Deborah Smith takes us on a journey into the South where certain situations are ignored until they smack you right between the eyes. Dunderry, Georgia, has always been home to the Delaneys and Maloneys, who run the town with not just money, but by sheer numbers. Claire Maloney has loved Roan Sullivan since she was five. Roan had never met anyone like little Claire Maloney. The only life he has ever known revolves around the drinking and beatings by his father, Big Roan Sullivan. When Roan gets the chance to live with Claireís family, he takes his duties as a farm hand just as seriously as he does his guardian angel status of Claire. One day, the unthinkable happens and Roan is sent away. Now itís twenty years later and while Claire is recuperating from a terrible accident, Roan walks back into her life. Can they handle the memories his arrival brings and will the love they once felt for each other build a bridge between them?
Nobody gets into the minds and hearts of a family like Deborah Smith. Her characters are expertly woven and are so life-like you expect them to jump right off the page. A Place to Call Home is no exception. The story of Claire and Roan growing up together will have you laughing and wiping away a tear or two. Itís tender and heartbreaking as only Smith can tell it. Claire is the feisty girl next door while Roan is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Both have something to prove, not only to themselves, but to the people who mean the most to them. They learn that the harder you run, the faster trouble finds you and the only way to win is to face the problems head on. The situations that these families deal with are real and somewhat disturbing, but best of all, these people face consequences, rewards and sometimes redemption. This is definitely one for your keeper shelf.