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A Hometown Boy (Harlequin Super Romance Series #1825)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    WOW...When I decided to read A Hometown Boy, I was expecting the

    WOW...When I decided to read A Hometown Boy, I was expecting the story to be focused on a sweet romance that occurred from some sort of tragic event.  I mean look how sweet the cover is!! What I got...TOTALLY. BLEW. ME. AWAY. I was so not prepared for such a powerfully emotional story.  It is so well written and immediately captured and held my attention till the end.  I could go on and on, but I will try to keep it short and I will try not to give away any spoilers. :)




    The book starts out the day of the tragedy and is told through several character's POVs. The beginning was both sad and disturbing to read because this type of thing happens far to often in society today. It showed how so many lives are affected and made me think about how not only the victims and their families suffer but also how the family of the killer suffers and in this case, how Robbie suffered as well. 




    Up till this story, I never really gave much thought as to how the family of the killer suffers just as much, if not more in certain cases. They not only have to deal with their own personal grief but at the same time are grieving over the hurt or loss of any victims and  dealing with the guilt and responsibility they feel~as well as other peoples harsh treatment towards them. It was truly a heart~breaking read and I felt for each of the characters. I didn't think it was possible for me to feel badly for Robbie, but I did. The scenes when David sees Robbie's apartment for the first time and then David's words at his funeral and Robbie's self-portrait~had me in tears.  




    I definitely sympathized with David and Acadia right form the start. I just loved them together. The scenes where they remembered their childhood growing up were so sweet. And I loved how their romance grew out of friendship. Acadia was such a great character.
    I loved the way she was able to see past the tragedy and support and defend David while she herself was also grieving. Because he so needed her and he tried his best to comfort her in return. I thought Janice wrote David's character so well. He was trying to take care of his mother while trying to hold everything together. Loved him!! So, of course, I wanted David and Acadia to get their HEA. lol :) 




    A Hometown Boy showed that even out of the worst tragedy, some lives can be changed for the better. Even though the ending was great~I would have loved an epilogue to show the characters a few years later. I definitely shed more than a few tears but there was also romance, friendship, healing, forgiveness, some laughter and a HEA that left me with a good feeling at the end. 




    I will definitely be looking for more from Janice Kay Johnson and I cannot highly recommend this book enough!! 




    ***This may sound corny, but I have no other way to describe my feelings about this book but to say that I truly feel that I am a better person after reading A Hometown Boy. This book changed the way I define exactly who the victims are in tragedies because they have so very many different faces and there are so many different forms of suffering.***




    Best Of The Best rating!!




    ***ARC obtained per NetGalley and Harlequin~Thank you!!  Mariann at Belle's Book Bag

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

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    David Owen is a prosecutor in Seattle.  He rarely, if ever, retu

    David Owen is a prosecutor in Seattle.  He rarely, if ever, returns home to the small town that he grew up in.  It is easier to avoid his mentally ill brother and his mom, who has always put David's brother's needs above his.  It is even harder since his dad passed away.  Acadia Henderson hasn't been home to see her father in years.  Even though she moved away with her mother after their parents divorced when she was 13, she has still considered this small town home, spending her summers there when she was younger, though she is still resentful that her father didn't fight harder for her to stay with him.  When tragedy strikes, David and Acadia, who haven't seen each other in 16 years, are forced to both return home at the same time.  David's brother is dead, Acadia's father is dead, along with several other neighbors and friends.  No one ever thought anything like this could happen in their small town. No one was prepared when it did.  




    David arrives home to his distraught mother who is in a state of shock, crime tape barring them from entering his brother's basement apartment and his father's den, where the guns were kept.  As he drives through the small neighborhood there is more of the same.  Charlie Henderson's porch is blocked off with crime tape, as are some of the other neighbors.  No one knows how this could have happened.  Acadia, who is a nurse in California, arrives home to her father's house, a house she hasn't been to in years, a house that for the first time ever does not have her father in it.  David see's her get out of the car, and she notices him looking at her also.  Despite the tragedy that has brought them home again at the same time, she can't help but remember the crush she had on David for years when they were young, remembering the summer they spent together.  The feelings are still there, even though she hasn't thought about it in years.  David is surprised to see Acadia.  He should have known she would come.  Seeing her again stirs up feelings in him also.  Yet there is this vast wall of guilt and tragedy that stands between them now.  The town is angry at David's mother and at him because of what his brother has done.  David understands this, though it doesn't make it any less difficult to endure.  They blame the family, even though the family wasn't at fault.  The only one who doesn't blame them is Acadia.  In fact, she stands behind David and his mom as they all go through the aftermath of death and tragedy together.  




    David and Acadia begin to spend more and more time together as they go through the necessary steps that must be taken after a loved one dies.  They find out that the same feelings that were there when they were teenagers are still there, and are even stronger.  They are also a great source of support for each other during this time.  In fact, it is Acadia's support that helps the townspeople to begin to forgive, and begin the process of healing.  As the funerals end, and all the arrangements have been sorted out, David and Acadia must decide where there relationship will go from here.  Is this just another summer fling, or is it something real, something that can last a lifetime?




    A Hometown Boy is a story of tragedy, death, grief, anger, mental illness, love, forgiveness, and healing.  In light of recent events, I was hesitant to read it, but I am glad I did.  Not only did I relate and comprehend the hurt and anger of the victims, but I was also able to relate to the family of the one who caused the tragedy, who in reality, were victims themselves.  That really gave me something to think about.  I think that it is too easy to overlook the family of the perpetrator.  They are people that are filled with sorrow, guilt, and shame because of what their loved one did, but also grieve not only the lives of those their loved one took, but also the loved  one that they lost.  Acadia is amazing in this story as she leads the way to reconciliation and forgiveness, a characteristic her father would have been proud of.  This is a story of people who in the midst of tragedy, experience families and friends brought together again, witness relationships being healed and restored, and experience love as it blossoms and grows.  This thought-provoking contemporary romance is more than just a sizzling story, it is something that inspires you to think about your belief system and your reactions, and just how those reactions effect the people around you.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Why

    I didnt read the book yet but what i do wish is that when u write a review, just put that you or dislike, why write what the book is about, thats why we are reading it ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Wonderful

    Read it twice

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