Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HOME AGAIN by Mariah Stewart

Publisher: Ballantine
Date published: July 2010
ISBN: 9780345520357
Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via Publisher

Dallas MacGregor never doubted her path she’d chosen for her life. From childhood she knew she wanted not only to be an actress, but the best of them. Giving up dates in high school she kept to her path and before long became one of Hollywood’s top stars. She married what she thought was well and together they had a son, Cody. But all in Hollywood wasn’t golden. In a marriage based on lies and turned head the final straw was not only a lewd and lascivious sex tape made by her husband—it was that it was done in her own home. Needing to protect her son from snide and cold hearted comments from his purposed friends she takes him to the only home she truly loved, her Aunt Berry’s in St. Dennis.

On the heels of his own divorce veterinarian Grant Wyler has recently returned to St. Dennis. With a growing practice and a shelter to run he still has time for his sister, Steffie as well as the townies of St. Dennis. Still, there is a hole in his life—the girl who got away. Well, not that she got away, but she moved to Hollywood and became a famous actress. At the end of every summer she returned to her other life. But she always returned, if only for the summer. When Dallas returns to St. Dennis Grant wants nothing more than to see if the magic is still there between them. But, like with summers of their childhood, Dallas plans to leave come September.

I love Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series starting with COMING HOME and now HOME AGAIN. St. Dennis is the kind of town you want to live in and raise your families. It is filled with quaint shops with enticing names and inhabited by people you’d like to know as your own friends. Dallas’ dilemma is realistic and heart wrenching in how she protects her son.

Berry is a hoot with her own cadre of friends. Mariah Stewart’s secondary characters are as memorable as her heroes and heroines. I enjoy how she weaves in threads from earlier books into each new one, leaving me eager for the next to catch up with well liked characters.

That said, I did feel that brining in the FBI to look for a missing child was a bit gratuitous. There didn’t seem to be the need for the dramatics behind it. But the story moves on from there with hints of more fabulous stories to come. This is one series I hope continues on and on.

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

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