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Terri Osburn | Finding Your Way Home

Home to Stay
Terri Osburn




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Anchor Island #3

April 2014
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Featuring: Randy Navarro; Willow Parson
291 pages
ISBN: 1477818367
EAN: 9781477818367
Kindle: B00FEVBUPE
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Also by Terri Osburn:
Once Upon a Friendship, February 2022
Ask Me to Stay, March 2019
Cowboys For Christmas, November 2018
Falling Star, April 2018


After eighteen years in a dying town where nothing ever happened, I struck out on my own and ended up living in five different states over the next two decades. And in that time, I never lived in the same house for more than a couple years. But all that changed when I settled near the ocean and finally bought my first home.

I guess I just had to find the place that felt like home to me. I wasn't necessarily looking for it, and neither is my heroine in my latest release HOME TO STAY. In fact, the last thing Willow "Will" Parsons can afford to do is settle in one place. You see, she has a secret. A big one. And that secret is on her tail.

But the very remote Anchor Island, at the base of the Outer Banks and accessible only by ferry, gives Will a little breathing room. She's still ready to leave on a moment's notice, but the longer she stays, the more she feels at home. And then Randy Navarro works his way into her life and her heart, giving Will an even bigger reason to stick around—the love she never expected to find.

Here's a little excerpt from when Will first starts really falling for her hero:

"Sorry about earlier," she said, watching a moth dart around the streetlight at the edge of the parking lot. Will understood how the moth felt, drawn to something that could do it harm. "I really do have a good reason for acting the way I do. It's hard to explain."

"If my guess is right," Randy said, "you've been in survival mode for a while now. Being suspicious is part of that." He laid an arm across the back of the bench, turning his body toward hers. "But you're still here. That's a good sign."

His face was hard to make out in the low light, but she caught a glimpse of white teeth and could imagine the grin that accompanied it.

"Does anything ever bother you?" she asked, truly curious. "I've never met anyone so mild-mannered."

"Well," he said, followed by a long sigh. "When I think about another man hurting you, I want to find him and break both his legs. So that bothers me."

Will held her breath. "How do you know a man hurt me?"

Randy leaned close, the hand behind her toying with a loose lock of her hair. "For months, I watched fear fill your eyes whenever I was around. With Joe or Lucas or even Tom, you're relaxed. But not with me."

With a lump in her throat, Will whispered, "I'm sorry about that."

"No apology needed. It took me a while to realize it wasn't about me." He lifted her chin until her eyes met his. "Then last weekend, when we talked outside the restaurant, I knew."

The truth swirled at the end of Will's tongue, choking her with the need to blurt out everything. The need to share the burden of what had happened to her. Of what could happen again if Jeffrey found her.

But emotion drowned out the words, and tears flooded her vision. For the first time in more than three years, Will felt safe.

So tell me, what says home to you? Is it the big city or a small town? Friends and family? Perfect weather? One lucky commenter today will win a signed copy of HOME TO STAY (open to US residents only.)

HOME TO STAY will officially release in all formats on May 1, 2014, but if you're a Kindle reader, the digital version is featured all this month in the Kindle First program. Go to Amazon First for details.

The first two books in the Anchor Island Series, MEANT TO BE and HOME TO STAY are available now, and the fourth and final book of the series, MORE TO GIVE, will release later this year. For more information about Terri and her books, check out her website at www.terriosburn.com. You can also find Terri on Facebook, Twitter (@TerriOsburn) and Goodreads.

To view the trailer for HOME TO STAY go to trailer.




35 comments posted.

Re: Terri Osburn | Finding Your Way Home

i live in a small town so where ever my family is is home
sounds really good thanks for the chance
(Denise Smith 5:36am April 16, 2014)

We live on a lovely, large lake. It is quiet now but soon the boats will be out fishing, or just exploring the shores.
We winter in FL but ALWAYS return to home with open hearts because it is truly welcoming, peaceful and warm. It is true "There is NO place like home."
(Patricia (Pat) Pascale 7:34am April 16, 2014)

We live in a small town and I love it. Our church is a little mission church and like a small family. It's great! Thanks for the chance to win this book, it looks like a great read!!
(Bonnie Capuano 8:16am April 16, 2014)

I really believe you can make a home anywhere as long as your loved ones are near. As the saying goes, Home is where the heart is. Your book sounds delightful, so win or lose, I'll be getting it to read. Thanks for this chance. Good luck with the book!!!
(Nancy Reynolds 9:40am April 16, 2014)

I used to think that life for me was the big city, until my
Husband and I lost our house a few years ago. Now we're
living out in the country, in a small town, and you'd have
to drag me out of here, kicking and screaming!! This is the
place where I always wanted to live someday, and now that
I'm here, I could never even think of living in the city
again!! Life here is simpler, happier, more quiet, and the
people are friendlier. You also can't beat the scenery!!
It's the perfect place to curl up with a good book!! I
loved your excerpt, and can't wait to read the rest of the
story, to see how it unfolds!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:15am April 16, 2014)

You know the say "Home is where the heart is or Home is where
you hang your hat." To some point those are true. Home is
where you feel you love the most and are the most comfortable.
Where you know your life is right and your family is happy.
(Tina Ullrich 10:35am April 16, 2014)

Small town says home to me. I live just outside a big city and I still call home the small town where I grew up.
(Pam Howell 10:37am April 16, 2014)

Thank you, Terri. For me, home is the small town in Arkansas
where I've lived for most of my life. And that's the reason it
feels like home.

