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Home Another Way

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  749 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
After he mother's death and her father's abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child. In an attempt to escape the past, Sara ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2008)
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Sep 05, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
Home Another Way is unlike many of the other Christian novels I've read, and that's what I liked best about it. There are many themes within the book, such as forgiveness, adultery, abortion, divorce, and premarital sex, and Parrish is never preachy. Best of all, Sarah is unlike any character I've seen in Christian fiction (granted, I haven't read all that much) because she's not really religious. She's promiscuous, vindictive, and angry, but also vulnerable and caring. She's far from perfect... ...more
Sep 08, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by Christa's spectacular writing. Her characters step out of her book and right into your life. This is a real story about real people--anyway it feels that way.

I will be reading a lot more books by this author. I'll be watching for her next one to release.

Thanks Christa for this most excellent read--and my favorite this year.

Raelee Carpenter
Aug 13, 2015 Raelee Carpenter rated it it was amazing
Christa Parrish's books are proving a strange phenomenon for me. While I read, I always think of this or that I didn't like about it. When I get to the end, however, I realize everything is as it should be.
May 08, 2010 Jenna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-read-books
I disliked the way the stereotypes of the mountain people were never refuted in conversation or in general. I disliked the main character immensely. I strongly disliked the ending. If I hadn't read her second book first, I wouldn't have read it at all.
Dec 06, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
A young woman, flat broke and steeped in anger, resentment, and fear travels to a small village—Jonah, New York—to claim her inheritance when her father dies. He is the anti-hero who stole her childhood when he killed her mother and then went to prison. He owes her, which is why she feels driven to collect.

But she doesn't anticipate the stipulations her father has placed on the inheritance. In order to claim the modest estate that seems huge to this girl who has nothing, she must live in Jonah
May 31, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing
This debut novel blew me away! Written largely from the first person perspective of Sarah, a young lady who has never known love, the tone of the novel is often harsh and gritty but it is very believable. Sarah was raised by her malicious extended family after her father murdered her mother and was sent to prison. Never reunited with him after his release, Sarah comes to the mountain town to Jonah to claim what he left her after his death. There's one catch, however: she has to live in Jonah for ...more
Oct 09, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Home Another Way is the story of Sarah Graham, a woman consumed by bitterness, anger, and a troubled past, who finds herself relunctantly spending six months in a small mountain community in order to collect an inheritance left to her by a father she never really knew.[return][return]As you would expect, Sarah's stay in Jonah starts out rocky and gets quite a bit worse before it gets better. I would have liked to see more detail about Sarah's past brought out much earlier in the novel. She's not ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
I loved the story and couldn't put the book down, that's what made the ending all the more disappointing. It doesn't always have to be happily ever after, but a little more closure with the characters would have been nice, unless a sequel is in the works. It seemed like the author just got tired of the story and ended it about 10 pages too early. The characters were all so devoted to Luke. It would have been nice to hear them tell more details about how that came to be.
Aug 25, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
definitely a different book, as in a 'religious' book...I get so tired of the Christian genre. the people are usually entirely too perfect to be real. This book was NOT like that. Sarah slept around, both while married and after, she was bitter, angry and as prickly as a cactus. Yet Gods grace still found her. I didn't like how it ended though :( definitely needs a book 2.
Karen Ahaus
May 05, 2016 Karen Ahaus rated it really liked it
I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this book. Although a bit predictable in storyline, you continue to turn pages because Parrish has a gift for creating realistic characters. Characters that you smile with, get angry at, and cry with (ok, I was a blubbering mess at times). Characters that I will miss when I wake tomorrow and their story is at an end.
Jun 05, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I never read any of her books before. However, I will be reading more. I loved her writing style & the story line was very intriguing.
Mar 16, 2012 Driftwood rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. Could have been much more detail about the backwoods people sarah visited. I didn,t like the ending so much. It was agood read.
May 20, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Nikki Pringle for Reader Views (6/08)

