“Kate Hasbrouck has been writing and creating stories for as long as she can remember. She had written several stories by the time she was a teen, but Homecoming was the first full manuscript she had ever written with the intention of sharing it with other people. She attended Houghton College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree with a dual-major in Writing and Psychology where she honed her skills. She lives in Florida with her husband who is a youth pastor at a local church. She spends her time writing, ministering to teens, and enjoying the life God has given her. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.”
In addition to ^^^ all of that, she is kind and such an enthusiastic author. She’s a good egg. <<<You like that? A little egg humor right after Easter? 🙂
“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 planet of Eden may not remain a secret for very long.”
The Story: I’m so excited to report that this story is not only intriguing, but I can genuinely recommend this for the young adult age of readers. The characters are in college, but I can say it is 100% appropriate to pass on to a young teen. Thank you, Kate! There are so many books I love, but because of sensitive material I don’t feel comfortable passing them along to youth age kids. You can definitely tell that Hasbrouck helps minister to young people—she is mindful of where they are in life in her writing.
I also really enjoyed the character depth in the story. While Kerana is pure and innocent, Eli is broken and has a past that cripples him from being who Adonai has called him to be. We all have things in our past that are huge hurts, and I love that Hasbrouck has addressed that reality.
The story really starts (seemingly) focused on Kerana, but I find that the story leans into a “self-discovery” for Eli. It’s really a story of searching for wholeness in our broken Human world, and finding comfort in a God who is real. Plus, some sweet romance too! 😉
The Writing: Hasbrouck has remained within her target audience!!! Again, let’s just give some finger-snaps for this. 🙂 Highly recommended for young adults.
There were a couple of things that I would have loved for Hasbrouck to dive into more in her writing. I think that the point of view needed to be deepened in places. Just because I wanted even more action beats of what people were doing, but I would say over-all that is nitpicking!
I loved her two secondary characters Steven and Ev. It would be so awesome if she wrote a book about those two! They were both funny and dynamic, perfect supporting roles for the more serious and focused Eli and Kerana. AND…let’s just take a moment and applaud that name—Kerana—SO. COOL.