When Lillian’s husband learns he’s the cause of their infertility, he’s gone before morning. Lillie does what any self-respecting woman would do, she turns to Ben and Jerry’s and refuses to leave the house. Eventually, she has to venture out to replenish her supply of Phish Food, and runs into her mother-in-law, struggling with the care of her special needs niece.
Ashamed by her self-indulgent behavior, Lillie finds strength she didn’t know she had to create the family she’d always wanted. Later when Jonathan returns, she knows her best option is to forget the past and put her crumbled marriage behind her, or is it?
Review: I usually don’t pick up this type of genre, but the blurb sounded interesting enough that I figured I’d give it a try. I let it sit there, on my desktop, for a couple of days telling myself that I should just go ahead and read it. I knew the longer I put it off, the less likely I would be to read it. I finally opened it and, figuring I’d just read the first page or two, stared reading. I only stopped because it was getting late and I had to work the next day.
The author, Julie Sellers, has a nice, easy to read writing style. She managed to get my attention from the very beginning and kept it throughout the whole story.
The story starts with Lillie running through a downpour into the bank. When she is leaving, she runs into her ex-husband for the first time since he walked out on her seven years before. Lillie is a woman that has come through seven years of turmoil. She suffered two miscarriage and had her husband walk out on her, but she has come to find a degree of happiness with the children she adopted from Russia after her husband left her.
While, in the beginning of the story, I couldn’t imagine liking, or understanding, how a husband could leave his wife the way he did. I knew I didn’t like him and was rooting for Lillie. Then author Julie Sellers does the unexpected, she takes you back to before Jonathan left Lillie. To a time just after they suffered their second miscarriage…and you learn a little more about both of them.
Lillie had been happily married to Jon, the love of her life, but circumstance took a toll on their lives.
Lillie tries to put her life back in order but can’t get over her obsession to have a baby. She refuses to consider adoption, forcing her husband to confront his worst fears about their ability to have children. What he finds out causing him to take drastic measures. Without a word, Jon walks out on Lillie, afraid of Lillie hating him for what he’s found out.
During the flash back, you realize Lillie wasn’t the perfect wife that was deserted by a louse of a husband. She was a real woman, with real issues that lost her husband for reasons she couldn’t understand.
You also find out that Jon isn’t the heartless jerk you first assume him to be. He loves his wife deeply and thinks, at least at that time, that he is doing what is best for Lillie. He is a good man, but has made a horrible decision and pays dearly for it. They both do.
This story isn’t thrill packed or a ‘can’t put it down’ book. There are enough typos to get your attention, but not enough to be irritating. But what this book does have is heart. It stays with you. The characters are flawed, genuine and believable. The supporting characters, while playing small roles, are essential to the story and make the story even more interesting by allowing character growth for both Lillie and Jon.
I’m glad I took the chance on a book that I wouldn’t normally pick out. Coming Home is an enjoyable and easy read.
Quote from the tag line: Sometimes coming home isn’t to a place on the map…but a place in your heart.