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A haunting tale of escape and redemption.
1904, Chudniv, Ukraine. Playing hide-and-seek in bucolic fields of sunflowers, young Jakob never imagines the horrific secrets he will carry as he and his brother escape through genocide-ridden Eastern Europe.
1994, South Haven, Michigan. At age 94, time is running out for any hope that Jakob can be free from his burden of guilt.
When Jakob’s wife dies, he and his daughter, Nel, are forced to face the realities of his worsening dementia—including a near-naked, midnight jaunt down the middle of main street—as well as emerging shadows Nel had no idea lay beneath her father’s beloved, curmudgeonly ways.
While Nel navigates the restoration and sale of Jakob’s dilapidated lake house, her high school sweetheart shows up in town, along with unexpected correspondence from Ukraine. And when she discovers a mysterious gemstone in Jakob’s old lapidary room, Jakob’s condition worsens as he begins having flashbacks about his baby sister from nearly a century past.
As father and daughter race against time to discover the truth behind Jackob’s fragmented memories, the God they have both been running from shows that he redeems not only broken years, but also the future.
Library Journal Review, 02/01/2015:
When Nel returns home owing to her mother’s unexpected death, she realizes that her father, Jakob, is in the beginning stages of dementia. Overwhelmed by guilt at her extended absence, she vows to stay as long as her father needs her. It is a difficult journey through grief for both of them. In the healing process, Jakob confides in Nel about his past: his flight from Eastern Europe and the loss of his family to genocide. When Nel finds letters her mother received while researching her husband’s family, she continues probing the past, eventually discovering startling things about herself and her father’s history that will change their futures. VERDICT Flashing back between the present and Jakob’s past, Sorrells (How Sweet the Sound) stitches together a beautiful story of family and belief that illustrates the importance of closure and the peace derived from faith. Recommended for readers interested in realistic fiction in the style of Kate Breslin, Kristy Cambron, and Chris Bohjalian.
Previously published by David C. Cook with this cover.
Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic…
…where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.
Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie’s place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can’t hide her pregnancy any longer—not even from the baby’s abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.
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What people are saying…
“Sorrells’ latest contains heart-wrenching, emotion-filled scenes, and she skillfully tackles some difficult topics (including drug addiction, adoption and abortion). The fluid writing easily engages the reader, particularly drawing them to Jaycee. Sudie is a wise adviser, a woman of strong faith and a good friend (someone everyone needs in their life!). This moving tale goes by all too quickly.” ~Leslie L. McKee, for RT Book Reviews
Amid open fields and empty pews, small towns can crush big dreams.
Abandoned by his no-good father and forced to grow up too soon, Noble Burden has set his dreams aside to run the family farm. Meanwhile, James Horton, the pastor of the local church, questions his own calling as he prepares to close the doors for good.
As a severe storm rolls through, threatening their community and very livelihood, both men fear losing what they care about most . . . and reconsider where they truly belong.
(Available May 1, 2016 at favorite booksellers everywhere.)
From RT Book Reviews:
A deep novel full of real struggle and strong emotions. Sorrells doesn’t skirt around hard issues, instead she acknowledges the messy realities of life in a way that readers relate to. James Horton’s struggle in identity and self-worth while losing his church is something that is often not recognized, and Sorrells does a fantastic job bringing it to the forefront. Engaging, well written and profound, Lead Me Home is a novel that both challenges and uplifts readers. – See more at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/lead-me-home-1
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A Southern tale of second chances.
Publishers Weekly review, 01/13/2014: