Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Diann Hunt's On The Right Path ~ Reviewed
On the Right Path
By Diann Hunt
Published by Guideposts Books
School's out for the summer, and Charlotte is doing her best to keep the kids occupied and out of trouble. After much prodding, Sam gets a job at a day care, but it's his part-time gig at the airport that captures his interest—and has his grandparents worried. Christopher is hard at work trying to teach an old dog new tricks and Emily and her friend Ashley get roped into visiting an elderly woman in town who needs a little help around the house. As they clean, they uncover mementos that unravel a painful story from the woman's past, which changes everything they know about forgiveness.
Meanwhile, Charlotte and Hannah start training for a walkathon, and Bill and Anna have a secret—and the timing couldn't be worse. As the lazy days of summer settle over Heather Creek Farm, will Charlotte be able to keep them all on the right path?
I really enjoyed this warm tale of family relations. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a reality in this generation, and Hunt has applied her humor in subtle ways throughout this story as Charlotte struggles to cope with teenaged angst, when she should be enjoying her golden years. Hunt delivers real characters in very real situations. No plastic angels in this tale, just kids who mess up, and grandparents who hope they're doing it right.
Hunt makes farm life comes so alive I wonder if she spent some time in a chicken coop doing research. Note to self: write no books containing chickens (unless it's a cookbook.)
Numerous authors write Guideposts Books' Home to Heather Creek series, yet each book keeps the same main characters, and while the characters retain their personalities, each book has a unique feel to it. Warm and witty, Diann Hunt's On the Right Path is one of the best.
On the Right Path can be ordered from Guideposts Books by calling 1-800-932-2145.
Reviewed by Ane Mulligan, editor Novel Journey