Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Review: "Nowhere but Home" by Liza Palmer

Nowhere but Home Liza Palmer
Published: April 2, 2013
ISBN-10: 0062007475
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended

Queenie Wake, a country girl from North Star, Texas, has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup.  Again.  Now the only place she has to go is home to North Star.  She can hope maybe things will be different.  Maybe her family's reputations as "those Wake women" will have been forgotten.  It's been years since her mother--notorious for stealing your man, your car, and your rent money--was killed.  And her sister, who as a teenager was branded as a gold-digging harlot after having a baby with local golden boy Wes McKay, is now the mother of the captain of the high school football team.  It can't be that bad...

Who knew that people in small-town Texas had such long memories?  And of course Queenie wishes that her memory were a little spottier when feelings for her high school love, Everett Coburn, resurface.  He broke her heart and made her leave town--can she risk her heart again?

At least she has a new job.  Sure, it's cooking last meals for death row inmates, but at least they don't complain!

But when secrets from the past emerge, will Queenie be able to stick by her family, or will she leave home again  A fun-filled, touching story of food, football, and fooling around.

My thoughts:
I was in the mood for a lighter book when I picked this up, and I was not disappointed.  Yes, it is a fun and easier read, but it isn't just a fluffy beach book.  At the center of this story is a character readers can relate to, even if they don't always like her.  Yes, I wanted to shake Queenie Wake from time to time.  However, usually this is due to bad writing or character construction.  However, in this case, Palmer wants us to to want to shake her!

At first, I was worried that this book would be full of cliches--and it was.  Sort of.  I mean, that was the point.  When Queenie first arrives back in North Star, the town is populated by the cast of all the ABC Family network shows.  But, those stereotypes slowly unravel, which is really the point of the book.  And, as  the secondary characters start to evolve, so does Queenie.

Another thing I loved about this book was the town of North Star.  Even with Queenie's negative view of things, I wanted to move there.  And I wanted to eat barbecue--especially the "Number one"!

The plot of the book was fairly predictable, but well executed.  Even though Queenie was infuriating at times, I ended up rooting for her in the end.  If you are looking for something fun to read that is a bit more substantial than you usual chick lit, pick up Nowhere but Home.

Need a second opinion?  Try some of the other stops on the tour (links go to the website, not the specific review):

Tuesday, April 2nd: Book Hooked Blog
Wednesday, April 3rd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, April 4th: Kritters Ramblings
Monday, April 8th: The Book Garden
Tuesday, April 9th: A Dream Within a Dream
Wednesday, April 10th: 5 Minutes for Books
Thursday, April 11th: Short and Sweet Reviews
Monday, April 15th: I Read a Book Once
Tuesday, April 16th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, April 23rd: Reading Lark
Wednesday, April 24th: Melody & Words
Thursday, April 25th: From the TBR Pile

This post is part of a blog tour by TLC Book Tours.  I received a copy of the book to read and review.  All opinions in this review are mine, and mine alone.  I received no other compensation for this review.

Nowhere But Home
by Liza Palmer

1 comment:

  1. I love the play on stereotypes that you mention - what an unusual and fun idea! I'm so looking forward to reading this one.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.