Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Journey Back Home by Cheri Swalwell


About the Book


Book:  Journey Back Home

Author: Cheri Swalwell

Genre: Christian Romance

As you know, life isn’t always as it seems.

Ten years, four children, two full-time careers, insane schedules—this is not what Jace and Simone signed up for. When the couple married a decade ago, they shared a passion for serving youth together. They believed their deep love for God and shared interests were all they needed to keep their marriage strong.

With Jace busy as a youth minister on the weekends, and Simone taking care of their four children, as well as her second grade classroom, they barely find time to connect with each other. Travel up close and personal into the home of a youth pastor and his family as they deal with issues far-to-common in this fast-paced society.

Tragedy strikes…an investigation begins…and it seems as though life will never return to the “happily-ever-after” of their dreams.

When their world is turned upside down, the question becomes…will God give the family strength to journey back home?

If you like wholesome fiction with a faith-filled message, buckle in to read Journey Back Home, Book 2 of The Redemption of Green Pines series today.


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My Thoughts:

This story wrecked me emotionally and I felt a gamut of emotions. My emotions were all over the place. Make sure you have a box of tissues to read this one.

Jace and Simone have been married for 10 years and 4 kids later seem from the outside, to be living the dream. Jace is a youth pastor and his ministry is growing by leaps and bounds. His marriage on the other hand, is suffering grievous wounds. Jace is certainly a character that none of us would want to be. And to be honest, I did not like him much. Unfortunately, I think his character reflects many of our very poor characteristics, and his character convicts the reader of their own failings.

Simone was someone I could really relate too. She is a mom balancing four children, their busy schedules, her job, home, and often single parenting alone while her husband is off on his many duties. She has been hollowed out as a wife and mother. And unfortunately, Jace can not see this. Author Swalwell could have been writing about any woman in this situation, either a pastor's wife or not. How many have felt and do feel as Simone did? I for one struggle with many of the same insecurities. I think most women do.

The story was very well told. I was so hoping that something was going to happen and this was all a dream. I am not sure how I feel about the direction of this story. It was very well written, gripping, emotional, and deep. It will be one story that will stick with me for a long time as I ponder its messages and the implications of our choices.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She enjoys writing regularly for Book Fun Magazine and LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Her Spoken from the Heart Series is available through Deeper Shopping in both eBook and paperback versions. To read one of her many articles on life from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at: She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at or “like” her on Facebook:


More from Cheri

Journey Back Home was the first novel I ever wrote. The way God downloaded it into my heart was by sharing Simone’s side of the story first. Her journey is shared in the book through a series of diary entries. So I basically wrote the middle of the book first, then the ending, and then went back and wrote the beginning. It was definitely God who tied it all together so nicely.

When I finished writing Journey Back Home, it sat in my computer folders for six years. During that time God took fiction away from me, and gave me the platform of nonfiction. Two years ago, He lovingly gave me fiction back and I pulled it out, dusted it off, and started getting it ready to publish.

However, I realized it wasn’t a standalone book anymore. It was a community, a tight-knit group of people who had much more they wanted to share with readers. And I knew I needed to start with Holly’s story. Adventure’s Invitation, Book 1 of The Redemption of Green Pines, tells Holly’s background which is an integral part of Journey Back Home.

I hope you fall in love with Jace, Simone, their four children, and of course Holly as much as I have. If so, get ready because there are many more people to grow to love in all six books of The Redemption of Green Pines series.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 22

Artistic Nobody, January 23 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 24

Batya’s Bits , January 24

Inklings and notions, January 25

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 26

deb’s Book Review, January 27

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 28

Texas Book-aholic, January 29

Rebecca Tews, January 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 31

Holly Jo Morris, January 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 1

For Him and My Family, February 2

Pause for Tales, February 3


To celebrate her tour, Cheri is giving away the grand prize of a $15 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks for sharing, this sounds really good

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book and that "it will stick with me for a long time as I ponder its messages and the implications of our choices." Those are the kinds of books I love to read, and those are the kinds of books I want to write.

    I hope you will give Book 3 a chance, Trail to Forgiveness. It releases March 9th and I pray will pull you in even further and maybe help you feel better about the way Journey Back Home turned at the end. Blessings - thank you again for taking the time to read and review Journey Back Home.

    If you read Adventure's Invitation (the first in the series), I think that will help you understand the ending as well. :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your review! This looks amazing!

  4. Excellent review! Sounds like a must read. Thank you for hosting.

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds like a must read for me as I love stories that touch my emotions

  6. So many people live like Jace and Simone! When my husband was completely swamped by work, I have felt like a single mom, even though we've been married for 23 years.