing Group* Rating: 4 Heat rating: sweet Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story of a close community and a family, starting over after the war.  World War II is finally ended and the residents of Rosey Corner are very excited. While some anxiously await the return of their loved ones, others grieve the loss of theirs.  The Merritt’s are facing both of these situations. Kate and Evie’s husbands both return.  While the men have been away fighting the sisters have dreamed of their new lives with their husbands when they returned.  Those dreams kept their hope alive, but war changes men, and that changes the plans their women have envisioned. The wives long for everything to be the way it was, but the men know they will never be the same.  Tori’s husband died fighting for his country.  She is left a very young widow to raise her daughter alone.  Even with the support of her loving family, she struggles with going on.  The youngest sister, Lorena, is just blossoming into a young lady.  She is ecstatic at about the return of her brother-in-laws. Her focus is on pursuing the singing career she dreams about and her youthful enthusiasm is uplifting to the family.   I love the way the author vividly captures all the emotions each character is feeling.  In the midst of such happiness is confusion and struggles.  As challenges unfold it is interesting to see how each sister’s personality affects her response. These things brought the people to life and made them real to me.  One of the things that impressed me the most about the book is how strong the faith of the family was.  Each trial the people encountered always drew them to God and His Word.  There were so many lessons about how to view one’s situation from God’s point of view, and submitting to His plans.  Lessons that can be applied to our lives. Ms. Gabhart also includes other people in the community.  She beautifully weaves them into the fabric of the family’s lives where we learn their stories and hardships too.  There is lots of excitement and surprises along the way.  This is my first book of Ann Gabhart’s to read and I was very impressed.  I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
This is another one of those series that just kills me that I have to wait so long for the next book to come out! I absolutely fell in love with the Merritt family in Angel Sister and delighted in the continued story in Small Town Girl.  Now we come to the third book, Love Comes Home. The story begins just as World War II is declared over. There is great celebrating going on across the country and especially in Rosey Corner. Their men are coming home!  Well, most of the men are coming home. Three of the Merritt sisters have husbands serving in the military but only two of their husbands will be coming home. Such a bittersweet time for those that lost their loved ones. You rejoice that the fighting is over but you mourn over and over the loss of the one you loved and planned a life with. Even though the other two brother-in-laws come home, they are not the same. War changes everyone. The men have seen things that are just too horrific to forget. The women have been holding down the home front by taking jobs that their men used to have. When the soldiers come home everything changes. The men need the jobs and the women are expected to go back home. Such an unsettling time for the citizens of Rosey Corner.  All these changes bring upheaval. I enjoyed the contrast between Evie's neediness and Kate's strength. They both are faced with similar life challenges and it was enjoyable to read about each woman's struggles and how they coped with what was put before them. This is a great continuing story about the seasons of life. There is mourning and rejoicing. There is death and new life. There is loss and there is gain. This really is a gentle story about the everydayness of life in a rural town. The characters remind us that our faith in God is what will get us through all the changes that come about. The enduring love of a family, whether from birth or adoption, is long-lasting and where we can feel safe and cared for. If you are a fan of Jan Karon's Mitford series or Louisa May Alcott's Little Women you are going to enjoy the people of Rosey Corner. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I would suggest that you treat yourself and begin your trip to the sweet little Kentucky town of Rosey Corner with Angel Sister. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Wonderful WWII era historical novel! As I read Love Comes Home I kept thinking that it reminded me of a book I had read sometime before. It took me awhile but I finally figured it out. It reminded me much of Little Women. It has a similar feel to it, with 4 very different sisters, loving parents, the trials of growing up, and the domestic incidences of life. One of the facets that really jumped out at me is how life never seems to go quite as planned. Each sister, Kate, Evie (Evangeline), Tori (Victoria), and Lorena, thought they had things figured out. Kate's husband will come home, they'll buy a place of their own and start a family right away. Evie's husband will come home, he'll start preaching again in a nice church, and she can decorate her home in color-coded perfection, no kids needed. Tori thought her husband would be coming home but he died, she never planned on being a 19-year-old widow and single mother, she also has no intention on ever falling in love again. Life is going quite well for Lorena, she is singing in churches around the county and going to radio auditions, and then the nagging empty spot left behind by her birth family's abandonment catches up and she decides to try and find them. Each of them has to learn to handle the changes wrought by 4 years of war, not only in the men in their lives, but also in themselves. This is a book about growing up, about forgiveness, about love, about letting go, and about faith. Life isn't always easy so every moment of peace and joy that God sends is appreciated even more. Ann H. Gabhart has a delightfully old fashioned way of telling a story, evoking the style of the day. I have read several of her books and always jump at the chance to read a new one. Just as I knew I would, I enjoyed every page of Love Comes Home. It was nostalgic trip back to a simpler time that is actually much like our own, with similar tragedies and triumphs. If you are an Ann Gabhart fan or love WWII era stories than Love Comes Home is just the book for you. Read it and I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did. (I received a copy of this book from RevellReads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
