Going Home

Going Home

by Stacy Finz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601833389
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/23/2014
Series: A Nugget Romance , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 45,666
File size: 922 KB

About the Author

Stacy Finz is an award-winning former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After twenty years-plus covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she had enough material to write fiction. She is the 2013 winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award.

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Going Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
SunflowerDays More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and am looking forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warm and heartfelt. I really enjoyed the setting, which is a small town in Northern California similar to Truckee, and the story of the main characters. In addition, there were many interesting side plots and I was happy to hear that this is part of a series and other characters will have their own starring roles in future books. This is a great read when you want to escape into a fully described world with a sweet romance plot. Wonderful with a cup of tea and cookies.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun and diverse read.  It was part romance, part mystery and part history.  It took place in the fictional town of Nugget, California, which is based on the present day place where the Donner Party got stranded in huge snow blizzards on their trek west in 1846.  Fortunately, nobody eats anybody else in this story, but there is someone who is attacking people connected with an old Victorian mansion that is being refurbished into a B&B. Mandy Breyer has left her wealthy, philandering husband to start up the B&B but not everyone in town is happy about this and she has to diplomatically deal with these folks while avoiding someone who is attaching her.  Actually, she is hoping to help renew the town after the recession that has closed down many businesses. Detective Rhys Shepard is a local who left this town as a young man and has found much success in the Houston Police Department.  Unfortunately, his crotchety father is suffering from Alzheimer's and needs Rhys to help him, but only till Rhys can figure a better plan for his father's care--or so he thinks. I really enjoyed all the characters in this story and also all of the difficulties and problems that everyone faces.  The historical connection to Donner's Crossing added depth, along with the issues that faced everyone in this small, close knit town.  The different kinds of love that blossomed spoke of hope and healing, along with some strong passions.  Sure looking forward to reading about more people and situations in Nugget, California!!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Going Home by Stacy Finz is an engaging combination of sexual tension, mystery, angst, and of course, romance. The story takes place in the small town of Nugget, California, where the winters are harsh and the majority of the townsfolk are busybodies and very resistant to change. Nugget's claim to fame is the Donner Party tragedy and the author does a nice job of incorporating the history into the storyline. The two main characters, Maddy Breyer and Rhys Shepard, are able to find love in the midst of experiencing both personal and professional setbacks. Maddy is a recent inhabit of Nugget. She hails from a long line of hotel managers and now she and her brother Nate want to be hotel owners as well. They sunk all of their money into the rebuilding of the decrepit Lumber Baron Inn, and it is finally looking good. However, between the meth lab found in the Inn's basement, the robbery at the local grocery store, one of Maddy's worker's almost getting killed, and the possibility of the sewerage system being inadequate to support both the town's and the Inn's needs, the investment may be all for not. And to top it off, Maddy is in the process of divorcing her wealthy, yet amazingly unfaithful husband. Rhys is a hometown boy who was climbing the officer ladder at the Houston Police Department. Now he is the temporary chief of police of Nugget. He is back in town to take care of his father who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. There is no love lost between Rhys and his father, yet Rhys feels compelled to help him. The discovery of a younger half-sister and brother, only adds fuel to an already blazing fire. What a great debut for Ms Finz! This is a very interesting book and it kept me entertained from beginning to end. Although the story starts out a bit slow, it picks up speed along the way and continues at a nice pace. Lots of things are happening in Nugget, which keeps the plot lively and intriguing. Maddy and Rhys have great chemistry, which Ms. Finz crafts with care and lust. The secondary characters are replete personality and wisdom, thus completing the ever-changing landscape of Nugget. I really enjoyed this novel, and I can't wait to read the other books in the Nugget series. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I read the 2nd book in this series first, and I really liked that book, with the exception of Clay getting on my nerves, so I already knew a bit about the main characters in this book, Maddy and Rhys, and I liked both of them in the 2nd book, so I wasn't surprised that they were very likable in their own book. Maddy is going through a tough time in her life, and I felt for her, and I was rooting for her, and I think it's important that a reader wants the lead characters to succeed, and she really held it together, she was definitely strong. I liked that Maddy and Rhys relationship progressed at a natural speed. I don't mind instalove so much, but it's nice to have a book that doesn't have that element. I do wish it was a bit faster, but there was enough other stuff going on that I didn't mind it. I would of loved a bit more from the end, so I say my rating is a bit more of a 4.5 stars. All the Donner history was interesting, I'm not sure if all the info is factual, but I still enjoyed it, and I like books that have the character renovating cool older buildings, so that was already a plus in my mind. I didn't really enjoy the surrogate storyline; it just wasn't my thing. Maddy and Rhys relationship was really sweet, and they both are great people, who deserve happiness in their lives. The added element of danger to the story was a nice touch, and I was interested in the other characters in the book, especially Colin, I think his book would be interesting. The next book in the series is about Clay and Emily, Clay is mentioned a bit in this book, and although I don't really care for Clay, I still really liked the next book, so I'm enjoying this series so far! This series has sweet, slow-moving romances, that develop into strong bonds between the couple. I'd definitely read the next books in the series, and more books by Stacy Finz!