The Perfect Homecoming

The Perfect Homecoming

by Julia London

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Overview

The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London delivers another stand-alone, heartwarming love story in her Pine River series.

Emma Tyler’s cool exterior and penchant for sarcasm keep most people from getting too close…and an unusual compulsion drives her to steal from the few men who do. When her trophy-collecting habit goes too far, she quits her ritzy event-planning job in Los Angeles and runs away to Pine River, hiding with her estranged half-sisters at Homecoming Ranch and caring for Leo Kendrick, her ailing friend.

Thrillseekers Anonymous founder Cooper Jessup has his hands full with work and his brother’s looming prison release date. But when a client asks him to track down Emma Tyler to retrieve a stolen memento, Cooper can’t turn down the money…or the chance to see the beautiful Emma again.

When Cooper comes to collect the item, Emma refuses to admit the horrible truth. This handsome man may see right through her steely veneer, but can he get close enough to show her how love and honesty can heal a troubled heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477821619
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Pine River Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 473,669
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born in Canyon, Texas, and raised on a ranch, Julia London didn’t have her eye on writing romance right away. After graduating with a degree in political science from the University of Texas in Austin, she moved out to Washington, DC, eventually working in the White House. She later decided to take a break from government work and start writing. Today, she is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels. She writes historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction, and her most popular series include the Secrets of Hadley Green series, the Cabot Sisters series, the Desperate Debutantes series, the Lear Sisters series, and the Pine River series. She is a recipient of the RT Book Reviews Best Regency Historical Romance award for The Dangerous Gentleman, and a six-time finalist for the renowned RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She resides in Austin, Texas.

