Thursday, April 23, 2009
63 - Almost Home; Pam Jenoff
Jordan Weiss is a State Department intelligence officer. One day she receives a letter from her friend Sarah who lives in London. Sarah has Lou Gehrig's disease and hopes Jordan can come for a visit. Knowing that Sarah would never ask her for help, but most likely needs help, Jordan immediately requests reassignment to London to be near Sarah, a place she thought she'd never return to.
Ten years earlier Jordan Weiss was a graduate student at Cambridge. She was destroyed when her boyfriend and fellow crew team member, Jared Short, drowned in the River Cam the night before the biggest race of the year. A lot has happened since that time for Jordan. She has traveled the world on dangerous secret assignments but until now, she has managed to avoid returning to face her painful memories in England.
Once in London, Jordan begins to settle into her new life and to enjoy time with Sarah, but shortly after her arrival she is approached by a former college classmate who tells her something shocking. Jordan is told that Jared's death was not an accident, but that he was murdered, when he uncovered a startling secret.
Almost Home: A Novel was a story that kept my interest, even though the two plot lines did not seem to flow as smoothly, as I wished it had. The novel might have been improved upon by a little more editing and a bit more emphasis on character development. Despite this, I still found this book to be a worthwhile read. Almost Home, by Pam Jenoff was sent to me for review from Simon and Schuster.
RATING - 4/5 - COMPLETED - 4/23/09
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