Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review- Finally Home by Helen Scott Taylor

Goodreads Summary:

As manager of the charming Greyfriar House Hotel, Melanie Marshall loves her job and spending time with her young son. But she can never forget what she ran away from: her late husband's crimes and her own terrible guilt. Though lonely, Melanie can't afford to let another man into her life.

But when her boss, gorgeous hotel owner Jack Summers, returns from his supposed wedding without a ring or a wife, Melanie discovers there's more to him than she ever thought. For one, the ex-soccer star is her son's idol. But the closer she gets to Jack, the more she pulls away. She can't share her past. Ever.

For too long, Jack's protected his scarred heart by letting gold-digging women make him think love didn't matter. But a sweet single mother and a soccer-crazy little boy change everything. He knows Melanie has secrets. Secrets she'll have to share if he's to help her realize she's finally home.


I am a huge fan of Helen Scott Taylor's contemporary romances. They're the kind of stories that make you feel all warm, cuddly and gooey on the inside. Her stories make you believe that love happens and everyone gets their happily-ever-afters. I have read and loved Helen's Unbreak My Heart (my review of which can be read here), Oceans Between Us (my review of which can be read here) and A Family For Christmas (my review of which can be read here).  
Finally Home was a wonderful story of hurt, heartbreak, trust, love, hope and how there is light at the end of every tunnel, how there is gold and happiness at the end of every rainbow. I really, really liked this book which was the love story of Melanie and Jack. 
As characters, Melanie and Jack were similar in more ways than one. Both of them came with a past that they found hard to let go of. A past that bothered them immensely. A past that made them do certain things and not do certain things and finally, a past that brought them together. 
Melanie's husband, also known as Dr. Death was a cruel man who only used patients for his own personal gains and nearly got his and Melanie's child, Ryan, killed. Ryan himself was a complete darling. I absolutely loved reading about him. Melanie is super protective of her child. She was a good protagonist. There were times when I felt like pushing her and telling her to finally give in and at least give love another chance. Her point of view was totally understandable, but I really wish she had let go, gotten free and that she wasn't so inclined on pushing Jack away. Overall, however, she was a sweet person and a great mother. 
Jack's football career is crashed when he suffers from muscular pain and his life in public is devastated when his fiancée walks out on him right before their wedding. His mother's insistence on having grandchildren compels him to get engaged to Stephanie, but he eventually comes to his senses realising that they aren't right for each other and breaks it off with her. Now running a hotel, Melanie is employed by Jack and there is something about her that totally fascinates him. Jack was a really patient and kind man. He gave Melanie all the space she needed and his need to get to know her better was simply adorable. 
Melanie and Jack made an absolutely lovely couple. Jack's instant liking for Ryan who means the world to Melanie and Ryan's instant love for Jack made the three of them the perfect family. There were lots of ups and downs which are normal and needed for any love to show it's strength and the up in the end is that everyone is happy. 
Finally Home is a wonderfully sweet read about coming together, opening up and leaving a troubled past behind by building a strong future filled with love and care. It's a perfect Helen Scott Taylor read that leaves you smiling and makes you go 'aww!'. Helen's writing is simply beautiful and beautifully simple. Even though the characters and what they did frustrated me a little in this one, Finally Home is just as good as any Helen Scott Taylor romance. It is a sweet story about finding love just when you're about to give up. 


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  1. I still haven't ready and Helen's book! I know it's a shame cause I've seen your reviews for the books - they all sound so great. I'll add it to my list and read it hopefully this summer. Cause I love reading this sweet little books in summer ;) Great review :)

    1. Oh yes, I know you love reading the sweet stories during summer and I really hope you remember to read all of Helen's books! Thank you, Tanja! :)

  2. I have never read anything about this author, and I love the premises of this book. It sounds perfect for me, I love books that make me happy at the end of the day. I'll surely add this one in my TBR. Thanks!

    1. This one is sure to make you happy and leave you smiling, so you better read it soon, Aman! Thank you! :)

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