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Finding Home Paperback – January 2, 2014
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As a rule major characters in every novel have a back story. Back stories are essential to a character's personality. It defines how they think, move, speak and interact with other characters before they ever step on page. Back stories seldom find their way into a simple romance novel because they slow the pace of the story. In truth, a back story is only essential for character development. Yet, back stories are the very essence of a character. Here is Phoebe Hawley's back story.
Phoebe's ancestors migrated and set up tiny secluded homesteads deep within the Okefenokee Swamp and Suwannee River basin in Georgia and North Florida. Her people came from England--many were runaway indentured servants from the colony General Oglethorpe brought to Georgia. For over two hundred years her ancestors existed as a secluded tribe of swamp people. They were the purest Anglo-Saxon stock in America, and their speech, undiluted by contact with modern America for over two hundred years, was Chaucer's; Elizabethan. The swamp settlers were wild, wary, witty, fiercely independent and shrewd. They hunted and trapped every wild creature from deer, bear and wild boar to feed and clothe themselves. They fished, grew their own food and herbs, spun their own cotton, tanned leather for shoes, and carved canoes to navigate the swamp. They didn't hold with government and laws that poached on independence and pride. Excursions to the outside world were few and only to sell alligator hides and trade that cash for sugar, flour, salt, kerosene and perhaps a bolt of sturdy denim or sewing needles.
Isolated deep within the Okefenokee, two-hundred years of progress, wars, and the Great Depression passed them by until 1942, when Roosevelt, gearing up for war and needing wood from the massive swamp forests of cypress and pine, forced the people out.
The people didn't go far, only to the saw mills at the edge of the swamp and when the saw mills closed, they went to work in the paper mills; when the paper mills along the coasts of Florida and Georgia 'dragged up', they migrated into mill towns. And here, for the first time, the former swamp women came into their own. They put away their spinning wheels, their quilt-making, their cast-iron soap-making pots and went to work in cotton mills spinning thread and filling bobbins. Years went by. Then cotton mills across the South began to close and the people began to migrate once again. Living as 'outlanders' had acclimated them to 'Ameriky' and most had lost much of the Elizabethan dialect, but the rhythm of the language hummed on, as did their elemental code of independence and moral rightness. If anything, six generations of living as outlanders had sharpened their intelligence, hardened their pride and increased their independent spirit. Yet, one thing never changed--when practical choice allows the privilege, the descendants of those early swamp settlers gravitate to land and water.
Which is why Phoebe Hawley, an out-of-work-mill girl, six generations removed from the Okefenokee Swamp, and on a mission to find her family a home, aims her old truck South--toward the coast and finds exactly the right place in the tiny fishing village of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, where a half-dozen great and small rivers and canals flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Phoebe recognizes G.G. Morgan's kissing lips, but is more impressed with the calluses on his hands--a working man's hands. Moreover, she is instantly enamored of G. G. Morgan's land, long before she's enamored of the man himself.
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And for me, that's saying a lot. I don't have much time to read. Moreover, I don't usually read romances, but I'd heard great things about Weger's work, so I decided to give this novel a try, and I'm sure glad I did.
Phoebe is a hotheaded, hard-working redhead who is desperate to provide for her siblings. Desperate to find a better way. She ends up running into (quite literally) a similarly-hardworking, proud widower, and from the very first moment Phoebe and Gage Morgan meet, they argue like crabs tossing around in a boiling pot. Eventually, they quit fighting, because this is a romance, but it's also one with a conclusion I found believable.
I'd be amiss if I did not comment on two more things: the writing is as solid as the plot is well-constructed. And the editing is professional, both on a developmental level and a copy edit level.
An enthusiastic five stars from me.
And yet - delightful! I'm not going to rehash the plot, you can read the blurb or other reviews for that, but imagine if Dicey from Homecoming and Dicey's Song (Cynthia Voigt) had been an adult searching for a good man to fall in love with her and take her and her siblings into his humble home.
Phoebe's voice took a bit for me to get used to - or rather, took a bit for me to embrace her as an adult, because honestly, she sounds enough like I remember of Dicey to trip me up. I say this as a compliment - so don't go thinking this is a cheap knock-off - because Finding Home is definitely a story all it's own.
This book has spit and vinegar and and character and wit. I found myself laughing out loud several times. I read it in one extremely enjoyable sitting, and I highly recommend it for that moment when you're looking for a fun, engaging, and humorous male/female romance.
I won't be forgetting Phoebe and Gage anytime soon.
The humor is earned and not telegraphed and the love for this book caught me by surprise. I read quite a few books (over 120 since January) and I review only the ones I love--like this one. The best thing about a story is the desire to read more because how much you enjoyed the journey. I want more because it is a great story and I loved the characters.
It's Phoebe the 2nd oldest of the family on a mission to find a home for her Ma , Pa & 3 siblings, 2 of who is on the journey with her. Phoebe is not afraid of hard work She see's everything as an opportunity ( A grafter ) Bottom line she truly want's a better life for herself & family
After a fender bender she meet's Gage This is where the best story begins, You have to read it yourself.
This is the first book I have read Of Jackie Weber I can tell you it won't be the last, A very Must read in my opinion.
If you think the book is Brilliant Read her Bio it had me chuckling enough that hubster said quit shaking the bed.
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It is a delightful read.
I love Phoebe and her loyalty to her family.Read more