Almost home

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Book or Media Title:

Almost home

Author or Producer:

Valerie Fraser Luesse

Publisher or Studio:


Publication or Release Date:

March 2019

Format (i.e., print book, ebook, CD, DVD, movie, TV show, YouTube video, etc.):


Length (i.e., 350 pages, 1 hour 45 minutes, etc.):

327 pages


In Revell’s description of this book, it is called a story of community and that it is! People from various places come together at Dolly Chandler’s boarding house, once a grand family home. The main characters are Dolly herself, a couple from the Midwest struggling with their relationship, a young war widow from Mississippi, a disabled veteran, shattered in both body and spirit, and two unemployed professors from Chicago. How they connect and cheer each other on and ultimately become a “family” is a story that Luesse tells beautifully. Add to that a centuries’ old mystery with the promise of a fortune and you have Almost Home.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Luesse and her previous novel, Missing Isaac, and anyone who likes historical fiction

Christian Impact:

Acceptance of God’s will for you

Other Notes (Optional):

Includes an excerpt from Luesse’s book, Missing Isaac


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Almost Home

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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