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Home Again

The Chesapeake Diaries, Book 2

Dallas MacGregor’s life as a mega-film star has become fodder for the tabloids when it comes to her marriage and subsequent divorce from producer Emilio Baird. It was bearable until the sex tape that Emilio made with two young women hits the internet. Now that the press are camped out at her front door and her son’s peers at camp have teased him about the tape, it becomes obvious that Dallas needs to take a break. What better place to head to than St. Dennis where she spent every summer growing up. Her great aunt is thrilled to welcome them and give them refuge from the paparazzi. In a strange twist of fate, Grant Wyler, Dallas’s first love has also come back to St. Dennis to live running a vet clinic and dog rescue. Dallas needs to get her life back on track; get her divorce finalized and figure out where her career is going from here. She doesn’t want to explore her feelings for Grant but can’t seem to help herself. Grant was hurt by how their relationship ended all those years ago but he has watched all her movies. Can they reconnect and find happiness or will her life in California take her away again?
This is the second book in The Chesapeake Diaries and I like it better than the first one. Dallas is a likeable character and believes in hard work. She believes being a good actress means doing your job and not a stuck up pain in the butt. She acknowledges that her marriage to Emilio was a mistake but doesn’t regret her son. So I can respect her. Her great-aunt Berry is a lovely character and she really added to the story. Her drive to be the best in Hollywood cost her love but it didn’t keep her from living. She is lonely so the timing of Dallas and Cody’s visit renews her spark. Grant is a nice guy and you can see why Dallas fell for him then and now. You get to see Dallas really examining her life and what she wants out of it. What I missed though was seeing Dallas and Grant fall in love again. It was more like they just picked up where they left off. The tragedy alluded to on the back of the book came as a surprise when it happened. It was well written and truly terrifying if you are a mother. All in all, Home Again is a pleasant story about a nice little town and the people who call it home. If you are a fan of Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr, I would recommend The Chesapeake Diaries.

Book Blurb for Home Again

Dallas MacGregor is living the Hollywood dream. At thirtysomething, she’s an award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio Baird, is caught in a sex scandal, Dallas’s charmed life turns tabloid nightmare. Determined to shield her young son, Cody, from the ugly uproar, Dallas seeks refuge in sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland—the Chesapeake Bay town where her happiest childhood days were spent.

Reunited with her boisterous great-aunt, Dallas wants nothing more than to leave her Hollywood days behind. And when she crosses paths with local veterinarian Grant Wyler, her high school summer love, she finds he’s everything she remembers, and more—and that the spark is still there. But Dallas’s promising new life takes a troubling turn when the unimaginable happens and she finds herself living a mother’s worst nightmare—and Emilio storms into St. Dennis to save the day, along with his damaged career. Trapped in the unwanted glare of the limelight once again, Dallas discovers that it’s coolheaded Grant who is willing to risk everything to protect her and her son, and to secure the future they were always meant to share.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 3.75