Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

Love Comes Home, the 3rd book in the Rosey Corner series, is the best yet. The characters I loved in the first two books are growing up, getting married, and having children, while they deal with the aftermath of war. It's an emotional story, full of love as well as loss.

Two out of three of the Merritt sisters' men came home from WWII. Victoria's Sammy did not make it, and she's trying to cope with life as a single mother while her sisters, Evangline and Kate, are welcoming their soldiers home and starting families. A young farmer who didn't go to war (because farmers were needed as much as soldiers) has his eye on Victoria (Tori). Everybody except Tori knows he's the one for her. Let the matchmaking begin.

Lorena Birdsong, the little girl adopted by the Merritts in Angel Sister, is growing up and wants to know about her birth family. Other characters like Aunt Hattie, Fern, and Graham have a part in this story, too. They're all interested in how things work out for the other characters, and they're even willing to meddle in the affairs of others to see results.

This is supposed to be the last of Rosey Corner series, but I hope the author will do more. There are some story lines to explore, like "will Lorena find her long-lost sister?" Or, "will Lorena make it big singing on the radio?" I'd like to know how things turn out for the other characters, too, as they build their lives and have families during the post-war economic boom. The returning soldiers show signs of post-war stress in this story, and there could be lingering effects.

I've always liked historical novels, and I think Ann Gabhart is one of the best at writing this genre. She takes you back to another time and makes you feel like you are part of the story. 

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