The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place,” a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the p...more
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“I think maybe miracles are something everybody has to find out about for themselves.” This astute knowledge comes from one of the key characters, a likable, resilient pre-teen Swan, and gets to the heart of this story that focuses on the famil...more
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There are two things I'd like to see:
1) A movie adaptation of this book;
2) An actual sequel! I think it would be interesting to re-visit
Samuel Lake and his family. I'm wondering if Jenny Wingfield
will actually consider that.
If an author can make you hate somebody so much you want to go out and personally strangle the character, then that author has done her job.
If she can make you love somebody so much that you want to sit down and talk to the character...more
Jenny Wingfield's writing is pure bliss ... it's all warmth a...more
Occasionally characters have carried me away so much that I can not wait to get back to a book, To Kill A Mockingbird was like that for me, so was The Help and in the same strong tradition comes The Homecoming of Samuel Lake. And boy oh boy can...more
Chapter 1. Columbia County, Arkansas. 1956. Samuel Lake, sometime Methodist preacher, has come home with his family for a reunion. Family reunions are a great place to meet the characters. Family reunions are a good place to tell the back story. This family reunion is the inevitable setting for the first family tragedy from which all the pieces begin to fall.
Samuel, his wife, Willadee, and his three children take up temporary residence wi...more
Reading this book made me feel as though I was a part of the Moses family. These characters seemed so real that they jumped out of the pages and into my life. These characters are complex and flawed but most have redeeming qualities that shine through in the face of adversity.
Eleven year old Swan Lake is a preacher's daughter, down in Louisiana. Every summer, she goes with her momma and two brothers to her momma's home place, up in Arkansas, for a Moses family reunion. This particular reunion is remarkable for two reasons, both of which completely change Swan's life.
In a world of biscuits and horses, preachin' and drinkin', there is love and beauty as well as a darkness and evil that won't stay put. Swan's pluck and fierce faith give her courage as she lear...more
Samuel Lake is a Methodist preacher who gets moved around a lot. So, his daughter, Swan is used to being a preacher's kid and being the new kid in town. When Samuel is not assigned a new position, the family is forced to move back home to Arkansas with Samuel's mother.
I totally fell into this book and was faced with the dilemma of wanting t...more
What sets the story apart from other books is the writing style and character development. But then, just as I was enjoying it just because it was making me laugh, Ras kept showing up and leaving a bad taste in my mouth. He's definitely a key player in the book since he is the cause of the biggest conflict but his actions, both past and present, turned my stomach. He is, as the characters summarize him, the spawn of the devil. And, although he gets his just desserts in the end, the endi...more
Every year the day after school lets out for the summer, Samuel Lake and his wife Willadee load up the kids and head off for south Arkansas, in anticipation of the Moses family reunion, where Samuel drops off his wife and children while he heads on to the annual Methodist Minister's conference. Calla and John M...more
Every year, on the first Saturday in June, the Moses family holds a reunion. Of John and Calla's three children, one son died in a tragic accident, one (Toy) lives on the family'...more
When I opened Jenny Wingfield's story I expected it to be about a man. I knew to expect secondary characters - but what I was given was a plate filled with people that each had their own personality, wit, and charm. I grew to love them, to hurt when their flaws were exposed, to cheer when they overcame hurdles placed before the...more
The book told the story of the Moses family, and what happens...more
This is one of those stories that is, at various times, funny, and scary, uplifting and heartbreaking.
The story doesn't quite begin with the family reunion, but gives us some background on some of the family members --- enough so that when trag...more
Samuel and Willadee have a wonderful marriage, they are very supportive of each other. They have three young children, Swan being the only girl. Samuel used to date Ber...more
The story opens in Columbia County, Arkansas, in 1956. The entire extended Moses clan have gathered for their annual reunion. John and Calla Moses have been hosting this reunion for years. The majority of family members live close-by with the exception of John and Calla’s daughter, Willadee, who lives down in Louisianna. She is married to Samuel Lake, a preacher of the Methodist religion...more
This first novel from this author who has several successful screenplays under her belt is likely destined to be a best seller. The reviews have all been glowing – to the point where the reader feels constrained to love the book, too. I thought it was capably written, but on the level of a YA novel told like Bible stories for children. It is the story of the Lake family from southern Arkansas. It starts out with the celebration of the...more
After high school, she attended Southern State College (now SAU), in Magnolia, Arkansas, earning her B.A. in English. Later on, she taught English and Language Arts in the Hope, Arkansas and Ashdown Arkansas public schools.