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! My first book by the author and I will be reading more... This is the story of Rhys and Maddie... Rhys grew up in the small town of Nugget, California... His mother abandoned him when he was small and he was raised up an uncaring railroad worker who let him run wild... He leaves town at 18 and is now a cop in Houston.. He is called home when his father develops dementia... He takes a six month leave of absence and comes home intending to find a home for his estranged father... Maddie and her brother arrive in town, buy an old Victorian and plan to remodel it into an Inn... Maddie is newly separated from her husband who has cheated on her... The dynamics of this book are such that it is beyond my ability to condense it into a review... I will just say that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time... Excellent storyline, super well developed characters, interesting and compelling flow, and sets up a second book beautifully... This is a definite read!!!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
The small town, Nugget, population 6000, is really what all small towns are imagined to be: little run down, needed an upgrade but fighting against the change, improvements, and diversity. It has some happy memories, lifelong friendships, gossip, newcomers, old timers, and a bit of crime. The two newest members of town, police chief Rhys, and hotel owner Maddy, both are at the crossroads of their lives, not happy about the change they are facing. The story moves slowly through the town, introducing its characters, with lots of history lessons embedded in the tale. The romance between Maddy and Rhys is delicate, with all the adjustments in their new lives, relationship takes time to build, and feelings time to grow and to be trusted. The story pulls you into the small town living, in its people, chatter, and events, opening a door to the new series, while sharing the story of the beginning of Maddy and Rhys's romance ~ three big spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read -- funny, romantic, great small town details. Will recommend to my friends
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two people on different paths at this time of their life. Reyse hates having to return home to Nugget and his unlikable ill father. Maddy needs a new life to find herself after leaving her cheating husband. Good characters. I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminded me a lot of Nora Roberts books. Romance in a small town with some action thrown in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story about redemption & how someone who grew up without love can still be healed & learn to love. A little bit Pollyanna but I couldn't put it down.
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Loved this book, I was so excited to find that it was just one of a seties of books. I have now purchased the others along with pre ordering two others. I am looking forward to starting the next book. The combination of romance, a little suspence,and history make it a winner in my opnion.
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My_Peace More than 1 year ago
I really liked the premise of the plot and the interesting background of small town Nugget in Going Home.  The way Stacy included some of Nugget's somewhat horrifying history really brought the place to life! Both of the main characters, Maddy and Rhys are strong.  They come from very different backgrounds, but that doesn't stop the attraction they have for each other.  In present day they have very different lives too though.  Maddy has goals, and they are centered around her new life in Nugget.  Rhys is only back in Nugget temporarily, and is counting down the days until he can leave again.  Seeing these two together and the push and pull of their budding relationship made Going Home a lively read.  I felt that both of them and their struggles were realistic and believable.  I could understand the reactions both of them had to their own circumstances, and these reactions made Maddy and Rhys real. I liked that the focus of Going Home was not entirely on Maddy and Rhys' relationship.  They both have a lot of other things going on that they are dealing with...some things very unexpected! There are a lot of secondary characters in Going Home as well as sub plots, but they are all relevant to the main plot and Stacy ties it all together smoothly.  The characters and town of Nugget are certainly quirky, adding tension and uncertainty to the main plot.  I liked how Stacy did this, it made Nugget seem like a place that could be anywhere! Stacy kept the plot moving, not giving away everything all at once, but keeping me intrigued and interested.  I felt like I really got to know Rhys and Maddy.  I could easily picture Nugget and the places Stacy describes in Going Home. A well paced, great start to a series, I'd recommend Going Home to any romance reader especially if you like small town settings and all the dynamics they entail!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very well written, Stacy Finz does a wonderful job captivating the lives of the characters. I believe the length of the book suites the story, its not an all too complicated love story and the author fit the necessary detailing in very well.
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"Okay."
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She ran in and fell to the ground. She sighed and layed on her back closing her eyes.
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&star