Friday, June 26, 2015

Home No More - Blog Tour

My name is Kendall Carrington—or so I thought…

When 17-year-old Kendall gets pulled over during an impromptu joy ride, she not only discovers she is not the girl she thought she was, but neither is anyone else. Kidnapped when she was young, she is thrust back into a life she doesn’t remember. One where her name is Danielle Tucker and betrayal seems to be lurking around every corner. No longer able to decipher the truth from the lies, she enliststhe help of blue-eyed hottie Lincoln Hunt on her quest for truth.

Will she come to terms with her new life? Or will she go running back to the only home she’s ever known?

Leddy Parker doesn't shy away from the controversial in her novel, Home No More. This novel takes on a lot, dealing with abuse, kidnapping, the definition of family, nature vs. nurture, love, control, and inner strength. Kendall, also known as Danielle, is the main character of this chaotic crisis and readers will find themselves drowning in the drama, jaw dropped open.

Kendall/Danielle is a seventeen year old girl who grew up as the daughter of a man named John. She knew he wasn't her real father and she knew that Billy wasn't her real brother, but she never questioned why she wasn't allowed to leave the property or where her mother was. Though she claims to have had a good childhood, Kendall is a very violent person, verbally and physically. Though she has experienced a traumatic event, it will be difficult for readers to connect with Kendall. I didn't like her as a character for the first 75% of the book. I thought she was mean, selfish, rude, abusive, irresponsible and untrustworthy. She does get better as the novel goes on, but first impressions matter. I couldn't get over how awful Kendall was to better connect with her. I had sympathy for her situation and difficult choices, but it didn't go any further than that.

The plot of Home No More seems simple at first but becomes more complicated as lies mix with truths. Kendall was kidnapped out of the back of her parent's car after an accident. When she is pulled over without a license, she is taken to the police station and it's discovered that she's actually the missing Danielle Tucker. She's having trouble adjusting to this new life and plans on going back to Billy, her angry and abusive boyfriend, as soon as she turns 18. But then, she finds out that she's pregnant and everything changes. Controversy galore. Readers will undoubtedly have various opinions about each of the topics explored in this novel. Some will connect with Kendall better than others. Some will enjoy the drama filled pages while others will think it's too much. The story is entertaining, without a doubt. However, other than empathy and sympathy, Kendall doesn't seem like a relatable girl or a girl I'd even like to be friends with. She'd definitely yell at me all the time. The girl that Kendall becomes in the end, now she seems stable, friendly, loving, thoughtful. And I like that version of her character much better. The journey helped her become that stronger person.

Rating: 2.5/5 Cups

Meet the Author:
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use thatimagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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