If We Make It Home
In College, they were as close as sisters, but in adult life, they drifted so far they became strangers. When the University of Northwest Oregon decides to close the house they called home for four years, Jenna, Ireland, and Vicky travel back and are reunited only to find their other roommate has passed away.With regrets high, and the weight of their crumbling lives as motivation, the women embark on a survival week. When tragedy strikes, leaving them lost without a guide, they must face the wounds that tore them apart and work together if they have any hope of making it home.

If We Make It Home Details

TitleIf We Make It Home
Author
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherKregel Publications
ISBN-139780825444951
Rating
GenreReligion, Christian Fiction, Adventure, Adult, Contemporary

If We Make It Home Review

  • Patricia Lee
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat, hyperventilating, then this is the story for you. Nelson has done something incredible. She has placed three women together, given each of them a first person voice, and from the get-go made them sound like individuals. Readers will never have any trouble distinguishing between Ireland, Jenna, or Vicky, they are each unique in their own way. This is an amazing tale of survival. The author never cuts the women any slack--they go from one peril to ano If you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat, hyperventilating, then this is the story for you. Nelson has done something incredible. She has placed three women together, given each of them a first person voice, and from the get-go made them sound like individuals. Readers will never have any trouble distinguishing between Ireland, Jenna, or Vicky, they are each unique in their own way. This is an amazing tale of survival. The author never cuts the women any slack--they go from one peril to another and during each event the reader is convinced this will be it. They can't possibly survive. Will they all make it home? That part you'll have to read yourself. I highly recommend this novel. I picked it up at a conference ahead of the release date and am so glad I got to read it early. Total enjoyment.
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  • Deborah Raney
    January 1, 1970
    The adventure these three friends found themselves on had me wide-eyed and holding my breath many times. But it was their inner journeys that were even more breathtaking. High stakes for each of the characters, yes, but a payoff that is so worthwhile. I really enjoyed this!
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  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I love finding a new novel from a debut author that is simply so great I feel the need to tell everyone. If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson is one such novel. It is a novel that conveys friendship, loyalty, faith and hope as its central themes. The novel is about sorority sisters from Emery House, that find themselves strangely all returning back to their house based on an invitation that the house is about to be closed. Each of them has a very different reason for attending. For Irel I love finding a new novel from a debut author that is simply so great I feel the need to tell everyone. If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson is one such novel. It is a novel that conveys friendship, loyalty, faith and hope as its central themes. The novel is about sorority sisters from Emery House, that find themselves strangely all returning back to their house based on an invitation that the house is about to be closed. Each of them has a very different reason for attending. For Ireland, a tree-hugger, vegan, activist, she has been offered a speaking position at the local college and is strongly advised to do so by her present Professor who is trying to deal with a potential lawsuit involving Ireland and a former student. For Jenna, a middle age,empty nester who can't seem to find the meaning and purpose to life now that her three kids have left home. She is overweight, but happily married and struggles with self esteem issues even though her husband Mark supports her in everything she wants to do. She feels like her only purpose as a mom raising her kids is over and doesn't know what to do. For Victoria, a successful wife and mother who heads up one of the leading ministries devoted to marriage and family, suddenly learns that her husband is having an affair with her assistant and leaves town without a note, hoping they might get worried enough to find her. She knows once word gets out about her marriage, her career is over. The one thing that didn't plan on, was the unexpected and unannounced news that their sorority sister Hope, has passed away from breast cancer. They learn from Hope's daughter that she always wanted to take a survival trip into the Oregon Cascades with trail guide Glenda who operates this trips, but was too ill to ever go. The three sisters, who have not spoken in 25 years, decide to take a trip in honor of Hope. However, these three are the worst prepared to undertake this journey. Jenna is completely out of shape and her only real fitness challenge has been walking around her home as of late, Ireland is a vegan who is probably the only one who might make the trek considering they have to live off the land, and Victoria, a beauty queen who can't live without looking perfect has bought just about everything they would need but hasn't figured out how she plans to carry it all. The group is in store for more than anyone could ever bargain for and I will leave this review at that, because this is where the novel gets going and never lets up until the very last page. I received If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson compliments of Kregel Publications. This is such a great novel because as a reader, I found myself a part of this group having to endure everything that happens to them. I could smell the pine trees and struggle with the rocky terrain they have to hike in. I found myself relating quite a bit to Jenna's character because I am facing that empty nest soon as my youngest will be leaving home very soon. I could understand the struggle of wanting to give up and dealing with friends you thought you knew in college but lost touch with afterwards and now find themselves struggling to truly be themselves as they once were. I will be adding Christina Suzann Nelson to my watch list, because if this is her debut novel, I can't wait to see what comes next. 5 out of 5 solid stars for this novel!!!
