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Friday, May 7, 2010

The Journey Home by Michael Baron

The Journey Home by Michael Baron
Publisher: The Story Plant
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (176 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Joseph, a man in his late thirties, awakens disoriented and uneasy in a place he doesn't recognize. He sets out on a journey to find his home with no sense of where he's going and only the precious, indelible vision of the woman he loves to guide him.

Antoinette is an elderly woman in an assisted living facility who has retreated inside her head. There, her body and mind haven’t betrayed her. There, she’s a young newlywed with a husband who dotes on her and an entire life of dreams to live. There, she is truly home.

Warren, Antoinette’s son, is a man in his early forties going through the toughest year of his life. With far too much time on his hands, he decides to try to recreate his memories of home by attempting to cook his mother’s greatest dishes and eat them with her.

Joseph, Antoinette, and Warren are three people on different searches for home. How they connect with each another at this critical stage in their lives, is the heart and soul of this story.

A precious love remembered by Antoinette, anticipated love for her son Warren, along with Joseph and Will’s unique relationship as they travel give wings to a story that could be incredibly sad.

The Journey Home makes me think of something I read somewhere that said we are infinite spiritual beings having a human experience.

Antoinette, weary of her human experience lets her mind drift to a happier time when she was her beloved “Don’s” “Hannah”. Her mind no longer functions well in this world but it takes her back with pristine accuracy to happy times with her husband and sons. She yearns for her “Don” and feels him near with “satisfying sensations” as she drifts in sleep while her body winds down to allow her spirit to leave and go where it longs to be.

Warren’s dad died five years ago. Since then Warren has shepherded his mother through necessary adjustment, but now even his best efforts do little to entice Antoinette to show any interest in things of this world. With his divorce, loss of job, and concern for his mother, Warren struggles to cope; but the nurse, Jan, that tends his mother buoys him up and offers a ray of hope for the future. Jan brings a subtle humor to the story.

Joseph’s trip with seventeen-year-old Will adds a new dimension. Their search creates moments of anxiety, but Michael Baron does a superb job of weaving everything together in a most satisfying way.

The Journey Home touches the heart in so many ways. The joys, sorrows, hopes, fears, and gentle living make it a compelling story that reminds one that there is a time and a season for all things. GOOD READING!