Bestselling author Liza Palmer carries readers to North Star, Texas, in the amusing and poignant Nowhere But Home.
After Queenie Wake is dismissed from her restaurant job, she returns to North Star to cook meals for death row inmates.
Hopeful that the bad memories of her late mother and promiscuous sister (now the mother of the captain of the high school football team) have been forgotten by the locals, Queenie discovers that some people can’t be forgotten—heartbreaker Everett Coburn—her old high-school sweetheart.
When secrets from the past emerge, will Queenie be able to stick by her family or will she leave home again?
Liz Palmer’s Nowhere But Home is a funny and touching story of food, football, and fooling around.
I finished this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The writing was a little flat at times, but watching Queenie grow throughout the book was captivating. The relationships between her and her sister, her ex-boyfriend, and the ‘popular/rich’ girls in town were all complex and fascinating. I’m always captivated by sibling relationships – my sister and I are not close – so it’s pretty interesting to see what sibling relationships are like for others (even fictional others).
The novel starts out with Queenie losing her job in New York City and deciding to return to her hometown. She needs a place to get her life together, and then move along. Taking a temporary job cooking last meals at the local prison, she learns much about herself, her past and, unfortunately, the inmates for whom she’s cooking the last meals. Can Queenie put her and her family’s torrid past behind her and find happiness? Will she find love in her old high school beau or in new acquaintances she meets along the way? You should probably read her story to find out!
I’m adding this book to my 2016 Reading Challenge as the book with a blue cover, as it was the beautiful sky that drew me in!
Don’t forget to let me know if you read it!!