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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Almost Home by Carla Rossi

Almost Home by Carla Rossi
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Christmas, Inspirational
Length: Full Length
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: Best Book
Review by Lilac

The perfect road trip: 2 strangers, 1 truck, and 1500 miles to fall in love.

Detective Justin Hatcher and Cameron McAlister are in a hurry to leave North Carolina—for totally different reasons. He wants to confront his family about a five-year-old betrayal. She wants to escape the remnants of a failed marriage.

Thrown together as unlikely and unexpected travel partners, their trip is filled with both dramatic and humorous situations along the road. But, with God’s constant hand in their journey, can Justin and Cameron discover that…

Yes, you can go home again…especially at Christmastime.

In this touching and fun story, Cameron McAlister is determined to get out of North Carolina and away from her ex-husband, who has recently been let out of jail. When she misses her bus she begs Detective Justin Hatcher to give her a ride to Oklahoma. After running from them five years ago, Justin is determined to get to Oklahoma to confront his family about a secret he believes they hid. He doesn’t need a traveling companion, but somehow finds himself agreeing to give Cameron a ride. The two embark on a journey riddled with mishaps and unexpected detours. And as they share their stories with one another, they both come to learn more about themselves. With each mile they grow closer to their destination…and to each other.

I absolutely loved this story! Cameron and Justin are such a great couple who complement one another wonderfully. I loved Cameron’s quick wit and stubbornness and could tell from the beginning of the book that she would be a character I’d like. Her quick temper led to several humorous incidents that had me smiling and chuckling as I read. Justin is almost her complete opposite as he is less open and quieter, but he is just as stubborn and the two butt heads at almost every turn. Justin is used to being in control so when his growing relationship with Cameron threatens his control, it makes him uncomfortable which again leads to some very funny moments.

Along their journey, both force each other to face some hard truths that they would have rather avoided and learn that running from their problems doesn’t solve everything. Cameron and Justin’s touching relationship came across as very believable and I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out between these two traveling companions.

Speaking of traveling, I really enjoyed the road trip aspect of the plot as we met many interesting characters along the way. Each stop on their journey added to my enjoyment and to the growth of the main characters. I learned a little more about each of them with each stop and I liked what I learned.

This inspirational story seems to stress the importance of family and forgiveness. The scenes between Justin and his family touched my heart as I read.

Almost Home is a wonderful tale full of emotion, heart, and humor that I highly recommend!