Returning Home

Returning Home

by Toni Shiloh

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BN ID: 2940158789960
Publisher: Toni Shiloh
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 746,728
File size: 403 KB

About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

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Returning Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
cscott9 More than 1 year ago
Some of us were teased in high school while others were the ones that did the teasing. All we have wanted was to forget about the past and move on with our lives but deep down we can't do that. We wonder why its so hard to forget and the answer is forgiveness. We haven't forgave the ones for teasing us or asked for forgiveness for teasing others. In Returning Home, Jo Ellen Baker was the one who was teased in high school and now she is asked to do something that she is uncertain she can do. The boy who teased her, Evan Carter, has to move back home due to loosing his leg in an vehicle accident. When his parents ask her to renovate their carriage house for Evan, all she wants to do is say no and not look back but she can't do that. Jo Ellen agrees to renovate the house. Will this experience mend their broken relationship? Can they forget the pass, forgive and move on? This book really touched me and hit a spot in my heart. Everyday their are children being teased and the damage it does to ones self-esteem is devastating. Reading Returning Home has shed a new light on this topic. That with God all things are possible and forgiveness takes something bigger than us. I highly recommend this book to all young or old.  “I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone." 
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a very good romance. I really liked the characters. Toni Shiloh did a good job portraying a guy with a new disability. I liked the book from beginning to end. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Returning Home by Toni Shiloh My review is 4.5 Stars Evan’s journey out of despair over losing his leg and almost-fiancée is a beautiful story. It caused me to think about things I had never even considered before. Could grief keep me from making choices that would improve my quality of life? What would it be like to be confined to a wheelchair for life and return to a place where everyone knew you? How would I deal with the thought of everyone staring at me? What would it be like to be unable to take care of “normal” things like getting from one room to another when the doorway is too narrow for the chair? New-to-me author Toni Shiloh did a great job in covering Evan’s spiritual journey in a way that flowed naturally and taught spiritual lessons in a non-preachy manner. I loved the conversation that he had with his friend Darrel as he shared what to expect when he attended church for the first time in his life. I especially admired the explanation he gave about the offering. Despite the heavy subject matter, the story was not depressing but was rather hopeful. The process of Jo forgiving Evan for the cruel way he treated her in high school was realistic. It didn’t happen overnight and the author made it clear that it was not easy for her to do. The timing of the events was reasonable and not forced. He winked at her, dropped her hand and headed for the kitchen. She stared at her hand, noting the sameness. It hadn’t changed. Yet the feeling coursing through it staggered her. She felt like her heart had literally been touched. All because he touched me. She shook her hand, trying to jar the feeling, but her mind replayed the pattern Evan’s thumb had followed while holding her hand. This story stands alone but also introduces characters and situations that hint at least one more book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading more about the secondary characters in the next books of this series. There were a few editing misses that distracted me slightly from the story (because of the way my brain works!) and a couple of inconsistencies related to the timing of a conversation after a date – did the conversation take place the day after or two? Certainly not enough to make me not like the story, but enough to note. This review was originally posted on I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this item. My opinion and review were not influenced by this gift.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
There are so many great things about this book I’m not sure where to begin. I think I’ll start with the topic of church. I loved how the author gives us real characters where one is struggling with their faith. I remember when I was younger I never missed church when the doors were open. It could also have been because my dad was a preacher and I was expected to go. I almost fell out of my chair when JO said “I don’t want to be another hypocrite. You know the type, they smile and open the door for you, but as soon as it shuts they’re spreading your business quicker than a flea can jump on a dog.” Yes we have all experienced that type of person in a church. What I thought was so eye opening is Evan telling Jo not to be that kind of person. If we remove that judgmental attitude, we can begin to soak in His presence. I applaud the author for reminding us to go to church with an open heart and not to worry what others are thinking of us. Jo and Evan were school friends who definitely didn’t get along. Now that Evan has come back to town, he is a changed man. His disability has softened him and I love his humbleness. Will he be able to convince Jo to forgive him for being so mean to her in school? I say let that grudge go girl and rekindle that friendship. I don’t think things happen by accident and with Jo’s help she can make Evan’s life better by helping him become more independent. Both of them have some pride issues they need to deal with and lurking behind that is the need to forgive. The book is rich in scripture and a message of hope and having a relationship with God. There were times I wanted to cry when the characters went through heart wrenching trials. I loved how the author surrounded the characters with friends and family that encouraged them. I cherish each moment I spent reading this book because it is realistic and dealt with issues we all may face at some time. The book is a powerful message of forgiveness that I will not forget. One of the best parts of the book for me was when a group came together for bible study. These friends hungered to understand the Bible and the author does an amazing job of having questions we all wonder about answered with grace and scripture. I encourage everyone to grab a copy of this book and read it with the knowledge that there is hope, love and forgiveness for each of us. