Sarah Graham, reckless, rude, and angry, visits the small town where her father recently died, planning to pick up her inheritance and get out fast, but she finds out she’s obligated to stick around for six months if she wants the money. She stays because she’s in desperate need of cash and because she feels she deserves something from the man who killed her mother, leaving her in the care of an unloving, hypocritical grandmother.
As the townspeople demonstrate kindness and love toward Sarah, she slowly begins to let down her guard and actually finds herself being sucked into caring about some of the town’s inhabitants. She also discovers that the father she never knew was not exactly who she thought he was.
Christa Parrish writes colorfully and compassionately. Her characters are memorable, with flaws that make them relatable. The conclusion to the story is optimistic without spelling out every detail. One thing I didn’t care for was the constant switching between first and third person narration, but I got used to it. Overall, Home Another Way is a fantastic debut novel, and I look forward to reading more by Christa Parrish.
My rating: 4/5