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Welcome Back is the story of an estranged family finding a way to integrate back into each other’s lives after nearly a decade apart. Driven out by a domineering step-mother, Lydia left her husband, her daughter and the mountains of Maggie Valley far behind. Her three sons followed her, creating a deep divide between their family, pitting sons against the father, daughter against the mother. Only after the passing of her husband’s mother does Lydia attempt to put her family back together. She returns to the mountains, to the apple farm. Though the family is eager to open their hearts to one another, they must first work through the anger and resentment of their past in order to find a happy future. The majority of the book is about working through these issues, with the help of a colorful cast of locals and family members. The Valley has its own mysteries and troubles to resolve, which the family get caught up in. The main antagonist of the story is deceased but even in death the stepmother’s cruelty looms large over the happiness of all who lived under her shadow. The people presented in Welcome Back are wholesome and self-reflective, working easily together to create the close community that is so valued in small mountain areas. Children play in the sunshine, cats curl up on the front porch, and heartfelt discussions are had over tea and homemade pies. It’s a wonderful, relaxing world filled to the brim with beautiful details of the area, the customs and the people that make the Smoky Mountains such a rich cultural heritage. If you're new to the Smoky Mountain romance series - I recommend starting with The Foster Girls... though each book is a stand alone plot, there are little pieces shared between them, characters that make cameos and references that readers who go in order will enjoy.