The Journey Home by Michael Baron
Source: Review copy provided by The Story Plant
Joseph, Antoinette, and Warren are three people on different searches for home. How they find it, and how they connect with one another at this critical stage in each of their lives, is the foundation for a profound and deeply moving story. (book blurb)
This story was incredibly sweet. It starts off with Joseph, who wakes up on a couch in a stranger's home. While he knows his name, that's about all that he remembers. He has lost his memory, but does know that he has a wife out there somewhere, so he sets off to find her. He meets a teenage boy named William, who agrees to accompany Joseph on his journey to find his wife.
Antoinette is a widow living in an assisted living facility. While she used to be fairly active, she is now spending more and more time in the past. Antoinette finds it harder to leave her room as she is easily confused, so prefers to sleep and revisit happier times where her mind and body were strong. I see so many women like this at my MIL's nursing home, that Antoinette's story really struck a chord with me.
Warren is Antoinette's son, who is going through a divorce and has lost his job. With his mother's health failing on top of everything else, it has not been a very good year. Trying to engage his mother, he decides to start cooking some of his mother's old recipes. I loved Warren's efforts, as the dishes sounded so mouth-watering!
The chapters alternate between the three characters, but wasn't hard to follow at all. Baron is a very talented writer, and I was really drawn into the story. The plot was well-paced, the characters all interesting, and the ending was extremely satisfying. Gave this a 4/5 as I really enjoyed this story!