Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

Author: Liza Palmer
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: April 2013

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 reputation 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…

Nowhere But Home is a wonderful book.  It's a well written and very heartwarming story.  Queenie Wake has been running for ten years.  Running from a town who sees her as no better than her mother, the love of her life, and really from herself.  Now she is coming back home to figure things out.  What I loved about this book is that it was such and honest look at the past and how it can affect who we are in this moment and who we become in the future. 

As Queenie learns, the only way to look forward and grab what you want is to make peace with the past.  I loved Queenie.  Even though she has a lot to deal with, she is such a strong character.  I enjoyed her journey as she works through her feelings about the past.  Her realization that the only things that are important is love and her family was such a great aha moment.  The other characters in the book were wonderful.  I especially liked the relationship between Queenie and her sister. 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a heart warming story about finding your true self and your way back home.  You can't help but find yourself rooting for Queenie and the town of North Star, Texas!

About the author:

Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl , which has been
optioned for series by HBO. 

Library Journal said Palmer’s “blend of humor and sadness is realistic and gripping,..”

After earning two Emmy nominations writing for the first season of VH1’s Pop Up Video, she now knows far too much about Fergie.


Anonymous said...

I'm hearing such great things about this book - I'm so happy that readers are loving it! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy myself.

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun read - thanks for sharing it!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

trish said...

"Her realization that the only things that are important is love and her family was such a great aha moment." What a wonderful message! I love books that highlight how important family is.