Turning for Home

Like her mother before her, Jules Calhoon couldn t wait to escape her small Ohio town Unlike her mother, though, Jules couldn t disappear forever When she s called back for her grandfather s funeral, the visit unleashes a flood of memories and starts her on a lonely and familiar path Her partner, Kelli, feels Jules slipping away but can t figure out how to pull her backLike her mother before her, Jules Calhoon couldn t wait to escape her small Ohio town Unlike her mother, though, Jules couldn t disappear forever When she s called back for her grandfather s funeral, the visit unleashes a flood of memories and starts her on a lonely and familiar path Her partner, Kelli, feels Jules slipping away but can t figure out how to pull her back In desperation, she turns to Jules s oldest friend and her ex Donna The problem is, Donna never could figure out why her relationship with Jules ended so long ago, and she never stopped loving Jules When a lonely, confused teenager reaches out to Jules for help, the past and present are set on a collision course, igniting a chain of events that will leave none of them unscathed.
Turning for Home Like her mother before her Jules Calhoon couldn t wait to escape her small Ohio town Unlike her mother though Jules couldn t disappear forever When she s called back for her grandfather s funeral

  • Title: Turning for Home
  • Author: Caren J. Werlinger
  • ISBN: 9783955333232
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Turning for Home”

    1. Like any other book by Caren J. Werlinger I've read so far, Turning for Home is incredibly beautiful.The story begins with Jules, a 39 year old psychiatrist, going back to her hometown for her grandpa's funeral. This event triggers a series of memories for Jules - some of them good, some not so much. It is known that as a child, Jules had a best friend, Hobie, and that something happened to him. Something that torments Jules to the present day, making it difficult for Jules to relate to other pe [...]

    2. 3 1/2 Stars. I read this book like there was no tomorrow. I was not stopping until it was done. It had the potential of a 5 star book, but than a problem here, a problem there and the bomb of an ending happened, and my opinion of this book lowered to 3 1/2 stars.The first major hurdle was the writing. While Werlinger is a talented author, the way she switched between past and present, was confusing to say the least. There was nothing to tell you when the book was flashing back or forward. I foun [...]

    3. This is the story of Jules, a brooding uncommunicative woman that has left a trail of unsatisfied exes due to her self-sabotaging ways. Jules receives a note from a young girl named Ronnie, who is trying to deal with living as a lesbian in a small town and is seeking guidance from Jules. Ronnie is basically the catalyst for Jules devolving and becoming much more secretive than normal (which is an impressive feat). It is told in a series of flashbacks to the time when Jules was growing up with ma [...]

    4. Werlinger is really good, she would create flawed characters in her books and make me can't help myself, but stick by and root for the character. Enjoyable read, author never fails to deliver.

    5. Oh god I'm so happy I'm done with this book. The most confusing book I've read. The flashbacks were so confusing and so uninteresting! And sorry but why would u hide something like ur best friend passing away in high school and why would it affect you so much that it makes u such an unlikeable person 20+ years after ! I've read the reviews and the high rating makes me come to the conclusion that maybe this book is good but definitely not for me!

    6. A Profoundly Moving Journey Through Past and PresentOur past shapes our present, and our present influences our reflection of the past. For most of us, this is not problematic. However, if you feel that your past will forever pull you back into a dark place, but you can never seem to confront it, how can you ever move forward? I felt that these issues were the key aspects of Jules Calhoon’s story in Turning for Home. The book is a profoundly moving journey through Jules’s past and present th [...]

    7. Intense! Not your typical romance. Lots of twists and turns. It's a story you will think about after you finish it. Trying to get all the pieces in place in your mind. I know, I will need some time to let it all absorb.

    8. Serious Awww FactorThis beautifully written story revolves around Jules Calhoon, her partner Kelli, their friends and how she copes with the major stressors in her life. This time it is the death of her Grandfather and very young lesbian trapped in her very small home town. The memories she relives threaten to tear her world apart. There are so many complex sides to Jules. Ms Werlinger gives us a really good feel for all of them and to see what makes her tick. All of the characters seem pretty r [...]

