Item description for Coming Home by David Lewis...
Overview Jessica Lehman, world-weary and despondent, takes an impulsive detour to visit her hometown and discovers more than she anticipated. Is the deepest desire of her heart--to love and be loved--lost forever?
Publishers Description Jessica Lehman, world-weary and despondent, takes an impulsive detour to visit her hometown and discovers more than she anticipated. A single purchase in a quaint gift shop becomes the catalyst for reviving long-buried memories of her tragic childhood, mixed with happier memories of her ?rst sweetheart, who had always promised to "rescue her from dragons." Her childish hope for the fairy tale "happy ending" had been dashed years ago, and Jessie now ?nds herself at a crossroads, ?ghting her last battle alone. Can she renew her faith in a God who seemingly abandoned her? Is the deepest desire of her heart--to love and be loved--lost forever?
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764226770 ISBN13 9780764226779
Availability 0 units.
More About David Lewis
David Lewis is the co-author (with his wife, Beverly Lewis) of the bestselling Sanctuary. Coming Home is his first solo novel. The Lewises make their home in the foothills of Colorado's front range.
David Lewis currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Coming Home?
Home at Last Mar 24, 2005
This was a profound story that included so many issues from demenia, alcoholism, run-away teens, foster homes, deceit, death and unresolved issues that were intricately woven in the lives of Jessica, her grandmother and best friend, Andy. Jessie thought that running away would solve her problems. But it was only when she was ready to confront her past and all the pain, grief and heart break that consumed her life that she found answers. As she learns the truth about her mother, father and grandmother and can forgive is she able to receive and return the love of her childhood sweetheart. This story touched tender places of the heart with encouragement to resolve conflicts in life that can lead to freedom from fear and regret. This is one book that can't be put down until the mystery is solved about Jessie's mother and how Jessie will handle the life that has been dealt her.
Intriguing Oct 26, 2004
Jessica Lehman doesn't want to remember her past, with all its heartache. She doesn't want to get help, as her latest boyfriend seems to think she needs. All she wants to do is flee to paradise--Oregon. The sea.
On her way there, she changes her mind. She decides to face the painful memories. She returns to her childhood home, thinking it will help her to get on with life.
Little by little, glimpses of the past come back to her, and it frightens her.
Then, she finds out her grandmother--Doris Crenshaw--bought her childhoom home. Angry, Jessie drives to her grandmother's house, ready for a fight. Her grandmother always wanted to own everything. First she stole Jessie's mother--now this. This was stealing a part of Jessie's childhood, leaving it uninhabited and cold. No cheerful family lives in the house, no lights illuminate the windows.
When Jessie arrives at her grandmother's house, her nerve leaves her. Her grandmother looks frailer than she remembers, but her manner is the same. Chatty and in charge.
Andy McCormick, childhood friend of Jessie's, shows up one day when she meets with her friend Mrs. Robinette, who works at the ice cream shop in her hometown. Andy and Jessie strike up a friendship again, talking of old days and new.
As their friendship is reestablished, they go back to Jessie's old house. Memories come back, and Jessie finds herself sharing some of them with Andy.
Andy has his own problems, and they intensify when he realizes his affection for Jessie is growing. Andy's parents think he is a Christian, as he once thought. Now, he knows he is not, for doubts of the Bible's authenticity plague him. Jessie herself is not a Christian, he finds. His parents would never understand why he would be interested in a non-Christian, and he also doesn't want to marry a non-Christian. Yet he can't marry a Christian while he is not one.
Can Jessie and Andy face their past--and their future?
With doses of humor, mystery, and sorrow, David Lewis has written a candid and poignant novel that I will not soon forget.
Enjoyed the book! Sep 24, 2004
This book focused on Jessie, who is struggling with many ghosts of the pasts, in somewhat of a literal way. Her mother had a terrible disease and supposedly died. Yet, something is just not quite right about what happened to her mother. So she returns to her grandmother's and tries to figure out what exactly happened to her mother.
I really enjoyed the book. All the pain that Jessie struggled with, being separated from her mother, was so traumatic, and that showed right through in this book. The anger directed towards Jessie's grandmother was so easy to relate to, as it came out so well in this book. But in the end, Jessie's grandmother turned out to be a rather loveable character who Jessie was able to forgive. Her grandmother did the best she could with Jessie's mother, and with Jessie.
And I loved the character of Jessie's childhood friend, Andy. He was willing to stick by Jessie, no matter what. Andy's parents tried to discourage marriage between Andy and Jessie, but Andy was determined to stand by Jessie, no matter the future. And his questions about faith...so real. We all struggle through doubts at times.
And the tragedy of Jessie's father's death came out so well, too. He obviously loved Jessie's mother very much and was very devastated when she became end.
The ending was beautiful in many ways. I wish I can tell you about it, but it might spoil the book for you.
Nice Jun 8, 2004
This book was okay. I recieved it as a gift. But to me, Jessie wallowed in self-pity way too much. It got pathetic. Many kids have gone through much more, and didn't whine nearly as much. It was hard to read through. You could guess what was going to happen in the 7th chapter. I think that it's cool that a male author wanted to write a book. But let's face it. He's a man, yet, he wrote from a women's point of view. Men think, act, show emotion, so much differently from women. If he wanted to write a book, he should have written it from a man's point of view. Because, obviously, he IS a man. Few men can be sensitive and emotional. But David did a decent job.
Mr. Lewis managed to write an intriguing tale! May 30, 2004
Jessica Lehman has decided to go to Oregon. She wants to see the ocean. Her boyfriend, Brandon, is supposed to go with her, but the night before they leave, Brandon breaks up with her, saying she has severe mental problems and needs to talk to a professional.
Jessica decides to go to Oregon without Brandon, and starts the journey. But as she passes familiar landscapes in Colorado, she changes her mind. What would happen if she went home--a place she hadn't been for twelve years--not since her mother and father died and she ran away from her grandmother's home and care.
Stopping at a quaint gift shop, Jessica makes an impulsive purchase for a childhood friend. She goes into town, thinking maybe it'd be fun to look him up. But as one thing leads to another, Jessica's life starts unraveling. Can she go home again? And what secret is her grandmother hiding?
COMING HOME is not an easy book to read. It has to be read in small doses. I was curious where Mr. Lewis was going with this story line as it didn't seem very clear at all. I thought Jessica was crazy at first, agreeing with her ex-boyfriend's diagnosis.
Mr. Lewis managed to write an intriguing tale. It kept the pages turning, and the reader guessing what would happen next. Jessica is a likeable character with a lot of baggage to work through, and readers will feel her pain. There isn't a lot of romance in COMING HOME so if your looking for a good love story, this isn't the book; but if you're looking for a sweet story about family relationships, even in seemingly severely dysfunctional families, COMING HOME is the book to read.
--- reviewed by Laura V. Hilton for Christian Bookshelf