This is most definitely not my usual style but the synopsis captured my attention so I had to see for myself. And I do believe I have found another AMAZING genre I’m going to get sucked right into! In the past, when I’ve read Historical fiction or crime fiction – the one bit I was missing was the “Inspirational” and I never really saw how much that affected my opinion. But now that I have discovered the depth of emotion and the complexity of the characters Inspirational authors put into their novels, I am not even tempted to read most secular fiction. If you really need some kind of a crazy hook to make your book good – it’s not really good! And Ann H. Gabhart is GOOD! I felt like I was there! And I’ve never been much for history – of course history books are not written like this so that may have a little bit to do with it – but I could almost hear the church bells, feel the sticky pavement and smell the sweet, clean air as “Love Comes Home” opens with Ann’s main characters taking turns telling this fabulous story! Ann has a talent for delving deep into emotion and it doesn’t take very long until you feel pulled right into the story of these sisters and their reactions to the end of World War II. I don’t know what it feels like to lose a husband in the kind of conflict WWII created but thanks to Ann Gabhart, I can easily imagine it. Whether you enjoy WWII fiction or not, DO NOT miss this book! I have a feeling it is one I will read again and again for years to come – along with her other books that I will now be on the hunt for so I can catch up! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Ann’s writing is lovely, isn’t it? If have read any of her books you’ll know what I am talking about. She has this way of creating a storyworld that makes you feel like you are home and her characters are your next door neighbor. Love Come Home is the final book in a series. I did not read the first two (although I have Angel Sister sitting in my Kindle :) but I didn’t feel lost at all, just maybe a bit sad that I could know these characters better than I did. I am sure if you have read the first two you will be anxious to get your hands on this one and see what happens after the boys come home. I loved the first scene in the book as it is announced that the boys were coming home, the excitement that sweeps through everybody….well, almost everybody. Not everyone can celebrate because not every boy is coming home. Ann even had me in tears as I read about Kate and Jay’s reunion. I could see it and feel it playing out before me. Each sister in the book is dealing with something different or handling it different that the other. I love the family atmosphere and the depiction of the times after the war. This is an easy, relaxed read, not a fast-pace page turner but a enjoyable book none-the-less. If you like Ann’s books or want to give this one a try I think you will be happy you did with this one. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
When I chose Love Comes Home I wasn’t aware it was part of a series,  so I’m pleased that this book served well as a stand alone. The story focuses on the lives of four sisters, Kate, Lorena, Evangeline, and Victoria Merritt. The sisters and the townsfolk of Rosy Corner welcome home their soldiers and celebrate the end of WWII. They are finally able to get on with their lives and live their dreams—except for Victoria, who’s husband isn’t coming home. Her situation is much different than her sisters, yet they each have their own tribulations. Each of these sisters’ personalities are so different, as their circumstances are, and I cared for each of them—even Evangeline, who could be self-absorbed. They all had their own struggles and dealt with them in diverse, believable ways. I enjoyed the different points of view, although sometimes the transitions weren’t as smooth as I would’ve liked, but I kept turning the pages and delving deeper into this family and time period. I enjoy stories sprinkled with romance (this one was sprinkled generously) and history. The sisters’ stories sucked me in and took me to a time and place I’ve never been; yet the setting felt familiar somehow. The small town feel, the bold, rich characters, and the satisfying ending makes me want to return to Rosy Corner and read the other books in this series. Cover: Like it Title: Love it Publisher: Revell Pages: 385 Pace: Steady First Lines: The news was good. The news was wonderful. Kate Tanner grabbed her notebook and headed out of the newspaper building to join the people spilling out onto the Lexington, Kentucky, streets.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell Books book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Impressive! World War II has ended. Two of the Merritt family's four daughters are happily awaiting the return of their husbands after years of being separated by the war. Sadly, one of the Merritt girls will not be greeting her husband along with the others. Her husband died in the war, leaving her to raise her young daughter without a father. Merritt family ties are strong, and the family gathers together in rural Rosey Corner to celebrate, accompanied by extended family in the community.  This post World War II novel is rich in history and the flavor of a rural community where neighbors are family, and everyone's business is public knowledge. At this time in history people truly cared for one another, and shared in the joys and sadness surrounding them. Young families were excited and determined to move forward with their lives, although nightmares of war haunted many young men. There were obstacles to overcome and fears to be conquered, but the support of strong families and friends is paramount in this compelling story. Acceptance is a strong theme throughout, as well as faith, hope and unconditional love for one another as a family pulls together to support one another in love and life.  