When You Make it Home
July 12, 2014
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Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.
When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love. Theo is soon filling all of Meg’s late-night cravings—and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?
I’ll have to admit that this was a difficult review to write. Not because I didn’t savor reading When You Make it Home, but because it brought up a lot of raw emotions. At one point in my life, I was that woman who’d made mistakes in men and found myself pregnant and alone. As as single mom, I did have the support of my family like Meg, but I also craved the love and support of a loyal man. My husband came into the picture later in my daughter’s life, but he has been in every since of the word – a Father.
I enjoyed that Theo was authentically portrayed as a flawed human being that was trying to do his best. He wasn’t perfect physically and he didn’t always get it right, but he genuinely cared about those around him.
In When You Make it Home, Claire Ashby tackles several tough subjects: unplanned pregnancy, child abandonment, addiction, pain and so much more with grace and compassion. It is billed as a contemporary romance, but I found it also contained elements of mystery and suspense that shocked me on several occasions. Family secrets have a way of coming out when we least expect. Those secrets can be ugly, devastating and life-altering. In Meg’s case, some secrets are revealed that are surprisingly healing.
When I read a novel or do I review, I ask myself several times who I would offer a recommendation to read it too. Would it be all Moms? Single moms? Women struggling with relationships? I’d recommend this to any and all of the aforementioned women. I believe each would find a different nugget of wisdom in Claire Ashby’s words.
Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. At a young age, she began keeping journals and over time embellished the details of her quiet days. Eventually, she let go of writing reality altogether and delved completely into the world of fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall. She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination. She resides in Austin with her family and a pack of wild dogs.
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