Called Home: Two Hearts Answer

Called Home: Two Hearts Answer

by Gloria Schumann, Tara Dine (Editor)

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Overview

Emma Benson's view of life was crafted by the death of her brother as a child, abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry, until David Schlosser-back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels-threatens her neatly tended life. Romance blooms. Emma and David eventually persevere in the face of tragedy, refusing to leave their dreams behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984117574
Publisher: Savant Books & Publications LLC
Publication date: 05/08/2010
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Gloria Schumann's love of reading romance novels brought her to a love of writing them. Keen observation of the human condition is her favorite pastime. A highly developed interest in relationships what makes them work are central in her writing. Gloria resides in Austin, TX with her husband and three children.

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Called Home: Two Hearts Answer 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TristiPinkston More than 1 year ago
Emma Benson has moved away from the farm where she was raised, but her mother's health is failing and she can no longer run the place by herself. Emma comes home to help her mother manage the property and finds that she missed home more than she thought she would. David Schlosser grew up down the road, and his writing career took him to the bright lights of the big city, where he became a best-selling novelist. He realizes, though, that his heart is back on the farm, working with his hands and staying in touch with nature. He's intrigued to learn that Emma has also returned home. They went to school together, although he was a little older than her, and he remembers her as a bright, spunky teenager. Anxious to see the woman she has become, he pays her a visit on her farm, and is a little surprised to see that she's not as emotionally open as she used to be. Emma's life has not been easy. Her brother died when she was a child, her father abandoned the family, and then she was betrayed by the man she thought she would marry. She has built walls around herself so she won't get hurt again. When David shows up, handsome and successful, she's glad to see him, but at the same time, she's very reluctant to open herself up to him. He's artless and charming, ready to pick up their friendship and be a help to her on the farm, but she's resistant to making herself vulnerable to anyone ever again, even if it is just friendship. And when David decides he wants more than just that, she becomes frightened. Risking her heart again is just too much. "Called Home: Two Hearts Answer" is a contemporary romance by author Gloria Schumann. I enjoyed the interplay between the two characters as David tries to get Emma to loosen up, and Emma clings tightly to her privacy. I appreciated the care both of them took of Emma's mother and the way they felt connected to the land, like stewards over something precious. I did wish for just a little more back story for David and Emma, things they might have experienced together as teenagers to help set the stage for what happens between them as adults, but I found the story enjoyable and engaging, and I recommend it to any reader who is looking for a clean romance with some nice heart-thumpy kisses and a plot line they can care about.
Icecream18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is a character with trust issues a good character to read about? Emma, the main character, returns home at the call of her mother. Emma's brother died as a child and Emma's father took off, it is natural for Emma to be a little wary of close, familial relationships. David Schlosser returns around the same time. He immediately becomes the love interest of Emma; Emma is understandably nervous and fights the attraction. The novel details the push and pull Emma feels for David and the culmination of what the reader can only assume was meant to be. Emma is not a character the reader will be immediately drawn too, she's a little to withdrawn and afraid-not naturally open. She'll grow on the reader though. The plot is not unique, but it is interesting. The setting is wonderful, Wisconsin will remain forever in the reader's mind as a place where the impossible can happen and a person may learn to trust again. This novel is wonderful for adult readers who don't mind a character that takes a little time to get to know.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was asked to review this book by Gloria. I was hooked from page 1 when David comes into the picture at Emma's farm. They last through an ordeal that forced them together at the beginning of the book. Emma is head strong, independent woman who wants to do it all. David gives her a run for her money in the small town of Wisconsin. These two go at it head to head and causes a lot of humor in this romance. I have laughed out loud several times while reading this book. Watching Emma and David come together during several situations in the book make their friendship work at times.Why do I love the book? For me, it is the relationship with the whole town not just David and Emma. It is amazing reading about small towns who help each other in the times of need. My mom grew up in a small town in Georgia just like the setting for Called Home. It brought back some found memories. I also enjoyed reading the banter between Emma and David. Emma is so reserved from a past relationship that went sour. She has a hard time letting a man in. She also has abandonment issues from the passing of her older brother and he father. Thus leaving her mother and small child taking care of a diary farm. I liked watching Emma open up and letting David in little by little. You can see grow from this friendship. The bit of mystery in the book was great as well. I had a feeling it was one person and turned out to be something different( don't want to spoil the fun). Gloria does a great job interacting the romance and the mystery.This book will keep you wanting for more. I had to put the book down a few times and hated doing so, as I wanted to read it straight through.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This romantic suspense title didn't work for me. There was too much description especially about what each character was feeling and too little dialog. The suspense portion was sort of scary but it was buried in all of the relationship dithering that both characters went through. The characters and story had potential but I don't think it was realized.
