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Homeward My Heart (Daughters of Fortune, Book 4) Paperback – November 1, 2004


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About the Author

Judith Pella is a bestselling, award-winning author whose career spans nearly two decades. Her in-depth historical and geographical research combine with skillful storytelling to provide readers with dramatic, thought-provoking novels. She and her husband make their home in Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764224247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764224249
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was a good ending to a great series by Judith Pella.
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I ordered this book, because I had read books 1-3 and #4 was missing in our church library.
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So enjoyed books one thru 3 and this one has not disappointed me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
By 1946, the euphoria felt by World War II ending has changed to dread as a Cold War has gripped the globe. Churchill describes it quite well with his Iron Curtain speech splitting Europe between western democracies and communism. People deal with the aftermath of the global conflict and the new confrontation in different ways.

American Cameron sits in a restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany while her beloved husband Alex does likewise in Moscow pretending that they are dining together. The US Embassy has served as an intermediary, but soon afterward Alex is imprisoned in a Soviet prison.

Her sister Jackie raises her three and a half years old daughter Emi by herself as her Japanese spouse died during the war. Friends and even family have cut off Jackie and Emi because of the Japanese connection that remains raw.

The third sibling Blaine cannot cope with a half-Japanese niece as Emi reminds her of being tortured in the Philippines leading to a miscarriage. However, the three sisters band together with the common goal of freeing Alex from his Soviet prison.

HOMEWARD MY HEART is an exciting look at the beginning of the Cold War and the aftermath of World War II on an American family. The story line grips the audience once readers understand that Cameron and Alex are dining "together" at a distance that parallels the coast to coast of the United States. The sisters are delightful as they struggle to find a commonality, which turns out to be the rescue of Alex. Though there are some unrealistic twists, everyone will agree with the siblings of his father when he toasts his wonderful daughters and their melting pot spouses.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Hodges on April 26, 2005
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The three daughters of Keagan and Cecilia Hayes have survived World War II and their harrowing adventures around the globe. But the story is not complete by any means. Cameron's husband is stuck behind the Iron Curtain in Russia and she is determined to get Alex out. Blair and her husband are in Washington DC for Gary's work at the Pentagon. Jackie, a young war widow facing racial discrimination for having married a Jap, and daughter Emi live in L.A. near Keagon and Cecilia.

Cecilia, diagnosed with cancer and not wanting her secret to die with her if she did not make it off the operating table, decides to tell her three daughters about her son, Semyon, in Russia.

Armed with desire to meet Semyon and to assist Alex to escape Russia to the West, the three daughters get visas to go to Russia. Gary, with Blair, will be in the embassy in Russia. Their adventures of intrigue, working with a Russian agent and an American embassy official, keeps them constantly looking over their shoulder and taking circuitious routes to loose their shadows.

Alex had been drawn into espionage by an unscrupplous American at the embassy with the promise of escape to freedom to join Cameron. But he is caught, imprisoned and tortured, using his past drug addiction to get Alex to name others. Russian Agent Anatoly Bogaradski befriends Alex and Cameron. He is able to arrange for a meeting for the three daughters to meet Semyon. Their heroic plan of escape succeeds for Alex, but Anatoly is caught.

This book is written in such a way to draw all pieces of this saga to a satisfactory conclusion. The historical component is a good reminder to us of the world during the Cold War and the many atrocities to the people living under the Communist Regime. May we never forget. May we enjoy the liberty of living in freedom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelly B. on January 26, 2006
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What a wonderful author she is! I am an avid reader and I was capitvated by this series. I ate it up! Now, I must say, while I was reading the first book...she took a while laying the foundation of the 3 girls. So, I truly did think geez...lets move on. I am one who sticks with a book though. I take a long time deciding on a series but once committed, I usually stay with it and never have regretted it. I realized later on in the series why she took her time giving us such an understanding of the formation of each girls character. Their character carries through the whole book, their strengths, their weaknesses formed by their upbringing, then through trials of life, seeing how each of them overcame those weaknesses by using the strengths that God had given them. I cannot say enough about her intellegence in writing. She gives you an indepth eye into the hearts and lives of those who went through the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how it intricately affected so many lives. Beautifully Written!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By twinterste on February 18, 2005
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After waiting a year for this book to come out, I had to reread the first three books to refresh my memory. It was well worth the wait! This book helped tie up all the loose ends from the previous books. The war is over and everyone must adjust back into their normal lives. Cameron returns to Europe as a foreign journalist but she is unable to get into Russia to be with her husband. In D.C., Gary and Blair are coming to terms with the horrible things they experienced during the war. Meanwhile, Jackie is left to raise her daughter alone and face the prejudice for marrying a Japanese man. The three very different sisters come together for one special cause, to try to save the man that Cameron loves. This book was absolutely amazing! I just wish that the series wouldn't have to end but at least it's going out on a good note! This is a must read for anyone who loves the Daughters of Fortune series as much as I do!
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