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The Only Way Home
The Only Way Home

The Only Way Home


4.80 (16 ratings)
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.


Increased my understanding of my own family history

A nice story with good descriptions of depression era family life. My father-in-law “rode the rails” looking for work when he was 16. My uncle, step-father and mother-in-law were all in the CCC. This book helped me understand that time, but made me wish I had asked more questions while they were living.

M. Frady
Step into life on the rails as a young teen looking for work during the Depression

Great character development and storyline. The author does a very good job painting a verbal picture of the people and the country in the time of the Depression in the United States.

Good read

Tough times told in the eyes of a young man. How he overcame trials and found more than he was looking for.

Great Book about the Real Depression

I am very interested in history and this book presented realistic detail about life riding around the country during the Depression and looking for food and a place to stay. I had not realized how dangerous this life was, especially for young boys.


This book is very well written with beautiful descriptions! It gives a very detailed and interesting insight regarding those times. I would definitely recommend this book!!!

Lyna Kittelmann
Enjoyed this book!

This was a very good book about the depression. I couldn't out it down. I recommend it to children from Jr. Hi up as well as adults.

Kindle Customer
A feel good read that keeps you turning the pages!

Factual, entertaining and insightful. I enjoyed its depth and clarity of depicting that era of history.

Entertaining read


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.