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Bookworm1135 More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet story! I instantly fell in love with Jo and Evan and loved seeing them grow in their faith throughout the story. I appreciated how raw and realistic all of the characters were as they faced the daily and unexpected struggles of life. I also loved Jo and Evan’s interactions with one another. The themes of forgiveness and trust were woven beautifully into their story and I loved seeing them get their happy ending. Toni does an amazing job of effortlessly blending faith into the story without coming across as preachy. I also loved the setting! I love when authors create fictional towns and I wish I could visit Freedom Lake in real life. I can’t wait to revisit in book two and hopefully see a little more of Jo and Evan. Also, isn’t the cover too sweet?
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much and am glad to have discovered the writing of Toni Shiloh. On the surface, Returning Home seems like a sweet contemporary romance, but there’s a lot of emotion, complexity, and spiritual depth to explore. Set in the picturesque lakeside community of Freedom Lake, this relationship-driven story has appealing leading characters in Jo and Evan, as well as strong secondary characters. I loved that we’re not given “perfect” characters in Evan and Jo. Not only does Evan wrestle with his current disability, but much of the action reflects back to his high school days when he was a popular athlete and just plain cruel to his former friend Jo. Were I in Jo’s place, I would have had trouble forgiving the past also. And then there’s the strained relationships with her sister and mom. Lots of emotional tension drives this entertaining story. Returning Home reminds me of how God places people in our lives and patiently works through them. Both Evan and Jo had drifted away from God, but were recipients of truth spoken in love from friends and family. Evan let fear lead him, something that many of us can relate to, and doubted that he would ever be more than a burden. In a time when a lot of Christian fiction distances itself from overt spiritual themes, a strength of this story for me actually was its spiritual themes, for it beautifully conveys the intersection of faith and life – dealing with bitterness and regrets, letting go of the past, discovering a God that never leaves us alone. Returning Home is a heartwarming story of ordinary people in ordinary situations – a story of grace, forgiveness, and transformation. I enjoyed every moment spent with these characters and look forward to returning to Freedom Lake. Recommended. I was provided a free copy of this book through Singing Librarian Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story of love, trust and faith. Heartwarming and inspiring. How we deal with our circumstances in life can affect us in many ways. This story gives encouragement and hope. Another excellent story by this author.
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
Returning Home is a tender story of forgiveness, healing and love. Has it ever been hard to forgive someone who’s deeply hurt you? Have you ever felt so broken both physically and emotionally that you don’t want to move? Well, both characters in this story are right there. They knew each other years ago, they were even friends, yet, high school years can be hard, and often cruel. Jo knows this first hand because Evan was that one boy who hurt her soul deeply, and she thought she’d never see him again. Then an accident happens, and Evan moves back home broken and in need of a friend. Can she find it in her heart to forgive him? Can he learn he needs to give God the control, and accept his limitations? Toni Shiloh has written a beautifully touching story with rich word pictures. Many times, I felt deep emotions as I was reading this book. She has a wonderful way of conveying the feelings of each of the characters in this book. I loved Jo’s grandma – Nana. I can just picture a wish older woman giving out words so rich. There’s one quote I loved, where Jo is questioning her grandma and her grandma answers so beautifully. Jo says, “Are you saying people still mess up even if they’re Christians?” “Yes, dear heart, because you’re human. We won’t be perfected until we’re praising our Lord in the kingdom of heaven. But the beauty of His gift is that we no longer have to pay the price for our mistakes – past, present, or future. We’re redeemed, baby girl, redeemed.” These words give such assurance and hope. Thanks Toni Shiloh for your wonderful words. There were also some interesting side characters which might be fun to hear their stories. Hopefully the author will be putting out future books with their stories. Until then, I just may have to re-read this one to glean more from Grandma Nana. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend everyone to read it!
MEPinkham More than 1 year ago
