Monday, September 20
Coming Home by Mariah Stewart
In the wake of his wife’s murder, agent Grady Shields turned his back on the FBI—and everything else—to retreat into the vast solitude of Montana, grieve for his lost love, and forget the world. But after years in seclusion, his sister’s wedding draws him to St. Dennis, a peaceful town on the Chesapeake Bay. Though he swears he isn’t interested in finding love again, Grady can’t ignore the mutual sparks that fly when he meets Vanessa Keaton.
Although her past was marked by bad choices, Vanessa has found that coming to St. Dennis is the best decision she’s ever made. Bling, her trendy boutique, is a success with tourists as well as with the townspeople. She’s made friends, has a home she loves, and has established a life for herself far from the nightmare she left behind. The last thing she’s looking for is romance, but the hot new man in town is hard to resist. And when Vanessa’s past catches up with her, Grady finds that he’s unwilling to let her become a victim again. As together they fight her demons, Grady and Vanessa discover that life still holds some surprises and that love doesn’t always have to hurt.
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, their daughter, and their dogs.
Mariah Stewart's website: http://www.mariahstewart.com/
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The Chesapeake Diaries: Coming Home
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Mar 23 2010)
St. Dennis, Maryland is situated in Chesapeake Bay and it sounds like a beautiful place to live or to visit. The sleepy little town has a rich history, and a small population of closely knit friends and family. Then the summer tourist season begins, and the population explodes.
Coming Home begins with a beautiful fairy-tale wedding, and a cast of very interesting characters. Some residents (as well as some of the guests at the wedding) were trying desperately to escape from a painful past, yet the past has unfortunately followed them. I especially loved Hal, Vanessa's adopted Dad. He has one of the most painful stories of all, yet he is the one with the biggest heart, the one most likely to forgive, and he challenges others to do the same.
Initially, I was a little confused about the subtitle on these books "The Chesapeake Diaries". Grace is the elderly neighbourhood newspaper columnist, and her personal diary excerpts are interspersed between the rest of the story. I found this format interesting, a bit humorous at times, and a refreshing change from the normal fiction book style.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was eager to start book two, Home Again.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Coming Home through TLC Books, in exchange for my honest review.