Hi, Honey, I'm Home
This is a basic, easy-reading story but it is not spectacular by any means. The word bland comes to mind, but that’s because I was looking for a love story here and just didn’t find it – at least not between a man and a woman.
Nick Egan returns from the dead to throw the perfectly ordered world of his almost ex-wife Kathryn Sinclair into physical and emotional chaos. Nick, a reporter, was presumed dead five years previously while on assignment in a foreign land. Just before he left on the fateful assignment, Kathryn had filed for divorce. Kathryn has made a life for herself and their two young sons. She is angry with Nick for returning and ruining her perfectly ordered existence. She is angrier still when Nick appears to want to make another go at their marriage. His years of imprisonment in a foreign land have made Nick see what really matters in life and he is ready to recommit to his wife and family. Kathryn is not so sure he is ready for that. The bulk of the book is then taken up with Nick persisting in his efforts to show Kathryn he has really changed and with Kathryn resisting at every attempt. Nick is eventually able to chip away at Kathryn’s resistance and they all presumably live happily ever after.
This is one of a new crop of Inspirational Romances and I have to say it didn’t seem “preachy,” which is what I expected. The inspirational aspects of the story were woven so unobtrusively into the plot that it just seemed like a normal book. Nick got religion – so to speak – while jailed in a foreign land. Kathryn, a busy single mother during the years Nick was presumed dead, did not go to church much, if at all. When Nick returns, he takes his sons with him when he goes to church. Kathryn is not sure she is wants as much religion in her life as Nick does. The struggle between Kathryn questioning her faith and Nick’s newly-found faith is very believable and true-to-life. It is appropriate in the sense that it is what many people go through in their quest to find meaning in faith for themselves.
The inspirational aspects of the plot were the strengths of this book. Katherine’s quest to find her faith was the key here, not the romance. If you are looking for a book about faith, this might work for you, but if you prefer the romance to be paramount, this won’t do it.