A Heart to Call Home by Jeannie Levig

Jeannie Levig knows how to develop a character. She weaves her story around her protagonists and draws you right into the amazingness of her stories. I’m never sure where I am going to go, what I’ll read and I can never predict the ending. Levig keeps me guessing throughout the whole book and I love her for it. Romance tends to follow formulas, that’s just how it goes in this genre, but Levig definitely doesn’t play by the rule and loves to add a curveball here and there. My goodness, I adore that about her writing!

Jessie Weldon returns to her hometown after spending two decades away. The ending of her marriage forces her to accept that she needs to go back and face the demons of her childhood. Jessie accepts a temporary teaching position at the local high school. She has all but accepted the fate that she will have to face her former crush and the source of a lot of pair Coach Dakota Scott.

Dakota comes from the wealthiest family in the town. Townspeople believe the Scott’s are above the rest and their money can buy them out of anything, even murder. Yeah, the plot thickens. What most people don’t know is that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be aa s Scott. Most folks don’t know that the Scott matriarch, Dakota’s mother has schizophrenia. This face has left more scars than anyone can ever imagine and holds a key to what happened that dark night that forever changed the life of both Dakota and Jessie.

Dakota and Jessie face each other, bringing old wounds to the forefront. They both know that that night permanently altered the course of their lives and forever changed them. Delving into the past and accepting the repercussions are the only way either of them can move forward. Add to it that they are both outrageously attracted to each other and you add a whole added dimension to their story.

This is a fantastic story of human emotions, failed pasts and that love can conquer all. Levig does it again with bringing you an amazing story that grips you to the last page. You cannot go wrong with this one.

4.25 out of 5 stars

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Twice In A Lifetime by Clare Lydon

Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon takes us on a journey of meeting up with the one that got away. Not just the one either, the first one. That sweet first love that was perfect in every way except for being too early and life came crashing in.

Sally McCall is returning to Chicago to visit her zany, eccentric aunt. Her aunt has a business proposal for her, and Sally being a starving artist cannot refuse anyone’s help even if that is exactly what she wants to do. At the airport baggage claim, something crazy happened, her bag disappears. Apparently, someone had the exact same bags as her, even down to the orange ribbon she had ties on the handle.

Harriet Locke’s life is her work. Her job, introducing artists to retailers has its benefits for sure but that is all her life is. Meetings, emails, and more meetings. After a long flight, deliriously tired Harriet grabs the wrong case. Unbeknownst to her, the case belongs to her first love, Sally. The girl she broke up with when the pressure of college became too much. The girl she regretted letting go for seventeen years.

The book has a mix of backstory and present day. Not too much flashback, though. The chemistry between the Harriet and Sally is fantastic, their dialogue and thoughts are fun and witty. Aunt Paula is a riot, as are all the supporting characters that are nicely incorporated into the story.

The quality of the book is high and I found the likeability of both main characters to be the overall appeal of the story. When I finished the book my thoughts were how adorable was that. Cute, fun, a light read when you just want to zone out and enjoy yourself. There is depth mixed with this happy ever after, don’t you worry. As always Clare Lydon gives you a solid read and leaves you with a smile on your face. I adore her writing!

4 out of 5 stars

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