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By Vianna Renaud
Powell’s grandmother summer it all up when she told
her that her home was always going to be a part of her,
regardless if she moved away. Her past would always
play an important part to her life as slowly but surely,
she would become more aware of this basic truth.
Things seem to be heading that way after Melinda’s
father suddenly passed away and she left her picture
perfect life in Boston to help her mother cope with
the loss. As her father served as her first hero, she
was not prepared to learn that he had a serious weakness
for gambling and women which resulted in almost destroying
her mother. Surrounded by her family and former high
school love, she begins to realize the importance of
family and the real meaning of life.
This was a beautiful book with a multi-faceted story
regarding love, family, and self-realization. The
characters could have been real people which I found
as the reader could not help but become close to. The
romance between Melinda and her former childhood love
was sweet and tenderly told. The plot moved along at
a nice pace and the drama continuously kept me at the
edge of my seat. This book touched the soul and as a
result, was a very fulfilling read. Ms. MacDonald has
a wonderful knack at storytelling and I look forward
to seeing her next book.
By Penny Watkins
Melinda Powell is a successful lawyer in Boston. She
has a good life and she likes who she is, where she
is and what she does. She recently bought her own home,
and she’s on track to make partner soon. Melinda worked
hard to escape her Nevada ranch upbringing and get where
she is today.
And then her father dies suddenly and unexpectedly,
and her life changes overnight. She goes back to Nevada
to help her mom bury her dad and to sort out her dad’s
estate. What she learns rips her childhood memories
apart and forces her to grow up; to become the adult
in her family.
Melinda discovers that her dad was a philandering gambler
and has left her mother destitute. Melinda’s mom is
too tired and withdrawn to manage things, so Melinda
takes responsibility for her mom’s finances, and eventually
realizes that they have to sell the ranch.
Melinda’s aunt, Dawn, and her grandmother, Maggie,
are there for her to lean on. She has family to support
her here in Nevada. When she runs into her old high
school sweetheart, Craig, he becomes a comfort and support,
Melinda realizes that her mom needs her, and so does
her grandmother. And that she needs them. She begins
to find herself, and her soul.
Coming Home leads the reader to look inside herself
and think about where she has come from and realize
that maybe she hasn’t moved so far from her roots after
all. There is an emotional restraint to the writing
that allows the reader to look objectively at Melinda’s
journey—and her own.
The book is well-written by someone who clearly knows
Nevada ranch life. It’s a great read.
Author Catherine MacDonald is also known as the RV
Lady, the host of a TV and radio talk show about the
RV lifestyle. A former teacher, she and her husband
now own an RV sales, parts and service center. She is
able to vividly introduce the reader into the everyday
life of the people who travel from place to place in
their own homes. By the end of the book the reader is
likely to want to put a for sale sign on his house,
buy a deluxe home on wheel and join the fun.