Nowhere but Home: A Novel

Nowhere but Home: A Novel

by Liza Palmer
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Nowhere but Home: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is published by Harper Collins, so the reader knows the content and editing will be much better, than the usual Smashword's releases. I paid $2.99 for this 285 page novel. While it held my interest and was completely different than any book I have ever read, I am not sure I liked it or not. It is a romance, one of those star crossed lovers, wrong side of the tracks, heroine down on her luck and must go home again books, that is where the usual goes off the beaten track and forges a new unusual pathway. I loved Queenie and her family, the plot was realistic, and I know people just like those depicted in this book. I understood the humor and found the death row meals extremely emotional. I cried a few tears over the hardships faced by this family. This is not the type of book I typically read and I honestly do not know how to rate it. I am giving it four stars out of five, because it so unique and has more pluses than minuses. This book's content was unexpected. It was a fast read and I would like to read a sequal to see how this family turned out, now that the crises has been resolved. There is a past murder, violence, (mostly non-descriptive) a lot of cursing, talk of sex, but no actual sex and some religion. There is out of wedlock children and past prostitution, child neglect, bias against the poor and lots of emotion in this book. There is also family love, strong friendship, caring people and people fighting for their place in the world and never giving up. Chick lit. I think mature 16 year olds could read this, but not for anyone younger. AD
CasualReaderNY More than 1 year ago
At first I thought this would be highly predictable, but it turned out to be an emotional story, with lots of "story" to it. I enjoyed it, and will look for other works by this author.
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
Although this book is funny as only as small southern town can be, there is nothing breezy or simple about the story. It’s full of difficult choices, heartbreaking confessions and the struggles of growing up and letting go. Queenie is a fantastic main character. She’s bright, temperamental and broken. Anyone who has ever come from a broken home or dysfunctional family will understand some of what Queenie and her sister are going through. Merry Carole will be your second favorite character. As the older sister, Merry Carole is tough, no-nonsense, and burdened by a heart of gold. This tale of redemption, love, and knowing your self-worth is one that everyone should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good read. This was my first book by this arthor. Well be reading more of her books.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
An unusual novel: equally predictable and unique. While much of this plot is predictable and full of devices we have seen plenty of times before-- a character being forced back to confront a past tightly woven into small town history and prejudices--the twist Palmer gives this is what stays with me, as a reader. Palmer's main character, Queenie, ends up taking a job as a death row 'chef' responsible for creating last meals for doomed inmates. Have to admit I have not read that one before--and Palmer does a very fine job of making that plot twist, and its accompanying scenes, totally engrossing and emotional. Quite honestly, I would have preferred that be more of the center of the story and often predictable, clichéd elements edited out or at least given short attention. Chief among these elements any savvy reader can see coming from a million miles away: the requisite small town 'mean girls' who, surprise, end up having their own secrets; the standard, hunky, childhood sweetheart who may or may not still be carrying a torch for Queenie; the small town stereotypes, and good grief! Did the town's name have to be 'North Star?!' Nothing like hitting us over the head with the obvious, and any reader can see the big, revealing, 'twist' coming in the first quarter of the story. All that being said, Palmer has a great eye for small town way of life and the eccentricities Texas ones in particular--including the preferred cuisine. I have lived in small towns my whole life--and here in Texas--for many years. Palmer does it well. So do not let predictable plot devices steer you away. This is an engaging novel that I may find myself going back and reading again.
guacamoleNYC More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing for me. I cry at movies and TV commercials all the time, but this is only the 3rd time I've cried from a book. I checked on the full plot before I ordered it, but had no idea how it would effortlessly go from a possibly like-many-others beginning into an intricate story where I cared about all the characters. I look forward to discovering more about Ms. Palmer's writing in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book I had trouble putting it down!!!!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A small town in Texas packs quite a big punch in this sweet and endearing look at how a small town works and the ways that it can destroy some of its own.  Queenie Wake has been an outcast her entire life - she just never quite fit in and maybe it is because of the drama from her mom, but I don't think she helped the matter either.  Her and her sister reacted in different ways to the abuse from the small town - she ran from it.  She returns to North Star, TX, but isn't sure she is there to stay.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This is a must read for anyone who loves a realistic love story. It could seem a bit cliche but he backstory intertwined with the love story makes for a unique read. I would love to read a sequel!! 279 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best, most engaging books I've read in a long time.
judyx3 More than 1 year ago
Finished it in 2 sittings.... I must have liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the small town. Will read more from this author.
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Lovely story of a sister who left a town that wouldn't accept her and discovered that their acceptance didn't mean a hill of beans. A very enjoyable and uplifting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book but am SO tired of spamfilled, profane, andd all other unhelpful reviews written by people who need to be in a chatroom. I read customer reviews to help me decide about buying a book. Let's all keep the purpose oof reviews in mind. I reported 4 reviews on this book, come on people!
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colleen0209 More than 1 year ago
my granddaughter bought this book and is really enjoying it.
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