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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
One Way Home is a contemporary fiction novel for new adults written by L.B. Lewis. Sierra was so excited about her future. She was in love; she and Ismael were on their way to Paris to enjoy a romantic interlude and then they’d be flying home to Detroit to celebrate her sister’s graduation. Sierra just knew that Ismael was going to ask her to marry him, and she knew what she’d say. She realized that her parents would have some issues with Ismael’s being a black man, but she was sure they’d love him just as much as she did once they got to know him. While she was speaking with her mom on the phone just before she and Ismael boarded the bus to Paris, she thought about how grand it was that everything finally was coming together; that there was more to life than stressing over job opportunities and paying off her student loans, worries that had oppressed her every waking moment for so long.
L.B. Lewis takes some hard looks at expectations and counters them with a hefty dose of reality as Sierra comes to terms with the impact new adults face when lumbered with massive student loans, uninspiring job prospects, and societal pressures to find love, get married and raise a family. In this well-written and thought-provoking series, Lewis confronts those issues head-on while her heroine walks away on her own in Paris and somehow finds her inner strength and purpose. Lewis’s characters have depth and come complete with their flaws and foibles, and she’s adept at stripping the veneer off the societal package of school loans, job and family marketed as the be-all and end-all for young and new adults. I loved watching as Sierra comes into her own and found the speech she gives to high school students at her old school to be poignant, honest and inspiring. This story reminds the reader that there are no set formulas or recipes for success; it’s how you live and what you consider success that matters -- and it does so beautifully. One Way Home is most highly recommended.