Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pat's Review: Come Home to Me

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Come Home to Me by Liz Talley
Publisher: Montlake Romance (April 17, 2018)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Healing the wounds of the past doesn’t come easy in this novel of friendship and forgiveness from award-winning author Liz Talley.

Summer Valentine has returned to Moonlight, South Carolina, a very different woman from the naive wallflower who left years before. These days she’s straightforward and savvy, determined to do right by her son, David—even if that means cashing in her struggling music career in Nashville and returning to the town that drove her away. Sure, she took a fall. But at least she now knows where she stands…

Despite her anger over the past, Summer believes David deserves a relationship with his father, Hunter “Hunt” McCroy. Though Hunt’s illustrious career has faded, privilege still protects him from his worst mistakes.

Someone else is back in Moonlight too: Rhett Bryan, the golden boy of Hollywood, who’s taking stock of his own life after a tragic accident. As his rekindled friendship with Summer quickly deepens, she must reconcile the painful history that ties her to both men—one she’s finally forgiven, one she’s afraid to love—to claim healing and happiness.

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Pat's Review:

This very emotional contemporary romance follows two best friends in high school, Hunt McCroy and Rhett Bryan. They are both baseball stars, and high on the most popular list. Summer Valentine considers herself a “chubby nobody” and has had a crush on Rhett forever. Hunt is rich, cocky and selfish. But when a opportunity to go to the Senior Prom presents itself, she grabs it. Even though it’s with Hunt, they will be going with Rhett and his girlfriend. That decision changes her and Hunt’s life forever.

A clumsy, drunken sexual encounter after the prom, one Summer wanted no part of, and she finds herself pregnant. Hunt’s family made Summer and her family’s lives unbearable, but Summer is keeping her baby. She moves to Nashville, giving up her college dreams, and starts writing songs and singing at gigs. She does well, but her son David is growing up, has no real male influence, and has made some questionable friendships, Summer realizes she has to go home to Moonlight, S.C. Where Hunt is finally wanting to get to know his son, 14 years too late.

Rhett went on to become a late night talk show host in Hollywood and is known for his very good looks and witty banter. But a terrible, heartbreaking accident makes him question the choices he has made in his life. He heads back to Moonlight for some down time and to see his grandfather, Grampy Pete. Totally shocked to literally run into Summer, and he doesn’t recognize her. Over the next couple months they renew their friendship, and find more. David and Rhett have a growing relationship as well. David is turning into a talented high school baseball player, and Hunt is ecstatic, but, can he keep from pushing David to the limit, as was done to him by his father?

The story switches back from high school to present, and gives a lot of insight into these characters. Hunt realizes there is more to being a father than baseball and good times when David makes a very poor decision that endangers his life. Falling in love with Summer was not Rhett’s plan, but she helped him confront his fear and depression and gave him his life back.


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Source: NetGalley eARC

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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