Almost Home by Pam Jenoff

Almost Home by Pam Jenoff (Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2009 — the paperback was released last week), 400 pages

Out of the blue, Jordan gets a letter from her friend Sarah, who has ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), asking Jordan to come see her in London. And because of the long history of their friendship, Jordan asks for a job transfer from the State Department and goes — despite the painful memories of Cambridge she’s been running from since college.

I really enjoyed this story of romantic suspense. I liked how the back story was woven into the present-day plot.

I didn’t really like the main character, Jordan Weiss. She seemed to not know herself much at all. Jenoff took pains to distinguish Weiss, as a State Department intelligence officer, from spies. But the explanation is flimsy and only caused more confusion. It’s a good thing she’s not a spy, though, because she’s kind of dense. I didn’t love the sex scenes, either. However, they weren’t horrible, and in some ways they did serve to illuminate the characters involved.

I did enjoy the World War II and rowing aspects of this book — the WWII aspect is a bit of a stretch for most of the story, but it’s still there, and the rowing aspect is quite active for most of the story.

It seems strange to me that even though I don’t like Jordan and struggled with other aspects of the book that I would like it, but I do. The story pulled me in, and along. I certainly can’t complain about the reading experience.

This was my first exposure to Jenoff, and I’d definitely be open to reading more of her work. A sequel to Almost Home, Hidden Things will be released July 6, 2010.

About the author
Pam Jenoff is the author of The Kommandant’s Girl and The Diplomat’s Wife. She lives in Philadelphia, where she works as an attorney.

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I received this book from the author.


8 responses to “Almost Home by Pam Jenoff

  1. Well, obviously the book has a lot of merit if you enjoyed it, even though there were aspects that you didn’t. I’ll keep this one on my radar.

  2. I liked this book as well; great review!

  3. The cover drew me it. Ithink I’ll give this one a try. If the book can overcome a less than likeable main character it must be good!

  4. This sounds good and I agree with stacybuckeye, the cover made me want to read the review. I wold try this read too.

  5. Great review! This sounds like a very good book and I really like the cover!

  6. I’m thick in the middle of Almost Home now and loving it! I’m such a crazy Anglophile that the English setting drew me in right away. I literally got so excited when I realized she was headed for London. Jenoff has a great way with language and keen sense of detail… that’s what’s really making the book for me. Only about 100 pages to go. 🙂

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  8. I agree the WWII story was a bit of a stretch, but I really enjoyed this one.

    I hope it’s okay that I linked to your review on the Book Reviews: WWII page on War Through the Generations.


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