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Going Home

(Chandler Hill Inn #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,309 ratings  ·  164 reviews
In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been missing all her life. She makes it to San Francisco, but soon learns she needs a job if she’s to live properly. A kind, young man named Kenton Chandler offers her a sandwich and a ...more
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Published February 13th 2019 by Wild Quail Publishing (first published January 7th 2019)
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Bette Crosby
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, Keim captures the 1970's era perfectly. It is a poignant story of a young woman coming to grips with the unfortunate hand life has given her. It is well-written and well paced. A great start to what promises to be a good series. ...more
Lettie is a foster kid who jumps out the system right to California. She runs through her money quickly and finds herself desperate for a job. Sitting on a stoop, Lettie meets Kenton who offers to take her away to Oregon to his family winery. Lettie decides to go to Oregon, meets Kenton's father and starts to build a life in a place she really loves.

Talk about insta-love x2. I was taken aback by the lack of character development that lead to not one but two proclamations of love. I was thinking
Amina Ibrahim
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but it was an okay read (view spoiler). Going Home by Judith Keim is a women's fiction highlighting the life of Violet "Lettie".
Lettie lived in a foster home with eight other kids and strict, catholic foster parents. She craved the independence of the city and went to San Francisco when she came of age. But the picture life is not always perfect. After four months of trying to settle in t
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going Home is truly about the heroine and main character of the story, a green girl trying to find her way in the world. Quickly becoming disillusioned with life in California, Lettie meets what she hopes is a nice guy and agrees, on a whim to travel with him to Oregon for a job. She winds up accepting the job and her life truly changes in a very short time. This novel allows the reader to watch Lettie grow up into the woman she is meant to be. Tangled love interests, secrets that come to light, ...more
Arlena Dean
Title: Going Home
Author: Judith Keim
Publisher: Wild Quail Publishing
Series: Chandler Hill Inn Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Going Home" by Judith Keim

My Rationalization:

I found "Going Home" a very emotional heartwarming intriguing novel what will simply pull you into the lives of these interesting characters. The main character Violet Hawkins, [Lettie...her nickname] who was simply trying to find her way at eighteen, running to California after coming out of the foster sy
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a light romantic trilogy. It was a fun, easy read and a welcome change from some of the more serious books that I've been reading. I look forward to the rest of the books in the series and keeping up with the Chandler family.

It's 1970 and 18 year old Letty has run away from her foster family and is trying to start her life over in San Francisco. After four months, some of it living on the streets, she is totally disillusioned with her new life. She meets a nice guy, Ken
Carol Boyer
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going Home is a heart wrenching book, during the times of the 60's 70's, the Vietnam War and into the 2000's, it is about strength, determination and the loves of Lettie, a young girl from a foster home who finds herself by chance in a completely different world from the generosity of a stranger who offers her a job in his father's vineyards. I was completely immersed in this book, with the beautiful descriptive writing, and the authors' way of bringing her characters to life. I felt like I was ...more
Bambi Rathman
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been drawn into a brand new series, in this first book of the series, by Judith Keim and I couldn't be more excited! It's a story that introduced me to Lettie (Violet Hawkins) and her determination to find her place in life. I hurt for her in the beginning with the childhood she endured and the foster parents who told her she was never going to be anything in her life. Tired of the life she was in, she strikes out for a new life in the "free love" of California only to find out that it wa ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book from page one!! A first by me by this author won’t be my last! This story is a captivating story based in the 1970s that makes you feel you are in that time period. This book keeps you rooting for Lettie the main character as she fights through life’s most terrible tragedies to never give up and find herself to make it through it all. Lettie’s life starts hard and some may not have made it through her earlier events and it seems her life will never be easy. I admired t ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Violet ( Lettie) Hawkins ages out of foster care she gets as far away from Dayton, Ohio as she can. After living on the streets she meets Kenton Chandler and he offers her a sandwich and a job, this offer changes her life in ways she can’t begin to imagine and we the reader get the chance to follow Lettie on her journey and through the years as she makes a life and the family , she has always dreamed of !
Kenton takes her home to Chandler Hill and from the first look at the place , Violet f
Cynthia Reaves
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was asked as a member of Judith Keim's review team to give my opinion of this book, Going Home. I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the story behind the characters but I wanted more information on each character. The main character, Lettie, had such a tragic life but her life in the book was rushed through the years. I can say Ms. Keim knows how to write though as I once again read this book in a day.

I would recommend it to other readers as it was a good read, but not the best.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I was pulled into this story from the start. My heart was in it completely. I felt for Lettie strongly. She is a very likable character who has many ups and downs. Some laughs and lots of heartaches. I cried with her and wept for her. This story is a love story and a tragedy all in one. Filled with so much love that your heart feels full. Filled with loss that will break your heart. Lettie was raised my foster parents, never knowing her parents at all. Her foster mother made her believe she was ...more
Ann-Maree Howarth
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story of love, life, and death “Going Home” is a heart-wrenching book that will draw you into the heroine and her life. It is a very fast moving tale at times that will take us on a journey of Lettie’s life from Dayton, Ohio at the age of 18 to Willamette Valley, Oregon. She has recently moved to San Francisco to start a new life of her own choosing but soon finds life is not much easier out of foster care. I would have loved to have this book been written as a full novel with much mor
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
This is a powerful story about Lettie. Lettie grew up in the foster care system and as she said, some parents are only in it for the money. When she aged out of the foster care system, she went to San Francisco where she discovered she would need a job if she wanted to eat. She met Kenton Chandler who offered her a job at his inn and she took it.
She started working in the inn but Kenton and his father had plans of having a great win
I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) from the author in exchange for an honest review

I had not been exposed to any of Kiem's work prior to picking up GOING HOME, but I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised and will without a doubt be checking out some of her previous works after loving this read! I am also going to pick up a hardcopy once it is released, and I encourage all of you to do as well. This girl deserves more props, man.

