Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
I obtained a copy of Coming Home, a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you VERY much.
Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’ Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’ Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.
Her youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’ Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.
But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’ Valley, and the three sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve.
First off let me say I really enjoyed reading a book which mentioned my home town of Vancouver, B.C. Canada, with references to other towns / cities in Canada of which I am familiar. I enjoyed the story; however, I was put off by the quantity of grammatical / typographical errors. 🙁
Forest Hills aka Hill n’ Valley is quite the small town. I was immediately immersed in small town life and all the ‘everyone knows everything` syndrome that comes with life in a small town once Brenna went back home. I must say, the amount of “life events” that occurred within a short time frame in this story did seem a bit excessive but luckily the pace of the book did compensate for the excessiveness and it flowed well enough. I must say the morning fling (just after coming to town) with the `boy` Brenna`s niece was interested in was a bit unrealistic given the portrayal of the character to this point in time in the book. That type of behavior did not seem becoming in Brenna.
Each chapter vacillated from the point of view of either Cat or Brenna, two of the five sisters. At times it was difficult to remember whose point of view was being presented and I had to back track to remind myself. The way the author wove the lives of the sisters together (at least the four that were prominent in the first 90% of the book) brought me into the fold of the family, I felt at times as if I was actually a member of the family.
I enjoyed the story but honestly feel that a bit more editing to shore up the transitions and remove the excessive amount of grammatical / typographical issues would bode well for this story.