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Almost Home (Jordan Weiss #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,178 ratings  ·  160 reviews
A breathtakingly poignant novel of suspense from one of fiction's newest leading voices.

From bestselling author and Quill award nominee Pam Jenoff comes a rich, ambitious, and startling novel about a woman who must face a past she'd rather forget in order to uncover a dangerous legacy that threatens her future.

Ten years ago, American Jordan Weiss's idyllic experience
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Atria Books
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switterbug (Betsey)
This unfathomably incongruent mess of a contrived, predictable, simplistic book made me cringe so often that eventually I just gave in and laughed, reading aloud passages and scenes to people who are serious readers and who understand how State Department intelligence workers are supposed to conduct themselves. If it had been listed as a YA novel, I would have been more forgiving. But this Amazon vine selection was supposedly for "adult" readers and therefore is reviewed in that context.

The tone
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars. Pam Jenoff was a new author for me. Jordan always swore she would never return to London and especially to Cambridge where she went to university. Ten years earlier her boyfriend Jared had drowned. Since then Jordan worked in various places of the world as an intelligence officer. Then Jordan receives a letter that precipitates a very quick change of plans. She is soon winging her way back to London.
I enjoyed this novel with its twists and turns and it was a good change
Because I enjoyed Kommandant's Girl by Jenoff so much, she has a hard act to follow. I found this book reasonably engaging and enjoyed the 'flashback' moments. However, akin to The Diplomat's Wife, I found the plot became more far-fetched as the story progressed and there seemed to be a lot of lucky coincidences. Jordan is reasonably likeable but she seems more preoccupied with her romantic feelings than her job which is odd given how (apparently) her work is so important to both her and the wid ...more
Atmospheric, cerebral and exciting, Pam Jenoff’s rollicking Almost Home kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a novel filled with so many elements — romance, murder, grief, passion, suspense, family — but Jenoff’s masterful use of description and language dropped me in the middle of each scene and refused to let me out.

As a reader, a novel’s setting — and the way in which it’s described — can make or break a book for me. In the case of Almost Home,
I read this book in a little over a day. I couldn't put it down - it's a fast-paced mystery/thriller, involving a spy and England: what more could I ask for?

Jordan Weiss, an intelligence officer for the State Department, departs to England to see an ailing friend, and take on a new assignment investigating the Albanian mob. But when she arrives, a friend from the past asks her help in discovering what really happened to Jordan's old flame, who reportedly drowned...but new evidence suggests other
For most of this novel, I couldn't put it down. Very well written all the way. Excellent character development. About 3/4 of the way through, I sort of felt like our heroine, Jordan Weiss, turned into a bit of a weak character. For a State Department employee who had dodged bullets and traveled the world, she fell for every male character too easily. She also didn't do a great job taking care of herself or protecting herself from threats around each corner. My biggest issue with this story was h ...more
Diane Shipley
We meet Jordan Weiss, who work for U.S. intelligence and we see her go into her bosses office and demand a transfer to London, where he friend Sarah who has ALS and she feels she needs her there from reading her letter. Jordan has vowed never to go back to London, as this is where she lost Jared, her boyfriend at the time. When she does get to London, the story unfolds into so many avenues, and she meets Sebastian, who she trusts. Then one thing after the other happens on her search into Jarad's ...more
Kristy Brugar
Easy read - a bit predictable.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
She HAD to get to London but had no explanation for her boss. He granted her permission, and she left that very evening.

