Blessed Homecoming by Lorraine Nelson is the ‘first’ of a few great things. Released July 13, 2012 by Breathless Press, this book is the first inspirational romantic suspense by Lorraine Nelson. It is also the first release in the new line ‘Blessings’ by Breathless Press. Blessed Homecoming also happens to be the very first inspirational based romantic suspense book I have ever had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. This inspirational story can be enjoyed by those of any religious background and mothers can rest easy knowing they can share this book with their daughters, family and friends.
Honestly, I could go on forever, shouting accolades and praise for Lorrain’s talents! Every time I pick up one of her stories, I know without even reading the blurb…the book will be wonderful. She has the ability to weave tales that make you fall in love with her characters and her writing, immediately. Her stories are like that cozy nook you curl up in to read and relax, made for you and always warm and welcoming. This book took me out of my comfort zone, but did not disappoint. I’ve often found myself thinking I’d been reading the words of a friend, telling me stories of her family and herself. Realistic tidbits, almost as if they are part of Lorraine's own history with a twist here and there. It is beautifully obvious she loves to build families for all of us. In a nutshell, I have faith in her ability to bring us into the story with arms wide open. I am, as always excited to review another phenomenal book by Lorraine.
Blessed Homecoming pointed to faith in God quite often and everyone will notice that. But what I found to be the most inspirational were the inferences to the characters having faith in their own worthiness and abilities. Wendy Danforth and Jake Roberts are both facing will-bending events. Wendy is being hunted by her stalker/abuser of an ex-husband and Jake is being hunted by ghosts from his past. Can either of them outrun their demons and embrace a future together? They can only if they can find faith in not only each other, but more importantly faith in themselves.
The hometown girl and the handyman both carry emotional baggage. Are they destined to remain friends, or is there room in their hearts for more?
Wendy Danforth is preparing to be a single mom with her ex-husband in jail for spousal abuse. She returns to her hometown to renew her faith and heal. Caught off guard by the handyman in residence, attraction hits, swift and piercing, but she quells her unruly emotions. She's in no hurry to get involved in another relationship. Besides, at almost nine months pregnant, she's not exactly looking her best.
Jake Roberts, hired to renovate the Danforths' house, takes one look at his employer's daughter and wants to run far and fast. He hasn't possessed an ounce of faith or been around a pregnant woman in three long years, not since his wife and unborn son died in an auto accident.
They become friends, and when her ex-husband escapes custody, Jake steps up to protect Wendy and her unborn child. Will the danger and close proximity test their friendship? Or will it lead to more? Can Jake regain his lost faith, or will it elude him forever?