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Someday Home: A Novel

by Lauraine Snelling

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Lynn's Lundberg's beautiful two-story farmhouse on Lake Barrett always brought her lovely memories through the years. Since the loss of her husband Paul though those memories have faded to thoughts of grief and deep pain for the man she loved so dearly. She knows the best thing to do is to sell the house, as her son, has suggested, but she just can't seem to give up the house Paul built for them so many years ago. She soon gets the suggestion from a close friend that she might look into house sharing the room with other women. To Lynn this sounds like the answer to her prayers, she could keep the house she cherished with Paul and at the same time help her financially, but deep down Lynn knew this would also finally make her not feel so lonely all the time.
Little did Angela Bishop know that the woman she knew from the past through their sons would be just what she needed right now too. After being so proud of herself for losing weight and finding the perfect job, her husband drops a boom shell on her; he wants a divorce. After years of marriage, she has to start over and soon finds herself one of the future residents of the farmhouse. Through a chance meeting, Lynn meets the soon to be another occupant of the house in Judith Rutherford. Judith has since learned the only house she ever knew and assumed she would live in her whole life, is now owned my the Heritage League. Thanks to her fathers will after his death, the Rutherford House will become a living historical museum that Judith can have the privilege of working at, but will never call it home again. As the pages of Someday Home continues, these three women find the happiness in their life after unforeseen circumstances. Finding the healing through the unforgettable friendship that has was created in the farmhouse on the lake. ( )
  JCGirl | Sep 3, 2015 |
Title: Someday Home
Author: Lauraine Snelling
Pages: 368
Year: 2015
Publisher: FaithWords
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
One of the best characteristics about Lauraine Snelling’s books is that each one is an adventure of the heart for the reader! What the author presents is usually a heart-touching story that resounds within the soul of anyone who opens her books. Someday Home takes on various issues of women in different circumstances in life. I loved it, especially because the women were middle-aged women. The house they came to live in was owned by Lyn who recently lost her husband suddenly. Now, two years later, she is going through menopause and looking for ways to experience new adventures.
Then there is Judith who is an only child, and whose father frankly was a mean man. Now Judith must leave her home and begin to find her way in life without being kept at her father’s beck and call. Last, but not least there is Angela who celebrates her 25th anniversary with her husband who then drops the bomb that he has filed for divorce. All three are broken, have issues of the heart and desires too. All three wonder just what God has in store for them when a Bassett hound shows up needing care. They learn to meld together as sisters and as friends.
I loved the scenery described in the book, which includes a lake. All three ladies enjoy quiet nights listening to crickets on the deck and just chatting or being quiet. When rough waters come, the girls learn they either draw near to God and each other or they continue to live alone. Sometimes I chuckled at certain instances in the story and other times I felt like calling a character a jerk! All in all though Lauraine’s novel encourages us to walk each day with our hand in God’s and that friendship is to be treasured.
Later this year Lauraine’s 4th book in the Song of Blessing series will be released and I look forward to reading it as I have read the other books in the series. Books are a great way to enjoy time relaxing and even more fun when shared with a friend. So visit a store, pick up Someday Home and settle back to enjoy the tale.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ( )
  lcjohnson1988 | Jul 13, 2015 |
Lauraine Snelling has done it again with Someday Home. Someday Home is a contemporary Christian novel about three women in the 40’s and early 50’s. Marlynn “Lynn” Lundberg lives in Lake Barnett, Minnesota. She lost her husband one year and nine months ago (not that she is keeping track). Her big, log home on the lake seems empty since her husband died and her three children have left the nest. Lately, Lynn has been experiencing times when she gets really hot, short temper, gets weepy, night sweats, trouble sleeping, and experiencing memory issues (as soon as I read the symptoms I knew what was wrong with her). Lynn does not know what is wrong with her, but at the prodding of her kids, she goes to the doctor. Lynn is going through menopause. Lynn’s family is very close. Lynn and her two sons runs the family plumbing business. Her daughter, Lillian is a teacher. Her son, Phillip and his family live on the same land as Lynn’s home and the business. Lynn does not to build a smaller home for herself. Her doctor recommends house sharing. It is not a new concept, but it is becoming more popular. After some research and consulting with her family, Lynn decides that God is leading her to do house sharing. She also feels that the right people will come along to live in the house.

