Sunday, May 29, 2011

Book Review: Already Home by author Susan Mallery

I received this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

If you've read my reviews most everyone knows i am a fan of Susan Mallery. This book came out in April and i was interested but wary to read it. I'll tell you why. lol Susan herself said on her Facebook page this was not like the other contemporary romances she's done. This one would make you tear up and possibly cry a bit. It's more serious that her usual stuff. I tend to shy away from that stuff because i like to laugh with my contemporary romance and i like to not have to feel quite that much emotion reading. If you get my meaning.I finally got down to business and read it this week and wow she was right it was emotional but it still had those funny moments i like so much.

From Susan Mallery
ALREADY HOME is one of the most emotional stories I’ve ever written, a story of a woman who learns to open her heart and, in the process, discovers that love doesn’t wait for an invitation. Jenna Stevens is still reeling from a recent divorce and recuperating from wounds inflicted by a husband who belittled her at every opportunity. A classically trained chef, Jenna no longer believes she’s capable of the leaps of creativity that once won her praise from her instructors and from food critics, so she moves back to her hometown in Texas to open a retail cooking store.

Just as Jenna’s settling into her new career and beginning to feel like she’s on even ground, her birth mother barrels her way into Jenna’s life. Jenna doesn’t want or need a second mother, especially a vegan mother named Serenity who would have named her Butterfly. But while Serenity listens to signs from the Universe, she easily ignores Jenna telling her to go away. With gentle but insistent pressure, she will find a way to open Jenna’s heart.

And once the heart is open, anything can happen!

That really explains the book very well. I struggled with what i thought all the way through. It's not predictable at all. Some books you can kind of guess where it's going but really i didn't get much of a hint until i was far into the book and even then i wasn't sure. The characters are very well fleshed out and i became attached with all of them. My favorite is Dragon who in the book is Jenna biological brother. I'd love to read a follow up to this book on his and Violet (Jenna's friend)story. Even in a Novella if necessary. This was a very enjoyable book with alot of emotional but also some humorous moments to make you laugh. I give Already Home 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars. Read more about this book and Susan Mallery's other books including her latest series Fools Gold by going to her website You can find her on Facebook and Twitter as well.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't like this book at all. I was highly disappointed in it because it wasn't what I had to come to expect from Susan Mallery. I can't really pinpoint, exactly, what about it I didn't like, it just wasn't that good for me. I definitely rated it was a 2/5.