The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake


Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place,” a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father’s congregation; for Willadee it’s a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John’s untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel’s parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan’s undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father.

With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one’s own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction.

Title:The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

    The Homecoming of Samuel Lake Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Feb 22, 2016

    The Lake family heads home to the Moses clan every year for the yearly reunion. Samuel Lake usually leaves his wife Willadee and three children there while he runs to see what congregation he will be ...

  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    Jan 15, 2013

    There’s a lot of well deserved buzz about this debut novel. Circa 1950's Southern lit with terrific characters, clever dialog and a story that hooks from page one. If you’re into realistic fiction...

  • Dem
    Jul 05, 2011

    Jenny Wingfield's debut novel The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is a real gem !Set in rural south Arkansas in the 1950s this story is about the Moses family and when good and evil cross paths and its cons...

  • Angela M
    Apr 03, 2015

    From the title you might assume this is just about Samuel Lake , the minister who loses his congregations and moves from church to church but the precocious, kind hearted , eleven year old Swan Lake a...

  • Jen
    Sep 19, 2014

    This was a gem of a book. Truly "a diamond in a turnip patch." This is a story of innocence ending when bad things happen to good people. A story of redemption, hope and faith. Of miracles happening w...

  • Crystal Craig
    May 03, 2014

    Recommended Reading The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is just one of those books you must read. My attention grabbed as soon as I read the first sentence."John Moses couldn’t have chosen a worse day, o...

  • Cathrine ??
    Apr 04, 2015

    DNFI made it a third of the way. I do not want to read books that contain animal and child abuse....

  • Karen
    Jun 04, 2016

    4.5 starsThis book is just so good, touched on every emotion, I loved the Moses clan and especially the children. ...

  • Cher
    Jan 25, 2014

    4.5 stars - Incredible. I really loved it.I blew through this one in 2 days and loved it from the first paragraph. It's southern lit set in Arkansas in the 1950's, which does not have a romance-centri...

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    Jun 21, 2012

    This novel will have you thinking about faith and miracles in a whole different light. Debut novelist Jenny Wingfield conjures a cast of characters fresh and imaginative – all set against the lush b...

About Jenny Wingfield

Jenny Wingfield

Jenny Wingfield grew up “pretty much all over Louisiana”. The daughter of a Methodist minister, she learned early on that being a preacher’s kid could mean moving a lot. After high school, she attended Southern State College (now SAU), in Magnolia, Arkansas, earning her B.A. in English. Later on, she taught English and Language Arts in the Hope, Arkansas and Ashdown Arkansas public schools.Wingfie