Monday, May 16, 2011

Almost Home by Mariah Stewart

Last year, I had the chance to participate in the TLC Tour for Mariah Stewart's second book in The Chesapeake Diaries series, Home Again. In it, Hollywood star Dallas MacGregor returned home to St. Dennis on the Chesapeake Bay, bringing her son. Dallas found a new home, and a new love there. Now, it's time for her brother to come back in the third book. Once again, I'm participating in the TLC Tour, this time for Almost Home.

Steffie Wyler had a crush on Wade MacGregor from the time she was young. She even conned him into taking her to her senior prom when he was home from college in Texas. But, Wade went back to Texas, and, except for occasional visits to his Great-Aunt Berry, he was seldom seen in St. Dennis. And, he only broke her heart again when he came for a wedding, but fled back to Texas following an emergency phone call.

As a lifelong resident, and owner of Scoop, the local ice cream store, Steffie knew everyone in town. And, she met regularly with her best friend, Vanessa, owner of a local boutique, and other store owners, so she was up on the current gossip. So, it came as quite a shock when Dallas and her son walked into Scoop, followed by Wade and a toddler who called him Daddy. What kind of secrets did Wade have? And, why did he show up in St. Dennis, pulling a trailer behind his car?

I hadn't read the first book in the series when I read Home Again last year. You don't need to have read any of the previous ones to pick up Almost Home. But, it certainly would make the stories more fun to start at the beginning. You'll get to meet Grace Sinclair, owner of the local newspaper, and the writer of the Chesapeake diaries, short accounts of the lives of the local residents, accounts that appear in each book. As romances develop, and troubles are overcome, life unfolds in the small town of St. Dennis. Romances, humor, in this book, a Ouija board and the possibility of love. Mariah Stewart always introduces terrific characters in these enjoyable pageturners. I read Almost Home in one sitting. Stewart welcomes readers to St. Dennis, making them feel at home with her characters and her community, and it's hard to let them go for another year.

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Almost Home by Mariah Stewart. Ballantine Books. ©2011. ISBN 9780345520371 (paperback), 391p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent a copy of the book to use for the TLC Tour

Because I'll be leaving for NYC on Wednesday, I'm not participating in the giveaway for this book. But, here are the other participants in the tour if you are interested in checking for a book giveaway.

Tuesday, May 17th:  Pudgy Penguin Perusals
Wednesday, May 18th:  Luxury Reading – guest post
Thursday, May 19th:  I’m Booking It
Monday, May 23rd:  Joyfully Retired
Wednesday, May 25th:  Simply Stacie
Wednesday, May 25th:  She is Too Fond of Books – guest post
Thursday, May 26th:  My Two Blessings
Tuesday, May 31st:  Book Reviews by Molly
Thursday, June 2nd:  A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Monday, June 6th:  Colloquium
Wednesday, June 8th:  A Chick Who Reads


Mariah Stewart said...

Lesa, so glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks so much!

LisaMM said...

This sounds like a charmer!! Thanks so much for being on the tour.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Mariah. I did enjoy the book. In fact, stayed up late to finish it because I liked it so much.

Lesa said...

It is a charmer, Lisa. I really enjoy this series.