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The Perfect Homecoming 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
OMG! I know I have cried through Julia's books in the past. I had a big pile of tissues for this book. Julia's people make you think they are with you. These were so real that they made this story what it is. This was a good story line. It was fun to follow Emma and Cooper. They went to the top of my Believable Characters. Emma had a messed up childhood. She has since found her other sisters. They are living on a ranch they got from their late father. Emma works in L.A. and has a Big Spoiler here. She runs into Cooper on a business gig and part of her problem is found in this spoiler. Cooper is trying to help her sticky fingers to give back an important item. This book flowed through nicely. I hope the readers choose this book to read. I liked the one character who has a fatal disease. Julia did a good job highlighting this and getting people to realize it really exists. Please read and enjoy this book.  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Mydogiscuterthanyours More than 1 year ago
I try to write reviews without spoilers, because I hate reading reviews that are all spoilers. The synopsis of the story is in the description of the book, which you've probably already read, or I doubt  you'd be reading the reviews. I write my reviews to try to convey the way the story made me feel. Here goes:   This book was my favorite book in the Pine River trilogy. I had a sense with the first two books that I would really like Emma, if I got to know her, and I was right. Don't get me wrong, she's a mess. Seriously damaged. I love how Ms. London's characters are so real. I can relate to Emma's feelings. The feelings she's kept locked inside her whole life. I understand her doubts about being able to trust Cooper with her heart.  If you have read Julia London's Thrill Seekers Anonymous series, you know that Cooper Jessup was the only partner who did not get his own story. I never really thought that was fair. Luckily, his story has now been told. I love him. He's strong enough to break through the barriers Emma creates and he's caring enough to want to. Who doesn't love a man who isn't crazy, but won't take no for an answer? I know I do. I enjoyed the blending of the series and tying them up in a nice bow. I hate when characters are left hanging and poor Cooper has been just floating in the wind. Terrible thing to do to such a great guy.  Finally, I knew it was coming. Leo has been telling us since Homecoming Ranch, the first book in the trilogy. It was inevitable. I just didn't expect it to hurt so much. It hit me right in the feels and yes, I cried. I don't cry often at books or movies but this one got me. However, after some reflection, I did feel happy and at peace.   I absolutely love this book.  
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
“The Perfect Homecoming” is the last book in Julia London’s trilogy. Emma Tyler is the last of three sisters who came together after their father, Grant Tyler, passed away and left them Homecoming Ranch in Colorado.  While each sister brings enough emotion baggage to fill the Mile High Stadium, Emma was the most difficult character to like because of her daddy issues and compulsion to steal trinkets from her conquests. But that’s what I ended up liking about her.  Just like any other heroine we read about, she works hard (and even harder) to grow as a character than any other I’ve read. Her weaknesses are real and poignant and toward the ending of the book I was cheering her on. Emma’s story certainly isn’t easy – there’s no room for an ‘easy win’ in this book. You might want to look away or put it down because of the pain, but I recommend you read on because the HEA is there and it is a hard battle.  Fighting along with readers is the hero, Cooper Jessup, who’s been hired by one of Emma’s conquests to recover what she’s stolen. While Emma denies her problem to Cooper, eventually she tells him the truth in order to push him away. But unlike every other person who leaves or rejects her, Cooper comes back. What a hero!  Interwoven amongst all the romance is the terminal illness of Leo Kendrick. He’s been our narrator since book #1, organizing all these couples and his family with his ‘quiet’ genius. I will miss his voice and insights. I loved the ending where all the couples talk about Leo’s last words to them. Since Leo started Book#1, it is fitting he end the series, too.  This book was an excellent example of romantic conflict and growth. Cooper needs the one thing that Emma cannot give him (the medal). If she gives him the medal, she’s admitting to her problem, which will doom their relationship. London is the true genius here to weave it all together, pushing Cooper and Emma further to their HEA. 
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
3.8 is more my score. I love Julia's writing and have read all but one of her books. This one however, I had trouble liking Emma the heroine. Supporting cast was great. Leo, there are no words for him. Spoiler tissue required for this book
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
A perfect and emotional end to London's Pine River Series.The third and final novel in London's Pine River focuses on Emma. Emma, the third sister is beautiful and, from all appearances, has a great life in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Emma's propensity for telling it like it is, without thought, and her aloofness hide a myriad of problems. When one of them manifests at work, she decides it's time for a new start and heads back to Pine River to figure out what to do next in her life. In the mean time, she convinces everyone to let her stay with Leo Kendrick every afternoon. Cooper Jessup, one of the co-owners of Thrillseekers Anonymous heads to Pine River looking for Emma to retrieve something she took from one of his clients. He isn't happy with the job, but figures he can check the area to see whether it will work for events for other clients. Besides, though he liked Emma when they met a few years ago, her reputation leads him to believe she isn't someone he would like to be around. Once he finds her, her insistence that she doesn't have the item, combined with finding things don't quite add up with Emma, keep him intrigued with her and he isn't ready to walk away. This series has tugged at my emotions all the way through, but I think of all the sisters, Emma broke my heart the most. In the first two novels she came off as unlikeable, and in the beginning of this one I felt the same, but the further I got into it, the more I understood how she got to where she was. She didn't just have the absentee father that her sisters had, she had her mother and her step family that constantly told her she didn't measure up. I loved the interactions with Cooper and Emma. They were real and fit the characters. The sisters have also come a long way to understanding and accepting each other. I also love how the sisters have come to know and accept each other. And then, there is Leo. Leo also tells it like it is, because with his Motor Neuron Disease, he knows he won't be around long, and people need to hear what he is saying. He is the most wonderful and loveable character, and he knows it. He is also Emma's sanctuary, because he cares about her, not her looks, not what she can give him. She is safe with him. He doesn't judge and that is one thing she really needed. Leo is a driving force in the town and just an amazing person. There is enough background woven in to the story that it can be read alone, but why would you want to? The story, the characters, and the setting have continued to develop through the series and provide a complete picture. It has been a wonderful and emotional journey and, while it ends where it should, I am really sorry to see my time in Pine River and Homecoming Ranch end.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year ago
This is the final installment to the Homecoming Ranch series. Emma the youngest of the sister has returned to Pine River after fleeing  her problems in L.A.  Little does she know that the problems she fled from will follow her. Emma has never been good with people.  She is to blunt and outspoken.  She sees no reason to sugar coat anything.  She also has problems with seeking approval of men, men that are not dangerous to her piece of mind.  She takes a little memento from every man  that she feels has taken a piece of her soul. Cooper Jessup has met Emma Tyler a couple of times in passing.  She is definitely a beautiful woman and intriguing.  However, she is drama and that is not something he wants.  He is less than thrilled that he has now  been hired to retrieve a medal that she stole.   As they square off against one another sparks fly. Emma knows that she could fall for a man like Cooper and is afraid that she would be  nothing but a disappointment to him.  Conner has felt the stigma of being judged for his brother's actions all hid life.  He relates to Emma,  but can he convince her to take a chance on them. Great story and characters. Leo a character through out the books makes the books that much better for his wit and wisdom.   I recommend as a great read, just be ready with the tissues at the end :)
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Emma Tyler is a complex character. She's standoffish and blunt. She doesn't relate well with people. She has never recovered from the trauma of her childhood. She seeks older men to replace an absent and uncaring father. She takes trinkets as mementos. Emma realizes that she's out of control so she leaves Los Angeles and returns to Homecoming Ranch. The peace of Colorado soothes her soul, but there are some problems that you can't escape. Cooper Jessup is a partner in Thrillseekers Anonymous. He was intrigued by Emma when he met her. Now he's been hired to find her and get back one of her treasures. He wants more out of life and this adventure might bring him what he needs. I was captured by Emma and Cooper. The Perfect Homecoming is an emotional journey that is filled with heartbreak and pain. Emma is beautiful but she's been hurt by the very people who should have loved and cared for her. She guards her heart and protects herself by striking out at others. Cooper is determined to understand the enigma that is Emma. She's a riddle that he needs to unravel. Then comes love and caring. Can they learn to trust? Julia London amazes me with her stories. They merge romance, secrets, heartbreak and redemption. Her characters are skillfully crafted and the obstacles her characters face touch your heart. I love Homecoming Ranch and the ladies that live there. The secondary characters are compelling. Leo was an amazing character. His courage and wisdom gave The Perfect Homing a special touch. This book (and series) have a special place on my keeper shelf. Julia London has outdone herself!
ajenkins979 More than 1 year ago
Third installment of the Homecoming Ranch series, this one focuses on Emma. Emma is actually my favorite of the sisters, I love her "tell-it-like-is" attitude. But hte chick has some series issues! Libby is just too innocent, even now. Although her best and worst feature is that she sees the best in everyone. Even after all the time these sisters have spent with each other, Libby (mostly) and Madeline get upset with Emma's straight forwardness. We also get introduced to Cooper who now plays a very important part in Emma's life. Mostly hounding her for most of the book.  And again, we get to visit with Leo Kendrick. Love him!!!!!! Loved this book! Loved it, but the Epilogue made me cry. I actually had tears a couple of times in the book. You must read the first two books in the series before reading The Perfect Homecoming.  I received an ARC digital copy from Netgalley and a print copy as a prize for an honest review
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
It took me awhile to get into this story, as I loved the two previous stories in this series but once I did...you truly feel sorry for her, as painfully honest as she is, you can tell deep down she is hurting so badly that she needs to find someone to trust and love and who will love her back. She meets Cooper at a previous event in LA that she helped with but now he has been tasked with tracking her down.  Wonderful ending to a series that will keep you engaged throughout the story.