(The Endless Love Series)
by Kathleen Shoop
1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge-the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother's best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart. In Hale's presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale's arms, passion blooms. Yet, April's future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
Set in 1969, when the Vietnam War was taking place, April Harrington finds herself leaving her asinine fiancé at the alter and going back to her family’s vacation home, Bliss. Because Bliss has so many good memories associated with it, April hopes to find refuge and try to pull her life back together. When she returns, she finds the family home in a state of neglect, as her parents used all the money they had to finance her wedding. With that guilt and the guilt she has harbored for her deceased brother, Andrew, April feels her life unraveling. The only familiar comfort she finds is in Hale, a long-time friend to both her and Andrew. But Hale has his own guilt and demons bringing him down – and a secret that may ruin the relationship he has and the love he wants from April. Can April and Hale find peace and love that truly lasts forever?
Home Again by Kathleen Shoop, although short, packed so many emotions – happiness, sadness, guilt and most of all love. I absolutely loved this beautiful story! It was so easy to get carried away in the drama that unfolded within the pages of this book. April and Hale make the perfect couple and I was cheering them on from the very beginning. They both deserved a happily ever after we all crave. Home Again is a short and sweet story that I would recommend to anyone who loves a timeless romance.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.