Monday, June 14, 2010

The Homecoming by Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh's first novel, "The Unexpected Gift", was a pleasant surprise. A Christmas story, it captured the time period perfectly, displaying the sacrifices made during World War II and the simplicity of the age. I fell in love with the characters in that story, and was thrilled to hear Dan was writing a sequel.

"The Homecoming" is equal to, and even a bit better than it's predecessor. Shawn Collins is finally home from the war in Europe, but is he home to stay? The war has many demands, as Shawn and his family soon find out.

Miss Katherine adores Patrick, and it broke her heart when her time with him came to an end. But a social worker isn't supposed to get involved on a personal level, and it may cost her her job. Few prospects exist, and her money won't stretch very far.

When Shawn offers her the position as Patrick's nanny, Katherine eagerly accepts. But will she end up getting more than she'd hoped for? Or will her heart be broken once again?

Mrs. Fortini and Grandpa Collins are both back for this sequel, and he's much more easy to love in this story! Will his relationship with Shawn finally be completely mended? And has Patrick found a grandpa in Collins, one he can love?

Dan Walsh has a talent for writing period fiction that rings with authenticity and heart. The light romance is handled well, and the story moves along smoothly, keeping the pages turning until the book ends. The story is enjoyable and believable; he could be writing your grandparents' love story!

I've found a new author to love in Dan Walsh, and I look forward to reading more! I'm giving "The Homecoming" five out of five bookmarks, with a pocketwatch as a charm...because it's time to get your copy from Revell Books!

My thanks to Donna for my copy!

Happy Reading!



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Hannah Stoneham said...

Sounds very interesting and it is always good to find a book with a proper sense of history!

Dan Walsh said...


What a kind review. So glad you enjoyed both books. I really loved writing them. Who knows...we may revisit this family again down the road (maybe see them in the 1950's?).

Have a great week!

Dan Walsh