Sunday, January 31, 2016

"where she belongs" by johnnie alexander

A woman faces more opposition—and receives more acceptance—than she'd expected when she buys back her family home.

Can love redeem a broken past?

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby's family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he's let it fall into ruin. AJ's more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can't get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

Where She Belongs is a sweet romance about a widow who returns to her family farm with her daughters to rebuild her life. Though there's a sweet, gentle feel to the novel that makes it easy and enjoyable to read, there's also mystery and opposition that add intrigue.

Alexander's writing is rich and descriptive, and I found myself immersed in Shelby's world.

Though the novel ended rather suddenly, and I didn't quite understand how the main conflict regarding the ownership of Shelby's house was resolved or what exactly happened to Shelby's grandfather, I was quite satisfied with the main story. I'm also very glad to know that the series will continue, with the next novel to focus on AJ's cousin (and Shelby's one-time pseudo suitor) Brett. I'm eager for a return trip to Misty Willow! 4 stars.

Buy the novel.

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 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."

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