Tour and Giveaway for The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti

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Book Details:

Book Title: The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 242 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Coming of Age
Publisher:  Penning Press
Release date:   4/1/2021
Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Content Rating: PG + M. My book is rated PG+M for a brief attempted rape scene. The main character, male, is laying down in a field on a ranch, with his eyes closed. A male worker comes up to him and turns him over but before anything more can happen someone saves him. One other scene where Tucker is accosted by someone with a knife briefly…but is then saved by Robert. The man with the knife yells out “ bastards” to them.
Book Description:

Desperate times. Danger on the rails. A journey to save a family.

It is 1933 inside a sweltering courtroom in Macon, Georgia. Fifteen-year-old Robert sits on a bench awaiting sentencing after being picked up for vagrancy and spending a night in jail. He left his home in Illinois with a neighborhood friend to ride the rails and find work to help their families. The friend turned back, too afraid to face the perils ahead. But going back empty-handed isn’t an option for Robert.

THE ONLY WAY HOME is the story of one boy’s determination to survive loss and hardship to help his family — and how fate and a violin touch the course of his life.

Fans of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Sold On a Monday by Kristina Morris will love this story set during the Great Depression of a fatherless boy fighting to keep his family together.​.​


Afraid his family needed money to survive during the great depression, 15 years old Robert strikes out on his own to work and make money for his family. His journey was not a very good one, though he did find some nice people along the way to help him. He ended up going through several states, and also found a friend to join him on his journey. Robert is trying to find his way back home to his family, and the only way of transportation is hopping trains, so this is what he and his friend did. It was fun reading about the train hopping. I grew up very close to a train track and it was a place trains always stopped so we had our share of guys hopping trains come to our house looking for food. And my mom always fed them and my dad sent them on their way. A hobo is the name they had back then, may still have the name.

Author Jeanette Minniti does a lot of research to get the historical facts right, as well as creating characters that very well tell her story. I love Robert, he is such a sweet strong and caring young man. There were many troubling times that I was scared someone would grab him and take him for purposes that were not good. A few times I even feared for his live, but it was so reassuring to see the nice people he met along the way that will willing to overlook a few things or help him on his way. The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti is a fantastic historical fiction that you history buffs out there will love. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a few hours of entertainment and enjoyment. This one is Five Stars for me!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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1) How long have you been writing?  

I have been writing in one form or another for thirty-five years. My journalism background includes published news articles and magazine articles. In public relations work, I created newsletters for businesses and wrote the articles within them. Once my schedule allowed, I began focusing on creative writing, where my novel The Only Way Home began.

2) What comes first, the plot or characters?

This is an interesting question because it is tricky. For example, some writers have a plot in mind and then create characters to fit the story. But for my novel, The Only WaHome, I began with a protagonist in mind and then outlined the plot—both work.

3) Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

My genre is historical fiction, so I did extensive research first. The early 1930s era included reading non-fiction books and academic articles, watching videos, and reviewing historical photos, newspaper headlines, and maps. The exploration of specific details of the period continued as I wrote each chapter. My writing method is a panster versus a plotter, so I spent much more time researching than outlining. Also, creating upfront at least a rough outline of the story and identifying the protagonist’s characteristics is critical. 

5) What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Being a panster versus a plotter in style, I was amazed at how characters just showed up on the page, leaving me to figure out what role, if any, they would play as the story progressed. It was definitely an interesting experience.

6) Where can readers find out more about you and your book?

My website,, provides background information about the novel, an excerpt from a chapter, where to buy, links to purchase, and how to contact me. I would love to hear from readers!

7) Who is your favorite author, and why?

John Grisham because he never disappoints.

Meet the Author:

​As a member of the American Association of University Women, she coordinates the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions discussion group and participates in several AAUW interest groups. 

Jeanette and her husband enjoy all that Colorado renders in outdoor activities including hiking and biking.
connect with the author:  website  ~  facebook   ~  goodreads​​

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