Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Home at Last
Author: Anna Schmidt
Publisher: Steeple Hill/Love Inspired
Release Date: August 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Anna's Website: www.booksbyanna.com
Daniel Armstrong’s life couldn’t get much more hectic but he should have known when his ex-wife called that something was up. He ran one of the largest hotels in New York which he was only allowed to do because it was the one thing he got to keep out of their marriage. His ex was the spoiled daughter of a very wealthy man and she was more used to being a guest than being a partner. She called, interrupting his busy day to let him know that she was taking off for Europe yet again and would be unavailable. That should have been his first clue that more was coming.
Shortly after that, he has to go and collect their daughter who is being expelled from the boarding school she is at. If that isn’t bad enough, they are on their way back to the city when he receives a call that his mother has fallen and is in the hospital. He rushes to Nantucket with his daughter to find his mother is going to need help to go home and home to her is not the hotel in New York.
He turns to the farm manager his mother hired to help with the cranberry planting this year—a capable, smart, fiery woman named Jo Cooper who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She has become Ella’s friend but she has no intention of letting her son off the hook. Then she is further infuriated by the daughter, Jasmine, walking on newly planted cranberry vines and insists the girl take care of the damage.
Daniel and Jo are going to have to find some kind of truce in order to Ella to stay calm and heal as she should. The question is…can they?
I really enjoyed this very sweet, very upfront story. There are multiple levels within this story from the relationship between mother and son, son and his daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, ex-wife and the daughter…oh the list goes on. Now, that being said, don’t get me wrong—the hero and heroine are very definitely the main characters with the others all being in the secondary cast. The development is very well and any reader is sure to find someone they can connect with and fully understand.
The scenes which are developed in Home at Last are truly ones I would love to see. I found myself easily picturing the cranberry vines, the guest house, the main house and even the busy hotel in New York.
Very well done, Ms. Schmidt.
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