Can two broken people help each other learn to love again and find their way home?
For Samantha Cole, love and relationships have never come easy. Pain and heartbreak have forced her to build a wall around herself. Hoping to start over, Sam leaves Boston behind and moves to Napa with her best friend. Trying to make better choices in love, Sam establishes rules to keep her heart safe. Little does she know that one man will challenge her and change her mind. He has the potential to break down her walls and bring her heart back home.
Ben Foster has been dealing with heartache and guilt for the past two years, believing he lost his only chance at love. Pounding guys on the Rugby field and running the family winery get him through the pain. When Sam arrives the fog over his life slowly lifts. He wonders if she is the one who can help his heart find a new way home.
Letting go of the past and moving forward is not always easy. Their connection is strong, but their pasts keep getting in the way. Will Sam and Ben's journey tear them apart or help them find a place to call home?
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Finding Home by Aine Kelley is awesome! A story of love, loss, betrayal and how two people manage to make it past all that BS. With the help of John Cusack and a boom box of course. The 80's were very important to me and I love that Sam had a habit of relating to 80's movies (Say Anything, Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, etc). Sam has been betrayed by her past boyfriends and is absolutely NOT ready for another, but then she talks to her besties brother Ben on the phone one night and her interest is piqued. Ben is still mourning the death of his fiancee from two years ago and is in no place to move on, but when he speaks to Sam on the phone one night he realizes that she is stirring something inside him thats been closed since before the tragedy. A cute story of love with a Happily Ever After. Women everywhere want their happy endings and happily-ever-afters. That's what I want. I want the boom box over the head of the guy playing the song for the girl he loves. I want my Say Anything moment. Is that Rrally too much to ask? -Sam
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review** 5 Feel Good Stars This is the debut novel for author Aine Kelley...well let me tell you she knocked this one out of the park. I had the privilege of beta reading this book while it was being written. I also have the honor of reading the final version for the blog tour. I thought this book was amazing in it's early stages...well let me tell you it only got better in the final version. This story flowed effortlessly. I thought the pacing of the story was fantastic. Nothing was rushed but it also wasn't dragged out so that the reader would get bored. This story is so full of emotion. I laughed, cried, got pissed, felt heartbroken, swooned, and fell in love with these characters. I truly felt like I was a part of their lives. This story is about two broken souls just trying to get through life one day at a time. Samantha Cole (Sam) was a fabulous character. She was a great mix of both vulnerable and strong. She has dealt with some really crappy things in the past and her family is just awful, but with the help of her BFF Jenny, she manages to get her life on track. She loses the opportunity at the job she has lined up after graduation and this is what leads her to Napa Valley to live with Jenny and her family. Helping out on the vineyard. This is where she meets Ben. She had talked to him but never met him until now. Ben is also a broken soul. He is a shell of a man. Due to a tragic event in his past, he has a hard time moving on. That is until he meets Sam. They build a friendship that is racked with serious sexual tension ;). I love watching the progression of their relationship. It was great seeing a couple, who yes are attracted to each other, take the time to build something special. Yes there are some slip ups along the way, but it was great to see how everything turns out in the end. I think the one thing I truly loved about this story is that it isn't racked with a bunch of unnecessary drama. There are NO outside factors trying to cause an issue. The main issue is what is going on in the characters minds...they are their own worst enemy. This story still had that great warm fuzzy feeling about it. I think I had a smile on my face most if the book. As for side characters...I loved Jack and Jenny...I'm excited to see they are getting their own story told. There is definitely something there;). These two were probably the best bff's I've ever seen in a book. They are both very loyal and loving people. They know when to have fun and joke around, but they also knew when to get serious and tell it like it is. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for that straight forward, feel good love story with out all the extra drama. This book will leave you with a smile on your face. This book did have some strong language but I didn't think it was an over abundance and it also wasn't soaked with a lot of sex. Don't get me wrong...there is sex in the story but it doesn't over power the story. Aine Kelley definitely knows how to write a panty melting scene. You don't want to miss this book...this is a MUST READ!!!! You won't be sorry :)
I received FINDING HOME from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book begins well. Sam is a young college graduate who has suffered through a bad breakup and her only real support comes from her best friend and roommate. When her new job falls through, her friend's family comes to the rescue and she travels from Boston to California to work at their winery. Ben is her roommate's brother, who has lived through a tragic loss and is not quite sure how to move forward. He and Sam meet in person for the first time and sparks fly. The rest of the novel is about their struggle to leave their pasts behind and commit to one another. When it comes to romance novels, I normally prefer books that stick to a single point-of-view. The issues I had with FINDING HOME highlight why this is the case. By alternating chapters between Sam and Ben, we know exactly how they feel at all times. This tends to undermine the romantic tension. The only mystery for the reader is when Sam will catch on to Ben's real feelings or vice versa. Even so, we might still have enjoyed an entertaining read. The characters are certainly complicated enough and the emotion is genuine. The writing itself is skilled. But the author has her characters constantly think about their feelings and then repeat those thoughts in dialog almost word for word. This really weighs down the narrative in places and sucks the drama from what should be nail-biting scenes. The author could also have taken more trouble with her setting. We're in California wine country. Ben reveals to Sam his favorite spots on the vineyard. These are places that move him emotionally, but we get only a generic description before things move on to more long stretches of "I feel" talk and some foreplay. The sexual content itself seems overly choreographed. It made me wonder whether the author added a lot of it because she thought that's what readers of New Adult fiction expect rather than allowing it to emerge organically via the characters' interaction. FINDING HOME has all the ingredients of a killer romance. Sam and Ben are great characters with rich back stories. The setting is potentially glorious. There's plenty of opportunity for complication and misunderstanding to ramp up the tension. Ultimately, though, it just doesn't deliver that punch to the gut I search for in my reading.
Star A tale of getting a second chance at love. Risking your heart to possible hurt in hopes that you have found true love. "As long as your home is with the one you're meant to be with, you can do anything. To share your mind, body, and soul with your home - your forever, your person - then everything falls into place."
I absolutely LOVED this book. Great love story that you will not want to put down. Easy to read. Great feel good book. I highly recommend it.