Almost Home by Pam Jenoff

January 30th, 2023 Kimberly Review 10 Comments

30th Jan

Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya, Almost Home by Pam Jenoff is the first audiobook in the Jordan Weiss historical fiction series filled with mystery and romance tying the past and present. Despite some early struggles, you’ll want to grab a hot cup of tea and curl up with this listen.

Almost Home by Pam Jenoff
Almost Home
by Pam Jenoff
Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya
Genres: Historical Fiction
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A breathtakingly poignant novel of suspense about a woman who must face a past she’d rather forget in order to uncover a dangerous legacy that threatens her future.

Ten years ago, U.S. State Department intelligence officer Jordan Weiss’s idyllic experience as a graduate student at Cambridge was shattered when her boyfriend Jared drowned in the River Cam. She swore she’d never go back—until a terminally ill friend asks her to return. Jordan attempts to settle into her new life, taking on an urgent mission beside rakish agent Sebastian Hodges. Just when she thinks there’s hope for a fresh start, a former college classmate tells her that Jared’s death was not an accident—he was murdered.

Jordan quickly learns that Jared’s research into World War II had uncovered a shameful secret, but powerful forces with everything to lose will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Soon, Jordan finds herself in grave peril as she struggles to find the answers that lie treacherously close to home, the truth that threatens to change her life forever, and the love that makes it all worth fighting for. Fast-paced and impossible to put down, Almost Home establishes Pam Jenoff as one of the best new writers in the genre

historical mystery ROMANCE SUSPENSE

I’ve enjoyed some of the authors’ previous titles and was drawn to the synopsis of Almost Home. Ten years ago, U.S. State Department Intelligence Officer Jordan Weiss’ graduation from Cambridge was met with tragedy when her boyfriend, Jared, drowned in the River Cam. Jordan swore to never return to England, but a letter from a dear, terminally ill friend prompts a transfer. She now works for the American Office in London and is paired with Agent Sebastian Hodges.

Her new assignment is critical, and her partner is devilishly handsome. She is adapting when an old classmate tells her he believes Jarad was murdered. The tale that unfolds takes place in the present, but chapters take us back to Cambridge, the row team and her relationship with Jared.

The mystery was fantastic and quickly pulled me in. Jordan worked to solve both cases, as past and present blended and blurred. I struggled in the beginning with Jordan. I expected a much more confident personality, especially as an intelligence officer, but Jordan second guessed everything, and seemed to walk on eggshells.

We get romance, secrets, twists and some nail-biting moments of intrigue and danger. The last third of the audiobook had me completely hooked, and the ending left me counting the days until the next audio release.

Jennifer Jill Araya narrates and did a wonderful job of capturing the characters, suspense and tone of the tale. I am hoping she continues on the next audio.

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About Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor. Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community. Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia. Pam is the author of The Kommandant's Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat's Wife and Almost Home.

About Jennifer Jill Araya

Jennifer Jill Araya

Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer's training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors' stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word. When she's not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (a.k.a. "Partner in Crime") and their two children.

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10 Responses to “Almost Home by Pam Jenoff”

  1. Katherine

    I have several books by this author on my shelf but haven’t read them yet. This one really catches my attention and sounds like it’ll go to the top of the list. Great review!

  2. Lover of Romance

    This is an author on my list, my sister gifted me one of her books, I am glad to see she does do romance elements in them. Your review definitely has been encouraged to pick her up soon.