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Wish Me Home

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,382 ratings  ·  595 reviews
In her first work of contemporary women’s fiction, bestselling author Kay Bratt draws on her own life experiences to create a raw, yet inescapably warm, novel about friendship and a wary heart’s unexpected capacity to love.

A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too
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Published March 21st 2017 by Brilliance Audio
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

Ok, so I’m not a big fan of women’s fiction. But if it has a dog in it, I’m a sucker. So, I decided to give this one a chance. And yes, it’s definitely women’s fiction. But Hemi is such a sweetie, he drew me in.

Here’s what we know. Cara is a twin. She and her sister Hana were bounced around from foster home to foster home. Now, into her 20s, she’s become a road warrior. What has happened to make her leave her sister behind? We’re not told. She meets Hemi, an adorable mongrel with a bit of
[Shai] Bibliophage
I've received an ARC in exchange of an honest review about this book. This is definitely one of the best women's fiction novels I've read. Everything about this book is to be loved: from the plot and pacing of the story, characterization, setting(s), and most especially Hemi the Dog.

If you are a dog lover like I do, you will enjoy and love also this poignant and spectacular novel. There are several tear-jerking scenes in the story especially the part where Cara just left Hemi in the care of
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audios, ku-reads
4 stars to Wish Me Home

Wish Me Home was the perfect audiobook palate cleanser between heavier reads. Cara is on her way to visit Ernest Hemingway's home; however, we find out quickly that she is not just going for a visit. She's running from something or someone. But as she runs, Cara finds the most endearing stray dog, Hemi (dog lovers will LOVE him ), she confronts her past, and she finds peace and maybe even a happy ending after all. I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but I
leslie hamod
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book by Kay Brady which tugs the heart. A twin, betrayed and abused by her sister finds a dog. Why is this important? Because she is emotionally damaged and looking for hope. One might perceive him as the guardian of her spirit. Down in Atlanta with only her small bag and no money, she begins again!
A wonderfully written, insightful story about coming back from devastating pain, hopelessness and loneliness. This book resonates positive possibility.
The plot is straightforward. The
Bill Kupersmith
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-emma
When I was in my teens, I totally idolized Ernest Hemingway, so it was easy to like the principal character of this story. As much of it is set in Key West, and features a kind of pilgrimage to the Hemingway house & the famous six-toed cats, which I've also seen, setting was perfect as well. The principal character, Cara, is a woman on the run from something, tho' only at about 80% of the way do we find out from what. In some ways the plot is a reworking of a favorite feel-good theme where a ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wish Me Home is a beautiful story of one woman’s journey, not only from Georgia to Key West, but to finding her inner strength and self-worth. It touches on the complicated relationship between twins, the pitfalls of the foster care system and how hard it is to regain trust in your fellow humans when you’ve been hurt and let down more times than you care to remember.

I must admit, I chose this novel based on the cover. I’d never done that
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching story.

Story is about twin girls Cara and Hana. Children left to defend themselves, legal system, foster parents often left them out cold. One they're aged out of system, but Cara can't deal with Hana, she's determined to go to Key West and see the home of her literary hero, Hemingway. Injured stray dog, she named Hemi is her body from Georgia to Key West. Along the way many caring people will help them, some will hurt them. This book is about the love of dogs, but also feel good love
Christine Nolfi
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kay Bratt has the ability to delve into difficult subjects with artistry and compassion. This is a story of hope, healing, and finding family that you won't want to miss.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I put off writing my review of Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt for a few days because I’m feeling a bit conflicted over how exactly to present it. I loved the writing but sometimes the storyline was just so convenient that it turned me off. Cara (our lead) kept finding herself in these situations with strangers and it was just always oh-so-lucky that they were good people who took her in and let this complete stranger (who just happened to also be a broke, homeless, vagabond with a stray dog) take ...more
WISH ME HOME by Kay Bratt took me on an emotional journey, filled with interesting people, and a dog who melted my heart. “The One” appears, but this is mostly about running away and finding your bliss.