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  • Deena
    January 1, 1970
    Christina Suzann Nelson's debut novel, "If We Make it Home" immediately reminded me of a well-known book titled "Wild". But a few chapters in, I completely forgot the other novel and was captivated by Nelson's incredible tale.Three women, one guide, and the vast wilderness. Nelson pulls no punches--her characters endure challenges and hardships that made me cringe. A stunning twist sends the story careening off in an unexpected direction and truly takes your breath away. Imagining myself in a si Christina Suzann Nelson's debut novel, "If We Make it Home" immediately reminded me of a well-known book titled "Wild". But a few chapters in, I completely forgot the other novel and was captivated by Nelson's incredible tale.Three women, one guide, and the vast wilderness. Nelson pulls no punches--her characters endure challenges and hardships that made me cringe. A stunning twist sends the story careening off in an unexpected direction and truly takes your breath away. Imagining myself in a similar situation......made me certain I'll NEVER find myself in a similar situation! But when life has you convinced that 'this is just the way it is and always will be', time with nothing but you and God can change everything.Just ask Jenna, Vicky, and Ireland.An author to watch, most definitely.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Ireland, Victoria, and Jenna are three former friends who find themselves stuck together in the wilds of Oregon, facing not just exposure to the unforgiving elements, but the exposure of their carefully buried inner wounds and secrets. Beautifully written with depth, grace, grit, and well-placed moments of humor, this story is about women dropping masks and discovering who they really are, or who they want to be if they can survive long enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The quality of the Ireland, Victoria, and Jenna are three former friends who find themselves stuck together in the wilds of Oregon, facing not just exposure to the unforgiving elements, but the exposure of their carefully buried inner wounds and secrets. Beautifully written with depth, grace, grit, and well-placed moments of humor, this story is about women dropping masks and discovering who they really are, or who they want to be if they can survive long enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The quality of the writing impressed me and actually gave me several excellent examples to use when I teach fiction writing. The honesty and sincerity of Nelson’s characters and her writing style drew me in from the first page and kept me reading past my bedtime. She knows how to tell a story, and I look forward to her future novels.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    This is the author’s debut read, and how powerful it is; just don’t let your guard down.Three women reluctantly go to their college dorm that is closing, twenty-five years after they left, and each agrees they should have been there for one another. Secrets are revealed, and lives will never be the same, as they go on a little hiking adventure, never expecting all that is going to happen.I was page turning, things happened so quickly, and you will never expect what is about to happen, and just w This is the author’s debut read, and how powerful it is; just don’t let your guard down.Three women reluctantly go to their college dorm that is closing, twenty-five years after they left, and each agrees they should have been there for one another. Secrets are revealed, and lives will never be the same, as they go on a little hiking adventure, never expecting all that is going to happen.I was page turning, things happened so quickly, and you will never expect what is about to happen, and just when you think things will get better, nope! I loved how this tale was woven and you walked in each of these women’s shoes, each on their own journey, apart and yet together.A powerful read that you don’t want to miss, I loved it!I received this book through Kregel Blogger Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come on Life Fully Booked, will post here when live.
