Review: A Place Called Home- Jo Goodman

Title: A Place Called Home
Author: Jo Goodman
Release Date: December 2011
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Hoots
Reviewer: Angela

When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship. Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and mis-steps, tears and laughter - lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where she belongs.  (Amazon)

A Place Called Home by Jo Goodman is a heartwarming romance. Linked by a tragic event, Mitch and Thea learn how precious life is, as well as, how quickly it can all change. Both their lives are more than turned upside down when their mutual best friends are killed in an accident leaving the two of them with joint custody of three children.

Mitch is a freelance writer, a ladies man, and by no means had he thought of himself as an instant father- but that was exactly what happened.

Thea runs her father’s advertising firm, is engaged to a much older wealthy man but is merely learning how to cope with life’s challenges only to find her renowned strength put to the ultimate test.

Life couldn’t have been more trying and each face demon’s from their past in order to brace their future. I loved how honest Thea was, but also broken hearted when Mitch turned her honesty against her in a desperate attempt to make himself feel better.

Reading how each character felt for the other but one not quite able to allow such transgressions to progress was frustrating, however, that slight detail gave this story more eagerness to reach a happily ever after in the end.

A Place Called Home should be read by any who delights in love, contentment, and understanding in the midst of tragedy and loss.

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