Monday, December 26, 2011

COMING HOME by Mariah Stewart

Publisher: Ballantine
Date published: 2010
ISBN: 9780345520333
Romantic Suspense
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via Publisher

Overcoming a past she was more than happy to leave behind, Vanessa Keaton has built a new life for herself in coastal St. Dennis. With the help of her half-brother, Beck, and his father, Hal, she feels safe, secure and successful for the first time in her life. Her shop, Bling, is doing just fabulous and she’s got some terrific friends. She couldn’t ask for anything more—not even a man. Ness has sworn off them so there’s no need to find herself one, right?

On the heels of his wife’s death by his brother’s hands, Grady Shields has also made a new life for himself. Despite his sister, Mia’s, belief that he’s a beaten down loner in the wilds of Montana, he’s actually carved out a life he likes. But he’s willing to come off his mountain for his sister and her wedding to Beck.

When Grady arrives in St. Dennis, Vanessa is prepared to help her brother and his bride. She even agrees to find things for Grady to do. What neither expects is the attraction they feel for each other from the very start. Before they can act on their attraction a piece of Vanessa’s past shows up on her doorstep, literally – and deadly so.

Mariah Stewart’s COMING HOME, book 1 of her Chesapeake Diaries, is a wonderful joining of the feel good stories she told early in her career and her outstanding FBI series. One of my favorite aspects of her stories is the meals. She brings back my personal memories of the great seafood I had growing up on the east coast. There is nothing like east coast crabs.

Her heroines are strong, but sensitive. They are the kind of women you want to have as friends. Her heroes are hot, but nice guys who would do anything for you if you are family or close to family. Her heroes aren’t super heroes but regular guys you’d meet in your own life that deal with every day circumstances you can relate to. There is action, romance, and a great story. I enjoyed Miss Grace’s diary input and the hints of something else beneath the surface. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Stewart does with those little hints.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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