Home Again (Chesapeake Diaries Series #2)

Home Again (Chesapeake Diaries Series #2)

by Mariah Stewart

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

Dallas MacGregor is living the Hollywood dream. At thirtysomething, she’s an award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio Baird, is caught in a sex scandal, Dallas’s charmed life turns tabloid nightmare. Determined to shield her young son, Cody, from the ugly uproar, Dallas seeks refuge in sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland—the Chesapeake Bay town where her happiest childhood days were spent.

Reunited with her boisterous great-aunt, Dallas wants nothing more than to leave her Hollywood days behind. And when she crosses paths with local veterinarian Grant Wyler, her high school summer love, she finds he’s everything she remembers, and more—and that the spark is still there. But Dallas’s promising new life takes a troubling turn when the unimaginable happens and she finds herself living a mother’s worst nightmare—and Emilio storms into St. Dennis to save the day, along with his damaged career. Trapped in the unwanted glare of the limelight once again, Dallas discovers that it’s coolheaded Grant who is willing to risk everything to protect her and her son, and to secure the future they were always meant to share.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345520357
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Chesapeake Diaries Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 150,261
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, their daughter, and their dogs.

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"The town and townspeople of St. Dennis, MD, come vividly to life under Stewart's skillful hands. The pace is gentle, but the emotions are complex in this touching charmer." —-Romantic Times

