Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Home No More ~ Leddy Harper ~ Review ~ JMAC


My name is Kendall Carrington—or so I thought.

One night, a routine traffic stop turned the world I thought I knew upside down. I wasn’t who I thought I was. No one was. I had been kidnapped when I was young, and everything I had been told was all a lie. But the lies didn’t end there. If it hadn’t been for Lincoln Hunt, I might not have ever found out the truth.

My real name is Danielle Tucker.

This is my story of pain, betrayal, and finding the true meaning of home.
 
 

 
*JMAC'S Review * 
 
4.5 Stars
Home No More was a really great read.  I was surprised that this was Leddy's first published book.  The way it was written I feel like this can’t be her first.  Leddy has to have some books under her belt that she just never released, because her writing is that of an author who has much experience writing.  With that being said, let’s get into my review. 
Home No More had so many twists and turns.  I kept trying to guess the plot, and what was going to happen next, and then BAM, I was hit with another shocking turn. To say Home No More kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, is an understatement.
Kendall is a victim.  She doesn’t feel like one, but she is.  She was kidnapped at the age of 3, and 14 years later she was found, and taken back “home” to her “family”.  She doesn’t feel like a victim because she wasn’t physically abused in any way.  Her kidnapper loved her, and treated her like a daughter, therefore she felt fine.  Kendall didn’t see the signs.  No going out in public, not going to school, not having any friends.  She was trapped, but it was all she knew since she could remember.  So it was in a sense what she thought was “normal”, and she never had a reason to question anything. 
Once Kendall returns home, things get crazy.  She’s forced to live in a house with people she doesn’t know, who claim to be her family.  All Kendall wants is to go back to where she came from. 
Kendall starts therapy and at first she hates it.  But at the same time, she starts learning more and more things, and seeing everything for what it really is. 
Then theirs Link.  God I love him!  He becomes Kendall’s first friend.  Link is there to pick Kendall up when she’s down, and Kendall starts to depend on him emotionally. In time Kendall has a choice to make.  Make a new life with her new family, or go back to her old life.  It’s not an easy decision, and she definitely goes back and forth with her answer. 
I really don’t want to give any more away, but again I will say Home No More kept me on the edge.  I so badly wanted to scream and just tell Kendall to pick what she wanted.  But then I would put myself in her position and understand the hardships of it all. 
Leddy has a way with words.  I was hooked and found it very hard to put the book down.  I just wanted to know what was going to happen next.  And when I tell you, you will get a shock of a lifetime in this story, its true!
Home No More is the perfect story about finding ones true self.  Finding out who you are, compared to who you were.  Wanting better for yourself, and going through the process of becoming a better person to yourself and others.  It truly was a beautiful story.  The only thing I would’ve liked to see was the characters grow in age.  Rather than them staying 17/18.  I would have loved for them to be in their 20s, but that doesn’t take away from the story.  Home No More was beautiful, and a very realistic story.
Leddy, you did an amazing job with Home No More. I can’t wait for more of your books! You have a forever fan in me!
<3 JMAC
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.
She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. And to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.