by Mariah Stewart

March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-345-52033-3
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Mass Market Paperback

After his brother's devastating betrayal and his wife's murder, former FBI agent Grady Shields retreats to Montana to regroup. While the rest of his family thought he turned into a recluse, that is not exactly how he spends his days – but he doesn't feel inclined to set the records straight. Attending his sister's wedding is no hardship, even if it does stir up old memories.

Vanessa Keaton just adores her soon-to-be sister-in-law, and agrees to keep an eye on the “Mountain Man” while he is in town. She hopes he enjoys the quaint Chesapeake Bay community and is not too anti-social. She wants Mia and Beck to have a fantastic wedding and will do whatever she can to help. Finding her brother after all those years, and gaining a “father” in Hal Beck has made a real difference in her life. She loves her shop Bling, and being part of the close-knit community.

Grady is prepared for Mia's non-stop wedding events, but not for his “guide” Vanessa Keaton. She is lovely and successful. He enjoys her company and is looking forward to getting to know her better. When someone from her past arrives with revenge in mind, all Grady's training takes over. He is not about to leave while she is in danger.

The first novel in The Chesapeake Diaries series, Coming Home is a hit on several levels. The underlying themes of home and redemption are strong throughout. There is plenty of romance and just enough suspense to keep readers guessing. Several strong secondary characters are introduced for future stories. Coming Home is a great start.

Reviewed in September 2010 by Paula.

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