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Home Again 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dallas MacGregor knows she has come a long way since moving to St. Dennis on the Maryland side of Chesapeake Bay from New Jersey back in 1983. She hated the change until she met and debated worms with Grant as she lived with energetic Great Aunt Berry just after her four years old sister died. In 2010 she has become an award winning actress. However, her wonderful Hollywood lifestyle is nuked when her soon-to-be-former spouse, movie producer Emilio Baird is involved in a sex scandal that causes a nightmare for Dallas as the tabloids investigate and bombard her with innuendos and deliberate half-truths and lies. Sick of the unfair furor and wanting to keep her son Cody safe from the feeding frenzy of the media nasties, she flees from Southern California with her child to Aunt Berry's abode where she remembers spending her happiest childhood moments. There she and veterinarian Dr. Grant Wyler soon meet and both understand deja vu as they still are attracted to one another. However, his performance is sidetracked when Cody and his new best buddy Logan vanish and a frantic Dallas panics. Emilio followed by the media storm rushes to Maryland in order to salvage his career by performing as the doting husband and concerned father. However, while he acts for the cameras, Grant performs in the field for the woman and her son he loves. The latest Chesapeake Diaries family drama (see Coming Home) is an entertaining contemporary second chance at love romance. Dallas is the star as the link between Hollywood and St. Dennis while the rest of the cast play second and third banana support roles. Although the comparison between a shallow Hollywood and a profound Chesapeake Bay seems exaggerated on each coast, readers will enjoy Dallas' coming Home Again. Harriet Klausner
SAGE4AB More than 1 year ago
As with any of Ms. Stewart's books, I enjoyed this one immensely. She is a great story teller, and if you haven't read any of her books you are missing out on great stories. Give it a read!!!!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
home again chesapeake diaries book 2 by mariah stewart woman returns to her childhood home as her ex husband is caught online-something to do with nudity. child really suffers a lot through this as mom hopes a different location where nobody knows them will help.
ReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE Mariah Stewart! She has been a favorite author of mine for some time, when I read some of her previous works, including book 1 in The Chesapeake Diaries Series, Coming Home. Her work is emotional yet humorous at times, complex yet enlightening and her characters become your family. Her writing style is tender and filled with her passion to create novels that her readers will love. In <i>Home Again</i>, the reader is taken back to the Chesapeake area of Maryland (which I love because I was born in Maryland!). The reader gets a first hand look at Dallas' life. Sweet, sweet Dallas, bless her heart. She went through so much turmoil, both as a young girl, and later, as an adult actress in Hollywood. When things turn sour with her producer hubby, she seeks solace once again in the heart of the Bay in Maryland, with her great aunt. But, once there, she is reunited with her once best friend and sweetheart, Grant. I loved reading Dallas and Grant's stories. They are both written with so much personality and love and they flow perfectly with the plot line. I really loved them both! And, not to mention, Dallas' sweet son, Cody. Bless his heart, I really felt a motherly pull to him, too! I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you are looking for a good summer read this summer, then grab a copy of Mariah Stewart's 5 star book! It is part of a series, but it keeps the reader up to date so it's not overly confusing and could be read as a stand alone. I don't recommend it though, because books in a series are always best read in order, so the reader can savor each moment! I also had the pleasure to read book 3, <i>Almost Home</i>.....look for my review tomorrow!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Picking up just where Coming Home left off, Mariah Stewart takes us on the second part of our journey in the book, Home Again, part of the Chesapeake Diaries series. This time the story that takes place within the small seaside community of St. Dennis, involves Dallas MacGregor, a famous Hollywood movie star seeking solace among her friends and family while waiting for her divorce to be final from her husband Emilio, who has turned up in the tabloids with being seen with other woman in a sex scandal nightmare. Dallas takes her son Cody with her to St. Dennis after seeing that even she can't protect him from the rumors circulating about his father even at summer camp. She feels that they both can use a break while things simmer down in Hollywood. Dallas returns to her Aunt Berry's house, who herself is a retired long famous starlet from the silver screen as well, but since changing her last name, the press haven't been able to bother her in this small seaside town. Berry is delighted to have Dallas and Cody stay with her since she has been lonely for so long. After she herself gave up happiness and love since returning back to St. Dennis herself, Berry still finds herself remembering her long lost love, Archer and the memories of what could have been. Grant Wyler has also returned to St. Dennis after his divorce with his daughter Paige to take over the local veterinary practice. He shares a history with Dallas of a summer romance that lasted through their high school years only to find himself left broken hearted when Dallas left to find her life's passion in Hollywood on the silver screen, never looking back at what her life could have been with Grant. Since this is such a small town, odds are highly likely that Dallas and Grant as destined to bump into one another. Will the sparks from their past love still warm their hearts, or has the past really been left as water under the bridge? Read, Home Again by Mariah Stewart and find out!!! There is even another book coming out in the Spring of 2011 to continue this saga of love. I received this book compliments from TLC book tours for my honest review. If you are looking for a great summertime romance novel that will completely immerse you in the lives of a long lost romance, than this is truly a great book for you.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE Mariah Stewart! She has been a favorite author of mine for some time, when I read some of her previous works, including book 1 in The Chesapeake Diaries Series, Coming Home. Her work is emotional yet humorous at times, complex yet enlightening and her characters become your family. Her writing style is tender and filled with her passion to create novels that her readers will love.In Home Again, the reader is taken back to the Chesapeake area of Maryland (which I love because I was born in Maryland!). The reader gets a first hand look at Dallas' life. Sweet, sweet Dallas, bless her heart. She went through so much turmoil, both as a young girl, and later, as an adult actress in Hollywood. When things turn sour with her producer hubby, she seeks solace once again in the heart of the Bay in Maryland, with her great aunt. But, once there, she is reunited with her once best friend and sweetheart, Grant.I loved reading Dallas and Grant's stories. They are both written with so much personality and love and they flow perfectly with the plot line. I really loved them both! And, not to mention, Dallas' sweet son, Cody. Bless his heart, I really felt a motherly pull to him, too!I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you are looking for a good summer read this summer, then grab a copy of Mariah Stewart's 5 star book! It is part of a series, but it keeps the reader up to date so it's not overly confusing and could be read as a stand alone. I don't recommend it though, because books in a series are always best read in order, so the reader can savor each moment! I also had the pleasure to read book 3, Almost Home.....look for my review tomorrow!
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This move by romantic suspense authors into boring small town women's fiction almost completely devoid of romance is not a trend I appreciate. Mariah Stewart¿s first book in this series was a very good mix of small town contemporary and suspense, but it seems with her second (and, presumably, third) book she¿s moved away from suspense entirely. That leaves not very much at all. There¿s a lot of time discussing flavours in the ice cream shop; lots of great aunt to niece discussions about `the good old days¿; lots of child rearing; too much time talking about dogs. Apart from a brief childhood conversation in the prologue, the hero and heroine aren¿t even in the same scene until about a hundred and twenty pages in. This is book isn¿t a romance. The problem is, I have absolutely no idea what this book is. Dallas spent childhood summers in St. Dennis, where Grant grew up. They had a teenage romance that Grant thought would last forever. Dallas upped and dumped him one day, went to Hollywood, became a movie star, and never looked back. That¿s about where the heroine lost me. I expected there was more to her story than that, but there wasn¿t. She just didn¿t care enough. When Dallas¿ failed marriage starts making news headlines she rushes `home¿ with her son. Then they all sit around living a perfect existence in the perfect town. Grant is a veterinarian now, and they bond over dog rescuing. Everyone spends hundreds of pages walking by the water, and that¿s about it. There¿s a side story involving Dallas writing a screenplay the studio wants her and her great aunt (who is, naturally, also a movie star) for. The reason I mention this is that Dallas¿ character in the movie is supposed to be a middle aged woman. Dallas is thirty-eight. I wasn¿t aware women in their thirties with sons in kindergarten were already at a point where they had to think about menopause and retirement. Maybe in sixty years I¿ll be old enough and set enough in my routine that this story might appeal more (but I certainly hope not!). However ¿ coming from a writer who used to be able to create exciting stories ¿ this one bored me beyond belief. I was skim reading half the time simply because I couldn¿t stand any more descriptions of the flowers, the crabs, the local cuisine, the ice cream store. The main character of the story seemed to be the sickeningly-perfect small town, and that just wasn¿t a decent source of entertainment to make this a good book.
Jlibn1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dallas MacGregor, a Hollywood actress, returns with her young son to the small town where she spent summers as a child to get away from the tabloid stories about her cheating Hollywood husband.. There she builds a new life that includes her Aunt Berry who was also a famous actress. She also renews her relationship with her childhood sweetheart Grant. The story is sweet and emotional but has gotten away from the suspense aspect found in many of Mariah Stewart's books. Still, if you like stories about small town life you will enjoy this book.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. This was all about second chances. I loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this series of books. I just started the third one and it is like visiting with old friends! The stories build on the characters that you met in the first book. Highly recommend if you enjoy stories about family, romance (just enough) and small town life!
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naynay64 More than 1 year ago
Please keep your reviews quick, not the story line word for word a review should not be 3 or 4 paragraphs
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Chesapeake Diary Series #2 --More from the quaint town of St Dennis - this series involves Dallas MacGregor, a thirty-something, award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success and wants to write her own screenplay. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio Baird, is caught in a sex scandal, Dallas&rsquo;s charmed life turns tabloid nightmare. Determined to shield her young son, Cody, from the ugly uproar, Dallas seeks refuge in sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland&mdash;the Chesapeake Bay town where her happiest childhood days. After arriving Dallas soon finds a haven in the small town living with famous Hollywood aunt with her son Cody who loves the town and develops friends at the library and a new dog. Of course, Dallas cannot wait to see the local veterinarian Grant Wyler, her old high school summer love--she finds the spark is still there and he is newly divorced. Lots of drama in the town, new romances, old romances from the past rekindled and of course the famous Miss Grace and her diary
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