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gloria contacted me and asked me to read and review her book and I am glad that she did. I was not previously aware of this good book. I'm glad that it was pulled into my radar. Emma has come home to her small town to help her mother who has a farm that is failing financially. She is stressed and out and dealing with quite a bit of heartache and abandonment issues. David has a successful career as a novelist. He realizes that success and the big city are not the life that he wishes to lead and finds himself back home to the same small town as Emma. He wants to settle down and live a quite life. It literally takes a tornado to bring them together. Once their paths have crossed the sparks begin to fly. The kissing scenes are pretty intense, but kissing is as far as Gloria takes us. This is a clean read that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good romance with a bit of a thriller and mystery element. My only issue is that sometimes it became a little confusing with who is speaking. Once you catch Gloria's rhythm in writing it is easier to follow along. I look forward to reading more from Gloria.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Called Home by Gloria Schumann takes place in the small town of Brooks, Wisconsin. Brooks is a charming little town that has all the characteristics that you would suspect. This is a town where you can keep your doors unlocked, people still look you in the eye and say good morning, and everyone knows everyone else's business. This is a great setting for Called Home. Emma Benson is the main character in this novel. She moves back home to help her mother manage their farm. She's fiercely independent almost to a fault. She's been burned by relationships in the past and has a lot of baggage. Emma is a likable character but she acts a bit childish at times. She's attracted to David but she is mistrusting of men. David has moved back to Brooks after living in New York for some time. As a kid he couldn't wait to leave Brooks but as a man, he couldn't wait to get back to the quiet life. He is instantly attracted to Emma. He's a man who knows what he wants and then goes after it. He has to knock down all the walls that Emma is erected between them. He's a great leading character. He's tall, dark, handsome and bookish. What more could a girl ask for?When a tornado comes through Brooks, it shakes up more than just the town. It forces Emma to take a closer look at herself and she has to learn to trust again. However things start to go haywire when someone starts harassing David and Emma. Their characters are put in perilous situations that leave you guessing as to who the assailant is. Gloria Schumann throws a few red-herrings in for good measure as well. The story-line is also laced with themes such as forgiveness, love and learning to move on. The story line is a bit predictable at times but it's a sweet story.Overall, I like this book. It's got romance, mystery and suspense. My favorite character in this novel is Nancy, Emma's mom. She reminded me of my mom whose name also happens to be Nancy. She's a spunky woman who lets her opinion be known. This is a pretty clean romance with minimum language, no sex but lots of smooching.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Called Home by Gloria Schumann is a lighthearted romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. Broken hearts and longing for a peaceful life have brought both David and Emma to small town Wisconsin. I live in Wisconsin and also live in a small town and can understand the need to want to live there. Emma came to help her mother out and David came to get away from the big city hassles and to write. A lot of bad things happen to the farm that Emma came home to. A tornado starts out the story, with Emma, her mother and David who just happened to come to the farm seeking shelter. The story goes on from there swiftly with David wanting more than Emma is willing to give. But as strange things start happening at the farm and Emma's place of work, Emma soon wants to have David around to protect her from whatever is going on. To say more gives away the story, so I will say that if you like romance with a lot of kissing, no sex scenes, and a good amount of mystery thrown in then this is the book for you. