Turning for Home

Like her mother before her, Jules Calhoon couldn’t wait to escape her small Ohio town. Unlike her mother, though, Jules couldn’t disappear forever. When she’s called back for her grandfather’s funeral, the visit unleashes a flood of memories and starts her on a lonely—and familiar—path.

Her partner, Kelli, feels Jules slipping away but can’t figure out how to pull her back. In desperation, she turns to Jules’s oldest friend—and her ex—Donna. The problem is, Donna never could figure out why her relationship with Jules ended so long ago, and she never stopped loving Jules.

When a lonely, confused teenager reaches out to Jules for help, the past and present are set on a collision course, igniting a chain of events that will leave none of them unscathed.

Release Date: April 2020
Length: 86,000 words
Award: 2015 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention


“I loved the everyday feel of this tale. These women have real jobs, real joys and real problems. The story is very believable and relatable. The words and the emotions Ms Werlinger wove, encased me in a cocoon of her making and I was unable to see past the drama she was painting. Simply wonderful and I highly recommend it!”
– Amelia Faith –

“Every now and then, one gets the opportunity to sit, undisturbed for the hours it takes to read an entire novel, to enter fully into the world created by the author. I am very grateful that this chance happened for me when Turning for Home by Caren Welinger came to hand.”
– Francis Guenette –

“A great story, wonderfully and movingly written with lots of twists and turns.”
– Dorothy Bennett –

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