The Homecoming by Juliette Duncan, reprinted with author’s permission
Can she surrender a life of fame and fortune to find true love?
After leaving the small sleepy town of Shelton for the big city, Kayla McCormack struck it big time in the music industry. Her new life gave her everything she needed and wanted… fame, fortune, and fun. She even snagged a famous movie star for a boyfriend.
Just one problem – he’s married, and her conservative Christian parents don’t approve.
Dane Carmichael has had a crush on Kayla since she performed in the school Talent Show at age ten. Now carrying a war wound, Dane’s life revolves around the group of young teens he mentors at church, instilling in them the importance of remaining pure and following Jesus and not the world.
When Kayla rushes home to visit her father after receiving devastating news, she and Dane reconnect. His simple faith and life fascinate but scare her.
Kayla is challenged to assess her chosen lifestyle, but she’s also harboring a secret. She can’t forgive herself for what she did, so how can she expect God to? As He gently draws her to Himself, molding and shaping her, just like Dane does with his pots, she begins to understand how forgiving, loving and kind He really is.
my point of view:
This is the first book I have read by Juliette Duncan, and I want start off by saying I truly enjoyed it! By the time I was finished I found myself with a refreshing outlook on what it takes to truly have unconditional faith in all ways.
I need to admit it took me a little while to get into the groove of how it was written, but once I did I found it the story to be very touching and heart warming!
There were just a couple of reasons why, and this is just my personal preference, really, first of all I have always had a difficult time when reading fiction in the “first person scenario”, however, Ms. Duncan does an excellent job of this with both of the main characters, switching back and forth between Kayla and Dane with each chapter.
Secondly, Kayla starts off as not the “nicest” person, shall we say? But, hey, this is a romance story, so she’s bound to become more likable, right? Truth be told, she really does become quite appealing when you see her deep love for her dad! Kayla’s lifestyle and lack of belief in God is portrayed very clearly from the first page, but we all know we are reading a Christian story, so we can predict she will find her way to the Lord! The way she gets there is one of the best things I liked about this book!
What I loved from the start of this book is Dane! He is an amazing character full of love for God and a huge heart for teens. Dane is an inspiration for all of us! I always have a soft spot for veterans, and Dane is a wounded Marine who has struggled with his injury but turned it into a testimony anyone would be blessed by.
This is a very fitting start to The Potters House series, with Dane being a potter! I love the analogies between throwing a lot and how God molds us, always a work in progress!
About the author:
Juliette Duncan is passionate about writing real-life Christian inspirational romances that will touch her readers’ hearts and make a difference in their lives. Drawing on her own often challenging real-life experiences, Juliette writes deeply emotional stories that highlight God’s amazing love and faithfulness, for which she’s eternally grateful.
Juliette lives in Brisbane, Australia. She and her husband have five adult children and seven grandchildren whom they love dearly, as well as an elderly long-haired dachshund and a little black cat. When not writing, Juliette and her husband love exploring the great outdoors.
You can find all of her books on her website https://www.julietteduncan.com/
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