Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On My Nightstand - Home Another Way by Christa Parrish

Sarah Graham lives life in the fast lane, but finds herself in desperate financial straits. She learns her estranged father has left her an inheritance. Upon her arrival in Jonah, New York, she discovers there are strings attached to the estate.

Christa Parrish's writing reminds me of a skilled athlete. She makes it look easy, but I know a lot of work went into this debut novel. Her descriptions of both setting and the emotional landscape are natural and flow through the storyline without seeming contrived or formulaic.

Sarah Graham grew on me as the story unfolded. At first, I had difficulty connecting with her. The writing pulled me along, willing me to see how a sleepy little town could impact this wild, self-destructive woman.

Be forewarned, if you need a good night's sleep, wait until morning before picking up Home Another Way. Once you start reading, you'll have a difficult time extracting yourself from the story.


Christina Tarabochia said...

Loved this book as well. So glad we enjoy the same writing, because that hopefully means you'll be drawn in to The Familiar Stranger!

I go in for my first job interview in 13 years today. Would love your prayers. :-)

Jessica Nelson said...

I've heard quite alot about this story. Almost bought it at the bookstore but had to stay in my budget. :-) I love the cover too.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Christina -

I can't wait for Familiar Stranger to come out. Awhile back, I got to read a bit of your work and loved it.

I'll be praying for your job interview. You'll do great!

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I met Christa several years ago at a writers conference. She's very talented and got snapped up by an agent almost immediately.

You'd like her book. I hope it's near the top of your wish list.

Susan :)