Jordan arrived in London ready to take a cab to see her very ill friend, but her co-worker met her at the airport....oh no, they do have an assignment for her. An assignment in London wasn't the real reason she wanted to return to London, and when she does arrive, all the familiar landmarks she remembered when she was at Cambridge, make her heart twist and bring tears to her ey
I just finished reading “Almost Home” by Pam Jenoff. Wow! This story was so impressive with all the twists and turns. There was never a dull moment in the book. The story is a contemporary suspense / thriller with the main character an American intelligence officer.
Jordan Weiss returns to England to work at the Embassy in London after being away for ten years. She was formerly a graduate student at Cambridge, but tragedy kept her from returning. Jordan was working in Washington when she receiv
Alexis Villery
Jordan Weiss is a State Department intelligence officer who has traveled the world on top secret missions. After receiving a letter from her friend Sarah, who suffers from ALS, Jordan must return to London, the one place she vowed never to set foot again. Once there, her world is turned upside down as lingering doubts concerning the disaster that occurred 10 years previously comes back to haunt her. She can no longer rest until she discovers what really happened. Meanwhile, her assignment at Lon ...more
Almost Home is the story of Jordan Weiss who is an American Diplomat and her inability to hide from the past. Ever since her college boyfriend drowned, she has been traveling the world for work and doing everything in her power not to have a home. When a sick friend needs her help she is forced back to London where she comes face to face with her past.

Jordan is an easy character to love. While this book is fiction, Jordan could very easily exist and I think we would be good friends actually. Sh
Jordan Weiss is a State Department intelligence officer. One day she receives a letter from her friend Sarah who lives in London. Sarah has Lou Gehrig's disease and hopes Jordan can come for a visit. Knowing that Sarah would never ask her for help, but most likely needs help, Jordan immediately requests reassignment to London to be near Sarah, a place she thought she'd never return to.

Ten years earlier Jordan Weiss was a graduate student at Cambridge. She was destroyed when her boyfriend and fel
Almost Home by Pam Jenoff is a novel of international intrigue, significant struggle, and humiliating heartbreak. Jordan Weiss is a Foreign Service Officer working in Washington, D.C., who receives a letter from her college friend Sarah asking her to return to London as Sarah struggles with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). Once in London, a place Jordan never expected to see again after her tragic last semester, she takes a job as a investigative diplomat working to uncover financial connections betw ...more
Before talking about the story itself, I would like to note that Almost Home was released today in paperback for the first time, so this review is in celebration of that event. Again, many thanks to Ms. Jenoff for contacting me regarding this book and for having one sent for review. Ms. Jenoff also graciously agreed to guest post here at Melissa's Bookshelf, and you will be able to read her post about Covers and Titles later this week on Friday!

But back to the story... Almost Home is a beautiful
I really liked this book - it takes place in London and Cambridge. Ten years before, Jordan Weiss left Cambridge, where she was a graduate student, after her boy friend was found dead and it was established that he had drowned. She felt at the time that she would never go back, but now she had received a letter from her best friend from those days stating that she was seriously ill. She is now a U.S State Department intelligence officer and gets transferred to the Embassy in London. Shortly afte ...more
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish, and found myself wanting the story to go on when I reached the last page. I don't want to spoil the ending but it definitely makes me want to see a follow-up novel of Jordan's searching adventures or the continuation of a budding romance that survived the chaos. The only part of the book that lost me a little were the very long flashbacks into the college days. I skimmed through a bit of those so I may have missed something important but felt they ...more
I'm giving this book about a 3 1/2 stars on my own personal rating scale.
It was a rough start for me because the writing style was quite different than the books I've been reading lately, so I admit it took me a little while to get acclimated to the way this author talks out her story. Most of the books that I seem to be drawn to are narrated with the all knowing invisible narrator, looking down from the sky, relaying the color and texture of the scenes, the characters, their movements etc. Thi
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Pam Jenoff is one of my all time favorite authors. I have quite a few of these as you'll eventually figure out but she has to be among the top ten or so. The previous books I've read by her focused around Germany during WWII and England following the end of WWII. This book, Almost Home, was set in modern day England and Jenoff delivered marvelously as always.

