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Coming Home

Coming Home, February 2024
Women of Boone County
by Julieann Dove

Nerdy Bird Books
283 pages
Kindle: B0CP4LJRX4
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"Second Chance Romance with a Secret Baby Twist"

Fresh Fiction Review

Coming Home
Julieann Dove

Reviewed by S. Lyn Collins
Posted February 11, 2024

Romance Contemporary

Abigail Murdick appeared to have it all together- Lead prosecuting attorney, supportive family, and engaged to a good-looking attorney. So, why did she quit her job to work at a mediocre bakery and tell her fiancee' she needed a break?  The last thing she expects to find on her front porch is the daughter, Tessa Snow, whom she gave up for adoption eighteen years ago carrying a picture of her high school sweetheart, Ryan. As the daughter of a small-town Texas pastor, Abigail's parents sold their house and moved the family to Maine overnight to keep Abigail's pregnancy her senior year of high school hidden. Unbeknown to the rest of the family, Abigail's mom gave the baby to her childless sister who cut off contact and moved to Florida to raise her.  Now that her aunt is dead, Abigail agrees to return to Boone County, Texas to fix up and sell her aunt's house to pay for Tessa to go to college. Along the way, she reconnects with all she left behind including her best friend, first love, and Tessa. Abigail now needs to decide where her life should be and with whom. Sweet and wholesome second chance HEA romance with a secret baby twist. Christian without being preachy but in the end I found Abigail an unreliable narrator which reduced my enjoyment of the story.

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Thirty-five year old Abigail’s midlife crisis first appeared as an innocent trade in of her Ford Taurus for a two seater BMW. Then she resigned as lead prosecutor and took a job at Patty Cakes Bakery heating cinnamon buns. But no one was more shocked at her behavior than her fiancé, Joe Batista, when she gave back his engagement ring without a reason why.

They say your past always catches up to you and one day Abigail’s past showed up on her porch wearing Converse shoes and holding an old picture of her and her high school sweetheart, Ryan Jameson. Tessa Snow had traveled from Florida to Maine to meet her biological mother and the next stop was Boone, Texas to meet her dad, the guy in the picture.

Ryan Jameson, as fate would have it, just returned home and was settling in as the most eligible doctor at Mercer Hospital. He hadn’t seen Abigail in 18 years, when she disappeared with her parents without as much as a text message saying goodbye.

It was a good thing Abigail got fired on day three of her bakery job, because she had to make it to Texas before Tessa, in order to tell Ryan the reason she left was because she was pregnant. But when she got there, it was harder than she thought; their chemistry together had grown stronger. And nothing would kill it faster than the truth about Tessa Snow.

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