    9. The foundation of the story (the hidden secrets of the main character) is just too weak to make the main characters reactions and life choices realistic. However, the love triangle was by far the more interesting part of the book. Although it was a bit unsettling, it was also thrilling and surprisingly fresh, and I am so frustrated that the author did not go deeper into it. A pity

    10. A story that shouldn’t be missed – humanizing – filled with empathy, courage and hopeEvery now and then, one gets the opportunity to sit, undisturbed for the hours it takes to read an entire novel, to enter fully into the world created by the author. I am very grateful that this chance happened for me when Turning for Home by Caren Welinger came to hand.The novel’s main character, Jules, is a successful, professional woman. She’s in a fulfilling relationship with Kelli, she has a rewar [...]

    11. This book was hard to rate for me I liked the story but I had trouble with the writing and the characters. The main character Jules was just not like able in my opinion - I’m not sure if she was meant to be unlikeable or if it is just a personal preference. I liked Kelly, Donna Ronny and some other characters, which made it ok. The writing was a bit confusing for me - it switched between past and present without a clear indicator and scenes just changed. The end of one sentence for example is [...]

    12. This book was excellent. I read it in order to review it, but it was an absolute pleasure to read. I fell in love with main character Jules Calhoon. Favorite secondary characters included Jules' ex, Donna, and her childhood best friend Hobie. But really, practically everyone in this book is fleshed out and feels pretty real. With deft storytelling, the novel interlaces four connected storylines: The first is of the main character Jules in the present, who visits her hometown for a family funeral [...]

    13. Those of who escape our home towns leave something behind. Sometimes it's a broken love story, sometimes it's parental disappointment, sometimes it's just something we cannot really identify or admit to ourselves. Whatever it might be, the emotional memory seldom lets go. For most, it fades, but sometimes it holds on with steel claws that are so powerful they cripple our daily lives. This is such a story. Jules grew up in the small Ohio town of Aldie Ohio. Her mother dumped her off with her gran [...]

    14. Copy given by author in exchange for an honest review.This was at once an unusual and beautiful love story, a novel about self-examination and self honesty and an intricate family drama. The characters were well drawn and fully rounded, and even if you disliked some of them you couldn't help rooting for them nevertheless. Jules is a flawed and intensely conflicted individual - a lot of her problems stem from an inability to extend the same kind of compassion and forgiveness to herself that she e [...]

    15. “I’m like you. Please help me get out of here.” Turning for Home could be the poster child for the “It Get’s Better” project. In fact, I wonder if the author, Caren J. Werlinger, has considered contributing her own video because I bet she would have a lot to add to the conversation. This is a book geared for adults, but it could be equally enjoyed by teens because a YA story is interwoven into the plot.Turning for Home tells the story of a school psychologist named Jules who confront [...]

    16. TURNING FOR HOME is a beautifully-written and touching story about one lesbian woman's moment of truth about her past and how it has affected her life and her relationships. Raised by her grandparents in a small town in Ohio, Jules knew loneliness and isolation and made one good friend in her neighbor Hobie, a boy who lived with his mother but was also an isolate. The two navigated their childhoods together, best friends and buds. Now an adult and a professional educational psychologist, Jules r [...]

    17. Hard-hitting coming-of-age with sprinklings of romance, this is drama with gritty yet hopeful message.When Jules's grandfather dies and she returns home, the memories of the events that led to her leaving come flooding back and threaten her relationship with her partner, Kelli. When a young girl, Ronnie, asks Jules for help getting out of town and Kelli reaches out to Jules' ex, Donna, past and present build to an unexpected conclusion.The two story threads (past and present) intertwined wonderf [...]

    18. Caren's books are always full of deep, complicated emotions. Turning for Home is no exception, keeping the reader guessing right until the end for the outcome. Caren's characters are always so full on, complicated people with such colourful past lives that give the story its many twists and turns, just looked a roller coaster. Looking forward to reading more of Caren's

    19. I was excited it was the first book I won from . It wasa good read. All the people that touched Jules life! The specialrelationship she had with Hobie. And the trouble in their livesfor being different, sad. Glad to see a happy ending.

    20. Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

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