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Homebound by [McClure, Jodi]
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Bedridden after an accident, down-on-his-luck businessman John Adams finds himself at the mercy of Cloey Jacobs, his country bumpkin aide. Miserable and jaded, John wants little to do with the woman until she mentions an ages old mystery she's been unable to solve. Intrigued, he grows determined to unravel the puzzle himself, assisting the barely literate woman in following a string of clues hidden in classic books. Novelette.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Jodi McClure (Aug. 8 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VG14MI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I wanted to begin by saying, "read this book." The rest of what I have to say is of little importance; the real message is, you really should read this novel. I've read two other books by McClure, and this is by far the shortest and simplest, yet it shines as a result. Steve Jobs once said, “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” This is a good description of Homebound, it is a simple mystery with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, well researched with no gimmicks, and that is its strength. McClure has a talent for writing about real people, even if they don't actually exist other than in her books, and the protagonists in this are as real as they come. Read this book, you won't regret it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9da0eaec) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d87bb40) out of 5 stars Wonderfully immersive May 31 2013
By Scott Whitmore - Published on
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A wonderfully written novella with well-drawn characters and a deceptively simple premise. I read Homebound by Jodi McClure (@PunkLit) in two sittings on a rainy morning, and was frankly sorry to see the final page.

The downward spiral of John's life culminates in a terrible motorcycle accident, leaving him bed-ridden and dependent on others for nearly everything. Fresh from divorce, he's lost his big-city job and been arrested and sued for beating up his wife's lover, who also stole his best clients -- all of which forced him to move back to the small town where he grew up.

Immobilized and sweating through a Georgia summer in his boyhood bedroom, John meets Cloey, a young local woman hired by his parents to help nurse the invalid to health. Unpretentious and pragmatic, Cloey's simplicity is everything John's life before the accident wasn't. On top of that, she has a small mystery on her hands, a trail leading to treasure laid by her grandfather that winds through classic books, and John becomes determined to solve it for her.

I was born and raised in a small (population 6,000) farm town, so I definitely related to the way John's view of home shifted back and forth between idealized nostalgia -- kids playing in the yard across the street -- and the harshly unflattering:

"It was a world of sparse shacks with peeling paint and rusted metal roofs, rotted wood porches barely holding together above crumbling cement bases. Half the roads were still unpaved and lined with abandoned farm equipment and there were weeds the size of trees trying to choke off anything still living."

-- McClure, Jodi (2012-08-08). Homebound (Kindle Locations 1056-1058). Jodi McClure. Kindle Edition.

Oh, yes ... I've been there, and Ms. McClure's simple but evocative prose just nails that swirl of emotion, the warm and fuzzy comfort of home suddenly parting like fog to display the cold reality, only to have the fog close in again -- because we'd rather have our idealized memories.

It seems like such a simple set-up: put two people together, linked by necessity. They're very different, except where they're alike. Give them a common project, see what develops. Such a story could easily be ruined by heavy-handed or unrealistic treatment. Not here, thank goodness. Ms. McClure's touch is deft and assured, immersing the reader fully as Cloey and John's story plays out without a hint of dishonesty.

I suppose the primary genre of Homebound would be "romance," but don't let that deter you if its not your cup of tea. Great storytelling is always worth checking out, and I highly recommend Homebound.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d87bd8c) out of 5 stars A really excellent read - heartily recommended Nov. 19 2012
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This very enjoyable read accompanied me on some recent long-haul flights, i.e. a time when the avid reader MUST be in possession of reading material that totally engages the mind. This was no exception. The storyline is simple yet very well-written and well-structured. The characters are extremely plausible and can easily be 'pictured' in the mind. The story is such that the reader is drawn along, wanting to see the developments in the plot and the characters' participation. The development of the various clues along the way is done skillfully right through to the final outcome.

This is the first book by Ms McClure that I have read, and it was a really pleasing experience. I am looking forward to reading more of her work, and wish her continued success with her writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d87bd50) out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Entertaining Aug. 28 2012
By Faye E. Hicks - Published on
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Homebound is an entertaining and heartwarming story. John is an accountant who has recently lost both his wife and job to a younger colleague; Cloey is a self-trained nursing aide whose grandfather left her a puzzle to solve when he passed away. After John is badly injured in a motorcycle accident, he recovers at his parents' home with the beautiful young Cloey taking care of him. In contrast to university graduate, John, Cloey is a relatively uneducated `hick' and, at first, John looks down on her and even ridicules her poor grammar. However, she is so caring and kind that he soon falls in love with her. Together, they work their way through to the solution of her grandfather's puzzle - something that Cloey was never able to figure out on her own.

I read the book all in one sitting - it was interesting enough to keep me reading late into the night. The author has a nice voice, with some unique imagery. The ending had a nice little twist and the characters, especially John's parents and Cloey, were very likeable. One thing I did find confusing was that there were many cases where John's grammar was as bad as Cloey's. Despite this, I enjoyed the book a lot and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the `romance' genre.

You can read the full review on Wordpress - look for 'Have you read this? Indie Picks by Indie Chicks'

Books by Faye Hicks include Defining Moments
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d87e264) out of 5 stars Kudos to Jodi Aug. 11 2012
By fastback65 - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Homebound", as I have all of Jodi McClure's writings. Her characters are real and unpretentious. Homebound tells a simple tale of finding one's path in life. Thanks Jodi for a good read
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d87e0fc) out of 5 stars A Fabulous Feel Good Book Sept. 11 2012
By Reading Renee - Published on
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I got this book and I am SO glad I did. I praise Jodi's work on this book. It was probably about the sweetest thing I have read in a while. There was something about John that was true to the times we live in. I think his story about his job, his wife and just how down he was resonates with a lot of people.

After John moves home to sort through his job loss and divorce he decides to throw caution to the wind and is careless on his motorcycle. So at 4am with the streets wet he gets into a bad accident. He has to be in bed for a while. His leg was badly broken and his wrist in mangled so he is rendered helpless. His parents help by getting a friend's daughter Cloey to help him. She is a nurses aide and she is everything that John needs, but doesn't know it for a while.

After discussing her grandfather and why she needed bolt cutters, John decides to help her to find whatever it was that her Grandfather left to her when he died. The clues are really hard and take them on a classic reading journey. In the end I was shocked at what they found, but I won't say it.

My only complaint would be it was too short! I adored the characters and the descriptions so much. What a "feel good" book.