I've been busy all week trying to visit many of the blog sites participating in The Homecoming Blog tour. I've lost count of how many have already posted their reviews and/or interviews, but I think we're getting close to the end (maybe a few more on Saturday).
They've been extremely good for the most part. So far, haven't read any that did not like the book. But it's been interesting (if not a little confusing) to read the few that have offered observations of parts they didn't like, or things they would have liked better. I certainly wouldn't expect to ever write a book that made everyone happy.
What's confusing is that for every person who suggested something they didn't like there are four or five who rave about that very thing, say it's one of the things they liked most about the book (Example: the level of romance in the story or the depth of the characters). A few said they probably would have enjoyed it more if they'd been able to read the first book (The Unfinished Gift), while others who hadn't read the first book said it didn't matter; they loved it all by itself.
I guess the answer lies in the wide variety of tastes people have in reading. But I'm very grateful for all those who took the time to read and offer their reviews and suggestions.
Here are a few of my favorite comments:
"The author did a great job of researching this time period and bringing the era to life on the page. The characters are well-drawn, and the story quickly entices the reader, making them eager to find out what happens...Another winner for Dan Walsh!"
Cathy's WordVessel Blog
"The author had obviously done his research and had me solidly grounded in the 1940's while I read this novel...kind of reminded me of 'It's A Wonderful Life' in tone, but minus the Christmas setting."
Michelle Sutton's Edgy Inspirational Author blog
"The Homecoming is a sequel to The Unfinished Gift...I did not read The Unfinished Gift, and I don't think it mattered. However, I want to read it now..."
Judy's Sieze the Book Blogspot
"Folks, Dan Walsh writes stories that I consider 'classic.' The timelessness of family conflict, of loss, love and Christ's faithfulness are all present in a realistic way in his stories...I cared quite a bit about all the characters in The Homecoming, and that, to me, says a lot about Dan Walsh's ability to write a great story. You miss the characters when the story ends."
Window To My World Blog
"Dan Walsh has outdone himself in his new book, The Homecoming...Dan's descriptions of what Shawn, Patrick and Katherine went through in order to survive was riveting. I felt their highs, their lows and the heartbreaking blows of war like I've never experienced before...I can't wait to read another story by this author. His characters and story touched my heart deeply."
Nora St. Laurent's Hope Through Fiction blog