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Josie Day is Coming Home
     

Josie Day is Coming Home

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by Lisa Plumley
 

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USA Today bestselling author Lisa Plumley does it again with another sparkling, sexy novel of crazy coincidences--and crazier love...

Her name was Josie, she was a showgirl...

...until the night she Heimliched a martini olive out of fabulously wealthy and eccentric casino owner Tallulah Carlyle. Now Josie Day--proud new owner of one of Tallulah's spare

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USA Today bestselling author Lisa Plumley does it again with another sparkling, sexy novel of crazy coincidences--and crazier love...

Her name was Josie, she was a showgirl...

...until the night she Heimliched a martini olive out of fabulously wealthy and eccentric casino owner Tallulah Carlyle. Now Josie Day--proud new owner of one of Tallulah's spare estates--is leaving Vegas behind for...Donovan's Corner, Arizona? Ironically, her "reward" has brought her right back to the dusty hometown she thought she'd left behind forever. Still, Josie's ready to prove there's more to her than feathers and a wicked rumba. She plans to sell the old mansion and use the profits to open a dance school. But first, she'll have to figure out some fancy footwork to avoid knocking heads--and other things--with caretaker and local bad boy Luke Donovan...

It isn't every day a woman like Josie comes strutting into town--which is fortunate, since her presence on the estate has Luke hotter and more bothered than he's been since, well, ever. He's a little annoyed with his Aunt Tallulah, though. This was supposed to be his property to renovate and sell--an opportunity to make good after being cut off from the family fortune. But Josie doesn't have to know that...at least not until Luke figures out a way to make both their dreams come true--and prove that Vegas isn't the only place where taking a chance can change everything...

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
In this heartwarming, often humorous story, the feisty Josie proves that you can go home again--if you've got the right stuff. And once again, the talented Plumley, whose books include Perfect Switch, proves that when it comes to writing romantic comedy, few do it better.
Bookloons
Josie Day is Coming Home proves yet again that Lisa Plumley has the market cornered when it comes to romantic comedy. Josie Day is Coming Home is another winner.
The Road to Romance
Lisa Plumley pens another endearing and fun-filled contemporary romance with Josie Day is Coming Home. Josie Day is a charming woman who finally digs in, more determined than ever to obtain her dream. Luke is a bad boy who is deliciously good and easy to fall in love with. There is chemistry immediately between these characters that have readers rooting for them to come together. Grab a copy of this great story!
Reader to Reader
Josie Day is Coming Home is a success because of the title character. A winner of a love story for Lisa Plumley!
—New and Previously Owned Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821776964
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.95(d)

Read an Excerpt

She should have known there’d be a catch.

After all, when it came to second chances, there usually was. But somehow, Josie had managed to forget that. She’d road-tripped all night from Las Vegas, powered by Big Gulps and Twinkies and fueled by dreams of returning in triumph to Donovan’s Corner. Now that she’d seen what was waiting for her—what Tallulah had “rewarded” her with—she couldn’t believe she’d been so naïve.

Prompted by Tallulah, Josie had worked up the nerve to confront her past. She’d packed everything she owned in her beat-up Chevy convertible. She’d made her way through the twisty, mountainous roads that divided her old life from her new one. And for what?

For a tumbledown pile of an “estate”—a term she used very loosely—at the edge of a town she’d thought she’d left behind forever.

That’s what.

But this particular estate was hers, she reminded herself. Every last ramshackle inch of it. That made all the difference.
It was a good thing, too. According to her lawyer, Tallulah had thought she’d been doing Josie a favor by bringing her back to Donovan’s Corner. If only she’d known the truth. For Josie, having her big second chance plunked down here, of all places.... It was like a big cosmic joke. Fortunately, Josie was always up for a laugh.

Squinting through the springtime sunlight at the two-story shake-shingled house in front of her, she felt a surge of optimism. Despite the discouraging reality of peeling paint, crumbling stone chimneys, and overgrown weeds, she could make something of this place. She knew it.

The thought energized her. Or maybe that was just the Twinkies talking—she’d polished off the last of her stash upon rounding the circular gravel drive. Either way, it was time to get started. Through an unbelievable twist of fate, she finally had something to call her own—something bigger than a blow-dryer and more durable than a sequin-spangled G-string. Unreal as it seemed, she’d gotten a lucky break. She intended to make the most of it.

