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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Before Long: Sheer Romance of Finding a Home is a humorous graphic novel written by Auralee Arkinsly. Ernst and Esme had figured it was time to find the house of their dreams; one they would feel truly at home in. Esme had long dreamed of a big old house with gables and a large backyard. They soon found her dream home and were thrilled to discover their own little orchard in the backyard. There were be fruit in the summer! Then they realized that internet service was not exactly lightning fast there, but they were willing to work around it. They had always read books in the past, so who needed the internet anyway? Ernst and Esme loved their new home and invited their friends to come and help them with the necessary painting and home repairs. They decided to keep chickens and have fresh eggs every morning and built a coop for the baby chicks they had purchased. Everything was perfect...or was it? There was much much more fruit than they had ever imagined, and it attracted millions of insects, and that rooster seemed determined to wake them up at 4 a.m. each morning. Maybe their dream house wasn’t such a good idea after all?
Before Long: Sheer Romance of Finding a Home will resonate with anyone who’s had an “Oh my God, what did we do?” moment after moving into that seemingly perfect situation. I was particularly moved by this book as I’m currently considering my options and found Ernst and Esme’s adventures to be very illuminating. There’s something appealing about that log cabin on a mountainside that convinces the unwary that the snow won’t really be that bad after all. This thoughtful, well-presented and light-hearted book is actually a font of wisdom, one that anyone considering making that move to the home of their dreams should consider reading. You might save yourself a lot of grief and moving, which is often the same thing, isn’t it? Arkinsly’s characters seemed like old friends by the time I finished her book, like my tribe even, and their moving adventures seemed to echo many of my own thoughts and fears. Before Long: Sheer Romance of Finding a Home is most highly recommended.