Two Ways Home

Two Ways Home

She’s about to lose her home. He never wanted to see his again. And a stalker is staking a claim . . . Washington, 1892 Mary Smith was never one to back down from a challenge. Her father’s health may be failing, but their dairy farm was her mother’s dream, and Mary will do whatever it takes to keep her father from selling it—even if it means sneaking off to the next town t...

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Title:Two Ways Home
Author:Sondra Kraak
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Edition Language:English

Two Ways Home Reviews

  • Jennifer Rodewald

    A feisty, can-do woman. A stubborn, complicated man. Mix in a childhood full of bantering friendship, and you've got a good book on your hands. Once again, Sondra had me captivated with her easy-to-read style, wit, and can't-help-but-fall-for-it charm. Definitely another five star read.

  • Debbie

    First off, one person reviewed this book as enjoying the sex scene in the story. There are no sex scenes in this very clean book. I was so upset with the reviewer for such slander of a wonderful book. That reviewer must have read a different book and entered their review in the wrong place. I apologize to Sondra Kraak on behalf of that one reviewer.

    Now then, on to my review. As I stated above, this is a wonderful book. Full of banter between the main characters, Luke and Mary. Some suspense and

    First off, one person reviewed this book as enjoying the sex scene in the story. There are no sex scenes in this very clean book. I was so upset with the reviewer for such slander of a wonderful book. That reviewer must have read a different book and entered their review in the wrong place. I apologize to Sondra Kraak on behalf of that one reviewer.

    Now then, on to my review. As I stated above, this is a wonderful book. Full of banter between the main characters, Luke and Mary. Some suspense and mystery. The mystery from the first book on why Luke left Pine Creek is finally cleared up. I like that the main characters in the first book, One Plus On Equals Trouble, were in this book too, along with a couple other characters.

    I know you will enjoy this completely clean novel by a terrific author if clean, Christian, historical romance with suspense is what you like to read. Take a chance and read this. It won't let you down. Enjoy!

  • Fiction Aficionado

    If you like your historical romance with a healthy dose of banter, you’ll love this one. Mary and Luke grew up together in Pine Creek, and he’s never been able to resist teasing and pestering her, so they’ve got the kind of established friendship that makes the banter even more fun. Luke’s been away from Pine Creek for the last five years, but from the moment he returns, it’s as if those five years never existed. Well, almost; Luke can’t help noticing that Mary’s moved out of girlhood and into w

    If you like your historical romance with a healthy dose of banter, you’ll love this one. Mary and Luke grew up together in Pine Creek, and he’s never been able to resist teasing and pestering her, so they’ve got the kind of established friendship that makes the banter even more fun. Luke’s been away from Pine Creek for the last five years, but from the moment he returns, it’s as if those five years never existed. Well, almost; Luke can’t help noticing that Mary’s moved out of girlhood and into womanhood...

    Sondra Kraak hits exactly the right tone with the banter, but there’s plenty of heart in this story, too, particularly as Mary and Luke begin opening up to one another and sharing more than their customary banter. Mary’s doing everything humanly possible to prove to her father that he doesn’t need to sell the dairy, and Luke’s still hiding the reason he left Pine Creek with no intention of every calling it ‘home’ again. Not to mention the reason he returned to Pine Creek at all—an arrest gone wrong that’s now under investigation. They both need to rethink the idea of ‘home’—when to let go and what’s worth holding on to. And there’s a little bit of suspense, too, as the town gears up for the election of the first sheriff—a position Luke refuses to even consider—and Mary keeps finding honeysuckle blossoms left for her in odd places.

    It’s all happening in Pine Creek—fun, heart, romance, and a dose of suspense. What more could you ask for?

  • Eunice Korczak

    Two Ways Home is connected to One Plus One Equals Trouble and includes the main characters of that story. It is nice to see those characters on the periphery, but this story is about Luke and Mary and is a completely stand-alone book. It is also a completely different plot in which the school does not figure. It is a good story, with a strong woman, an accused marshall, interesting events, and a little bit of mystery. Lots of good people. All this makes it a pleasure to read.

  • Alan T

    Mary Smith is trying to save the family dairy near Pine Creek Washington Terr. Luke Thomas, injured Texas Ranger, is home for a slow recovering shoulder injury. He is realizing Mary has issues she doesn't realize yet. Luke has issues with his family, especially his brother Paul.

    Excellent plotting and charactorization.

    Excellent

  • Anne-Marie Webster

    Did we know that beneath all that bickering and teasing was an attraction that would eventually dawn upon the sparring duo? But of course! Was it delightful to have a front row seat as they worked through their struggles and sorted out their priorities? Yes again. I very much enjoyed Mary's spunk and Luke's integrity. A pleasurable read with lessons in love and letting go.