Angela Bishop is celebrating her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with her husband, Jack. Angela has worked hard to be the type of woman her husband wants on his arm (thin, well dressed, nails and hair done, and a successful job). After eating their anniversary dinner at a very expensive restaurant, her husband tells her that he filed for divorce that morning. Angela is stunned. She did not see this coming (all the signs were there though). Angela is fifty-one and does not know what she is going to do now.

Judith Rutherford is forty-seven years old. She has been taking care of her parents for over twenty years. Her parents always promised her that she would be taken care of when they passed away. Her mother died five years previously and her father just passed away. Judith has found out that the family home and furnishing have been left in a trust to turn the property into a living history museum (of what life was like in the early 1900’s). Judith received nothing. She can, though, stay on as caretaker of the museum (gee, isn’t that just swell of them). Judith has a small inheritance that she received from a grandmother and any furnishing in the house that she purchased (how generous of them). Judith’s cousin, Melody tells Judith to make her dreams come true. What has Judith dreamed of doing? What does she want to do now that she is free?

Lynn meets Judith at a quilting expo (where there are hundreds of people). Lynn feels that Judith and her met for a reason and suggests that Judith come check out the house. Lynn’s son, Tom and Angela’s son, Charlie are old friends. When Charlie hears about the shared housing, he mentions it to his mother. The two women move into the house and they start their new lives. Lynn is going to have some big adjustments. She is going to have to learn to not micromanage Judith and Angela (or mother them). Lynn tells them that this is all of their home and she is going to come to regret those words (for a little while) especially when Judith buys a big chicken house (and then sets out to find some chickens). Judith enrolls in the university and loves her classes (except pre-calculus where she needs a little extra help). Judith always wanted to be an anthropologist. Angela has to decide what she wants to do. Real estate is not something she really enjoys. Her fondest memories of working the school library when her children where younger. Angela volunteers at the local library and enjoys it. Can it lead to a full-time job? Can three women who will all be going through menopause (at some point) live together happily?

Someday Home is a beautifully crafted story. It is nice that someone has written a story about women in the 40’s and early 50’s getting a second chance at life. I give Someday Home 5 out of 5 stars. The story has relatable characters, a beautiful setting, dogs, a cat, chickens, family, and laughter. I liked how Ms. Snelling handled Lynn and her menopause. As someone going through menopause, I know how difficult and frustrating it is (hot flashes, short temper, memory issues, night sweats). Someday Home is an incredible book by an amazing writer.

I received a complimentary copy of Someday Home from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jul 7, 2015 |
Three women, each having their own life-changing event, end up living with each other. This book is about how such a happening could have come about, and the roads that led to it.
The story deals with each of these ladies journey to this very new way of life for all, beginning with the homeowner. When Lynn suddenly lost her husband, she floundered for a while, and finally two years later she has an awakening. Rather I felt that God began opening doors for her, and first she stumbles upon Judith. A woman with her childhood having been stolen, and now ready to begin living, but how? She has never even held a job.
The next person is Angela Bishop, devastated from being jilted by her husband of twenty-five years. Can she become Angela again, and not her husband’s Stepford Wife?
These injured souls are now entering the unknown and you have to wonder if three women can live together without one of them wanting to run the show? Come along for tears, and laughter, and some unforgettable events. Once you start you will not be able to put it down, I wanted to move in with them.
I received this book through the publisher Hatchette and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Jul 7, 2015 |
A special thank you to FaithWords / Center Street and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Lauraine Snelling, master storyteller once again delivers a contemporary heart-warming story SOMEDAY HOME, of life changes- real life challenges, especially for baby boomers and those approaching this age range today (myself, included). Snelling delves into the realistic issues of today’s modern day single woman – for any age, status, or background.