Jenoff is artful at character development. In previous books whe
1st time I read it:
How can I put into words how much I loved this book...It made me want to ignore the world and not put this book down until I finished it. Instead I had to read it in between work and schoolwork. Unlike her previous two novels this one is present day although there is a WWII connection like in her previous novels. I have to admit she does something in this book that she also did in a previous book that would have made me hate this book if it wasn't for the way she crafted the s
The book is told from the first person point of view of Jordan, so readers can feel her sadness, her confusion, and her fear as she realizes her life is in danger. Though I sometimes questioned Jordan’s actions as a diplomat — mainly in the way she questions people of interest, possibly revealing too much before building trust — I felt she was a well-rounded character. Jenoff makes Jordan come to life, and I could understand her motivations, like her despite her flaws, and even relate to her on ...more
Nancy Bielski
This book was pretty good. It started off a little slow, but once the story got going, it was hard to put down. Basically, Jordan is a diplomat-spy who moves to London on assignment. It was painful for her because her boyfriend died and the memories were too hard, blah blah. She "by chance" meets an old friend and they start investigating whether or not her boyfriend's death was an accident. Coincidentally, her assignment may be linked. Though that seemed a little too coincidental, it was easy t ...more
I found Almost Home by Pam Jenoff very difficult to put down. This is the first of Jenoff's novels that I have read, and I am eager to now go back and read her first two titles.

Almost Home begins with Jordan Weiss, a member of the U.S. Foreign Service asks for a transfer to London. Ten years earlier, Jordan had left London, never to return, after the tragic death of her boyfriend, Jared Short. Drawn back by her friend Sarah, who is suffering with ALS, Jordan is immediately confronted with quest
Meg - A Bookish Affair
I really, really liked this book. It tells the story of Jordan Weiss, an intel officer for the State Department, who takes an assignment in London to help an ailing friend. This will be the first time that Jordan has been back in that country since the tragic drowning death of her grad school boyfriend, Jared. Once she gets over there, she is called on by another friend from her grad school days who believes that Jared's death was no accident. Meanwhile, she is called in to investigate a dangero ...more
The whole time I was reading this book I had the feeling that I had read it before. I could predict exactly what was going to happen and it was starting to drive me nuts. I really liked the book and kept going over movies in my mind wondering if I had watched something similar. It was starting to get a bit freaky because I really could predict the next chapter. Needless to say I started researching some of Jenoff's books because I really do enjoy her writing style and came to find that it is the ...more
This book was OK. It held my interest - it was a quick chick read. I can't quite call it chick lit because the story was not that challenging. The story is about a diplomat who returns to London to care for a very sick college friend. She has not been to England for 10 years, when she left after her boyfriend drowned. Returning to England makes her confront her fears - but at the same time she is trying to solve an international mystery - which appears to involve research her boy friend was work ...more
This book was not good. We were TOLD repeatedly that the heroine of the book was a badass, but we were SHOWN that she was a complete moron. If I started getting into specifics, this would become a really long review. (See switterbug's review if you'd like to know the extent of the problems with this book- and if you'd like a good laugh!)

Additionally, the book was poorly edited, both from a grammar and a content/continuity standpoint. I read passages out loud to my family so that we could all lau
The Officer's Lover had been on my wishlist for a long time, and on my shelf for almost as long and, you know what? I really wish I had picked it up sooner. I really didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

The story really got me hooked, with all it's twists and turns. I thought I knew what was going to happen at several points, but then something else would be revealed and throw me right off track again. However one big thing that I expected, but thought might be bit too clichéd did happen.
Forsha ideja, butu ari jauki, ja valoda butu drusku pardomataka, bet tad atkal - atrais trilleris, ko izraut cauri. Interesanti gan redzet, cik loti precizs un vizuals apraksts ainavam un katram solim. Pienemu, ka loti gatavojoties scenarijam.
This books in nothing like her others. It was filled with so much description as if the author wanted to bang you over the head with her knowledge of London and Cambridge (which she attended)-oh and do not forget the little vignettes about the main character's days of rowing! The main storyline was unbelievable and Jenoff seemed to end it so abruptly. Let's hope she is not thinking sequel. I was not invested with any of the characters. Probably the most annoying line was Jordan the main characte ...more
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Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senio ...more
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