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First let me be honest about something, I usually don¿t read romance novels. When Gloria Schumann emailed me and asked me if I would be willing to read and review her book which was ¿ a sweet romance with plenty of passion and longing without sex scenes, and a bit of crime and suspense thrown into the mix to make a compelling story¿, I thought I¿d give it a try. By that I meant I would try it because it had the element of crime and suspense mixed in. It was those elements as well as how well she crafted the romance that drew me in. Emma was rude at times to David. I identified with her situation somewhat. After my divorce I thought I¿d never remarry. Why take a chance again? I¿d lost my first fiancé to cancer and later my husband left me with two small children. When my current husband and I got together, we¿d both had failed marriages so I figured marriage was out of the picture. My husband was patient and persistent. Like Emma I¿m a teacher who grew up on a farm. I connected with David wanting to go back to the quiet life. I live in a city, and long for the day I can move to the country. The author has done an excellent job of creating a realistic romance that is not mushy. The suspense is great. I will gladly read anything else this author comes out with.
idroskicinia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughtsWhen the author, Gloria Schumann, contacted me I knew nothing about the book or about her. So I didn't know if I was going to enjoy or not her book. And I'm glad to say I really liked it.At first sight, Called Home: Two Hearts Answer looks like a normal romantic story. The main characters are presented almost immediately, so there are not long introductions. Emma, a really stubborn woman with some love related problems returns home (to her small town) to help her mother with her farm, and there she will meet again David, a best seller author who tired of New York is also back in town.The romance is kind of obvious at the beginning (you know what is going to happen) but really sweet and enjoyable, specially how Emma behaves at the beginning of the story, where you can see a little bit of love-hate relationship between them, that made me laugh a couple of times. Also, this book is clean, and what I mean is that there are only kisses, so this is a good book for those who prefer avoiding sex scenes.An then, after some pages is when you realize that this is not a simple romance novel, there is also suspense and mystery, something that I really enjoyed and made the story more complex and interesting. I couldn't stop reading until I finished.So, what can I say? This is a really good book, with nice characters and a good plot. So if you like love stories with a little bit of mystery, you should try this one. You will not regret it.My Rating: 4 starsI received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You.
sedelia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am sad to say that I didn't like this book very much. There are aspects of the novel that I thought held potential, but there were two main problems that prevented me from enjoying the story as a whole.1) The relationship between Emma and David just didn't work for me. First of all, I didn't understand how they didn't know anything about each other. It seems like they live in a small town and David mentions that they went to high school together, but that never goes anywhere. They know nothing about each other, which was strange to me. Secondly, the tension between them was drawn out far too long. It got to the point where I was seriously disliking Emma because David was a nice guy and she was making up reasons to be mean and to hate him. On the one hand, it makes sense because of her past with guys, but we don't really know about that until much later. On the other hand, she doesn't even take the time to be civil to the guy. She's overtly hostile and mean. Despite that, she still lets him kiss her without putting him in his place. I think the kisses could have waited until later when she starts accepting him.2) I couldn't get past the writing. There are times when the same idea is expressed within two or three sentences in a row. Had that been cut down, the story would have been much cleaner and it would have flowed much better. Also, I thought that the dialogue was completely unrealistic, and there is a lot of dialogue in this novel.*I was provided a free copy of this book by the author for my honest review.*I did like the mystery aspect added in with the romance. I thought that was a nice touch and it is fairly suspenseful. A lot more could have been done with it to make it truly scary, but that's probably not what the author was going for. Overall, however, I just couldn't get myself interested in this novel.*I was provided a free copy of this book by the author for my honest review.*
