by Jerri Corgiat

November 2004
ISBN: 0-451-41160-9
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Mass Market Paperback

After divorcing her cheating husband, Alcea O'Malley Addams knew her life would be changed. She never realized she would be reduced to giving up her house and moving into an old trailer dubbed "the Pink Palace". To keep afloat, she takes on a job at the local diner, when other prospects don't pan out. Her teen-age daughter is more than mortified by the present circumstances which adds to Alcea's angst. Alcea fears she may lose custody of her daughter to her ex and his current woman, Serena.

Alcea almost literally runs into her old high-school crush, Dakota Jones. Dak is back home in this small Missouri town to settle the estate of his grandfather, who raised Dak and his half-sister after their mother dropped them off and disappeared. Alcea is even more attracted to the adult Dak, but knows he is not one to settle down. Can love survive between two people who have been deeply wounded by the past?

Alcea is the type of heroine readers love to cheer on. It would be easy for her to have a "pity party" for herself after circumstances beat her down several times. Instead she is a determined, strong woman who may cry, but will then turn around and look at her other options.

Dak is the wounded hero despite his alpha tendencies. He is both enraging and engaging in his behavior, even when the reader can see how his past shaped his current defense mechanisms. It is hard to say whether he needs a big hug or to be told to "just get over it".

In both the heroine and hero, and the secondary characters, the author has created characters that are authentic and endearing. The dialog fits the setting and gives the novel even more of a small town feel.

There are plenty of spicy love scenes, but the overall tone of the novel is tender. Follow Me Home is the second in a series by Jerri Corgiat, but stands well on its own. The reader will want to find Sing Me Home , which is the first book. I will be looking forward to the next book Hurry Home by the delightful Ms. Corgiat.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Roberta.

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