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Home Another Way

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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
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Published October 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2008)
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Anna
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
Bonnie
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.

Jenna
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.
Laurel-Rain
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...more
Erin
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
Karen
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
Heidi
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.
Carrie
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
Driftwood
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.
Mary Frasier
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
Nikki
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...more
Laura LaRue
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
Dana
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
Becky
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.
Anna
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
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
Leola Ogle
i definitely recommend this to those who like inspirational romance. I love the characters in the small community of Jonah. The romance angle didn't play out like I thought, but that's okay. All the delightful, sometimes weird, characters make this a great read. I especially love how these people help the MC, Sarah, find her way.
Marilyn
I'm not usually find of Christian books, but I felt like this one was well written and a more realistic view on secular vs. Christian living. I felt engrossed in the characters and compelled to follow them through the story.
Kathy
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Renee
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.
Emily
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...more
Dottie
great read till I got to the end. no ending! keep you going till the last page and then leave you feeling cheated.
Gretchen
Feb 17, 2011 Gretchen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Ranee
Well written but need to have a sequel?
Janice
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.
Dianesugars
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!
Valerie
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.
Jody
I am now a big fan of Christa Parrish this book touch my heart in so many ways I read it in one sitting.
Barbara
After thinking about it, I did like the ending. Sarah needs to make her new found faith her own. She will do this by going back out to the world she knew before and testing herself. She also needs to make amends with David. She did treat him badly. Remember, luring and getting men for validation was just something she did. Jack's attraction was partly related to that and also maybe to the fact she actually failed to snag him.
Mary
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.
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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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