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I love Kay Bratt’s style. She pulls me in right away with her engaging characters who keep their stories secretive. Little by little, the character interacts with others and I get a peek at who they are, always curious for more. Favorite

This book was on my Kindle Unlimited feed and I clicked on it because I loved the cover. The summary sounded interesting and the fact that the audiobook was included - Score. The narrator, Kate Rudd was excellent. No surprise, since she has narrated a number of bestsellers.

We meet Cara Butter walking on the interstate from Georgia to Florida and a stray, limping dog has begun to follow her. She tries to ignore the dog, but it doesn't take long for her to succumb to his persistence. He
Vikki Vaught
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed this emotionally charged novel. I didn't know what to with this one since I took advantage of the chance to read and listen though Kindle Unlimited. Glad I took a change. The of this book was Hemi. I just feel in love with him. Happy reading !
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
If Disney ever made a movie about poverty and homelessness it would probably look a little like this.

That said, there is a place for books like this. I enjoyed it...honestly I loved it...but it's closer to Cinderella than Winter's Bone.
Patricia Sands
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cara Butter is a broken 30-year-old. She and her twin sister, Hana, have been constantly let down as children in the foster care system and things have not worked out well since. Searching for meaning of some sort in her life, she decides to walk from Georgia to Key West to see where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his stories. Along the way she is befriended by a stray dog. Naming him Hemi, they form a tight bond. Lessons about kindness, trust and the basic goodness of ordinary people break down ...more
Apr 24, 2018 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: contemporary
A story about a girl and her dog? Traveling to Hemingway's House (where I'm getting married)? Slam dunk, right?
But, though this wasn't badly written or anything, I was just...bored.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
After the death of their mother when they were seven, twin sisters Cara and Hana Butter became wards of the state and faced more than their share of challenges while growing up. They found themselves placed in one bad foster care home after another with only each other to truly rely on. Hana, the twin with the strongest personality, was rebellious and always getting the girls into trouble, while Cara did her best to appease her sister and keep the peace in difficult situations. Those roles ...more
Elisabeth P. Comet Readings
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wish Me Home has been the right choice for starting this new year. In this novel, Kay Bratt captures the essentials of the human soul and describes with delightful prose how different forms of solidarity can help a girl to find herself and her inner strength and fight for her happy ending.

From the beginning, we follow Cara’s trip and soon we can appreciate her new and strong bond with Hemi, a stray dog who becomes her most loyal friend. Page after page, we discover fragments of Cara’s past and
Linda Zagon
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review of “Wish Me Home” by Kay Bratt

Kudos to Kay Bratt, Author of “Wish Me Home” for writing such an emotional, and heartwarming, sensitive and enjoyable novel. The Genres of this novel are Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction.

Kay Bratt describes her colorful characters as flawed, complex , complicated and for the most part likable. Cara and Hana are twin sisters that have been brought up in a negligent foster system for the most part. Issues such as betrayal and trust seem to
Stephen Clynes
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stray dog attaches himself to Cara, a homeless 29 year old woman. This is the tale of their journey within America to find a forever home.

I was attracted to this book by it’s cover. There is something about the bond that holds between a dog and their owner. Although the blurb for this novel describes it as contemporary women’s fiction, I feel that this will also appeal to male dog owners too. I think that this story would be a good holiday read as when you are away from your home, you have
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish Me Home is a heartfelt book about a variety of things: creating our own family, trusting people, finding our self-worth, and being strong enough to stand up for ourselves. I think we all struggle with feeling worthy of love and the fear of abandonment, which is why I think that Wish Me Home will touch many people and perhaps help them to hope again.