  • Rebecca

    Must they always argue in order to get along?

    Mary Smith and Luke Thomas have been tossing verbal barbs at either for years. Mary’s quick tongue and Luke’s mischievous antics entertained family and friends for years, until that is; Luke left them all behind. Following his boyhood dream of becoming a Texas Ranger, Luke left Pine Creek, Washington following his father’s tragic death, and lived the solitary life of a Ranger, executing justice and defending the defenseless. “Dairy Mary’s” life, as L

    Must they always argue in order to get along?

    Mary Smith and Luke Thomas have been tossing verbal barbs at either for years. Mary’s quick tongue and Luke’s mischievous antics entertained family and friends for years, until that is; Luke left them all behind. Following his boyhood dream of becoming a Texas Ranger, Luke left Pine Creek, Washington following his father’s tragic death, and lived the solitary life of a Ranger, executing justice and defending the defenseless. “Dairy Mary’s” life, as Luke not-so-affectionately called his sister’s best friend, was never the same without him.

    Years later, Luke returns to Pine Creek nursing gunshot wounds to his shoulder and carrying a deep burden with regards to his future. Sassy Mary has grown up into quite a beautiful woman, but her conversation skills have apparently remained the same, at least around him. Even Luke’s family cautiously welcomes the “prodigal” back home, daring to hope that his adventuresome spirit has finally waned. Adamant about returning to Texas, Luke spurns public attention and attempts to keeps a safe distance from Mary, only to find himself drawn back like a moth to the firelight.

    Enjoy this beautifully written, often humorous, often heart-breaking, story of a young man and a young woman trying to find their way back “home”.

    I am grateful to the author for providing me with an advance copy of this story in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Sometimes my favorite love stories come from two people who are just utterly clueless that they love each other. Instead, they drive each other crazy, push each other's buttons, and pretend like they don't care about one another. Underneath all that is some deep, true feelings for each other that just need a little prodding to come out. This was that story for me.

    Mary and Luke remind me of the two little kids that pick on each other constantly, but grow up and have this great love story. They d

    Sometimes my favorite love stories come from two people who are just utterly clueless that they love each other. Instead, they drive each other crazy, push each other's buttons, and pretend like they don't care about one another. Underneath all that is some deep, true feelings for each other that just need a little prodding to come out. This was that story for me.

    Mary and Luke remind me of the two little kids that pick on each other constantly, but grow up and have this great love story. They did pick on each other. I loved his name for her, Dairy Mary. But what I enjoyed more was that Mary could hold her own. The picking and teasing didn't bother her, she just gave it back. She was a strong character that worked hard and wouldn't give up without a fight. Stubborn at times, but what great heroine isn't?!

    There is a little mystery involved in this story too, which brought a new and exciting element to the storyline. You see little glimpses of it in the first half, but if you're not really focused on it you might miss it. But it comes to light in the second half, and I like how it was presented. I kind of had an inkling all along what and who it might be, but still enjoyed reading about it.

    Overall this was a great story. About becoming you are meant to be, coming home, accepting forgiveness, and of course love. Mary and Luke are my favorite couple so far this year. I hope to see them more in the future! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Helen

    This story from 1892.

    Mary Smith & her Father own a small dairy farm in Pine Creek, Washington.

    Her nick name is Dairy Mary.

    She left home to learn how play classical music on a piano. She returned to Pine Creek because her father's health had gotten worse.

    She also grew up knowing the Thomas family.  Grace her best friend, her brother Luke & their Mother.

    Ever since Luke was 12 years old he knew he wanted to be a Texas Ranger.  He practiced shooting at targets.  He g

    This story from 1892.

    Mary Smith & her Father own a small dairy farm in Pine Creek, Washington.

    Her nick name is Dairy Mary.

    She left home to learn how play classical music on a piano. She returned to Pine Creek because her father's health had gotten worse.

    She also grew up knowing the Thomas family.  Grace her best friend, her brother Luke & their Mother.

    Ever since Luke was 12 years old he knew he wanted to be a Texas Ranger.  He practiced shooting at targets.  He got so good he was to wear a gun belt with two holsters & 2 guns.  He could draw both guns at the same time & fire both at the same if it was required.

    He gets shot three times in his left shoulder.  His Commander orders him to go home to Pine Creek to heal & not leave there unless he was told to return to Texas.

    There are so many more characters in this book you need to read it!  There's more danger and possible love.

    I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

  • Phycilla Gable

    This was a really good book. It had a lot of twists and turns and kept me guessing. I did not figure out the plot until a good 3/4 of the way through which is always more fun! And I began to think for sure that the hero was going to turn out not to be the hero! It's really worth reading! And best of all-time no explicit sex and no bad language!! Gee, a writer who can tell a story without using bad language!! Thank you!!

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