Almost Home, Valerie Fraser Luesse

The world is headed into a second war, times are tight as people are still pulling out of the Great Depression. In the midst of financial hardship, Dolly has turned her family home into an Inn and it’s attracting the right kind of people, the kind of people that need a place to call home and perhaps some people to call family.

Dolly and Si are a great couple and they reach out to each of their tenants in a way they need. When Jesse and Anna first showed up, Dolly had them read immediately, and she knew that their relationship needed a little push. This wasn’t Dolly being nosy by any means, this was just her way, of helping people see past the turmoil in their lives.

Then we meet Daisy who is having a hard time getting over the death of her husband. Lost to the war, she feels it’s her fault he died and she’s having trouble reconciling her feelings about it. When Reed shows up, he too is wounded from the war, both physically and mentally. Perhaps their bond over their trauma can help them to move on.

As we’re meeting all these great characters we’re also learning of a mystery. Catherine and Andre were known to live in the area, and it’s rumored they left a good deal of money behind. We learn about their story through Catherine’s journals, seems her life was just as hard as everyone we’ve been meeting.

I loved the layers to the story, that we spent time with each couple and then moved onto the next. Once I started reading this I couldn’t put it down. The storyline was so sweet and engaging, the characters were multi-layered and so likable, it was hard not to get drawn into the story. A fun and touching read.

For now you can read my review on Goodreads. Almost Home releases on March 5th and is available for preorder on Amazon for $15.99.