I have been getting more and more into women's fiction, and
Patricia Cosgrove
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Going Home by Judith Keim and once again she has written another great book and start to new series. A 18 year old foster child Violet Hawkins leaves Ohio and goes to California to strike out on her own. This story takes place in the 70's when flower children and make love not war was the going thing. She preferred to be called Lettie, tried to make it for 4 months but realized that her money was getting low and she was in need of a job and that is when she meets Kenton C ...more
Dawn Byers
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another very good book - by Judith Keim.
I was given this book by the author for an honest review -
This is the second book I have read by her and have loved them both -
Violet, a foster child can't wait to be on her own - but she needs a job -
She meets Kenton, who offers her a job in his fathers vineyard - -she falls in love with the place, and the people, as they fall in love with her.
She meets Rafe and the chemistry is hot but his family feels differently.
She later marries Kenton but sadly h
Judi Easley
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've now read all three in this trilogy. The characters are well done and create a tight knit group that evolve through the three books. The individual and overarching plots are well thought out and interesting with lots of drama as families go. There's a good balance between the romances and the overall stories as well as between action, dialogue and description. Through it all, I think my favorite character is Rafe. He's so sweet. I admired Lettie for managing all she did with no preparation. ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This story covers a lifetime of experiences for Lettie; the main character, from when she moves out of foster care to the end of her life. Lettie was a strong character and I was impressed with the amount of responsibilities she was left at such a young age. She had a legacy to create was always keeping the original owner of the Inn and Winery in her heart and this reflected in her hard work to make it the best she could. Some of her life's events felt like they may have been rushed to get in so ...more
Teresa Timm
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think Going Home is the start of what will be Judith Keim's strongest series. I just finished reading the ARC copy I received today for review. It is a tear jerker at beginning and end but what an wonderful story . It starts in 1970 with the journey of Violet Hawkins, Lettie to her friends...a young woman girl who grew up in foster homes in Ohio. At 18, Lettie ventures out to San Francisco and finds herself on the Chandler vinyard in Oregon owned by Rex Chandler a retired movie star and his so ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in beautiful Oregon wine country, this is the sweet and heart-wrenching story of a brave, determined young woman's journey through life. Defying the odds, and a painful and challenging past, she follows her heart, finds herself and where she truly belongs. A lovely read. ...more
Margaret Yelton
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a good read, I cried at the end of it. I would certainly recommend it too anyone.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Going Home by Judith Keim is a very heartwarming emotional Story. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. I was hooked from the beginning and read this book in one sitting. Yes it was that good, I couldn’t put it down. The characters were well written and realistic, the descriptions are very realistic you can visualize, as if you were there. Judith doesn’t disappoint in this first book in her new series. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
Jill Eshenbaugh
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely could not put this book down. Started at night and read late into the middle of the night. As a child of the 60s, the Vietnam war was front and center so this resonated with me. All the characters in the book were so well developed that the reader felt like they were friends of the family. The story of Lettie and how she started with nothing, dealt with the trials that life threw at her and how she became a strong and knowledgeable women is so worth the time you spend reading this b ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping, heart wrenching story. Need tissues when you read this one. Lettie is a strong character and her story is of determination, heartbreak, love, lost love and family. The descriptive writing style of the author had me visualizing the beautiful vineyards. The era of the late 60's, Vietnam war and the early 70's resonated with me. I read this book in two days and didn't want to put it down. I am looking forward to reading the second book. I voluntarily reviewed a copy I received from the ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Going Home by Judith Keim
Book #1: Chandler Hill Inn Series
Source: Purchase
Rating: 5/5 stars

Lettie Hawkins is now and always has been a child with no real family. As an orphan, Lettie grew up in the foster care system with no real roots and certainly no sense of family or a place to call her own. Through a series of coincidences, a bit of good fortune, and a bigger bit of completely unfortunate events, Lettie finds herself, at the tender age of 19, the mother of a new baby and sole owner of an up
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going Home is the first book in the Chandler Hill Inn series, written by author Judith Keim. If this book is any indication, this will be an amazing series!

Violet (Lettie) Hawkins has been saving her money, waiting for the day she could leave the foster care system behind. She finally has saved enough to leave Dayton, and sets out for San Francisco. Unfortunately, her money does not last, and she needs to find a job sooner than later. Then one day, everything changes when a complete stranger off
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
A sweet feel good story.

Brief synopsis from the book cover:

In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been missing all her life. She makes it to San Francisco, but soon learns she needs a job if she’s to live properly. A kind, young man named Kenton Chandler offers her a sandwich and a job at his father’s inn and vineyards. With nothing to lose, Let
Debi Lantzer Stout
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5 Stars!!

Judith Keim's new book, Going Home was released on February 13, 2019! I was really intending to tell you all about the book on Publication Day and do a "shout out", but books, reading, blogging and social media -- none of it was not my priority that day.  We had a sick family pup and our worlds were revolving around that sweet family member.

But back to Going Home..... thanks to the author, Judith Keim, I had the incredible opportunity to receive and read this book in advance of
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Violet (“Lettie”) has been in the foster system her entire life. She has had the necessities of life, but living with very strict, religious foster parents, she longs to live a life of her own. So the minute she is old enough, she sets out on her own for San Francisco. The 1970’s are full of free love and drugs, neither of which she is really a part of. A few months later she is hungry and out of cash, but her fortune changes when she meets a Kenton Chandler, who offers her food and a job if she ...more
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Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family.

While growing up, she was drawn to the idea of writing stories from a young age. Books were always present, being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. All in

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