by Vanessa Del Fabbro

April 2005
ISBN: 0-373-78537-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

South African journalist Monica Brunetti has just finished up an interview with an orphanage for children with AIDS when her car is hi-jacked and she is left for dead on the street. When Monica learns that there had been several other car-jackings and she’s the only surviving victim, she wonders why she has been spared. Especially since she is now paralyzed, left virtually a vegetable in a hot sticky hospital.

Ella Nkhoma has just kicked her husband out, leaving her the sole provider for her two small children. Thanks to her husband’s unfaithfulness, she now has an acute case of AIDS—which quickly is spreading through her body. Needing medical care, Ella checks into the hospital, hoping something can be done.

When Ella and Monica end up roommates the two women forge a remarkable friendship which will force Monica beyond the comforts of home and into the great unknown. Will this transform Monica for the better?

The Road To Home TO HOME is Vanessa Del Fabbro’s first novel. The characters are compelling, and the descriptions are so well done, I could actually feel the stickiness of the hot, muggy African weather. The only thing I really didn’t like about the book is that it starts slow and there is really nothing there to hold the interest—other than a good literary style of writing.

If the reader is able to stick with The Road To Home long enough to get into the story, they will never be able to forget the transformation the two women go through. The book reaches into ones heart and hangs on.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Laura.

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