Good luck with the release of "Home to Stay"!
(Mary Anne Landers 10:47am April 16, 2014)

Home means family to me. My heart is home when I am with them.
Terri, I loved the first 2 books in this series!
(Cheryl Castings 11:06am April 16, 2014)

Home is where my family is. I have lived in the same house
since 1995, but it isn't where I want to call "home" it is
where I have ended up due to many circumstances. I like
small towns where everyone looks after one another and still
waves as you go by. This book sounds fantastic thanks for
the opportunity to win it.
(Robin Driscoll 11:14am April 16, 2014)

What lovely comments! I grew up in the subburbs, then lived in
big cities, and eventually a really small town. I'm in a
moderate metropolis now, but I think I'll end up in a tiny
town again eventually. There is something to be said for the
quieter way of life.
(Terri Osburn 11:17am April 16, 2014)

I love the town I grew up in! It's not really a small town, more mid-sized I
would say.. but there was always a lot to do. Roller skating rink, small
water park, various athletic fields.. etc. :-) also, just wanted to say I
absolutely loved the first 2 books! I can't wait to finally get my hands on
the latest!
(Krysten Michelsen 11:50am April 16, 2014)

I love small towns. Home is the warm confortable place around family and friends.
(Barbara Wells 12:15pm April 16, 2014)

Our town is divided into three sections (Not on a map but by the way you
want to live. Our section is eclectic and we are accepted as we are with all our
idiosyncracies. We are not lawn perfect and we don't dress just fit in. We are
what we are. Our section is considered a village with it's own stores, banks
It's a great way to live.
(Sandra Spilecki 12:15pm April 16, 2014)

Our town is divided into three sections (Not on a map but by the way you want to
live). Our section is eclectic and we are accepted as we are with all our
idiosyncracies. We are not lawn perfect and we don't dress just fit in. We are
what we are. Our section is considered a village with it's own stores, banks etc.
It's a great way to live.
(Sandra Spilecki 12:17pm April 16, 2014)

Home is where my family lives--no matter if a small town or a large city.
(Sue Farrell 12:38pm April 16, 2014)

Sounds like such a great book. I have lived in both and I would say I prefer a medium sized city.
(Denise Austin 1:49pm April 16, 2014)

Home is a small town with all of my family and friends.
(Emily Baucom 2:03pm April 16, 2014)

I would love to read this book.
(Jamie Steadman 2:22pm April 16, 2014)

I always thought I wanted the big city until I went to college in one and the small town life called me back. LIving around family and friends has been my life and made me very happy - so I guess I like to visit the big city bur come home to my small town roots. The book sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. Have a wonderfl Spring!
(Suzanne Walker 2:56pm April 16, 2014)

Home, for me, is definitely where my friends and family are. I live in a mid-size city, that has the "vibe" I need to be happy and comfortable, and where most of my friends and friends I call family also live.

I love to travel, but I honestly can't envision myself living somewhere else, for any reason.


(Lynn Rettig 3:28pm April 16, 2014)

I was born and grew up in a small town. After getting married I still lived in a small town and loved it. Since getting older and the cold weather up North we moved to the sunny South. We now live in a bigger city and have wonderful weather all year. Florida is where we now call home.
(Rebecca Rankin 3:55pm April 16, 2014)

Family and friends nearby makes a place feel like home to me. Also I like a smallish town, say 10,000 people.
(Carol Woodruff 7:35pm April 16, 2014)

sound like me ilive in a smal town here and then
they do not do alot here
(Desiree Reilly 7:46pm April 16, 2014)

i love small towns sounds so good
(Debbi Shaw 8:58pm April 16, 2014)

I live in the suburbs of a rapidly growing town outside of a
city. It is home,, but it is my family and friends that make
it so.
(Glenda Martillotti 12:04pm April 17, 2014)

I really enjoy small town living. We lived in rural Kansas for seven years.
Such a great place to raise your family.
(Shari Bartholomew 12:13pm April 17, 2014)

I love the name of this book....I live in a small town and love it! But then it doesn't matter where you live...there is nothing like coming home!!! It's where the heart is!!
(Bonnie Capuano 8:25am April 17, 2014)

Home is wherever my wife is!
(Richard Proctor 11:05am April 17, 2014)

Home is wherever my wonderful hubby, Rich, is! I had to
suffer through a lot of Mr. Wrongs before I met him!
(Maria Proctor 11:23am April 17, 2014)

Mr. & Mrs. Proctor just made me smile. Thank you everyone for
chiming in. I love all the small town stories.
(Terri Osburn 1:20pm April 17, 2014)

I used to live in a small town, and when I married, we built a home across from a beautiful view of the MN. bluffs. I would stand in my front picture window and just love the beautiful, peaceful view. When we relocated for my husband's job to WI. to a town more than double the size of the one I came from, it was a bit of an adjustment for me. More traffic and people everywhere. I miss my hometown, but I love it here now. I had a much more relaxing life in the smaller town and seemed to have more hours for everything including my crafts, and all my neighbors there were fellow classmates I graduated with. I miss seeing them all like I used to on a daily basis.
(Linda Luinstra 5:56pm April 17, 2014)

Family and really good friends are home, whether big city or town. Just having them near makes all the difference when coming home to them at the end of a day.
(Gloria Shaw 9:37pm April 17, 2014)

My 4 children have moved out and 3/4 are married. My husband and I live in a condo in Florida half of the year on Hutchinson Island. We spend our summers on a small lake in rural, central Wisconsin. So every year we experience a little of city and country life. Our family is spread out over several states so home is where ever we can be together. I appreciate all the moments when this happens.
(Laurie Gommermann 6:52am April 18, 2014)

my family
(Denise Holcomb 12:58pm April 18, 2014)

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