Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn

Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won't be taken advantage of again.

When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah's carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.

But Danny has a secret...

One that could shake Leah's already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she's faced with an incredibly difficult decision--is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she's always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?

5 Fantastic Stars
Review by Allison East
First let me say, that I am a huge Priscilla Glenn fan! Back to you and Emancipating Andie were on my top 2012 and 2013 lists and Coming Home is no different. It will definitely top my 2014 list. Priscilla has a way with words that speak directly to my soul. It was like she took a peek inside of my head and knew exactly what I needed, and how I needed it to be worded. It's such a beautiful love story, that it hurts. It hurts so good!

Now, that said, I am a huge stingy star giver. And after already giving two five star reviews this year (Archer’s Voice and Unwanted Stars- shameless plugs, but I digress), I told myself I would be harsher. The harshest reviewer there ever was, and then I read Coming Home and I thought- ALL THE STARS!

It’s the imperfectly perfect love story of a couple that I won’t soon forget. Leah and Danny are the star crossed lovers, and I couldn't wait to see what Priscilla had in store.
Leah is a school teacher and every Christmas does a drive by of her old house; where the memories lasted long after she was gone, like hand prints in the pavement, or a lost bracelet that was found again. But that Christmas she was spotted by a kind older woman, who invited her in for tea.  
Catherine’s “grandson”, Danny, is a mechanic in that same town and they have sort of a “meet-cute” at her place. After Leah leaves she thinks about Danny and how he seemed so sweet to help his grandmother, and she also realizes her bracelet must have fallen off during the time she spent there.  This is how she happens to have lunch with Danny after- to get her bracelet back, and the sparks fly from there.

“Danny smiled into her hair. “Twenty minutes.” He repeated, knowing that if she asked him right now, he’d give her every single minute he had left.”

This is a slow building romance. They are both hesitant people. Leah, because she had her heart broken a while back and Danny for a whole other crazy reason- that gets revealed later on.

God, how do you do that?" he asked."Do what?" she asked softly.
"You make it stop hurting," he said against her skin. "Every time."

They just needed to get their stuff together- faster! Just kidding, the slow build and burn is what I loved. Danny was way too hard on himself though, and that’s what kind of drove me nuts about him, he was such a sweet man- and if Leah had known the secret all along it would have saved their relationship so much of the back and forth.

“God, it’s like I can’t get close enough,” he breathed against her lips.

This book is amazing, and you will absolutely love it- I give it the Allison guarantee. This is a book you won’t soon forget! 

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