Each woman, will find themselves at a crossroad; however, these challenges which may initially appear to be hopeless, and fearful, causing stress and concern for their future--may open new doors, leading these women to new and exciting adventures; hope for financial and emotional security--reinvention, and some special new friendships and family along the way.

Meet the three women facing a life-changing dilemma. Each women will need to make some personality changes in order to become a non-traditional family unit.

Lynn, age 52 years old, has lost her husband. She has raised her three children and now they have their own families, she is now a grandmother. Who knew she would be in this situation at this time of her life? This is not the life she had in mind. Money is tight and her children of course are trying persuade her to sell the family home, and build something smaller next to their house. (no thanks).

She does not want to sell the house with so many memories, she hang on to. There has to be some other way? She resents her children for trying to nose into her life and business. She has a beautiful home on Lake Barnett and Paul’s old hunting lab, Orson has kept her company; now he is gone. What else can happen? She is currently in the middle of self-pity. Now Menopause?? After all, Paul died one year and nine months ago. She should be over this now? She is overwhelmed with decisions to make. Where is God and why does she feel alone?

Lynn has this beautiful two-story farmhouse with long verandas and plenty of yard to play in, and their family plumbing business. Her house is too big and she needs financial help in order to maintain. When her doctor mentions house-sharing she is all ears. Could there possibly be other women out there with a need? Can she open her home to others, with their own rooms, and share a kitchen and living space? Where will she find these women? Will she have to give up her privacy?

Angela, a successful commercial real estate broker, accustomed to the finer things of life, is preparing for a special dinner date with her husband Jack-- her little black dress, heels, jewelry, and new hairdo. Her husband likes the perfect wife, he is demanding – he likes sexy and successful. She has managed to accomplish both to please him. She hopes this will be a new start for their marriage. Her husband of twenty-five years is good-looking and a heart-stopper, and looks good in his red Porsche (he is going through a bit of a mid-life crisis).

They have a great dinner with dessert, dancing, and then he blindsides her at the end of the evening. He has filed for divorce! So instead of celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, he wants a divorce? So now, how will she maintain her lifestyle on real estate commission in a bad market? What about their two children? With a divorce pending and income dribbling in and close to drying up. She cannot afford to keep up the family home. Where will she live. Jerk!

Judith, has spent her entire life sacrificing her happiness, and time taking care of her mom and dad. Her mom died five years earlier and her father had been in a wheelchair since he broke his back years before. As the sole caregiver, she gets a slap in the face when she discovers the Old Rutherford House, listed on the historical registry will now turn into a living museum. Judith wants a dog or cat or a place in the country for chickens, which of course her dad would not allow when he was alive. Thank goodness she had a small trust on her grandmother on her mother’s side. She could fight the trust or become the administrator, of the heritage center, but she needs a place to live.

She is bitter, and if her father did not think enough of her to leave her a home, she wants to escape the house and all the work which goes along with preparing it. What an ungrateful father! Now where will she live? He had promised to provide for her in return for years of service. And she believed him! Now what will she do with the rest of her life? Is it too late to start a new life? Her cousin Melody offers to allow her to stay with their family as their children are grown. However, even though she ran her father’s business, for years, she has no real skills, and considers going back to school. She has no clue what she will do.

Lynn begins conducting research on the subject of house-sharing, and appears this is a new trend (really an old trend dressed up to fit today’s world). Years ago, an aging sister or cousin would share a home or and older woman inviting a younger member of the family to live with them. Today, with divorce, death, a declining job market, single women still working even after social security, or other financial hardship, a woman may find it difficult to maintain a household with only one salary, or one social security income. Home-sharing is really no different than younger college age or twenty-thirty somethings sharing an apartment or condo while in school or in an earlier career. Moving in with grown children is not always a good option in order to maintain your own lifestyle and privacy.

