The Homecoming of Samuel Lake — A Book Review

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake came out in 2011 and I don’t know how I missed it because it is completely my cup of tea.  

Samuel Lake is a preacher who finds himself without a congregation.  He returns with his wife and family to their hometown and his wife’s family farm.  The deceptive thing about the title of this book is that you expect it to be about Samuel Lake……and, it is.  But, he’s really not the primary focus.  The main characters are really his kids similar to how the kids are the main characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  

I believe this is Jenny Wingfields first novel but she is already a successful screen writer. That made sense to me after I discovered that about her as the entire time I was reading this I could totally visualize it as a film.  I don’t know if her intention was, or is, to turn it into a screen play but I’d love to see that happen.  It could be a gorgeous early sixties period piece complete with heroes and villains, heartbreak and redemption.  Loved this book!

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