Thursday, July 10, 2014

Home Again by Kathleen Shoop

Published July 26, 2013 by Createspace

1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge-the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother's best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart. In Hale's presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale's arms, passion blooms. Yet, April's future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?

My Thoughts:

While Home Again is a novella, there is a lot going on in it.  From the very beginning the story unfolds and keeps going until the very last page.   There is love, drama, and a lot of emotions within this story.   April and Hale go through a whole lot of emotions in the time I got to spend with them.  They are both dealing with loses, one by her own choice and one an accidental lose.   As they work together to save the house that April spent all her summers in and is not in disrepair, they both deal with their past and develop feelings for each other.   The reader can feel their sparks, yet the respect and love between them keeps them from just “hooking up.” 

I am anxious to start the second book in this series, Return to Love.   I fell in love with April and Hale.   This is a couple that I would love to get to know better.  I will definitely recommend this series.

By the way …. Come back later this afternoon to read my review of Return to Love.

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Amazon Top-100 Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance.
Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured inUSA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soulbooks and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

For more information, visit FACEBOOK-- KATHLEEN SHOOP TWITTER-- @kathieshoop

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you liked Home Again! Thank you for the lovely words.