The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

I received a copy of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfiled (C) from about a month ago and I have been struggling to read it since then.  I knew the story was not going to be sunshine and flowers, not every book has to be, however, I wasn’t prepared for how it dragged along getting nowhere fast.

Samuel Lake is married to Willadee Moses.  They have three children; their oldest child is a girl named Swan Lake.  The Lake’s visit the Moses family on their farm in Arkansas every year.  As the Moses clan gathers, Samuel attends a Methodist preacher’s conference where he receives his new assignment for the next year.  Only, this year, he doesn’t receive a congregation to minister to.  He firmly believes God has other plans for him.  Several tragedies occur in the Moses family, changing their lives forever, thus proving Samuel right.

Swan gets involved with helping seven- year old Blade the son of Ras Ballenger, a very evil man.  He abuses his wife, children and the horses that he trains. Swan witnesses abuse first hand and in her attempt to save Blade becomes a victim herself.

There is a lot that happens between the pages of this novel but rather than being fast paced and captivating I found it to be long winded and boring.  I guess because I read as much as I do, I am familiar with enough story lines to be able to predict where one is going.  That doesn’t have to mean that repeated themes are unreadable and boring.  The author has included remarks about herself and how she came to pen The Homecoming of Samuel Lake.  She says that the book wrote itself.  It appears it has. For me, it lacked suspense and was driven by too many characters.

It received praise and good reviews from others.  I didn’t see it the same way.  Perhaps this is one you can decide for yourself.  Give it a try and let me know what you think. You might just agree with me.



One response to “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

  1. Susanbright October 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Think I may skip this one. Thanks for the heads up!

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