Nice To Come Home To

Nice To Come Home To

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Nice To Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers, Carrington MacDuffie

A smart, funny, entertaining novel of love and family for our times, Nice to Come Home To breaks the mold of the conventional love story--and will have readers cheering. Everyone around Prudence Whistler, thirty-six, seems to be settling down. Her once-single girlfriends have lately married and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible younger sister, Patsy is the single mother of a two-year-old. But when Pru loses her lackluster boyfriend of two years, she fears she’s lost her chance at a traditional family of her own. What she then stumbles upon, however, may actually be even better. Setting about redesigning her life, Pru finds herself accumulating an unusual ad hoc family around he, both within her crowded apartment and in the broader community of Adams-Morgan in Washington, DC. With her new life come the confidence to realize her dress-shop dreams, and a new understanding of family and happiness--one that may just deliver true love in the bargain. Endearing, romantic, witty, and satisfying, Nice to Come Home To is a charming, crowd-pleasing debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593161293
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Fiction
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Flowers is an independent radio producer and commentator whose work has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and Day to Day. A recipient of the Donald Barthelme Prize for short fiction, she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and their two children. This is her first novel.

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Nice to Come Home To 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: After a hefty, have-to-think-about-it-a-lot book, I sometimes look for a book that can be kind of a palate cleanser–something light, fresh, and pleasant, that isn’t, so to speak, a whole meal. I had just finished Sharon Kay Penman’s Time and Chance, a large and sweeping epic about Henry II and Eleanor Aquitaine. It was a very worthy read, but one that took, at times, discipline to keep on with. Nice to Come Home To looked like the perfect antidote–a modern day romantic novel. Turns out, it was a great choice. I’m a sucker for a redemption story. At the beginning of Nice to Come Home To, Pru is a mess. She’s unemployed; she’s in a relationship with a guy she doesn’t even much like, but she’s talking herself into marrying him because she’d like a baby. She’s letting a leering old lecher pretend to squint at her name tag as he peers down her blouse–the lech, she thinks, might have the key to a worthy job. Yuck, Pru–stop it right now! Well, she doesn’t stop it right now, but she changes, believably and satisfyingly, throughout the book. The Pru we know by the end of Nice is more mature, more centered, and much more likable than the sad woman who kicks off the tale. And her family and friends are all in better places, too. There are surprises, and there’s some comforting predictability. Now THAT’S my kind of redemption story! Would I recommend it: If you’re in the market for a satisfying, light read, this is a great choice. It’s compelling byut not exhausting. The characters are agreeably flawed; Flowers doesn’t paint exes as evil, unrepentant jerks, for example. She allows them to grow into sympathetic characters who maybe just aren’t quite the right ones for our Pru or her sister or their friends . . . I might read this book again next time I need a reliable, light read. But more likely I will pass the volume on to another Reader Girl who needs a satisfyingly cozy cold night companion-book. As reviewed by Pam at Every Free Chance Books. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable read. I recommend this to those who love books that give you a female character struggling to make it and finds love as well. I was sorry the book ended.
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yellowroseBCD More than 1 year ago
What a comforting, lovely book! Getting to know Pru and her family makes you feel good about your own family. They are off-beat, marching to the beat of a drummer that you don't hear, and definitely interesting. My family seems dull in comparison. The story meanders and really slows down at times. Then, in a couple of paragraphs, it jumps ahead. That's okay, because nothing much happened that you needed to know about anyway. Pru is looking for love. It is so close that the reader wants to shout to her to open her eyes. It takes Pru a LONG time to open those eyes, but the wait is worth it. Sit back, have a cup of tea and enjoy!
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From the first page, I was captivated. Excellent writing, I will look for future books from Rebecca Flowers. An absolutely lovely read - funny, sad, heartwarming, such "real" characters I felt I was there with them (at least watching them). I definitely recommend this book.
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Kelly_Belly More than 1 year ago
I mostly enjoyed this book. It would make a great beach read or snow day read. It's light and there are happy endings all around.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Nice To Come Home To is the story of Prudence Whistler, 36, who has just lost her job and her boyfriend. Now she will have to revaluate her life, what does she really want? She thought she wanted to follow a traditional path with a secure, boring job, husband and kids, but as she begins to asses her options a very different picture appears. As she stumbles her way through rebuilding her life a quirky and loveable cast of characters appear; her younger sister Patsy who impulsively follows her heart and ends up the single mother of a two-year old, their well-meaning mother, John the recently separated cafe owner down the street, and Pru's many loyal friends.
I found this an enjoyable and entertaining read! I liked the theme that pressure to create a traditional family sometimes gets women off on the wrong track. Surrounding yourself with people you love and who support you is more important then having a husband and 2.5 kids! Pru's problems and insecurities will resonate with many modern women. I especially loved all the supporting characters. The original, loveable people who make Pru's life messy, complicated, and who ultimately lead her to a career she never would have expected round out the book perfectly.
I listened to the audio version of this book and found it a pleasant, light-hearted diversion.
This is a feel-good read perfect for readers who have enjoyed books by Marisa de los Santos or Joshilyn Jackson.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this book the first of my summer reading, and Highly recommend it! Pru is funny, flawed, and makes you like her and care about what happens in her life. Her friends and family add twists and turns but it is her story and she will charm you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice to Come Home To is based on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, but it's easy to forget that the story is a retelling as Pru (Prudence) navigates her way through the realities of family trials and dating past thirty. Pru is always the voice of reason and when her sister Patsy (Patience) visits DC with her quirky, disorganized personality that is the polar opposite of Pru's, she knows she must continue to be the strong one for Patsy. Unfortunately for Pru, family visits are never orderly or predictable. Readers will laugh and their hearts will ache with Pru as she tries too hard to keep her feelings about men and her family bottled up inside. Peopled with colorful Characters and set in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan in Washington, DC, a setting that Rebecca Flowers seems to know inside and out, Nice to Come Home to is an exceptional read. This funny, witty novel will likely keep readers up past midnight to see if Pru will ever be able to let go of taking care of everyone else and finally let someone else walk beside her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cover of 'Nice to Come Home To,' lovely as it is, might lead one to think that the heroine is a demure young thing. In fact, Pru Whistler is an engaging, funny, smart and feisty young woman, whose rocky road to true love begins when, after losing her job and boyfriend, she finds herself unexpectedly caring for an assortment of quirky characters. These include a neurotic cat named Big Whoop, whose arrival in Pru's apartment is followed by Pru's flaky but appealing sister Patsy and Patsy's delightful 2-year old daughter Annali. Pru and Patsy's mother eventually also shows up, with Patsy's former lover, who is Annali's father, in tow. Pru's work also takes an unanticipated turn as she discovers that she can turn her love of clothing into a career. Pru, who changes and grows throughout the book, has depth and complexity, and the rest of the characters are also well-drawn and multi-dimensional. The setting -- the Adams-Morgan section of Washington D.C. -- is vividly portrayed and reminds us that D.C. is a city, not just of monuments and bureaucrats, but of real people who do nitty-gritty work. Ms. Flowers writes with compassion, charm and wit. This book held my interest from beginning to end. In fact, I enjoyed reading it so much I was sorry when it ended!