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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Finding My Way Back Home: The Patience of Jobe by J.I.M. Lord is an epic novel following the life of Jackie Jobe as he struggles to overcome a tragic event that occurred when he was eight years old. It was an event that will stay with him through his growing up years and into adulthood. Horses and racing are in his blood and, although he is haunted by those early memories, he has a dream to win the most important horse race in the world. He is encouraged by a loving and supportive family, but blighted by the Jobe name and all that he feels it implies. Jackie’s journey is not an easy one, troubled as he is by the challenges that he must face to realise his dream.
The author, J.I.M. Lord, has done a very good job in relating this family saga. Jackie Jobe has dreams but is haunted by his past. I was gripped by the first chapter which introduces Jackie as a young eight-year-old who learns a hard life lesson at such an early age. The story then joins Jackie with his wife and two children. He now works for the company his father previously owned – and which he feels should rightfully be his – and life continues to be a struggle. Jackie’s life journey takes him through hopelessness and despair to fulfilling what he believes to be his destiny. This book is so well written that the reader is taken on the journey too. This is a gem of a book with good old-fashioned family values at its core. An emotional life journey that had me reaching for the tissues.