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Home Free
     

Home Free

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by Claire McEwen
 

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His first taste of freedom was only the beginning… 

Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He's not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen's irresistible smile makes him glad to save the

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His first taste of freedom was only the beginning… 

Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He's not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen's irresistible smile makes him glad to save the day—and thankful that they're neighbors. 

Mandy's just the distraction Arch needs. Her sweet voice quiets the memories that threaten his chance to be a better man, and he's determined to help her confront her fears. But the past is its own prison, and even love might not be enough to set them free.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781488006890
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
11/01/2016
Series:
Sierra Legacy
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
328,247
File size:
2 MB

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Claire McEwen enjoys challenges and happy endings, so when someone suggested she write a romance novel she thought, “Why not?”  She wrote a page, fell in love with writing, and her life has never been quite the same.  She abandoned her career to write as much as possible and now spends a lot of her time with imaginary people.  When not writing, she enjoys digging in her garden, playing on the beach, hiking, traveling, and reading, of course!  

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Home Free 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Allykitten 7 months ago
This book told such a lovely, honest story of a man, Arch (such a great name!), wanting to become a better man, make positive changes to his life, correct the wrongs he had made, and make amends to those he hurt in the past. Arch is asking for a second chance and in this book he not only finds it, but meets a sweet, beautiful, woman, Mandy, who not only inspires him to change, but becomes the reason why he is going to do things right this time. Mandy is more of a shy, reserved girl as she is battling her own personal demons, but with the help of Arch truly comes out of her shell and becomes a strong, confident woman. There are so many messages and takeaways from this book! The big ones are change, determination, hope, and second chances! I was truly impressed with the strong, well developed main characters! Arch and Mandy felt very real and genuine! Arch and Mandy are full of real-life flaws and emotions! I really liked this couple, Arch and Mandy, and myself rooting for them and their happiness. Arch and Mandy both suffer from personal setbacks, but together they help each other fight, grow, and overcome those obstacles! That’s what a true partner does – helps make you a better, strong person! I loved that Arch came back to Benson to make amends and actually wanted to change and turn his life around. He doesn’t make excuses and owns up to his mistakes. Of course, change is hard, and there is no short supply of people wanting to see him fail or blame him for their own setbacks. I truly enjoyed reading this book and even learned from it! I am excited to check out Claire’s other books on the Benson crew! I would absolutely recommend this book – in fact maybe even encourage you to read this book! This book is filled with love, hope, determination, strength, change, forgiveness, and second chances! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
BooksAndSpoons 8 months ago
A touching and honest story of a journey a man with a criminal background, and just released from the prison has to take and wants to take, to change his life, change himself, his habits, and make a chance for a brighter tomorrow, to have a future to be proud of. Arch is a charming and alluring character, with his determination and desire to face the past and make the future better it was easy to root for him, wish him nothing but the best, and hope he finds his way. Mandy's prison has been her mind ever since her mother died, the panic attacks she never told anyone about. Together Mandy and Arch are a force to be reckoned with. By a set of circumstances, they are let alone to take care of two ranchers, and to be able to accomplish that they have to face their fears, their demons, their past, and overcome them. That road isn't easy for them. There are some who wants them to fail, there are some who wish they would fall back to the past behavior, there are some who are blaming Arch for their own mistakes, and some who just wish he would have never come home. The story and its honesty hit me in the gut. The development of the characters as their face the obstacles in their lives was beautifully done, and every moment with them pulled me more into the tale, into the pain and joy they experienced. Arch's rectitude was honorable, admirable, and even though Mandy and Arch had to go through the fire to find their feet, their future, the story has such a clear message of hope, that people can choose to change, and it is possible if you are willing to put all in and work for the change, it just made me want to cheer out loud. A delicate story about life, love, and change, a story that can affect a person if you let the message get close to your heart and choose to feel the good, the positive, and the joy in life. ~ Five Spoons!
LRKV 9 months ago
While the comically bad-timing of certain plot twists offer plenty of obstacles to the romance between sweet, fearful Mandy and rugged reformed criminal Arch (whose return to his small hometown gives everyone, including Arch's ex, plenty to talk - and throw food - about!), what I love most about Home Free is the way that both characters are so different, yet they inspire the other to face and process their own internal struggles to be the best individuals and partners they can be. I like that personal growth is never sacrificed for love in this book; and that love prevails once all the growing is done! I appreciate Claire M.'s commitment to creating strong, independent characters who, even if lust plays a big part in their motivation, work to build a mature kind of relationship that will last rather than taking the easy way out. Arch's whole MO in this book, in fact, is learning to do the hard work of emotional honesty and truthful action in order to break free of his criminal past and old habits, while Mandy must learn to overcome her own fears, guilt and grief in order to truly live the life she longs for. Maybe it's my own experience with losing my mom, or my relationship with a man who's had a pretty rough past that he's worked hard to overcome, but I got a lot more out of this book than a simple happy ending. I got a fully-realized example of the kind of love and friendship that encouragement and belief in another person's best qualities can create, even if it sometimes means going it alone until you yourself are ready to be there for someone else. All I want now is for a super-talented, strong, dark and handsome metal worker to make me a paper-thin petalled California poppy out of steel! I'll have to talk to my own reformed bad boy about that one... All that to say, it's the little details and careful descriptions that really bring this book to life. I love Claire McEwen's writing, and I highly recommend this latest installment! I haven't read the other two books in this series yet, though I read all three of her first. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and - honestly - Home Free convinced me to snag the first two books in the Sierra Legacy trilogy to get all the romance I can out of this beautiful little ranch town. Highly recommend.
Rhondaz 10 months ago
Home Free by Claire McEwen.....What a beautifully written story full of emotion and forgiveness. Arch is looking for a second chance from his past. I loved watching the story unfold between Arch and Mandy. Claire McEwen knows how to suck us readers into the story and you don't want it to end. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
LynnB888 10 months ago
I've had the pleasure of reading all of the books in Claire McEwen's "Sierra Legacy" series and enjoyed watching both of the previous Hoffman's heal and find their happily ever after, but with her latest installment in the series, HOME FREE, my favorite sibling was discovered! Arch was raised in that same horrible childhood that Nora and Wade came from, but he let himself go towards the bad, ugly side for a long time instead of knowing it was wrong like his younger siblings did. He eventually realized there was more to life than being a bad guy, and decided to change his life. He sacrificed himself in order to pay for his sins, and then had to learn how to pick up the pieces afterwards. What a strong message this book brings! None of us are perfect, and some are just pure evil, but there's never a day until your last where it is too late to have regret and actually care to make a difference going forward. Great book! After paying for his crimes, Arch Hoffman makes his way back home to Benson to figure out where he goes from here. Picking himself up from the past is going to be a long road, and he isn't sure he has the skills to get there yet ... but he sure is going to try! Running across Mandy Allen on his first day back into town turns into just the motivation he needs. She's sweet, innocent, pure ... and he loves the peace she brings to his mind when he's around her. She has her own demons she's trying to find a way to move on from, so the kindness they both show to the other, has a healing effect on them both.
RachaelBrown 10 months ago
I loved Arch. Despite having a tough childhood and engaging in criminal activities, he was able to turn his life around. He is strong and protective, yet tender and loving with Mandy. I thoroughly enjoyed their courtship as they helped each other to break free from their pasts. Home Free is a touching story about redemption, self-forgiveness, and second chances to follow your dreams. I love the Sierra Legacy Series and I'm so glad that Claire McEwen decided to tell Arch's story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.