Read October 21, 2015
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Julie Whitley’s Secrets of the Home Wood drew me in immediately, and if it weren’t for other unavoidable obligations, I could have easily gotten through this book within a few hours. I did not want to put it down!
Even though it’s geared toward YA readers, as an adult, I was able to fully immerse myself into the fantastically created realm on the other side of the creek within Home Wood. Definitely not your typical patch of forest. I will admit that I don’t read fantasy, but that will be changing now. The author has set a high bar in my search of other books that will have the same effect, mainly shutting out my real surroundings and being right there with each character.
Inside you will find waiting for you well drawn characters, rich descriptions, and smooth prose…the only disappointment is finding yourself on the last page. Along Jonathan’s journey there is pride, terror, heroism, and love. A family meant to be together, torn apart, and all in search to find their way back to one another.
Don’t let the YA put you off. This book can and will be enjoyed by people of all ages and I will definitely be recommending it. I dare you to prove me wrong by getting a copy and reading it for yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed!
***Update December 7, 2015*** Since reading this book, I purchased it as a gift for a boy of twelve. Not only did it keep his attention from start to finish, he is now using it for his upcoming book report.
You can buy Secret of the Home Wood HERE