A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara’s heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone—on foot.
But the harrowing trip takes unexpected turns as strangers become friends who make her question everything, and Cara finds that as the journey unfolds, so does her life—in ways she could never imagine.
Wish Me Home is a beautiful story of one woman’s journey, not only from Georgia to Key West, but to finding her inner strength and self-worth. It touches on the complicated relationship between twins, the pitfalls of the foster care system and how hard it is to regain trust in your fellow humans when you’ve been hurt and let down more times than you care to remember.
I must admit, I chose this novel based on the cover. I’d never done that before. But there’s a dog! I love dogs! It was that simple. Luckily, the dog actually plays a huge part in the story. Meeting him is what really sets the pace for Cara’s journey and it’s such a lovely tale of the bond between a human and an animal. I kept petting my own dog, happy that I have her in my life.
For me though, the book was just nice. I couldn’t connect to Cara and disliked Hana tremendously. I also found that once Cara made it to Key West, the story started to drag a bit too much. It couldn’t keep me captivated although the last two chapters made up for that.
I received my copy from Netgalley and chose to review.