What is the most fascinating part of this book to me, is Cara’s characterization and relationship to her sister. It was easy for me to identify
Barbara Sissel
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Compelling, heartfelt, real, and oh-so-satisfying, I was totally hooked from the first page of WISH ME HOME by Kay Bratt. It’s a journey story, kind of in the way some classic fairy tales are journey stories. In this case a young woman through a web of unfortunate circumstances finds herself on the road, not to Oz, but to Florida, specifically Hemingway’s house in Key West. This is a wonderfully told story about learning to trust in life and yourself despite experiences that seem to indicate you ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, audiobook
After growing up in foster homes, Cara is homeless and on her own until she takes in a stray dog, Hemingway. "He was the best and most loyal friend she'd ever had," and their adventures together lead her to Key West, Florida where she finds much more than just another roof over her head.

This was a sweet and hopeful story about second chances. I loved that: adopting Hemingway helped Cara heal, the story included random acts of kindness, and she worked at an animal rescue. If you love books about
Jeanne Adamek
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good story that, I believe, had the potential to be great. I do not want anyone to think that I am, in any way, putting down the author--or even am trying to re-write the book. It is just, after finishing the story, my first though was "why was the end finished so quickly, whereas the beginning had such a terrific build up?"

I realize the this book is suppose to be a feel-good book. I have to admit that it was the reason I choose to read it. And the author, Kay Bratt did a
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep the tissues handy, but don’t pass on this one.

First off, let me say that I foster cats for a local no kill shelter.

I cried throughout this whole book, which is not usual for me. I am a reader, so I will laugh, chuckle, roll my eyes, etc. with a story that keeps me reading. I kept reading, and I’m glad I did.

Cara is homeless, on the run, and a victim of the foster system after her mother dies of an overdose, so she does not trust easily. When a good hearted cop takes her to his mother’s
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book quite draining to read. The early chapters really didn’t grab my attention, to the extent that due to the constant talking about the foster carers by whom she had been looked after, I assumed that the main character was around late teens, so I was astounded in chapter 11 to find that she was 29! Although Cara did meet some fairly interesting characters on her journey to Key West, it was all just a bit unremarkable. The big reveal about why she was running away, which turned out ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost points for "The Big Reveal" of why she was traveling cross country. It was what I had expected. But then the solution was just a hand wave, and boom, solved. Um, wait, what? She didn't, um, how could she, um, no, just, no. Can't go into more detail without spoiling it, but I'm not buying that.

Still, I did finish the rest of the book. And the next big reveal almost at the end was too much like the first, and the emotional impact just felt wrong, forced.

I kept waiting for her to contact some
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a nice story! Wish Me Home is sweet, uplifting, and encourages people to believe in the goodness of strangers. Even if some of the situations are over the top, it does not take away from the storyline. Thank you Novel-Bee and Kay Bratt!
Fascinating and Heartbreaking

I have to admit that it took a few chapters for me to really get into the story, but I'm so glad I stayed with it.

The story of the twin sisters and their treatment in the foster care system is both heartbreaking and infuriating. It is also a testament to the resilience of children.

I don't give away plots in reviews, so I won't go beyond that comment. I will say that Ms. Bratt is an excellent writer. This is the first of her books that I've read, but it most
Katherine Pederson
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Bad writing. Implausible story line. "She couldn't help but notice that in addition to his paw issue, his matted white fur was a mess" Wouldn't that be the FIRST thing a person would notice? "It scared her and she jumped, but Cara refrained from reacting..." Jumping IS reacting. OMG...I'm only at page 19 and I am in pain. Cara carries a spade in her backpack...seriously? I'm going to skim and get to the bet is she meets a man who makes her life complete and she reunites with her twin ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, giveaways
Cara has had a tough childhood and is in self preservation mode. Each person she meets helps chip away at the wall she has built up. I enjoyed this quick read and am happy to share that no animals are injured in this story! ( I get nervous to read books with dogs as an important character). I joined #LakeUnionAuthors Twitter party a few months ago and won an audiobook! I'm glad I learned about this great book and had the opportunity to read/listen to it!
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Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full-length novels and two children’s books. Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace—and finally found the courage to share her stories. A wise man once told her to “write what you ...more
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