(Holmes Crossing #1)
When her husband moves her and their two children from her great career and her life in the big city to his boyhood home to help with the struggling family farm, Leslie feels disoriented and lost. Her five year plan had never included being a farmer's wife, feeding chickens and finding her way through the extended family interactions. But her and Dan’s marriage was on shaky ground and Leslie hopes taking a break from their previous life will help them rekindle their love for each other.
But when Dan hints that the move might be permanent, she has to make hard decisions. As she faces questions about her marriage and her faith in a God she didn't know much of before, Leslie has to struggle to find the only best place for her heart.
Praise for The Only Best Place
“Carolyne Aarsen’s lonely protagonist, Leslie, may be someone you will love-or she may be someone you actually are. A confused wife, trying to see the sky, she is stranded in her husband’s Eden. And the serpents would absolutely love to have a chat.” Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Cage of Stars and The Deep End of the Ocean Publisher’s Weekly: The heroine of this charming novel, the first in a series, is Leslie VandeKeere, who unhappily follows her husband hundreds of miles. There, they will be helping out on his family farm for a year, after which the VandeKeeres plan to return to their glitzier urban life….. readers will find themselves feeling sympathetic for, and seeing things from the viewpoint of, nearly every character…this promising new series in Christian fiction is sure to find many fans. (Sept. 18) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. “Okay, I’m hooked. Carolyne Aarsen writes for every woman who has said yes with her mouth but not her heart, who has led the comfort and safety of the known and stepped (mentally kicking and screaming) into the unknown.” - Neta Jackson, author of the Yada, Yada Prayer Group novels
This book is about Leslie, a wife and mother of two small children. We see both the positive and negative sides of her through her dialogue and her thoughts. Her husband has wondered from place to place looking for the job he fits into. They are forced to move back to his family farm after Dan's step father leaves his mother. Leslie doesn't want to live on a far, and makes Dan promise it will only be for one year. She prepares herself to face her one-year sentence the best she can.
Several things come to light as we read through this story. Leslie and Dan's marriage has suffered badly and we see it through their constant fights and very few sweet moments. It becomes clear that something has to give or they'll become another statistic. Dan's getting a little involved with another woman didn't help their marriage any, but Leslie has decided she wanted no details and wanted to just forgive him and move on. But it becomes clear that a problem swept under the rug is a problem still there.
Leslie's in-laws are another act of contention in her life. She can't stand them because they are overbearing.
I can see both Dan and Leslie's side of this story and my heart goes out to both of them. The fault laid on both sides. Dan did some things wrong, but Leslie did as well. My favorite part was watching everything get tot he point of a blow out and then the aftermath. It was a romance of a married couple. I can't wait to read the sister's story.