Friday, April 20, 2018

Come Home to Me (Review)

Healing the wounds of the past doesn’t come easy in this novel of friendship and forgiveness from award-winning author Liz Talley.
Summer Valentine has returned to Moonlight, South Carolina, a very different woman from the naive wallflower who left years before. These days she’s straightforward and savvy, determined to do right by her son, David—even if that means cashing in her struggling music career in Nashville and returning to the town that drove her away. Sure, she took a fall. But at least she now knows where she stands…
Despite her anger over the past, Summer believes David deserves a relationship with his father, Hunter “Hunt” McCroy. Though Hunt’s illustrious career has faded, privilege still protects him from his worst mistakes.

Someone else is back in Moonlight too: Rhett Bryan, the golden boy of Hollywood, who’s taking stock of his own life after a tragic accident. As his rekindled friendship with Summer quickly deepens, she must reconcile the painful history that ties her to both men—one she’s finally forgiven, one she’s afraid to love—to claim healing and happiness.
Come Home to Me
Liz Talley
Pub Date: 4/17/18
Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5
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Liz Talley's Come Home to Me takes readers to a small town in South Carolina where a young woman returns to face her past. Back in high school Summer Valentine was unsure of herself, but one thing she knew for sure is that Rhett Bryan hung the moon. Years later Rhett is a big Hollywood talk-show host and Summer is bringing her 14 year old son to Moonlight to spend time with his father, Hunter McCroy.

Summer, Hunter, and Rhett have tangled pasts that come unraveled when they meet again in their hometown. Summer can't let go of the anger caused by Hunter and his parents' mistreatment of her when she discovered she was pregnant. Her whole life course changed after one night and left her a single mom with a struggling music career in Nashville. Hunter almost made it to the big leagues, but an injury and downward spiral into addiction landed him back home and learning how to be a father after years of not acknowledging his son. Then, there's the golden boy Rhett. His charm and determination took him to the height of success in Hollywood, but a tragic accident sends him running to Moonlight to remember who he is.

Liz Talley takes three complex characters and seamlessly weaves their paths together. I wasn't sure what kind of story I was getting into when I read the blurb, but when I finished I knew for sure that Come Home to Me is veers into new territory for me. It's more than a second chance love or girl gets a chance with her high school crush story. It delves into very serious topics like distracted driving and date rape. Keeping those topics in mind, the outcome of the story was not what I would have expected but it felt like the story came full circle. The characters are beautifully flawed, and when they're honest with themselves they learn to be better people for themselves and as an example for others. I loved the flashbacks to their senior year because it was a wonderful contrast to their present. The changes from adolescence to adulthood was more obvious and added weight to the story.

Liz Talley easily transported me to Moonlight, South Carolina as her characters work out their lives and face the consequences of their mistakes. Come Home to Me is the perfect read for fans of Kerry Lonsdale!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*


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