Adult Contemporary Romance
Released January 21, 2014
Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won't be taken advantage of again.
When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah's carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.
But Danny has a secret...
One that could shake Leah's already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she's faced with an incredibly difficult decision--is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she's always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?
★★★★ 4.5 stars!
"I could suffer through anything if you were my reward."
"I just don't know how many times I can bend before I break."
"But it's okay if you bend," she said earnestly. "It's okay if you break. I'm not going anywhere."
Coming Home is a beautifully written, heart
breakingwarming story that I really enjoyed reading. I'm not going to give away too much about the story in this review because there are some things you better not know before reading it. I will say though that even though there were some sad, dramatic moments throughout the story, I mostly had a happy feeling while reading it.
Every year Leah returns to her home town to drive by the house she grew up in. Ever since her mom died when she was only twelve years old, that house is one of the few places she can go to in order to keep her mother's memory alive. This year however, the new owner of the house, an older woman named Catherine, invites her in and allows her to walk through her old home. While she's there, Catherine's grandson Danny suddenly shows up and that's when it all begins.
Their first meeting sparks feelings in the both of them, but they're both hesitant to give into them. Leah, because she's had a very painful break-up almost two years ago and she hasn't been able to trust another man ever since. And Danny because he has some secret past of his own that might prevent him from starting up new relationship.
"God, how do you do that?" he asked.
"Do what?" she asked softly."You make it stop hurting," he said against her skin. "Every time."
Both Leah and Danny have a painful past that keeps haunting them and preventing them from finding true happiness. Together though, they help each other overcome their painful memories and they provide each other strength to fight for the happy ending they both so desperately deserve.
I really loved Leah. She was such a strong person and I admired the fact that she never gave up on Danny even when (view spoiler)[he started pushing her away and almost decided to give up on them just so he wouldn't drag her down with him. (hide spoiler)] It took a lot of courage for her to take so many first steps, but in the end it was all worth it. Just like someone once told her, sometimes the reward more than makes up for the suffering you have to go through.
"You don't have to worry about me. I can take care of myself."
"I know you can. You're one of the strongest people I know, and I really hate that life keeps making you have to prove it."
Overall, Coming Home was a wonderful, original, captivating story with beautifully damaged characters that I very much enjoyed reading. The storyline was simple yet it managed to surprise me at times as well and there was just the right amount of angst and drama and some fun, interesting side characters to keep the story from getting dull or predictable. This was my first book by Priscialla Glenn and I'm already looking forward to checking out the rest of her work!
Highly recommended for anyone searching for a heartwarming standalone love story.
**ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English at the middle and high school levels for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she's feeling sophisticated, she'll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she'll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry's, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Glenn is the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, Emancipating Andie, and Coming Home. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org