Lead Me Home *****
by Amy Sorrells
Overview: James Horton is facing an identity crisis as the world he knows is crumbling away. His rural church is dying and about to close its doors. His wife is dead. His teenage daughter is shutting out those who care.
Noble Burden is a young man struggling to find himself in the midst of too much responsibility as he's keeping his family's dairy running, caring for his mentally handicapped brother, and supporting his mom. All of his dreams of being a musician seem to be buried under so many cows.
This is the story of a small town, the people who live there, and what it truly means to "be the church" day in and day out.
Positive elements: Well-written, easy to read, clean.
Negative elements: Suicide, physical abuse and alcoholism depicted but not in a graphic way.
Conclusion: I don't usually enjoy modern, Christian fiction. It tends to be too predictable for me. This book was predictable, but the story was well-told and enjoyable. The characters do a lot of soul searching which is often tedious to read. But the author really did a good job of walking the characters through their issues. And like one of my friends says...because life is complicated, she likes a book where everything works out perfectly in the end. She'll like this book!
There are questions at the end of the book if you wanted to do a book club discussion.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.