'Wish Me Home' by Kay Bratt was a classically, emotional, 'journey' story - a quest to find your identity and to give meaning to the circumstances of your life. (Let's be honest - it's a book for dog lovers, too 😊.) The plot: abandoned twins Cara and Hana entered the foster system, aged seven. They endured, until they were eighteen when a decision needed to be made. The two young women limped along, earning just enough to exist, for years. Leaving her sister behind, homeless Cara decided to leave Georgia and visit Ernest Hemingway's old home in Key West (as she was a fan of his work). But, there was more to her actions than just a whimsical notion. Taking on an injured dog along the way wasn't something Cara had the resources for, but Hemi became her loving companion and gradually played his part in helping her heal and grow. Hana remained a continual influence throughout the book, in a different way. Interestingly, a thread in the story looked at the complexities of being a twin. Cara discovered the journey was the richest part of a trip. She met a variety of people, experienced a range of circumstances and faced personal challenges - some good, some bad. In turn, she discovered qualities essential to fulfillment: including finding people you can trust and love, as well as, developing a healthy level of self-esteem and emotional/mental strength. I found 'Wish Me Home' to be a reasonably quick read (only 4+ hours). The plot and characterisation were well-thought-out, the pacing was mostly appropriate for each scene (a little slow once Cara arrived at her destination) and the conclusion was engaging. The overall feel was touching, sincere and hopeful, yet sad and bittersweet, too.
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