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This was truly a fun read. I was smitten with this book from almost the first few pages. The author drew me in with the strong and spirited Emma and the sweet and good-humored David. And, of course, who doesn't love a nice country setting where the reader is spirited away from the big city problems? This book was a fantastic escape to a simple world with just enough complications to keep things interesting. I was intrigued from the start by the banter between David and Emma. The more they argued, the closer they got--as it should be. Even when my interest waned in certain sections of the story, I was hooked by this love-hate relationship between these characters. The author indeed has a fantastic sense of comedic timing. I was not expecting the bit of mystery that entered the story. There was no doubt how it would end--after all, this is a romance--but I found that I was uncertain as to path of the conclusion. I found the explanation of the mystery was not quite sufficient--it was rather illogical in my opinion--but not everything has to make perfect sense in fiction after all. I appreciated the way in which God was an integral part of the story. It was assumed that all go to church, and I feel that the characters relied on God for guidance. Better still, I loved the fact that the characters were not sexually active before marriage! They were on guard, and even when placed in positions where they could have compromised, they did not! It is so rare to read romances where the characters do abstain. What were my criticisms? The only real fault I found in this book was that the physical affection between Emma and David got rather boring at times. Don't get me wrong--I loved reading about it. But I felt that all too often, the descriptions were the same thing over and over. And the reader knew after the first few times how the physical intimacy in a particular scene would end. It was the same thing over and over. I also did not see the financial struggles of Emma and her mother as central as I felt they should be. It seems that Emma has plenty of time and resources--maybe too much. But then that gives her and David more time together, right? I, for one, found this a delightful summer read, and if you are looking for a clean romance that you can read in enjoy in a weekend, look no further! The author, Gloria Schumann, gave me a copy of the book to read and review in exchange for this review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Aubrey Book provided by: Author Review originally posted at Romancing the Book : Called Home: Two Hearts Answer is Ms. Schumann’s first novel. I enjoyed it but it was a bit slow at times. I felt the flow of the novel didn’t go as easily as it should. Their were gaps and I would have to go back and re-read a few pages or paragraphs to make sense of what I had just read. The concept of Emma coming home to help her aging mother with the farm is one that I love since I long to become a farmer. I really felt the trials that Emma was going through. She definitely did not have it easy. She did, however, whine just a bit too much for my liking. David, the hero, is quite a successful author who wants to win Emma over. He can be slightly annoying and cocky but rather sweet and endearing. At first I could not feel the spark between Emma and David but eventually as I got to know both characters you feel the spark. Both have had to overcome insecurities and bad relationships to find each other. Even with some plot holes I rather enjoyed this novel and would definitely read more from this author. She definitely has the potential to be an excellent writer.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Called Home by Gloria Schumann takes place in the small town of Brooks, Wisconsin. Brooks is a charming little town that has all the characteristics that you would suspect. This is a town where you can keep your doors unlocked, people still look you in the eye and say good morning, and everyone knows everyone else's business. This is a great setting for Called Home. Emma Benson is the main character in this novel. She moves back home to help her mother manage their farm. She's fiercely independent almost to a fault. She's been burned by relationships in the past and has a lot of baggage. Emma is a likable character but she acts a bit childish at times. She's attracted to David but she is mistrusting of men. David has moved back to Brooks after living in New York for some time. As a kid he couldn't wait to leave Brooks but as a man, he couldn't wait to get back to the quiet life. He is instantly attracted to Emma. He's a man who knows what he wants and then goes after it. He has to knock down all the walls that Emma is erected between them. He's a great leading character. He's tall, dark, handsome and bookish. What more could a girl ask for? When a tornado comes through Brooks, it shakes up more than just the town. It forces Emma to take a closer look at herself and she has to learn to trust again. However things start to go haywire when someone starts harassing David and Emma. Their characters are put in perilous situations that leave you guessing as to who the assailant is. Gloria Schumann throws a few red-herrings in for good measure as well. The story-line is also laced with themes such as forgiveness, love and learning to move on. The story line is a bit predictable at times but it's a sweet story. Overall, I like this book. It's got romance, mystery and suspense. My favorite character in this novel is Nancy, Emma's mom. She reminded me of my mom whose name also happens to be Nancy. She's a spunky woman who lets her opinion be known. This is a pretty clean romance with minimum language, no sex but lots of smooching.