Friday, March 27, 2015

"covering home" by heidi mccahan + giveaway

Covering HomeWhen a baseball player with a secret and a reporter desperate to further her career connect during a few days in Japan, their lives change in ways neither expected.

Covering Home
Heidi McCahan
Adult Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 310 Pages
January 18th 2015 by Snug Corner Cove Press

On assignment in Japan, television personality turned sportscaster Britt Bowen is determined to land an interview with the most reclusive pitcher in baseball and prove she can succeed in a demanding profession. A relationship with a self-absorbed professional athlete is the last thing Britt needs. 

Shunning all media attention, former All-Star pitcher Caleb Scott is focused on rebuilding his career in Japan, far from his past and the horrible tragedy that nearly ruined him. Then he meets Britt, who is everything he vowed to avoid. 

But it doesn't take long before Caleb is battling his attraction toward Britt. While she works to uncover his secrets, she can't deny she's drawn to his wounded soul. At a crossroads, Caleb must decide if he can break free from his past mistakes and give love another chance. And Britt must choose between advancing her career—or falling in love.

I really enjoyed Covering Home—especially the part set in Japan. Author Heidi McCahan did a great job of bringing Japan, an area of the world I've never visited, to vivid life. I was especially intrigued by the cultural differences, specifically those surrounding the treatment of professional athletes.

The romance between Caleb and Britt moved very quickly, but it didn't feel unnatural, and I was glad the story continued beyond their time in Japan and moved into the real world, where they had to figure out if they could make their relationship work.

I will say that Britt's character annoyed me at times—she was so wishy-washy about her relationship with Caleb. Fortunately, she never questioned her feelings (that really drives me nuts), just the wisdom of their relationship. Also, the spiritual content of the novel felt a little forced. Throughout the majority of the story, God and faith are mentioned here and there, but neither are a focus of the novel. That's totally fine. What I didn't like was that very near the end, Britt and Caleb have a conversation about how he came back to faith. It's not something the reader got to witness, as the conversation takes place after a time jump, and it almost felt like it was thrown in to show that this novel really does belong in the inspirational category.

Despite those two minor quibbles, I did enjoy Covering Home. I especially appreciated how both Britt and Caleb grew as characters throughout the novel, and I enjoyed watching them forge a relationship. Fans of contemporary romance, especially those who like sports, will enjoy this novel. 4 stars.

Heidi McCahanHeidi McCahan is a Pacific Northwest girl at heart. She spent her formative years in Alaska, where her unique upbringing, coupled with Alaska's breathtaking scenery, fueled her active imagination and loosely inspired her debut novel, Unraveled. 

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband, Steve. They currently live in North Carolina with their three boys. 

When Heidi isn't stepping on Legos, chauffeuring the boys around suburbia or watching one of their many sporting events, she loves to read and write heartwarming romance.

- US Grand Prize: Birchbox 3-month subscription ($30 value) & signed paperback of Covering Home (US Only)
- Gift Card Grand Prize: $20 Gift Card for Amazon/iTunes/B&N (winner's choice) & an ebook of Covering Home (open internationally)
- Ends April 7th

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review through Prism Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. This is a book that I would enjoy on spring break drinking iced lemonade - shaunie

    1. That would be a perfect way to read it! Wish I had spring break ... :-)


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