For Las Vegas widow Naomi, memories of a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood are an ache from the distant past, a painful memory of abandoned roots and lost connections. She has long since reconciled herself to the shattered dreams that had enticed her from her heritage and now simply lives in a tiny apartment, thick with loneliness and regret. Her sole consolation is her daughter-in-law Ruth.
But when hard living claims both of her boys, the two women turn Naomi's creaky Impala eastward in a desperate, last-chance bid for hope and meaning. Thus begins a cross-country odyssey that brings her home to her old farm in Lancaster County--and to the values and rhythms of a life once spurned. Although the East is foreign territory, Ruth also finds a home here among the slow and authentic cadences of Pennsylvania farm country. And she finds love...
"What happens when fate links the destiny of a woman with Mennonite heritage to that of a Las Vegas cocktail waitress? Will those two from different backgrounds and generations, connected only by life's circumstances and losses, find healing for their wounds on The Road Home? The latest novel from Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen, this modern day parable retells the biblical story of Naomi and her faithful daughter-in-law Ruth, with a message and spiritual journey that are realistic and heartwarming."
--Homecoming, December 2008