Ann H. Gabhart has a gift for creating stories of human interest that go far beyond a simple story. She creates in-depth characters, rich in faith and compassion. Her writing contains a wealth of human emotions that grips the reader by its intensity. Life is not watered down. These characters are true to rural American communities. "Love Comes Home" is a memorable book of diversity in personalities and a family love so strong that nothing can break their ties to one another. I highly recommend this book! I had not read the first two books in this series, but I certainly will now!  Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, “Love Comes Home” Book Three in the Rosey Corner series published by Revell returns us to the life of The Merritt sisters. From the Back Cover:   When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future. World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family. Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world. Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be. 1945 was a time of great transition.  World War II was over and the boys were finally going to come home.  However not every one of the men who went over there to fight was going to return.  Great uncertainty and it affected everyone.  The Merritt sisters and the rest of the people of Rosey Corner are no exception. “Love Comes Home” is full of great emotion, of triumph and tragedy and people banding together to be there for one another. Ms. Gabhart has written a wonderful story full of interesting characters that we come to know and love as we read through the book.  Ms. Gabhart does a great job of making us feel that we are there in Rosey Corner and living the events rather than just reading about them.  I am sorry that this series is ending.  I would really like more stories about the Merritts and everyone else in town. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lovely story picks up right when WWII is ending and a new season of life is beginning for the rural townfolk of Rosey Corner, Kentucky. With its quaint setting and endearing cast of characters, Love Comes Home is like a breath of fresh air for readers. Its heartfelt tale will undoubtedly warm your heart and wrap itself around you like a big family hug. My favorite part about the story were the bonds of friendship and sisterhood throughout. I felt like part of the Merritt family – like one of the sisters – as they dared to dream, learned to trust God, and grew stronger despite real sorrows. The book doesn’t shy away from difficult family issues and life lessons that must be learned the hard way. But it also shows the brighter side of that fascinating era, giving a good glimpse into the lives of those who welcomed their soldiers home and began again. This book contains a lot of “life moments” – new beginnings, goodbyes, lost loved ones, and young love – all rolled up into one sweet story with a simple country setting so inviting I didn’t want to leave. I loved the down-to-earth descriptions and dialogue very much as well. What can I say? I’m a country girl. ;) I wasn’t crazy for the occasional flip between POVs in a scene. I was confused a couple times over this. A character would have a flashback or memory hit in the middle of a separate scene of dialogue and it took me a moment to figure out where I was and who I was with. There were also a few subplots that seemed to lack a little completion at the end for me, but otherwise the conclusion of the novel was very satisfying. I do have a tiny confession to make, though. When I requested this book to review, I did not realize it was part of a series and as a result, I was not previously attached to the story and its characters. However, that quickly changed as the story grew and breathed and I came to love the Merritt family and their friends as if I’d known them their entire lives. Another story, another series, and another author I encourage you all to read. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Love Comes Home, a book everyone should read, to remember this country in 1945. The great sacrifices that were made, and the losses, and the men finally coming home to their families, so much time lost, and the happiness that it is finally over. I’ve had a personal life experience of this, my Dad was in this war, and didn’t meet me until it was over. With this book, faces, dear ones, are put on this hard life experience, and we become personally involved. This is the second book in this series, which you surely should read, and enjoy, but don’t worry, so much information is given here that you can read it alone. How do you get over a loved one that doesn’t return, looking at the baby you had with you husband, and he will never be here. This is so hard, you see your sister’s husbands returning, and their happiness, you take joy in your child, but your husband will never come back in this life. Life takes on different perspectives here, and so many changes, and longing for closure in your own life. Lorena, wants to know why her parents never returned for her, she remembers her mother telling her to say her name every day, and her brother Kenton, where is he? There are some real surprises her for her as this story wraps up. Above all there is such a great faith in God, you see how they live their faith, even in very sad times, and dealing with life’s hurtles. Makes me want to move back into the past, and I know that is not possible, but 1940’s in rural America sounds so wonderful, and yet there was a lot of heartbreak. Journey back to a time of peace, no wars going on, happiness of having love ones home, new homes, cars and jobs. Don’t miss this heart-warming story, you will not regret it. I received this book through Revell’s Book Blogger’s Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
