Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My review: Coming Home by B.L. Mooney

Rebecca Shultz has always known she was adopted. She couldn’t have chosen better parents than the ones that chose her. They’ve always made her feel loved and she’s never wanted for anything—except knowing why she was given up in the first place. Until she finds those answers, Rebecca feels as though she’s stuck in her past.

In the hopes of finding those answers, she accepts a job hundreds of miles away from the only home she’s ever known. However, not everyone is happy about her arrival. Someone wants her to give up the search and go back to her small town.

What Rebecca didn’t expect to find was Ryan Thomas. No one understands the attractive ad executive the way Rebecca does. He would rather spend his free time playing baseball with the kids in the same group home where he once lived than spend it with anyone that wants to take him away from there. Rebecca understands that these kids deserve a chance. Will Ryan be able to convince her to take one with him?

With Ryan distracting Rebecca with feelings she’s never felt before, roadblocks popping up that keep her from the answers to her past, and someone desperately trying to get her to leave, will she give up before her questions are answered? Will she stay and fight to find the truth?

Or will she find that she already has everything she ever needed and that home can be anywhere you want it to be?

Rebecca has always known she's adopted.  It's kind of hard to hide that fact in a small town when you bring home a five year old girl one day, so her adoptive parents have always been upfront and honest with Rebecca about it.  That still hasn't stopped Rebecca from wondering who her birth parents are and why they gave her up from adoption.  She always wonders why she wasn't good enough for them to keep.  When the opportunity presents itself, Rebecca applies for a job in Dallas at an advertising firm and when she lands the job, decides it's time to pick up her life and return to the place where she was adopted from.  

While Rebecca's mother doesn't love the idea of Rebecca moving away to Dallas to continue her search, she reluctantly lets her go and promises to help her resume the search for the answers she so desperately wants.  Rebecca loves her new job.  Matt her new boss has been so kind to her and has welcomed her with open arms.  So does his wife Vicki once she gets over the initial shock of not being introduced to Rebecca before she was hired.  There in Dallas, Rebecca starts to make new friends at work, one in particular being Ryan Thomas.  Her co-worker Stacy tells her to stay away from Ryan since he loves to flirt but never takes it any further with the women that work in the office, preferring to spend all his time with his brother at the homeless shelter playing baseball with the kids.  While Rebecca is not looking to form close bonds with people, she finds herself drawn to Ryan and he is drawn to her.

While everything appears to be fine on the work front, Rebecca is no closer to finding her birth parents.  Her mom has become best friends with her boss Vicki overnight and Vicki treats Rebecca as more than just another employee.  She treats her as a friend and a member of her family.  Rebecca even begins to form a bond with Ashley, Matt and Vicki's daughter.  But while she's forming bonds and a new developing relationship with Ryan, someone wants Rebecca to leave Dallas.  It starts off small and innocent.  Copying and hanging up her sketches of Ryan on the office walls, slashing her tires, and locking her out of her work computer.  It slowly begins to escalate into more when a coffee left on her desk is poisoned landing her in the guest bedroom at Matt and Vicki's house.  Rebecca tries to move on from that, but when her apartment is completely destroyed Rebecca begins to struggle to hold on, being watched by those around her so she's never alone, and making her regret her decision to leave home for Dallas.  But at the end of the day, will Rebecca find the answers she is searching for or will the unknown party send her running from Dallas forever.

I enjoyed this book.  It was a nice and easy read that was full of mystery as well.  I loved Rebecca and Ryan and while they had bumps in the road I thought they complimented each other well in this story and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable weekend read.  This book kept me up late at night trying to find out what would happen to Rebecca next, I give it 4 stars.

***Review copy given by author in exchange for an honest review***

B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do--she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she's made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine.
B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.
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