However, as we age, most of us become set in our ways and accustomed to living alone. Can three strong personalities share a home and respect one another’s privacy? When you put three women together under one roof, can they get along? What if it does not work out? She begins to hear horror stories. From researching menopause, to figuring out what she has to do to prepare her house for 4 separate private bedrooms, sitting areas, bath, and garage space, she finds herself getting excited. What will her kids say? Lynn worries if she will have to give up her traditions of having her family over to visit and her personal space. The more she thinks about it, she feels this is a good idea and asks for God’s guidance. He will lead her to the right women, and she begins preparing her house for her new potential tenants.

Three women come together, as their paths cross; each needing one another for financial reasons, as well as security, friendship and reinvention. Three different women from different walks of life share tears, laughter, joys and sorrows, while the old farmhouse on the lake comes alive with new life; however, each of them have to make changes in order to fit into their new shared lifestyle as they come to rely on one another for a newfound family of friends. One finds peace without hanging on to an old life, another finds a sense of freedom from emotional abuse, another has gained sisters, a support system, a family and new adventures. A poignant novel of hope, faith and love. Highly recommend for a woman of any age, you will relate to SOMEDAY HOME and its flawed and caring characters, mixed with humor and life lessons.

I recently finished reading Dorothea Benton Frank’s "All The Single Ladies." featuring three women of varying ages, finding themselves in dire need of help, and all three move in together with a ninety-year-old woman in a large house to share the living expenses.

A contemporary subject which many women are facing, or may be in years to come. I was introduced to Lauraine Snelling last year when I had the opportunity to read "Heaven Sent Rain", and fell in love with her stories. What an inspiring story, as many women will relate to the circumstances! We all must be willing to embrace change as our lives take different directions. Change is good, as I can speak from experience. Such an uplifting novel, as God closes one door, He again opens another, by bringing people into our lives at just the right time. Sometimes it does not always have to be the traditional family, but our friends, experiencing similar lifestyle choices. Love the front cover, drawing you in. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Jun 19, 2015 |
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A heartwarming story that celebrates how life-changing friendships can be found in all seasons of life.

The sprawling lake home Lynn Lundberg built with her husband has been an epicenter of joyful family life, from summer holidays spent around the water, to cookies baked in the kitchen with grandchildren in the fall. But since her husband's sudden passing two years ago, Lynn has been lost in the grief and solitude she feels without him at home. She doesn't want to sell the big family place, but she can't exist there on her own much longer.

After hearing of a new way of living--where single women share responsibilities as housemates--Lynn thinks she's found the answer to her prayers. Soon she meets two ladies with whom she could begin this journey. Angela Bishop, a successful real estate agent accustomed to the finer things in life, has just been jilted by her husband of twenty-five-years. Judith Rutherford, who has devoted her adulthood to caring for her ailing father, must leave the only home she's known now that he has passed.

These three women seek a place to grieve, to laugh, and to be renewed. But coming from such differing circumstances, will the new challenges they face undo their plans? Or will they begin a friendship to see them through the years to come in this SOMEDAY HOME?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:09:31 -0400)

" A heartwarming story that celebrates how life-changing friendships can be found in all seasons of life. The sprawling lake home Lynn Lundberg built with her husband has been an epicenter of joyful family life, from summer holidays spent around the water, to cookies baked in the kitchen with grandchildren in the fall. But since her husband's sudden passing two years ago, Lynn has been lost in the grief and solitude she feels without him at home. She doesn't want to sell the big family place, but she can't exist there on her own much longer. After hearing of a new way of living--where single women share responsibilities as housemates--Lynn thinks she's found the answer to her prayers. Soon she meets two ladies with whom she could begin this journey. Angela Bishop, a successful real estate agent accustomed to the finer things in life, has just been jilted by her husband of twenty-five-years. Judith Rutherford, who has devoted her adulthood to caring for her ailing father, must leave the only home she's known now that he has passed. These three women seek a place to grieve, to laugh, and to be renewed. But coming from such differing circumstances, will the new challenges they face undo their plans? Or will they begin a friendship to see them through the years to come in this SOMEDAY HOME? "--… (more)

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