Book Review

Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance

A B O U T THE B O O Kbook-write-me-home

Author: Crystal Walton

Publisher: Impact Editions (Indie)

Source: Amazon Purchase

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction

Series: Home in You, Book 1

Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Ten years ago, the world became a darker place for Ethan DeLuca. Since that day, he’s been punishing himself and pursuing every opportunity to “rescue” everyone but himself. With his grandmother’s health in decline, he returns to his small hometown where he meets Cassidy McAdams. Beautiful and everything Ethan shouldn’t be wishing for, Cass too is hiding scars. (Something she hides by trying to reopen her grandfather’s camp.) Her past is covered in them, and yet despite her walls, Ethan walks into her life as the person she didn’t know she needed.

Broken hearts, souls and lives collide in their otherwise safe worlds. But what happens when danger lurks around the corner? 

Without mystery, there’d be no awe.” – Crystal Walton

Though I’d (shamefully) forgotten, a couple of years ago I read Crystal’s novel Eyes Unveiled and really enjoyed it. It was a new adult novel about a college-aged couple struggling to find their way towards a healthy future. This novel follows in the contemporary romance genre, but is defiantly a mature story with more than one scar lining its emotional pages. It’s inside those pages we discover a woman who has made mistakes that she can’t run from. Mistakes that she very nearly falls prey to yet again. Ethan has conditioned his entire life not to make the same mistakes, and by doing so, very nearly does. Like Cass, he too is too busy running from the sorrow rather than coming to grips with it.

As a story, Write Me Home is a good one. It’s high on chemistry (translation: lots of kissing!), which is sure to make the romance reader aficionado a happy reader. There are some great character relationships, including the addition of Cass’ best friend Trina (Ti), who also has many a complex emotional blemish ruling her past. The cohesive unit that that characters somehow form is riddled with their respective secrets and the burdens they have carried.

Complex, romantic and bittersweet, Write Me Home is sure to intrigue readers who love this genre (or authors like Courtney Walsh). It’s one of those books that’s more than its “surface.” It’s about healing, forgiveness, and the detours we take before truly finding “home.” ♥

Synopsis: He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until they lose control of both.

Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong—buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.

Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.

It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Crystal Walton, Begin AgainA single call is all it takes to drive artist Ti Russo into what she does best. Run. But hey, lying low in a beach town for a while isn’t so bad. Thanks to the distraction of playing consultant to a guy she’s determined to crack, she can almost forget about the past stalking her back home. But she never counted on the real danger being a picket-fenced life she has no business falling for.

Focus and self-preservation have gotten single dad Drew Anderson through the last nine years. With the threat of his shop’s foreclosure jeopardizing his daughter’s health care, the last thing he needs is a distracting hippie chick swooping in to shake up what he’s fought to protect. Including himself. The bank’s deadline adds enough pressure without re-risking feelings better left buried.

But as sparks flare and secrets escalate, the race against time propels Ti and Drew into a choice neither’s ready to make: Find the faith to surrender their past or forfeit their only chance to begin again.- Goodreads

Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon),


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