Sarah Graham travels to the small town of Jonah, which isn’t even on the map, with nothing to her name besides twenty-three dollars and the deed to her deceased father Luke’s house in her pocket. She is incensed to learn that there is a stipulation she must meet before being given the home and the money left by her father. She must live in the house in Jonah, which might as well be the middle of the Sahara Desert for someone from New York City, fo
Mary Frasier
Dec 11, 2010 Mary Frasier rated it really liked it
Christa Parrish is a relatively new young writer who in my opinion, shows great potential. Home Another Way is her first published novel and a definite success at that. Her genre is Christian Fiction, but what I truly appreciate about her style of writing, is that she isn't at all preachy in what she has to say. I'm a very spiritual person, and I feel strongly about what I believe, but I simply cannot abide being "preached at", whether it's through the books that I choose to read, or in my day t ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Kari rated it liked it
Interesting read, very unique plot. The characters were likeable and the setting was picturesque.
Jun 28, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it
I thought this was just another Christian Romance novel. It seems to follow that genre. The main character, Sarah, was raised by a grandmother who did not love her and her father had been in jail for killing her mother. Sarah blames her father for her loveless life and after a failed marriage and miscarriage, she goes to the mountains to get her father's inheritance after his death. Her father has stated in his will that she must live in his house there for 6 months in order to inherit his money ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Graham is bitter, reckless and alone. Her father, Luke, is in jail for the murder of her mother. She was raised by her fanatical grandmother who showed Sarah little, if any, love. Upon his release from jail, her father, a changed man, moves to the small town of Jonah. He demonstrates his Christian values in all the deeds he performs for the townspeople. When Luke dies of a stroke he stipulates in his will that Sarah live in his cabin for 6 months before receiving her inheritance. Sarah is ...more
Lynn Spencer
Aug 12, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it it was amazing
I started reading inspirational fiction and romance as a teenager and, while I have discovered some wonderful books, I find myself sticking primarily to secular fiction and romance because so many of the characters in inspirationals, particularly in contemporary inspies, seem too goody-goody to be true - or likable. In Home Another Way, debut author Christa Parrish manages the rare accomplishment of telling a very good story peopled with flawed and very human characters. Though the tale of a cit ...more
Jan 30, 2016 daysgoby rated it liked it
Home Another Way is the small and bitter story of a girl trying to make peace with herself. Her father killed her mother, she grew up with a grandmother who couldn't love her, her marriage fell apart....and now her father has left her a cabin in a tiny poor town on the side of a mountain. When she gets there, the town thinks her father was a hero, and the book springs out of her trying to reunite the two halves of her experiences together. It's not always pretty, and her hatred of her father see ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
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Jul 24, 2016 Carrie rated it it was ok
Decent first novel with complex characters and a compelling plot. Some parts seemed trite and predictable, but the author also reaches some original and thoughtful insight. A little preachy at times -- (Christian fiction) Sarah Graham is broke and broken and heads to the small upstate NY mountain town of Jonah (example of preachy aspect) to pick up what her father has willed her after his death. They have long been estranged since he ruined their family in her childhood. However, his will has co ...more
Mar 30, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
A 20-something female is living fast and loose until she gets stuck in a small God-fearing town. She struggles with her own troubles and problems as she learns to open up to those who are trying to help her.

This was my first foray into Christian lit since high school. It was sweet and had a good message. It didn't end up being as predictable as I expected. The ending was very vague, which was probably more realistic-but that doesn't mean I liked it more.

Note: I'm shelving it under lds because
Feb 17, 2011 Gretchen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
This book, pardon the pun, really "hit home". It's aout a rebellious young woman who has lost her way, raised by a strict grandmother and upon her Father's death is sent to his home to claim an inheritance. To do so, she is required to live in this town he called home for 6 months before she gets it. The story unfolds and we as readers get to watch her grow and change and much to her dismay and later joy, watch as she finds God and a church family. It's not an easy road for Sarah, and even at th ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
To my knowledge, I have not read this author before. I would definitely try another book by her. I haven't been reading much Christian fiction recently, but this one was really all right. Not too preachy; if you don't like that, you can bleep over those parts. I did like that the characters in the book were all less-than-perfect, and yet in their lives, they emulated Christ. One theme would be looking beyond surface appearances, to what makes people real inside.
I'm wondering if this book is par
Laura LaRue
Apr 18, 2014 Laura LaRue rated it it was amazing
Home Another Way shows God's grace in a harsh world, filled with flawed people who are faithful. Sarah is bitter and angry after a failed marriage and a childhood that deemed her unlovable. She finds herself surrounded by circumstances that force her to spend a long, cold winter in the "backward" mountain town of Jonah, New York. The townspeople show her grace and friendship, however, Sarah has put strong walls around her that cannot be easily broken. I appreciated the realistic characters that ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Becky rated it it was ok
I could not stand the main character. I thought all the mountain folk were stereotypical -- such hard lives but still full of spunk! At least the book did not reach the happily ever after ending that I predicted, where the hard living woman finds the Lord and marries the local preacher, but what it did come to was almost worse: a total non ending. I guess it was supposed to be like real life, but the rest of the book was unrealistic so it didn't really fit.
Diane  Sugars
Feb 11, 2013 Diane Sugars rated it liked it
I liked this book, I really did, I just didn't like it as much as The Air We Breathe by the same author. I felt that this story did have a good storyline and complex characters, I just didn't get pulled into the story as much as I did the other book by this author. I also was really let down by the ending of this book. I simply want to know more!!! I felt like I was left hanging with the ending and that there is more to tell!! Or at least, like I said, I want to know more!
Beth Withers
Aug 26, 2016 Beth Withers rated it it was ok
It's hard to give a good review of a book when I really didn't like the main character. For about 330 of 350 pages, she was the most unpleasant person, certainly not someone I cared about. She was a touch better at the end, but there were few resolutions, and the ending was unsatisfying. I expected Sarah to turn to the Lord much earlier in the book, to give me a chance to learn to like her, but that didn't happen. Perhaps there is a sequel?
Sep 17, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
Sarah Graham travels to the small town of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance from a father she hardly knew. She learns the will stipulates that she must remain in Jonah for six months. Sarah arrives in town an angry, bitter woman and reluctantly stays to collect her money. I loved the warm but quirky residents of Jonah, and enjoyed watching Sarah grow as she was forced to interact with them.
Jul 10, 2010 Janice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, just-mine
One review compared this book by a local author to The Secret Life of Bees, which I loved. I am excited to read something by a local author and encouraged to read the Christian message. I love summer reading!!!!!!
Now that I finished, after I cried from completely connecting with the authentic characters and their struggles, I see the parallels with ...Bees. Christa Parrish is an amazing writer, and her book nudged me closer to God (again) by reminding me of what life without Him is missing.
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Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of four novels and founder of Breaking the Sea Ministries. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, pastor and writer Chris Coppernoll, and they have four children in their blended family. When not writing, she is creative director of Concentric, a contemporary "arts-based" worship service, co-leads her church's youth ministry, and produces a week ...more
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