Author: Kate Hasbrouck
Series: Homecoming Trilogy #1
Genre: Fantasy/Angel Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
~ MY REVIEW ~
Homecoming by Kate Hasbrouck is a unique fantasy/Christian allegory sort of novel. It almost reminded me of the few YA angel fiction stories I’ve read. Yet it was different.
Kerana is an Eldurian, sent to earth to protect and help the humans. Eli is a broken young man, just trying to get through day-to-day college life. Theirs is an unlikely story. Incredible things are bound to happen as the worlds of Earth and Eden collide.
I enjoyed the beginning and middle parts of this story well enough. The story concept was intriguing and I liked Kerana. Eli was a little bit harder to like, but as his story progressed, he grew dear as well. The end-ish of Homecoming was especially interesting and made me come to really like the story. I’m quite excited for the sequel now!! *smiles*
The allegory/spiritual parts of this novel were incredible. Though I’m not sure how I felt about every little detail; overall, it was amazing. Meeting Adonai. Glimpsing His home. Feeling His love for Kerana and Eli. Seeing their child to Father relationships with Him. Some of it was simply mind-blowing. For the most part, I loved this allegory of God and His boundless love, and my soul has been truly touched.
Also, the theme of surrendering one’s destiny, relinquishing control of one’s life to your Creator … Simply powerful. I love a novel that teaches something, stirs your soul, reminds you, helps you in your walk with God. And Homecoming did that.
Oh ... Kate Hasbrouck has a lovely imagination! *smiles* I really enjoyed some of the parts and things of Eden. Would love to elaborate, but I suppose you should read them for yourself!
I’m not a huge fan of this type of fantasy. Supernatural beings (that aren’t actually angels in this case), perfect non-fallen sort of humans … that kind of thing. I still don’t know my exact opinion of Kerana and her people. And hmm … they weren’t so perfect in the end. But in any case, it’s a thought-provoking concept. And I felt that God was glorified through all; so that’s great!
I would say give this poignant tale a try and see what you think! It’s a fascinating idea. It brought across a beautiful message. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I received a copy of Homecoming from the author in exchange for my honest review.