One Way Home by Melanie Campbell – Book Review

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One Way Home by Melanie Campbell – Book Review

One Way Home

by Melanie Campbell

Series: Whispers of Grace #2
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Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date November 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 296


She’s hanging by a string—with only one chance left.

A recovering alcoholic and longtime widow, Sharon has struggled to build a new life. She’s made amends with her only daughter, Cassie, who’s been through a treacherous divorce. Cassie’s daughter, Renee, too young to understand her grandmother’s earlier mistakes, has become the light of Sharon’s life.

But Sharon can’t seem to escape from her past. Her mother’s deathbed confession haunts her. Convinced the answer to truly overcoming her addiction lies with her biological father, Sharon sends off a DNA test in the hope of finding him. When the results of the test aren’t as revealing as Sharon anticipates, she and Cassie team up to find the truth.

Meanwhile an old flame shows up. Sharon doesn’t think she can ever love again, but what Johnny offers seems like a dream come true. His charm and kindness shine so bright, Sharon can almost believe he’s changed.
As the search for her father continues to frustrate and tensions escalate with Cassie, Sharon wonders if leaving it all behind for a life with Johnny will save her crumbling heart.

Will the truth set Sharon free? Or will it be the final blow to her sobriety?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: One Woman Falling

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Often, I love a story because I relate so well to the main character. Or, because they possess a trait that I wish I had. And the characters who are diametrically opposite to me are those I tend to dislike.

Sharon, the main character in One Way Home, is not much of anything like me. She struggles with ugly lifestyle choices including an addiction to alcohol and cigarettes, and she had done some despicable things while under the influence.

And, to make it worse, she was raised by parents who loved her and loved the Lord!!

However, Sharon was trying to break out of the cycle of wrong choices. Oh my! Her struggles with temptations that presented themselves were so poignantly depicted I could see exactly what drove her. And instead of despising her for her weakness, I had compassion for her. Even when the truth came out about why the woman at her daughter Cassie’s church responded so strongly when she met her.

Be warned, though, One Way Home will tug at your heartstrings. If you have read One Woman Falling, you’re probably already expecting this as I was. Melanie Campbell has a gift for bringing her characters to life and for allowing her readers to feel their pain.

Sharon’s search for the truth about her father had her desperately hoping that what she learned about him would give her hope of the possibility of her breaking out of her destructive patterns. Convinced that discovering whether her father was able to get free from his own addiction, she diligently sought him, not realizing that she should have been looking to her Heavenly Father.

Throughout the story, Sharon is reminded of truths her parents and her husband had shared with her. Truths that helped her retain her sanity and lead her into the arms of Jesus.

I loved the way the many different elements introduced here were tied together at the conclusion. Some I expected, some were unexpected. I was pleasantly surprised by the way things were resolved.

One Way Home continues the tale told in One Woman Falling, though the first story is from Cassie’s perspective while this one is from Sharon’s. I’m thrilled to see that there will be another story in the series.

If you enjoy fiction that makes you experience the full gamut of emotions, makes you hope, and reminds you of the freedom you have in Christ, you will want to read the Whispers of Grace series!

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About Melanie Campbell

Melanie Campbell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and ACFW. She wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her husband, their three children, and several spoiled pets.

When not writing, she does the bookkeeping and other office work for her husband’s painting business, obsesses over the well-being of their three daughters, and cooks healthy meals. In the spring, you may find her hitting the trails to one of Oregon’s magnificent waterfalls.

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