Celebrate Lit: Coming Home Forever by Michelle De Bruin
About the Book
Book: Coming Home Forever
Author: Michelle De Bruin
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction
Release Date: May 30, 2023
Her college career is cut short, so Rose Harper takes a job that throws her into the path of a weary soldier who joins her in the search of a place to call home.
Rose Harper dreams of becoming a teacher, but she quit school at the local college because her classes were harder than she expected. Dreading the thought of returning to her hometown and sharing a home with her father, Rose works two jobs so that she can stay in Oswell City with her friends. When she gets called in to help with special events at the Ellenbroek home, Rose is forced to make a big decision. Should she continue working as a maid, or does she dare to try and achieve her goal of becoming a teacher? Obstacles lie in the way, but thanks to the assistance of a supportive friend, Rose is given the chance to find a place to belong.
Timothy Ellenbroek has just completed his tour of duty as a chaplain to the soldiers on the Front. Now he has come home weary, grieving, and under pressure to find a job. His father would love to see him in a high-profile career, powerful and important. But Tim isn’t so sure. He longs for a safe place to rest, to heal, and to live a quiet peaceful life. When his father intervenes in the job search with an offer to work with him in the mayor’s office at City Hall, Tim resists. He wants peace and a meaningful career, but Oswell City can’t give him both. Tim wonders if he will have to leave home again. The longer he stays, the more his hometown means to him. Tim must make the choice to listen to his heart and trust where it leads him.
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About the Author
Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband of 25 years and two young adult sons who are college students at Iowa State. She has a bachelor’s degree in religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle serves as a chaplain for Pella Regional Health Center. She writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story. You can learn more about Michelle by visiting her website: michelledebruin.com
More from Michelle
Coming Home Forever is the last in a trilogy of books set in a small Iowa town during the years 1913 through 1918. This is the second series of books I have written. The Tomorrow series is the first set, and if you’ve already read it, you will recognize characters that appeared in Hope for Tomorrow, Promise for Tomorrow, and Dreaming of Tomorrow.
This book opens in the winter of 1919, after the end of World War I when the soldiers are coming home. We meet Timothy Ellenbroek, the son of Oswell City’s mayor. He’s been in France serving as a chaplain in the military and now that his tour of duty is completed, he’s ready to find a peaceful place to call home.
Rose Harper dreamed of becoming a teacher, but college was much harder than she expected. Now she is trying to chart a new course, but it isn’t going like she thought. Through a few unexpected adventures, she joins Tim in the search for a peaceful, safe place.
I wrote this book to illustrate how God is always with us, working through us, and speaking to us. I also wanted to encourage readers that yes, we can change, we can heal, and we can be restored, putting bad decisions behind us for good.
Thank you for joining me on this tour. I hope you enjoy the blog posts and enter the drawing for the giveaway.
Grace and peace,
Michelle De Bruin
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 20
Texas Book-aholic, October 21
Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 22 (Author Interview)
Christina’s Corner, October 22
Lighthouse Academy Blog, October 23 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
lakesidelivingsite, October 24
Life on Chickadee Lane, October 24
Locks, Hooks and Books, October 25
Connie’s History Classroom, October 26
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 27
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 28 (Author Interview)
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 29
For Him and My Family, October 30
Holly’s Book Corner, October 31
Pause for Tales, November 1
Cover Lover Book Review, November 2
To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Hmmm...I'm not sure.
I found myself thinking I'd stepped back in time and somehow was reading a Grace Livingston Hill book instead of a historical romance written by a contemporary writer--which I loved. There was the feel of stepping backward into their mores and society.
At the same time, there were a few errors. Soldiers during World War I wouldn't have been able to take pictures because the cameras at the time were too large. Further, the hero, at the end, wouldn't have been able to get the job he received with no experience in the particular field (trying hard not to spoil anything). The same people involved in that job choice would have expected a married woman not to work...
At the same time, I would hate for anyone to miss the sweet romance because of a little dash of reality. Enjoy a devotion that takes us back to yesteryear...
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit; my opinions, however, are my own.
Readers, do you have any books sweet and dear to you because they are from the past?