Looking Past Mistakes: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of Journey Back Home

About the Book

Book:  Journey Back Home

Author: Cheri Swalwell

Genre: Christian Romance

As you know, life isn’t always as it seems.

Ten years, four children, two full-time careers, insane schedules—this is not what Jace and Simone signed up for. When the couple married a decade ago, they shared a passion for serving youth together. They believed their deep love for God and shared interests were all they needed to keep their marriage strong.

With Jace busy as a youth minister on the weekends, and Simone taking care of their four children, as well as her second grade classroom, they barely find time to connect with each other. Travel up close and personal into the home of a youth pastor and his family as they deal with issues far-to-common in this fast-paced society.

Tragedy strikes…an investigation begins…and it seems as though life will never return to the “happily-ever-after” of their dreams.

When their world is turned upside down, the question becomes…will God give the family strength to journey back home?

If you like wholesome fiction with a faith-filled message, buckle in to read Journey Back Home, Book 2 of The Redemption of Green Pines series today.


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Book Review

This book is a roller coaster ride I am glad I experienced. The book is filled with twists and turns and looks deeper into the struggles of every day life, marriage, and motherhood, as well as a myriad of other things (but best not spoil anything).

The book is second in a series, but it honestly could be a stand-alone. Although now I really want to read the first book and I cannot wait for the third one. 

I am so glad the I got the opportunity to go on this journey with Jace. While he’s a great youth pastor, strong Christian, and skilled in mentoring others, there is one area in his life that he is failing in-and that is his marriage. It takes a tragic event to make him realize how bad of a situation he and his wife are in. And I’m saying this now-you’re going to want a box of tissues next to you at all times when you read this book. Because every time I sat down to read this novel, there was at least one, if not more, very emotional and heart-wrenching moment.

I think my only other comment about this book would be this. I wish the entirety of the story was told from Jace’s perspective. It tended to jump around once and a while, and I was always caught off guard when the perspective changed. But that is a minor thing, and most of the book is told from Jace’s point of view. 

Overall, though, I would highly recommend this novel. It’s emotional and makes one reflect on his or her own life.

I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.

About the Author

Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She enjoys writing regularly for Book Fun Magazine and LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Her Spoken from the Heart Series is available through Deeper Shopping in both eBook and paperback versions. To read one of her many articles on life from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at: http://bit.ly/1gRp9oK. She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at clSwalwell99@gmail.com or “like” her on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1h4eudV.

More from Cheri

Journey Back Home was the first novel I ever wrote. The way God downloaded it into my heart was by sharing Simone’s side of the story first. Her journey is shared in the book through a series of diary entries. So I basically wrote the middle of the book first, then the ending, and then went back and wrote the beginning. It was definitely God who tied it all together so nicely.

When I finished writing Journey Back Home, it sat in my computer folders for six years. During that time God took fiction away from me, and gave me the platform of nonfiction. Two years ago, He lovingly gave me fiction back and I pulled it out, dusted it off, and started getting it ready to publish.

However, I realized it wasn’t a standalone book anymore. It was a community, a tight-knit group of people who had much more they wanted to share with readers. And I knew I needed to start with Holly’s story. Adventure’s Invitation, Book 1 of The Redemption of Green Pines, tells Holly’s background which is an integral part of Journey Back Home.

I hope you fall in love with Jace, Simone, their four children, and of course Holly as much as I have. If so, get ready because there are many more people to grow to love in all six books of The Redemption of Green Pines series.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 22

Artistic Nobody, January 23 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 24

Batya’s Bits , January 24

Inklings and notions, January 25

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 26

deb’s Book Review, January 27

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 28

Texas Book-aholic, January 29

Rebecca Tews, January 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 31

Holly Jo Morris, January 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 1

For Him and My Family, February 2

Pause for Tales, February 3


To celebrate her tour, Cheri is giving away the grand prize of a $15 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. I think I'm going to love this one!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and the book and author details, this sounds like an excellent read

  3. I enjoyed your review, thanks for sharing

  4. I"m so glad you enjoyed Journey Back Home. Trail to Forgiveness comes out on March 9th, and it's on preorder now. Happy Reading! You'll never believe what happens next 🙂

  5. Sounds really interesting God will take care~

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