Heading Home (2010)
Heading Home (2010)
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3.92 of 5 Votes: 5
ISBN
1434767760 (ISBN13: 9781434767769)
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English
publisher
David C. Cook
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Heading Home is the last book of the Indian Island trilogy, the first two being Saving Sailor and Taking Tuscany. Angelina Digulio’s family had relocated to Tuscany, Italy, in 1968, when she was 10. In Heading Home, Angelina (aka A.J.) is returning to Indian Island in July, 1976, to study to be a veterinarian. Her friend from Indian Island, Danny Morgan, had been taking care of her dog, Sailor, and corresponding with A.J. throughout the eight years she was gone. This book is about A.J.’s return ‘home.’This being my first introduction to Renee Riva’s writing, I was enthralled with the simplicity of her very romantic love story. Her writing isn’t simplistic, as the storyline hooks you– hook, line and sinker with such delight. It was a light, airy read but filled with romance, excitement, surprises, and fun. It is so reminiscent of the early 1970s era. A time of sweet love and innocence.The book swept me off my feet because of its innocent delight. I’d highly recommend Heading Home for a delicious, romantic read. It has the air of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.This book was supplied by Audra of The B & B Media Group for my honest review. And it was a fantastic read! I had a real struggle with this book, I did not enjoy it… I was totally frustrated with this book for several reasons.First, was the use of the word squaw - Having an ancestry rich in First Nations (Native American to my Southern friends) a lot of us consider it pretty much a swear word. Just like you wouldn’t use a certain word in reference to a person of African American decent, nor would you say this word to a First Nations person. So to have someone use it so flippantly in a book that is meant to be published globally — well it just flamed my senses. I mean I seriously got heated up in my face and embarrassed — Most people I know would agree that that the word “squaw” should be retired from public use.If you want to understand more about it Wikipedia has a great pile of information on the word and why I find it offensive.I understand that wasn’t the intent of the author. I know she meant to say it in a cutsie, quirky way from the main character. Unfortunately it did not come across that way to me, and was just totally saddened to find such a racial irresponsible word in the book (call it my Canadian-ism but we don’t like to call people names here.)After that, I almost didn’t pick up the book again (that’s only up to page 30ish).I had a hard time believing any of it… The whole Catholic / Baptist/Greek Orthodox thing… it wasn’t explained enough to make sense but enough to make me toss the book again… I do realize there was small points in the later half of the book about it, but not enough to actually answer or explain. It left me wondering about the Orthodox church – yes it was part of the Christian foundation historically, but what does that have to do with the church today? Mostly the doctrinal issues between the three churches are just too far removed to make it plausible for the characters to switch so flippantly.The conflicts were barely there… and the whole premise of the book in the beginning about her being a nun is over at page 100.. and I didn’t see an in-depth secondary plot so I assumed the book was over… but it wasn’t..Needless to say, for a Young Adults book I didn’t find this book up to par.Sorry! :(*** review copy provided
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Vesper
This book made me laugh, shed a tear, and and had me at the edge of me seat. It was a great book!!
gerhardt
2.75-3 stars..not bad,not great...except for the cover...the cover is 4 stars..
Denise
it was great
Ray
Great book
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