LONG WAY HOME
Can she forgive the man who once bullied her and learn that love keeps no record of wrongs?
Having overcome the crippling insecurities of childhood bullying, Laruen Bauman is eager to start her new job 1,000 miles away, and road-tripping across the country with her brother Nate and his new friend seems to be the perfect way to celebrate the move. But her confidence is shaken when she meets Nate's friend -- the kid who'd bullied her years before, trapping her in a decade-long shell of self-doubt.
For Jet Wurm, losing his job and getting kiccked out of his apartment were the best things that ever happened to him. Thanks to the friend who rescued him, he's finally shedding the loser label he'd worn for years. Nate even invited him along on a cross-country road trip with his sister, and Jet couldn't be more excited. But then he meets Lauren, and her fearful reaction tells him they must have met before. Where, he can't recall, but he has no doubt he'd somehow hurt her -- like he'd hurt so many others in his past. And now he's stuck on a six-day road trip with a woman who obviously deplores him.
Though Jet is clearly not the same person who'd bullied her years before, Lauren still struggles to forgive him. But if she doesn't find the courage to forgive, will that convince Jet he's as worthless as he'd always been taught to believe? Or will they learn that real love keeps no record of wrongs?
This is the fourth book in an intriguing new series -- The Potter's House -- a collaboration of seven Christian Fiction authors who have created "stories of hope, redemption and second chances." (from website -- potter'shousebooks.com) Each book is independent of the others so they read as standalones -- though they all share an inspirational thread of redemption.
Long Way Home is shorter than Brenda S. Anderson's usual fare (158 p) but it still packs the broiling emotions and edgy grit that I've come to associate with her gripping novels. Love how this author dives into life at it's messiest!
Jet is definitely struggling -- and no wonder, with the upbringing (or lack thereof) he received. It's only now that he's beginning to deal with some deep-seated issues -- anger being one of them. And that makes for an unpredictable traveling companion.
Lauren has been blindsided with the inclusion of Jet on this cross country trip. She's hovering between fight or flight mode on a daily basis. Anderson takes this bully and his victim on an incredible journey of self discovery. Tough situations = hard lessons learned -- and not just by Jet. Lauren discovers that truly living a Christ-centered life means digging deep and facing your fears...even when you don't want to.
Grace precedes second chances in this powerful story of the redemptive power of a Father's love.
Book provided courtesy of the author.
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