"An emotional story about the choices we make and how they change the course of our lives"
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted March 5, 2011
Women's Fiction Contemporary
Jenna Stevens returns to her hometown of Georgetown, TX to
put her life back together after her divorce. She stands
trembling in front of the building she has leased for her
kitchen store. It's the closest thing she could think of to
use her knowledge as a chef. She's nervous because she knows
nothing about running a retail business.
Violet Green answers Jenna's ad for a salesperson. Violet
has had plenty of retail experience and is looking for a
change of scenery in her life. She has experienced her share
of bad times as well. It is very evident to Violet that
Jenna doesn't have a clue what she is doing. No advertising,
no special offers, no coupons for discounts all add up to no
business on grand opening day.
Jenna closes the store for a few days to start over, letting
Violet help her sort out what she had done wrong and making
several changes. As she reopens her store, an older couple
walks in and asks for Jenna by name. The world she is trying
to put back together comes crashing down again. The man and
woman are her birth parents that she has really never
thought much about. She knew she was adopted, but for them
to just show up is unnerving.
Serenity and Atomic Johnson appear to be left over flower
children. Serenity explains that the universe told her it
was time to find Jenna. Jenna is suspicious and very
cautious about letting Serenity into her life. However,
Jenna's mom, Beth, encourages a relationship with Serenity
and that is even more puzzling to Jenna. Why now and not before?
Susan Mallery has written a delightful story about turning
your life around, making better choices and regaining
confidence. The character development of Jenna, Violet, Beth
and Serenity will tug at your emotions and have you either
cheering them on or feeling their pain. This is a charming
story about relationships, romance and love. You'll enjoy
After nearly a decade as a sous chef in a trendy eatery,
Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-
husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember
her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents'
home and envisions her very own cooking store. Her crash
course in business is aided by a street-wise store manager
and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a
foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents -
aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their
Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-
spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents,
deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide
what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In
the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family,
only the people we love..
What do you think about this review?
2 comments posted.
Re: An emotional story about the choices we make and how they change the course of our lives
I would suggest being sure to have a block of good uninterrupted reading time when you start Already Home, because if you're like me you won't want to put it down.
Jenna in an attempt to move forward from her divorce and her fear of creative cooking...not just following a recipe she opens a cooking store. As the review above states it doesn't take long for her to realize the mistake she's made, and she rethinks the concept of the store with her manager and soon to be good friend Violet.
However, Jenna is not the only one who is rethinking life...Violet is as well.
Already home is mostly Jenna's story, but Violet's story is an integral part of the story, and I like the way Ms. Mallery has blended both stories into one truly touching emotional tale.
As I read the last page of Already Home I was more than satisfied with the conclusion, and know that all involved are going on to lead happy, successful lives. However, I should warn you that Already Home is a potential hankie read...have those tissues handy!
(Sandi Shilhanek 7:49am March 11, 2011)
Already Home is an empowering story of new found friends working to overcome abuse, circumstance, and disappointment.
Jenna is starting over from an abusive and failed marriage to become an independent business woman by doing what she loves. Unfortunately, bumps in road delay and frustrate her plans but the desire to succeed burns bright.
Violet is a secondary story but no less powerful with her tragic past and her willingness to make something of herself.
Watching both of these women lean on each other to achieve their goals and help each other become strong women is a beautiful thing.
(Mandy Burns 5:54pm March 17, 2011)
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