You see, despite everything that has happened (or hasn't for that matter), Jesse is not really ready to leave this world behind. There are things to do, people to see, relations to know...all of which starts with the first step taken on his journey home. Home is always said to be the one place you can turn to when all else fails. The people, the places, all ring of familiarity...but what if you left on your own terms against the set plans you were to have followed? Would you still be welcomed back with open arms? Jesse is about to find out, and unbeknown to him there is a little something (or someone) extra to be heading home too....
Wow! This would probably qualify as one of those sleeper-but-potential-best-sellers that people are always talking about. You know, the ones that get over looked for one reason or another and then BOOM....they catch on? For me, this one started out slow...had a steady middle...and went flying at high speed during the later third. Though classified as Fiction, it could fall into the Contemporary/Christian Fiction genres as well....and although I don't make it a habit to read that particular brand of novel as they can be a tinge preachy in nature, I will say that this was a GOOD story overall. The mentions of the higher powers at work in our lives come in spurts so the less religious among us can still thoroughly enjoy the story without having their toes stepped on.
At times I wanted to strangle Jesse myself....really! He had this spirit for life that was suffering under the self-made burdens of his Hollywood-wannabe life and it was hard to watch as he made mistake after mistake. When he broke down and went against his moral code, you just knew what the outcome was going to be even before it was written...and that a new beginning would be swiftly coming lest the story come to an abrupt finale. His caring nature for others was thinly veiled by his harder exterior due to life experience and circumstance, but when the curtains were drawn back, they revealed the emotional being within; unafraid to cry, happy to share a laugh, and yet strong enough to follow through on a plan that would possibly save the life of one and end another (sorry, would get too spoiler-ish if I mentioned any more there).
Review copy received courtesy of author John Herrick. (THANKS!) For more information on this title and his other works in progress, check out his website. Be sure to check back tomorrow as we play host to day two of this bookish tour featuring an interview with the author himself, as well as a chance for you to win!
Until next time....happy reading!