Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review + GIVEAWAY: Love Calls Her Home by Patricia Lee

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Title: Love Calls Her Home  
Series: Mended Hearts #2  
Author: Patricia Lee  
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink 
Release Date: March 1, 2018  
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

Can a hurting boy help two broken people find their way back to love?

Lissa Frye returns home from the Navy hoping to find a different future—one which includes a husband, marriage, and a family, until news from her sister impacts Lissa’s personal life and derails her plans.

Kurt McKintrick, having lost his best friend to an IED in Afghanistan, has returned to help the man's mother run a horse rescue ranch. Images of war plague him, and thoughts of anyone else he might love falling victim to an untimely end, distance him from the person most likely to help.

Eleven-year-old Jayden Clarke seeks to fill the ache in his heart from his father’s death two years before. But his life is turned upside down when the rancher who befriended him is found dead, the horses neglected, and the dog missing. When authorities arrive to investigate, Lissa and Kurt, estranged after a former relationship, are forced to meet again. Lissa must confront images from her past and Kurt struggles to live with his present truth.

Will Jayden be the catalyst that draws Lissa and Kurt back together for a happily ever after?

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Love Calls Her Home by Patricia Lee is a heartwarming tale of loss, love and healing. This well-crafted story, set in the Steens Mountain region of Oregon, is rich in characterization and captures the emotions from the first page. Patricia Lee is an author I will be reading more of.

Kurt and Lissa are appealing lead characters, easy to connect with and root for. Both have a military background and a strong faith. But we know that faith can be strengthened or weakened by life experiences, and that’s why I appreciated Kurt and Lissa’s struggles and character growth in eventually learning to trust God with their future.

Love Calls Her Home deals with some serious issues – physical abuse, neglect of animals, PTSD – and I loved how occasional lightness and even humor offset these potentially heavy topics. The author shines the light on the effects of war, not only on those serving, but with family members and loved ones who remain behind. We see the difficulties of maintaining contact while on the field and of returning home from war with gripping memories that can never be forgotten.

And then there’s the precious young boy, Jayden, whose experiences as a child of abuse make him seem older than his years. I felt so deeply for him when his friend Bennie dies, a farmer whose friendship had provided a much-needed break from Jayden’s abusive stepfather, and understood why he initially hid from those who could help him. A bright spot is the rescue of animals and the effects rescuing has on the rescuers themselves. Especially beautiful is the relationship between Jayden and Kurt, and the effect this young boy has on adults who have erected walls around their past.

Love Calls Her Home is emotional, heartwarming, and redemptive. I enjoyed this story and the writing style of Patricia Lee very much, and hope for many more stories from her pen.


I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.




Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels. She is part of a team of bloggers who submit short devotionals for Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with two sleepy cats.

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