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Friday, November 5, 2010

Going Home Again by Carol Cassada

Going Home Again by Carol Cassada
Publisher Romance Divine
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (164 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Rachel Mitchell thought she had it all, a career as a fashion photographer, an apartment in New York City and a lawyer boyfriend. When her mother dies, Rachel goes home to be with her younger sisters and grandmother. The solemn event brings her back into contact with old boyfriend Cole. On her return to the big city, Rachel begins to question her life, and what can really make her happy. Will she find that true love and happiness can only be found when one is Going Home Again?

Cassada’s Going Home Again comes with the predictable nostalgic quality we rather expect from the title. Rachel Mitchell heads for home at an unexpected time… in fact, a terribly sad time. From the first, she recalls other, happier trips home to see family on festive occasions. Her sisters are there waiting for her; dialogue is believable without being revealing, and the feelings believable without being evocative.

There are some nice moments: sister Laney’s desperation feels so real – and Grandma’s cooking offers a wonderful shared moment. There is a lot going on between the different family members, and a shared past that is revisited. In fact – it’s all like one of Grandma’s casseroles; a lot of different people and events go into this recipe, and like any casserole – there’s a couple items in there you avoid, and maybe a crispy edge you especially enjoy. This casserole includes two different leading men – and readers will be intrigued at how Rachel will decide between them. There are a lot of super moments here, but there are some slower ones as well.

Very carefully crafted, Going Home Again is weighed down by the sadness it confronts at the start, and lacks some desperately needed quality of fire or unpredictability or emotion that somehow just never quite asserts itself. At times, though, the dreamlike aura has its charm – so 4 books: a worthwhile read.