Staci shares her review of The Homecoming Of Samuel Lake


Hello Fellow Readers! My name is Staci and I blog at Life in the Thumb. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have a book in my hand. I’ve been reading since the age of five. I’ve had a few run-ins with the library police during my childhood because I wanted to keep the books so bad, I would hide them from my mother and tear out all of the library pockets!! I’m the Library Lady ( little ironic, huh?) at my local middle school and love my job! I’ve been blogging about books for a little over three years.


Staci reading a racy scene between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth


I came to know Sheila through reading her comments on other blogs and really liked what she would write. I was interested enough to check out her blog and I’ve been a pretty loyal reader ever since. I also love to participate in her meme, It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?




Sheila asked me to choose a topic to discuss and I decided to talk about one of my favorite reads this year which is The Homecoming of Samuel Lake. It’s been a long time since a book has affected me quite like this one did. In fact, the last time I cried, laughed, and was heartsick was when I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Secret Life of Bees. I was immediately sucked into this story and wrapped up in the lives of the characters. I couldn’t put this book down for one minute and I sat outside for the entire day until I finished this story. This is a book that I think would translate well to the big screen. I would love to see the main protagonist, Swan, brought to life. She may have been young but she was a firecracker. If you’re looking for a book that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, then I highly recommend that you find a copy of this stellar read and treat yourself!!!



Note from Sheila:  Staci and I share a love for dogs and a common heartbreak this year as well.  Staci writes some amazing reviews and I think I have now added The Homecoming Of Samuel Lake to my TBR.

14 Comments on “Staci shares her review of The Homecoming Of Samuel Lake

  1. Oh, I am adding this one to my list! I just read your review (don’t know how I missed it when you first wrote it!), and I love these kinds of characters. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve been wanting to read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Secret Life of Bees, so I’m adding The Homecoming of Samuel Lake to the list also.

  3. I am also adding this book to my wish list! I don’t know how I missed your review of it in August. Your enthusiasm for this book has me wanting to read it!

  4. Staci, I adored Saving CeeCee, and I have the Secret Life of Bees on my ipod now. Hope to get to it next. Just can’t remember whether I read your review of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake … off to check.

  5. THoSL is going on my list, Staci. Thanks for telling us about it. Loved your photo 🙂

  6. Staci, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake was my favorite read this year! Glad to see you loved it too!

  7. This book was one of my favorites this year. Swan is a unique character, so brave and yet so vulnerable. The only tiny flaw I could find in the story was that the “bad guy” was so unredeemingly evil – it was too much.

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