Homecoming by Alaina HasbroukHomecoming by Alaina Hasbrouk

Homecoming

byAlaina Hasbrouk

Paperback | July 1, 2014

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Kerana is being sent to Earth to begin her duty as an Eldurian. Hers are a perfect people, without flaw and without sin, never experiencing the fall of man. Created by God to shepherd His people on Earth, they remain in the shadows, unnoticed. Kerana looks human, speaks like them, and has been taught to act like them. Above all her mission is to serve the humans. Arriving on Earth, Kerana meets Eli at school. He is an ordinary human, with a father suffering from alcoholism, and a past that threatens to ruin his life. A star scholarship lacrosse player, Eli has to forget his true passion and live in a shell that doesn't let anyone in. Until he meets Kerana. They find themselves intertwined in a connection that neither can quite explain. When this connection puts the two of them in danger, they find comfort and protection from each other. When Eli discovers that there is more to Kerana than just her stunning looks and grace, the Eldurians and their home realm of Eden may not remain a secret for very long.

Alaina Kate Hasbrouck wrote her first book when she was a little girl. She majored in psychology and writing at Houghton College. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.
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Title:HomecomingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Koehler Studios, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1940192218

ISBN - 13:9781940192215

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“For he will command his angelsConcerning youTo guard you in all your ways.On their handsthey will bear you up,so that you will not dash your footagainst a stone.”†Psalm 91: 11-12Chapter 1KeranaI stood at the very edge of the branch where I could see nearly everything in the forest. The sun had reached its peak and cast long shadows between the trees, wrapping the world in a cool blanket below me.Today my life will change forever. I will go to Earth, and I will essentially become a Human.These thoughts reminded me that I should be on my way.The breeze was soft, but at these heights, the slightest wind sent the branches of the trees swaying. But I had anticipated that.I looked down through the tree, the nearest limbs nearly thirty feet below me, and the forest floor seemed miles away. I took another step onto the branch, feeling it bow a little underneath my weight.And I smiled, for what was a thirty foot drop to an Eldurian?I leapt from the end of the branch, fell through the air for a few seconds of blissful flight, and landed lightly on my feet on the branch. I loved feeling the wind rush through my hair as I fell. I eyed the next branch below me, which was closer, but not by much, and quickly jumped down to it. I continued down the tree until at last, I reached the forest floor.“Kerana?” I smiled and I turned to see the most beautiful woman in Eden approach me through the spotted pools of sunlight. Long brunette hair flowed over her shoulders like a waterfall, and blue eyes radiated a light that stars would envy. Her face was flawless and smooth. She had a smile that was contagious and beautiful, that conveyed a story of love and wisdom.“Mother!” I replied. “How did you know where to find me?”She said nothing at first, but opened her arms and I lingered a few moments more than usual in her embrace. She smelled like fresh pine and mint.Then, “Kerana, really. Do you think I know you that little?”I smiled. Of course she would know.“It is getting late, dear. You need to get going. Your father is with the twins and insisted that I come to see you off.” She ran her hands through my long hair affectionately. She hadn’t done that since I was eight or nine. “He sends his love.”She paused, looked at me, and brushed her hands up and down my arms. “Your first day wearing the Eldurian robe—I can’t believe it!”I couldn’t either; it still seemed surreal to me that I had just that morning changed from the uniform of the Elduns to the robe that meant I was no longer considered a child among my people, but an adult.“Well come on, we should get you going.” I knew she didn’t want to prolong the goodbye and I fell into step beside her.My thoughts were tangled up in one another, and I couldn’t quite straighten them out. I was sure that this was what every Eldurian felt before they left for Earth.“How are you feeling?” Mother asked me as we walked together.“I am feeling confident, just a bit curious about what to expect.” I smiled at her. “I do not fear it,” I added honestly. I wasn’t afraid at all and really never experienced fear in Eden. But then again, I had never seen a Human before and we were taught in school that fear was a part of everyday life experiences on Earth. It was my first time away from home and I was to set out entirely by myself into a world that I was only familiar with through books and drawings.She nodded her head. “I remember feeling the same way. But I trust that you will do well.”“I believe I will too.”“And of course,” she added, “Adonai will be there with you. You won’t have to remain in Earth’s fear when He is at your side.”I smiled. “That is a very large part of why I am confident. I know I am supposed to go. I know that it is my time.”“I know it is too,” she replied.We walked side by side as almost equals now, I realized. It was strange to speak with her eye to eye, and to know that I would no longer rely on her help.“You know, I still remember my first day on Earth,” she murmured, pulling me out of my musings.“The very first?”“Kerana, I doubt that you will ever forget your first day in the world of the Humans. I walked out of the Portal and into a place that was nothing like Eden.” She grew quiet, and looked down at her feet as we walked. “I remember I walked out of the Portal and immediately I wanted to go back. Everything felt wrong. The world smelled strange, it sounded strange. I began to think that Adonai was wrong, and that I wasn’t ready to go into this world.”She smiled at me then. “But Adonai is never wrong, I reminded myself in that moment. And I knew that He was there because He reminded me in His ever so gentle way. So I picked up my bags and made my way to the busy streets to take a taxicab to the nearest airport so that I could reach Maine.”Silence fell again as we continued to walk. I knew that we were coming close to where we would part ways. I wondered what was waiting for me only a short distance away, through the Portal.Would the Humans smile the same way? Would they laugh like the Eldurians did? Would they love like the Eldurians did? It was hard to know the answers, knowing that the Humans were the Fallen, and the Eldurians were not. The darkness that lived in them did not live in us.Against a tree along the edge of the path were two bags packed full of clothing, books, and other necessities. I laid them out before wandering back to the trees—before I had one last glimpse of Eden as I knew it now. I was fully aware that when I returned, my view of it will have changed. I wanted to retain an innocent, naïve memory of it, of the way I had always known it.“Here,” Mother said. She opened a bag and pulled out some clothing and handed the neatly folded stack to me. “I am glad that the clothes I passed on to you fit as well as they do. You should change quickly before you leave. I will take your robe and keep it safe.”I nodded at her, and quickly changed into the clothes she had given me. I handed Mother my newly acquired Eldurian robe somewhat regretfully. I was just getting used to wearing it.Mother called the stiff pants I wore “jeans” and the shirt I wore was made from a soft cotton material and was a warm pink color.

Editorial Reviews

"Kate Hasbrouck uses magical realism to retell the Fall from Eden story as a modern-day romance between a fallen human and an entity from Eden whose responsibility is to keep the human safe. A good blending of Christian teachings with fantasy to remind the reader that love is real and eternal."Betsy Ashton, president of Virginia Writers Club and author of the Mad Max series