The Returning

The Returning

by Ann Tatlock


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ISBN-13: 9780764200069
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Returning 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MsGemini on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I was selected to read and review this book for the Early Reviewers program.This is a fictional story about a man released from prison and his return to his family.The theme of this story is traditional and familiar and the author offered very little surprise. I found myself wanting more. I especially would have liked more character development. We learned the most about the lead character John and his feeling towards his family, prison life and sobriety.My favorite character was Billy. He is the son of John and Andrea. He is one of three children and was born with Down's Syndrome He is a definite inspiration to his father and his entire family.I found this story line to be simple and easy to follow. While it was interesting at times it was way too predictable.
Cigani on LibraryThing 19 days ago
The Returning, by Ann Tatlock, was predictable at best. To say that every author writes without agenda would be a lie, however, I felt as I read the book that Tatlock was shoveling religion down my throat with a bulldozer. She utilized every stereotypical vice repeated by evangelical Christians everywhere (alcohol, teenage angst [witchcraft], premarital sex, extramarital affairs, prison, etc), and then created what she viewed as the opposite of evils in Billy, the son with Downs Syndrome or Phoebe, the helpless child.I feel that this novel lacked creativity and realism. After the reader learns that the husband, John, has cheated on his wife repeatedly and then does so AGAIN...we watch his wife "forgive him" because of the "grace of God". I found myself praying for the book to end.This is not an attack on anyone's beliefs or values, and this is not a negative reaction to what may or may not be the author's personal views. This is simply a reaction to what I felt was a mediocre book that severely lacked any depth. I would not recommend it to a fellow reader.
RoxieF on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I received this as an ARC, so as an Atheist I was surprised to find it was Christian lit, so take my review with a grain of salt. I like the concept of the book, a man gets out of prison after 5 years and returns home to his wife and children. Of course there is an adjustment period for all of them. I felt the book could have been so much more than it was. I felt that it was sappy and the ending was unbelievable and trite because she was trying to play up the religous angle.
caroline123 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
John Sheldon has just been released from prison, having served 5 years for vehicular manslaughter. He is determined to return to his family and start fresh; he has experienced a new relationship with God while incarcerated. But all does not go as he had hoped. His wife Andrea and 3 children have become used to life without him, even though they live very simply.Most of the characters have no redeeming qualities. The wife is a weak, no-backbone kind of person who doesn't seem to either know how or care to make circumstances better for her family. She sits at home passively while her husband, who tells her he is just going "out" for a walk or to an AA meeting, is having an affair with another woman, whom we later find out is his daughter's best friend's mother! The daughter, Bekah is 16 and running wild with boys drugs and alcohol. All becomes well after John breaks off the affair and realizes how much he cares for his family and his faith.The 18 year old son, who had Down Syndrome, was one bright spot in the whole book. I was rather disappointed in this latest effort from a Christie award winning author.
kibosa on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I enjoyed this story about a man returning to his family after five years in prison. The family was affected by the return in different ways and the their feelings and actions were well described. The wife was meek and timid. As more history was revealed of the marriage, I could understand how she had become this way. And the daughter's anger seemed a little over the top in the beginning. But she grew up witnessing her father's drinking and the affects on her mother. After the accident, her life changed because of her father, so I could understand her feelings. For a Christian fiction book, it was not at all preaching to you.
msimelda on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This is a book I received through early review program. I had never read anything from Ann Tatlock. It is a nice book. Soft. I imagine a lot of readers will like it although I tend to look for books with a little more edge. What you don't learn in the intro to the book (but it is in the acknowlegements) is that one of the children (Billy) book has Down Syndrome. The author talks about the fact that Billy's character is based on Chris Burke's role as Corky Thacher on the old TV series Life Goes On. I like that Billy was added into the book. Anyone who is lucky enough to know someone with Down Syndrome will appreciate the warmth the character of Billy adds to the story. As well as the difficulties of a reunion between the wife and just-released-from-prison husband; there is a troubled teen and a young daughter who doesn't remember her father. It's a nice story, and the theme of religion is there; but not something with which we are hit on the head.
Lengmui More than 1 year ago
Must Read E-Book!!!!!!
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Returning by Ann Tatlock A man returns home to the place his wife and three kids moved to when he went to prison. It's ideal for them, the kids play on the water and there are jobs for the teens. He tries to fit in with them all. There is a boy who has autism and he's open to hugs. The others are very hesitant to show their love. The father also was an alcoholic. Now they find out the oldest daughter, Rebecca has been out drinking at nights after escaping from her bedroom window. They have a lot to deal with amont the problems he has, his job cleaning up dishes at a restuarant. He hopes to move back to Rochester where the job opportunities are better with better pay. His wife and kids want to stay put til they are out of high school at least. He has also found faith in religion again. Most couples don't stay together when one gets out and he knows it will be a struggle.