Returning Home is a novel full of deep emotions, ones that speak to the hearts of its characters. Evan is bitter and angry about the accident that took his leg and the woman he loved. Jo is dealing with her own hurts after the loss of her loving dad, and trying to cope with her difficult mother. Though friends in grammar school, when high school began, Evan chose instead to make Jo an object of his teasing and ridicule, leaving her hurt and angry at the change in Him. Now, years later, they meet again in their home town. Can they get past their own pain and bitterness and forge a new friendship? There are no easy answers in their story. If you like a novel with depth, and full of real-life struggles, this is one you will love. This my first time reading Toni's books, and it sure won't be the last. She graciously provided a copy of this book for my review. The thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Returning Home is the first book in a new series. It is also the first of this author’s books that I have read. It will most definitely not be the last! The author created characters that I felt immediately invested in. And the community of Freedom Lake, well, I’m wishing that I could go visit there! The main characters, and even the side characters, faced tough situations both in their pasts and in the present. These various events shaped their beliefs and oftentimes resulted in simmering anger and stubborn wills. I appreciated the clear spiritual thread throughout the novel, as characters worked to understand God and how He had been working in their lives all along, even in the tough times. I really enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Jo and Evan. They certainly had their ups and downs, misunderstandings, and many romantic moments. I am looking forward to reading future books in this series. (4.5 stars)
cupofjoe More than 1 year ago
Returning Home is a story of love, forgiveness, and perseverance. It kind of reminds me of a Christian version of the sitcom, Friends, if you can imagine that. There's never a dull moment. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment to find out more about the residence of Freedom Lake.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Grief, loss, trials... they are part of living regardless of who you are, where you are from, or what you believe. At its core, this book is about life and faith and love and the TRUTH. Jo Ellen Baker was bullied in high school, is nitpicked by her mother daily, and misses her deceased father dearly. Although Jo is blessed to have dear friends and her beloved grandma nearby to love and encourage her, she can't shake the feeling of being alone. Evan Carter was just as pleased as hot apple pie with a successful career and girlfriend before his life-changing accident. Now he feels like he has lost everything and he is not happy about it, to say the least! With a great cast, an idyllic setting, and compelling story Returning Home definitely sparked my appetite for MORE stories from Freedom Lake!  I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Toni Shiloh's Buying Love and Finding Love, but this book tops the previous ones I've read. This contemporary inspirational romance highlights some of the issues in our current world through the lens of faith and prayer. And the romance?'s slow, tender, and oh-so sweet. The author's writing flows well and is easy to follow. Her town of Freedom Lake is lovely and the secondary characters that inhabit that small town really bring another layer of depth to Jo Ellen and Evan's story. The struggles that the characters face are so very real and their commitment to Christ (when it happens) is wonderfully heartfelt and genuine. Jo Ellen, as the heroine, took a good quarter of the book to engage me. Her world is a cocoon of hurt, misplaced pride and blame, and self-absorption. She does get past these things, though, and by the end of the book I felt like I personally supported her through her emotional and spiritual growth. Jo's compassion and her tender heart shine through, even when she's grieving and hurting. From page one, I was Team Evan. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually battered, Evan comes a long way in the first few chapters of the book to cement himself as a hero, even when he does some stupid things later on in the book. His tenacity is admirable and his willingness to admit fault and ask for forgiveness is a great character trait. The author did a good job of explaining an amputee's fears, questions, pain, and daily struggles. I also enjoyed getting to know Darryl and Chloe through this book. Perhaps book #2 will be about them? And I'm still holding my breath for Guy and Michelle! I can't wait to see what the author has in store for these friends! I received a copy of this book through Singing Librarian Books Tour. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
Right from the first few lines there is action, and I was hooked. I couldn’t put this book down, I had to know what was going to happen next. The action and the characters are so realistic and believable. I stayed up past midnight reading this book. The tragic event resulting in Evan’s return to his parent’s home brings about a huge change in his life, one that he didn’t plan for, nor want. He is understandably angry and puts up walls to keep others away. Written with such feeling and emotion, you can’t help but wish you could reach out somehow and offer encouragement. I appreciated how Toni seamless wove a strong faith into this story and how each character found their own path to a relationship with God. Not that it was easy. This story is real, raw and full of vivacity. It doesn’t shy away from the tough subjects, but faces them head on with a measure of grace and a sprinkling of love. I sincerely enjoyed my time in Freedom Lake with Evan, Jo, and the other cast of dynamic characters. I look forward to reading more from Toni Shiloh and reading more stories from Freedom Lake! Fans of Becky Wade & Brandy Bruce will find they enjoy Toni Shiloh’s writing as well. (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)