Monday, September 20

Home Again by Mariah Stewart (Review and Giveaway) ENDED

The Chesapeake Diaries, Book Two - Home Again

Dallas MacGregor is living the Hollywood dream. At thirty-something, she’s an award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio Baird, is caught in a sex scandal, Dallas’s charmed life turns tabloid nightmare. Determined to shield her young son, Cody, from the ugly uproar, Dallas seeks refuge in sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland—the Chesapeake Bay town where her happiest childhood days were spent.

Reunited with her boisterous great-aunt, Dallas wants nothing more than to leave her Hollywood days behind. And when she crosses paths with local veterinarian Grant Wyler, her high school summer love, she finds he’s everything she remembers, and more—and that the spark is still there. But Dallas’s promising new life takes a troubling turn when the unimaginable happens and she finds herself living a mother’s worst nightmare—and Emilio storms into St. Dennis to save the day, along with his damaged career. Trapped in the unwanted glare of the limelight once again, Dallas discovers that it’s coolheaded Grant who is willing to risk everything to protect her and her son, and to secure the future they were always meant to share. 

The Chesapeake Diaries: Home Again
Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (July 27 2010)
ISBN-10: 0345520351
ISBN-13: 978-0345520357

MY THOUGHTS

Home Again is a continuation of Coming Home (see my review immediately preceding this post), and the characters that I loved from the first book are now in the background.  The main characters in this book are new on the scene, but they have connections to St. Dennis from many years earlier. I am glad I read Coming Home first, or I would have missed out on a lot of the story.

Dallas is an award-winning Hollywood actress, and she comes home to visit her great aunt Beryl, who also was a famous actress.  Their summer together becomes one of personal discovery and second chances at happiness for both of them.

St. Dennis is a magical place.  Residents of this small town support and care deeply for each another.  There is a connection that is refreshing and inspiring, and even makes me a little envious.  I would love to live in a place like this! 

I will be looking for book three in The Chesapeake Diaries series to be released next spring called "Almost Home".

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Home Again through TLC Books, in exchange for my honest review.

THE GIVEAWAY

Thanks to TLC Books, one lucky reader of this blog will win a copy of Home Again!

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  • Contest ends Wednesday, October 6.

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