The Merritt sisters are so thankful the war is over and their husbands can come home. Except Tori's husband, who died in a concentration camp. Life resumes when everyone is home. But it isn't the same for any of them. Tori can't seem to let go of her grief. Kate learns being strong can't fix everything. Evie can't be satisfied with what life has handed to her. And Lorena finds out that her memories aren't what she thought they were. A tiny bit of romance, a whole lot of faith and family, and a little bit of history are all thrown together to make a family saga that is both enjoyable and heartwarming. The story wasn't overly romantic or dramatic. But it was sweet and had great characters. The author did a great job of showing the story. I think this book could work as a stand alone. There isn't any indication on the book that this is the third one in the series, so I was a bit lost at times trying to figure out what the book was talking about. I would definitely recommend reading the first two before this one. But it was a good story and I intend to read more by this author. I received this book free of charge from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
RubieLee More than 1 year ago
While Love Comes Home is third in a series, it definitely stands alone. After reading it, I am anxious to read the books which proceeded it, but they are not necessary to enjoy this book. Ann H. Gabhart did an amazing job capturing the excitement and struggles of soldiers returning home. Gabhart depicted the time period perfectly and made me want to travel to Rosey Corner myself. In this story, WWII has ended and the Merritt sisters of Rosey Corner are welcoming their sweethearts home at last. My favorite of the sisters, Kate, is reunited with Jay who she had just married when the war began. They work at falling in love all over again and picking up where they left off. I also felt drawn to Victoria who lost her love to the war. Tori struggles to overcome her grief and to give a new life a chance. This is exactly the kind of historical fiction I love so much. Love Comes Home is heart-warming and delightful to read. Ann H. Gabhart tells a wonderful story with faith included in a natural way. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic historical fiction. I cannot wait to read other books by Ann. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 Even in Rosey Corner, things change.  Since our last visit there, the War has raged long and ended at last.  Victoria Merritt has married and then become a widow to the war.  Mike has returned to Evie but his life goals have changed and that scares her.  Even dear Graham has mourned his hound Poe and adopted a stray Shepherd.  Some things, though, never change. Once a Merritt girl, always a Merritt girl. Even if Kate is now a Tanner and Evie a Champion and Tori a Harper with bittersweet memories, and Lorena a Birdsong who wishes she could know her first family.  Mr and Mrs Merritt keep weathering the years while teaching their children how to give and receive grace. Kate is still the strong supporter of her sisters. Tori is still reflective and prefers the solitude at her old fishing hole. Evie is still unhappy with almost everything.... And Lorena is still best buddies with her brother-in-law Jay. Jay himself, the unpolished gem we met in Small Town Girl, he's such an excellent character. He's new at both faith and family, and he loves Kate well. Ann's books are historical in their settings, and I really enjoy the 1930's and 1940's flavor, and yet the character's emotions are timeless and resonate with me today. I had enjoyed Angel Sister, and loved Small Town Girl, but Love Comes Home was the icing on the cake.  For me, the first one was about finding family. The second one spoke to me about accepting new beginnings, having someone believe in you, and making room for blessings in your life.  This last one, Love Comes Home, was all about grief and life afterwards. My Grandmother went home to be with the Lord two weeks ago, and so many lines in this book struck me as true to my own experience.  I love this series, and I'm sorry it ever has to end, but it is a beautiful trio of Rosey Corner stories. Do yourself a favor and start with Angel Sister, then Small Town Girl, and then Love Comes Home.  Thank you Revell for my review copy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart – A Book Review      For this reader Rosey Corner was a special place to spend a weekend.  In rural Kentucky, this idyllic community is home to the lovely Merritt sisters, each very different from the other, but all grounded in their faith.  Each impacted by World War II in ways that did not always show, and in ways that that were at times glaringly evident.  The Merritt family includes an adopted child, an adopted favorite uncle/grandfather figure, and a very wise, respected adopted aunt; and the family is still expanding!  Sometimes they even adopted people into the family by making them in-laws.      The residents of Rosey Corner share their joys and their heartaches.  They lend physical, moral and spiritual support when it’s needed.  They also give one another nudges in the right direction when that is what is needed.  Tough times were not new to Rosey Corner, but as Kate’s husband, Jay, learned from his sergeant, nothing in the Bible says life here is meant to be easy.  It’s the next life where easy is the assignment.  Kate learned from experience that, “The Lord didn’t promise easy coasting.  He promised to stay with those who loved him, whatever the ride. Or walk.”  Aunt Hattie would tell them that, “everybody had dark valleys to walk through.  That wasn’t the Lord’s doing.  It was just the way of the world,” and that, “prayer gets you through when you’s thinkin’ there is no way  through.”  There are lots of valuable life lessons to be learned by spending time in Rosey Corner.        As always Ann Gabhart draws you into her story with unique and interesting characters, characters that are believable and with whom the reader can easily identify.  As is often the case her story takes place in a simpler time and place.  However, simpler does not equate with easier.      Gabhart’s expert wordsmithing evokes deep emotions and empathy in her readers.  It is easy to be in the place, in the moment, and in her character’s shoes.  Reading her books is a pleasure, and feels like a privilege.  I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Love Comes Home for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.