“Almost Home” is the second book by bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse, and was published by Revell in the spring of 2019. Set during World War II, this novel combines the stories of a variety of characters who find their lives unintentionally intersecting in a small-town boarding house in Alabama. Adding to the crazy-quilt storytelling style is a historic tale of a young bride and her legendary river-pirate groom who disappear on their wedding day without a trace.
“Almost Home” was, for me, a rather unusual story. I liked how the journal pages brought a historical legend to life and interwove it with the main portion of the story. Also, the entire story had a sweet, feel-good feeling to it, and the setting (a beautiful old house-turned-boarding-house) almost had a life of it’s own – literally! However, there were also several elements I just couldn’t connect with. . . The humor is a little different than I am used to (perhaps it’s a southern thing?), the characters and dialog felt a little flat and ‘surface-level’, I found a few scenes and conversations to be semi-inappropriate, and I just couldn’t really ‘get into’ the story for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on. I know that I am in the minority in saying this, because many other reviewers are raving about this book and saying it draws you in with captivating characters and the overall feel-good atmosphere – but I just didn’t experience that. So, I’ll just conclude by saying that it certainly isn’t that the book is bad – it just wasn’t the book for me.
I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.