A Novel About Reconciliation #Thursday Book Feature

Goin‘ Home

by Phyllis Staton Campbell

Copyright 2020



What Amazon Says


Pastor Jim, blinded in Iraq, and his wife Amy settle down after the storm that has almost destroyed the town, only to find that the most peaceful garden can harbor a serpent. The town is thrown into chaos, when a mass killer is returned home to die after fifty years in prison. The town is divided and they find themselves in the middle.

There is humor when the new church secretary confuses names, and sends the hearse to pick up a dog. A country music singer appears on the scene, and Jim learns a secret from the past.

For readers who enjoy the Mitford series by Jan Karon.


My Thoughts


I met Phyllis Staton Campbell several years ago through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers of which I’m president. Goin’ Home is the sequel to Where Sheep May Safely Graze, which I reviewed here.

One thing in this book that jumped out at me was the way Pastor Jim and his wife call each other darling. I don’t think I noticed this in Where Sheep May Safely Graze, but it might not have been as prevalent. When Phyllis was growing up, people used that term of endearment but not so much anymore. I feel that a book set in the present day needs to reflect the present times.

Otherwise, I was riveted from the first page. I laughed, got mad, but was finally rewarded in the end. I love the way the parsonage cat appears in the first and last chapters. However, I was left wanting more. I hope Phyllis will continue the series.


By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. Thank you for reading today.


New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

8 thoughts on “A Novel About Reconciliation #Thursday Book Feature”

  1. I am going to comment on your comments concerning darling. You must know something about the area in which this book is set. Where this book is set, that term of endearment is used prevalently. It is also well used in the south where I am from. So maybe those in your neck of the woods don’t speak that way, but we still do! You should know about the setting of which a book is placed before making such comments. Otherwise a good book review.

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  2. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    I would like to add my thoughts on this book review.
    First, I am grateful for any book review. Especially when it is a review for a book which is published by one of my clients.
    Secondly, it is a well written review.
    Lastly, and in my mind most important…
    The comment made concerning the term of endearment used in this book is to my mind incorrect.
    Maybe in the area from where the author who wrote this book comes, people do not use this term of endearment anymore. However, in the setting in which this story takes place that term of endearment is used prevalently. And, in the south from where I, it is also used prevalently.
    My advice?
    No something about the setting where a book takes place before you make such comments!


  3. First of all, Abbie, thank you so much for such a nice review. I refrain as a rule from defending my work that a reviewer has taken the time to write, feeling that theirs is the right to comment, good or bad. However, I do feel that I must clarify. People of all ages in the setting of the book, do indeed use the endearment “darling”, and indeed in many other areas in the South. This is a part of the characters’ personas. Thank you, Abbie, and all who have commented


    1. Thank you, Phyllis. Naturally, I was not aware that people of all ages in your neck of the woods use “darling” as a term of endearment more often than we do here in Wyoming. I apologize.

      I could remove that paragraph referencing the use of “darling,” but then, I’d have to remove all comments pertaining to that in order not to confuse my readers. But since Patty commented about this on her blog, that would confuse her readers. So, I think it would be better to leave it alone. I’ll refrain from making such comments in future reviews. Again, please accept my sincere apology.


      1. First of all, whether or not you remove it, is obviously up to you. It’s your work, after all. Knowing about word usage and terms used in various areas is a part of the writing process, and doubtless there are such things in your area, and really has nothing to do with when I or any other writer grew up, but about where the character grew up. There’s no need to apologize because you weren’t aware of the fact that different areas have different ways of speaking.
        Thank you again for reviewing.

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