Title: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Pub Date: July 10th, 2012
Author: Jenny Wingfield
Received From: Goodreads-First Reads
Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
Amazing family is the first thought that comes to mind in this book. The Lake family is all coming together as the usually do for the family reunion but when the head of the family takes his own life in the very beginning everything changes. There are lost jobs, shooting accidents, abused children needing saving and people that need to re-evaluate and live life a bit different than before!
The tragedies and sadness keep coming in this story, but not to the point of no return, cause with them comes some moments of clarity, excitement and my cheering on of the characters! While the title implies and the book fulfilled the homecoming of Samuel Lake, the father of young Swan, this story isn't all about him. It really well covers the life of his family immediate and extended and what they go through in one year! The one brightest star for me in this book was uncle Toy, I can't wait for you to dig in and enjoy this book!