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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.
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.
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.
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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.