Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Principal Tom Gardner comes face-to-face with a past indiscretion when a new student transfers to his school: Kent Arens. Tom only has to look at him to see that this teenager is the son he never knew he had, the result of a one-night stand on the eve of Tom's wedding years before. Though impressed with the intelligent, athletic, and polite young man, Tom is devastated by the effect of Kent's presence on his family.
To Tom's wife, Claire, Kent is the symbol of an act of betrayal so wrenching she cannot forgive her husband. To their daughter, Chelsea, he is the boy she begins to fall for--until she learns the truth. And to their son, Robby, he is a rival in the classroom and on the football field--and the force driving his parents apart. As the Gardners careen toward disaster, they test the foundation of trust and respect that their family was built on ... and team that love leaves no choice but forgiveness.
Sometimes it's nice to go back to familiar books. Those books you can pick up and instantly feel at home with the characters and the setting. It's nice to read without being obligated to read. LaVyrle Spencer and Rosamunde Pilcher books are like that for me.
Home Song is one of my favorites. I've read it many times and each time I'm moved by the story. Each time I read it, I'm also annoyed at Claire and her inability to forgive. As the story unfolds and Kent and Tom begin to get to know each other, it's easy to feel their struggles and joy. Kent is a great kid, a bit too good to be true, but still a likeable character. This is a terrific story about choice and consequences, love and forgiveness.
LaVyrle Spencer has the ability to capture the every day realities. Her characters are real and flawed; her heroines are spunky and resilient and always have something to overcome. Family is important, as is friendship and pulling together in times of adversity.
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