It is my pleasure to introduce to you Homecoming by Kate Hasbrouck.
Kerana is being sent to Earth to begin her duty as an Eldurian. Hers are a perfect people, without flaw and without sin, never experiencing the fall of man. Created by God to shepherd His people on Earth, they remain in the shadows, unnoticed. Kerana looks human, speaks like them, and has been taught to act like them. Above all her mission is to serve the humans.
Arriving on Earth, Kerana meets Eli at school. He is an ordinary human, with a father suffering from alcoholism, and a past that threatens to ruin his life. A star scholarship lacrosse player, Eli has to forget his true passion and live in a shell that doesn’t let anyone in. Until he meets Kerana. They find themselves intertwined in a connection that neither can quite explain. When this connection puts the two of them in danger, they find comfort and protection from each other. When Eli discovers that there is more to Kerana than just her stunning looks and grace, the Eldurians and their home planet of Eden may not remain a secret for very long.
Kate Hasbrouck has been writing and creating stories for as long as she can remember. She had written several stories by the time she was a teen, but Homecoming was the first full manuscript she had ever written with the intention of sharing it with other people. She attended Houghton College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree with a dual-major in Writing and Psychology where she honed her skills. She lives in Florida with her husband, a youth pastor at a local church, where she spends time writing, ministering to teens, and enjoying the life God has given her. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.
The inspiration for this story is probably what some would consider strange! When my sister was younger, she really loved the Twilight series. And it made me wonder how a story would be with the female who was the supernatural one, the one with the super strength and the super speed! I won't spoil the book, but there is a scene in Homecoming that actually was the first scene where Kerana really demonstrates her abilities! And so as I started to create her, I began thinking of an entire race of people like that. But I wanted them to serve a purpose and to use their abilities to help humans without revealing themselves, unlike vampires who are by nature are nasty creatures!
In Homecoming, by Kate Hasbrouck, Kerana has finally entered adulthood, which means she has to spend a year in the human world. Going to college on Earth and trying to blend in with the humans is harder than she first anticipated. She draws the attention of nearly everyone around her, including Eli. Kerana’s encounters with Eli might just spill the secret of her home planet of Eden.
Homecoming was different than I expected. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but it was certainly unlike any other book I have read. In a good way, of course. I confess, I could barely put the book down.
The characters were sweet and had depth. Seeing Kerana experience earth and both the dangers and joys of it was entertaining. Both of the main characters grew in many ways.
The plot was intriguing. I barely knew how the events would play out. I was seriously stressed about how the romance would turn out. How could it be possible for someone who is perfect to marry a non-perfect person? Especially with the other major problem going on.
One of the things that impressed me the most was the Eldurian race that Kerana was a part of. I was curious to see how the author, Kate, would portray a perfect race, a race like the humans that had never given in to sin. Because of this, I was extremely curious as to how Kate had come up with the idea. Kerana’s impressions of Earth and the comparisons to her perfect world brought home the consequences of the Fall of mankind. I was surprised to see that Kerana and the other Eldurians had selfish or jealous reactions or emotions. If they are merely emotions, than they are not sin exactly, but if they are more than that, then they are sin? All the same, I loved the perspective on the two worlds and the differences therein.
Overall, Homecoming was a sweet romance with an intriguing look on human nature and the comparison to a perfect world. I look forward to new books from Kate Hasbrouck.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Want to enter the world of Eden? Kate is giving away a SIGNED copy of Homecoming (US only) and an ebook (INT) as a thank you to all who have been with her through her writing journey.
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