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Source: Directly from author for review Sweet small town romances can turn out one of two ways: tragically emotional and heartbreaking, or undeniably corny. Called Home: Two Hearts Answer contains all the elements of the latter; the sequence of the story is predictable and bland. I don't feel the "chemistry" between Emma and David, but it's portrayed like it's strong and passionate (but to me, it isn't. At all). Their relationship seems rushed, forced, and fake, as if it was scripted for a clichéd romance novel. The main reason I think I can't feel the love between Emma and David is because of their personalities. They're both highly dislikable; Emma acts stingily and as if she's eleven years old -- and god, she is SUCH a prude -- and David is too demanding and cocky. While I can bring myself up to ignore David (because most men are demanding and cocky anyway), I just want to slap Emma in the wherever-it-would-be-most-painful. That girl's got something shoved up her ass! And she's in denial for the majority of the book too; though she kisses David and fantasizes about him in a more-than-platonic way, she won't admit she even likes him til the very end. She can't not only admit her love, but her LIKE for him til the very end. Like I said before -- is she eleven years old? What does it take to act civilly towards a guy who hasn't touched a hair on her head? Regardless, David seems stunned by her as a woman. I find nothing extraordinary about Emma, by the manner of her speech, attitude, and style, and yet David is still perplexed by her femininity, beauty, grace, and all that other crap. This is why I find their relationship unlikely; Schumann does a poor job of convincing me that they could really fall for each other. Another reason for this may be the chastity. No love scenes are consummated, and aside from heavy kissing, nothing happens. Nothing. While I appreciate this in a sweet contemporary romance, it also seems unlikely in a real-life relationship. Aside from the nonexistent connection between the characters, another problem I have with this book is the unnecessarily detailed and superfluous writing style. Schumann expounds the exact descriptions of attire (and furniture, exteriors, cars, etc.), names of minor (and once-appearing) characters, and redundant facts (such as "The silence was not at all awkward. Emma found it very comfortable." Oh, really? Because I thought an unawkward silence would be totally uncomfortable). One thing I will give props to, is the structure of the story. The plot is coherent and consistent, and therefore easy to follow. I don't find this an easy read persay, since the language tends to drag on and repeat itself, but the events happen in order and are reflected back upon, facilitating my understanding of the occurring action. The mystery, though easy to guess, is frightening and overall well-crafted. The pace doesn't pick up until the temperature starts heating (in a life-threatening way, not sexually) -- but that isn't until the last quarter or so of the book. I think lovers of a good, clean romance will find this one enjoyable, but I personally didn't like it that much.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
First let me be honest about something, I usually don't read romance novels. When Gloria Schumann emailed me and asked me if I would be willing to read and review her book which was " a sweet romance with plenty of passion and longing without sex scenes, and a bit of crime and suspense thrown into the mix to make a compelling story", I thought I'd give it a try. By that I meant I would try it because it had the element of crime and suspense mixed in. It was those elements as well as how well she crafted the romance that drew me in. Emma was rude at times to David. I identified with her situation somewhat. After my divorce I thought I'd never remarry. Why take a chance again? I'd lost my first fiancé to cancer and later my husband left me with two small children. When my current husband and I got together, we'd both had failed marriages so I figured marriage was out of the picture. My husband was patient and persistent. Like Emma I'm a teacher who grew up on a farm. I connected with David wanting to go back to the quiet life. I live in a city, and long for the day I can move to the country. The author has done an excellent job of creating a realistic romance that is not mushy. The suspense is great. I will gladly read anything else this author comes out with.