  • Deana Dick
    January 1, 1970
    Three women who once were close friends in college have lost touch with each other. Each one has a different reason to get away for awhile and try to regroup. When they find themselves at their old alma mata at the same time, is it fate or God’s plan? It was painful for them to find out that their friend Hope had passed away. That was a turning point for each of them. The author shows how each other’s lives went in different directions and caused them to lose touch. At one time these four women Three women who once were close friends in college have lost touch with each other. Each one has a different reason to get away for awhile and try to regroup. When they find themselves at their old alma mata at the same time, is it fate or God’s plan? It was painful for them to find out that their friend Hope had passed away. That was a turning point for each of them. The author shows how each other’s lives went in different directions and caused them to lose touch. At one time these four women were like sisters. With only three of them left they make a crazy decision to take a trip into the mountains with a guide.Glenda was a tough lady who knew she would have her hands full taking the three women hiking into the mountains. I could see her laughing as they had no clue what they were in for. For Vicky, Jenna and Ireland, their lives will never be the same. When a tragic accident occurs the three women must find strength and determination to survive. Vicky is a very well known Christian speaker who reaches many people across the world with her faith and encouraging words. What if her followers really knew the truth about her life? Behind that fake smile is a very unhappy and insecure woman. I think we can relate to her as she have all tried to be someone who just wanted to be accepted . Is she doing what God has called her to do or has she lost sight of His plan for her?Jenna is to me a typical loving wife and mother. She is having a hard time being an empty nester. Her husband doesn’t understand and she feels like she can’t go on. So many of us fall into the trap that we are defined by our family. We forget about ourselves and make sure our children and husband are happy. Along the way, Jenna forgot to live her life and make sure she was happy. Ireland was my favorite character. After a damaging accusation, Ireland leaves the university she teaches at to get away from the gossip. She feels she needs to reevaluate her life. I could totally relate to her feeling alone in the world. She had a tough childhood and ended up in foster care. The sad thing to me was she was never adopted and that made her feel unwanted. The story is about these three women who must find a way to survive in the wilderness and get along with each other. The rough terrain they climbed was treacherous and I could feel the pain when they bumped their head, or felll down an embankment . I loved the honesty they shared with each other and the how their lives were not as happy as they have each other to believe. I loved the bickering between them because it showed how much past history they needed to air out between themselves. It is a very emotional and spiritual journey of survival, trust, finding yourself and never giving up. Will they find a way out of the wilderness? Each woman is strong and I loved hearing about their story. The book gives us a glimpse into the lives of three different women who all struggle with self esteem issues. I loved how the author showed each woman in their most vulnerable moments. This is one book that makes you think and will have you take a look at your own life? Are you lost in the wilderness?I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications. The review is my own opinion.
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  • Gayle Pace
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTSThis is the author's debut novel and she has definitely hit it home. Haven't we all had friends that somehow we have drifted apart from, for various reasons? Sometimes it happens over night and sometimes, it happens slowly and we don't even realize it. You promise each other you will keep in touch. But as we all know, life doesn't always work out as we plan. This is a captivating and interesting story of three friends who lost contact and are re-connected for a journey above all journ MY THOUGHTSThis is the author's debut novel and she has definitely hit it home. Haven't we all had friends that somehow we have drifted apart from, for various reasons? Sometimes it happens over night and sometimes, it happens slowly and we don't even realize it. You promise each other you will keep in touch. But as we all know, life doesn't always work out as we plan. This is a captivating and interesting story of three friends who lost contact and are re-connected for a journey above all journeys. Not just a physical journey, but the soul, mind and heart journey. Even if the friends don't realize it, this may be the most important journey of their lives. Twenty five years have pass. They meet once again at their old stomping grounds on the campus of the University of Northwest, Oregon. One thing is missing though. Their fourth friend, Hope, has died. So they decide to try and put their long lost friendships back together. Can their friendships be renewed? The three woman, Jenna, Vicky and Ireland along with an experienced guide go off into the back woods of Oregon on a hiking adventure. They soon will find that some of the things important to them are now trivial and don't matter, especially since survival is the number one thing now. They soon discover that they will need to depend on each other as never before, just to get out of this wilderness alive. But there is more danger than just the wilderness. Sometimes the dark crevices of our minds that hold those secrets we all have can be more damaging than any wilderness. The three woman will find that their real survival is within themselves.What a captivating story! Your heart skips a beat when you turn the pages. You stop and think about those friends you once had and now, you haven't seen or spoken to in years. It also makes you think of your own inner struggles. Those deep, dark secrets that we all have. Friendships, real friendships are precious. They are few and far between. Don't let them slip away!I received a copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    In this story, told from three friend's viewpoints, we're taken on a life-changing trip filled with harrowing pitfalls, where the brokenness each carries inside is nearly as threatening as the dangers they face in the wilderness. Debut author Christiana Nelson has delivered an insightful novel of adventure, reconciliation, and spiritual healing as each woman rediscovers their purpose--and the roots of their devotion to one another and God. An excellent read.
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  • Janyre Tromp
    January 1, 1970
    The author uses 4 points of view so, while it's understandable, the beginning of the book is rather slow. It does pick up quickly for the rest of the book and the characters are decently drawn. Overall, a good first novel and a nice quick read.
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