Pulling her duffel bag from her convertible’s duct-taped vinyl passenger seat, she palmed her keys and headed across the drive. Her platform wedgies crunched against the gravel. Her hair swung across her shoulders, bared in her requisite post-show outfit of terry cloth track pants and a strappy tank top.

If she’d been smart, she’d have dressed for the chill in the mountain air. But she’d been too eager to start her new life to bother with anything but hauling herself out of Vegas the minute the curtain fell on last night’s show. A part of her still didn’t quite believe this whole thing was real. She half expected to find the house key in her hand didn’t work at all.

Her gaze fell on the “Blue Moon” sign nailed to a porch post to her left. Josie smiled. It was a fitting name for the place. “Once in a blue moon” was about how often a girl like her made good. At least that’s what people in town might have said...had they known she was coming back.

“Whatever you’re selling, I don’t want any.”

The voice—a masculine one—came from someplace above her head. Startled, she glanced up.
A dark-haired man gazed steadily down at her from the porch roof, a hammer in one hand and a fistful of cedar shingles in the other. Clearly he’d been hired to do much-needed work on the place. Or to serve as eye candy for the newly arriving new owner: her. Either way, Josie relaxed.

Thank you, Welcome Wagon. Some old houses came with bats in the attic. Apparently, hers came with a resident hunk on the roof. One with dreamy blue eyes, whisker shadow, and muscles galore. Her opinion of the dilapidated estate went up a notch.

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Lisa Plumley creates charming characters. Her books are a delight!
—USA Today best-selling author

Meet the Author

When she sat down to write her first book, Lisa Plumley expected the process to be easy. Three tries and several years later, she realized it’s not easy —but it is the most fun to be had outside of shoe shopping. Now the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, Lisa lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children.

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Josie Day is Coming Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really enjoyed reading this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Josie and Luke's story is sweet and full of sexual tension. Two people out to prove themselves. One big secret. Dreams within reach but at what cost. A great read. 281 pages
harstan More than 1 year ago
While performing, Vegas showgirl Josie Day notices an elderly woman in the audience choking. She leaves the stage to provide the Heimlich Maneuver, saving the woman from having her obituary reading choked to death on a martini olive. Backstage the grateful sixty-seven years old Tallulah Carlyle, who happens to sign the paychecks as the hotel¿s boss, thanks Josie and rewards her with a ¿spare¿ estate in Donovan¿s Corner, Arizona..................... Reluctantly yet also gleefully Josie leaves Sin City to take over her new property, which happens to be in her hometown that she fled years ago. The townsfolk¿s reception remains as frozen as before with the exception of the estate¿s ¿caretaker¿ Luke Donovan, who wants her to leave immediately. As Luke and Josie become acquainted they fall in love, but he fears she will dump him once she knows the truth about his upper crust background and that his Aunt Tallulah cannot give away property that he owns..................... JOSIE DAY IS COMING HOME is an amusing light hearted romantic romp starring two likable protagonists who will remind the audience of the Doris Day-Rock Hudson pillow films. The slowly changing relationship between the lead couple from ¿Knock Knock¿ jokes to love drives the story line with Josie receiving plenty of reader empathy as the town pariah. Fans of humorous contemporary tales will enjoy Lisa Plumley¿s fine imperfectly together pairing.......................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book is was fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes it was kinda sappy. Yes its predictable but really what cheezy romance isnt. And yet we still love them. This one had a bit of a different twist and i enjoyed that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
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not one I would read again
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I loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't say it was awful but if your grandmother reads romance novels give her this one. It's slow and very sedate when it comes to the characters sexual interactions. Both main characters, especially Josie are weak and irritating. My first and only book by this author.
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Recomend. Good story. Would love to read more about josie and lukes' future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend
Joey44 More than 1 year ago
Josie Day Is Coming Home is about Josie who is a showgirl in Las Vegas.  She prevents an elderly woman from choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her.  The woman is the owner of the place Josie is working at and very wealthy.  To show Josie how much she appreciated her help, the woman gives her an estate as a thank you gift. Once she gets to her new home, she finds Luke, who Josie believes is the estate handyman.  He is actually the owner. Plumley has written an entertaining story about Josie’s new life and Luke plays a big part in making her life better. It takes them a while but they do hit it off eventually.  Getting to that spot in their relationship is fun. I really enjoyed this book. It had a few surprising spots as well as a few funny times.  I highly recommend this book.