Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart

Title:  Love Comes Home
Author:  Ann H. Gabhart
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
The Merritt families’ story begins in Angel Sister, followed by Small Town Girl and completed in Love Comes Home.  What is very amazing is that the author wrote her books while caring for her mother who has dementia, a very trying and arduous task to say the least.  I imagine that for the author sometimes writing is therapy as well as an escape from the realities of caretaking among her everyday life.  So God Bless and strengthen the author, especially during this season of life.
The setting for the tale is at the end of WWII with men returning home to their families whom they haven’t seen for years.  The three Merritt girls are married or widowed along with Lorena who was abandoned by her natural family during the Depression and raised in the Merritt home.  Now, with the men returning, women are trying to be patient as their men come back with wounds of the soul, heart and mind.  A couple of the Merritt women desire to start families right away, but with the unknown job situation of their husbands it tests their faith.
For one Merritt daughter the choice facing this single mom is whether to risk her heart again to love and hope or remain alone for years to come.  Some of the outside family member characters are very dear and taken care of even though their names are different.  The Merritt family is always willing to “adopt” another aunt into the home.  I found this to be a heart-touching story, and I am convinced that in some ways it is reflective of reality for servicemen and women as they return from active duty back to civilian roles and environment.
Throughout the pages readers will find their hearts tugged on and the ability to identify with some of the same feelings, thoughts and turmoils as the characters.  Once again, while we can escape to a fictional place, we will be reminded to be thankful for those who have and continue to serve this nation along with their families.  The reliance on faith and family are two major threads that run though all three books of this series.  I think the author did a wonderful job showing how facing the wounds of the heart take courage as well as the Lord’s timing.  There is diversity in the small town and each character has a place in the hearts and lives of the people living in Rosey Corner.  Here is a great reminder that God can redeem the past and restore the hearts of the broken-hearted.  Please take time to read about the Merritt family’s tale through a couple different generations who lived through WWI & WWII and other historical events.
My rating is 5 stars.
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