Coming Home is a clean easy read romance. A stand-alone novel, this is also book two of the Texas Sisters series.
The book opens with Mallory Fredrick facing a difficult decision about her teaching career, involving a student who previously threatened Mallory on social media, after failing one of Mallory’s classes. Sickened by the threats and fearing for her safety, Mallory takes a six month break and moves state to lodge with her sister.
She uses Four Guys Movers to help her relocate, and Alec O’Donnell takes her first phone call. Although almost Christmas, he agrees to help Mallory with her need to quickly move home.
I liked the opening scene of this book, which kept me guessing as to the rest of the plot. Was it going to be dark and sinister, or would it head in a romantic direction? In this tale, the narrative stayed squeaky clean, as did the action, especially between Mallory and Alec.
I’ve read book one in this series and I thought the author’s writing showed good improvement with the second book. However, it’s still packed with a bit too much mundane detail for my enjoyment. If I’m honest, the story is predictable and misses, I feel, opportunities for twists and layered tension.
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College professor Mallory Fredrick loves her job in a city that feels like home, but after a student attacks her on social media, she loses her peace of mind and confidence. When her college offers a sabbatical, she jumps at the chance to escape to her hometown in Texas.
Entrepreneur Alec O’Donnell specializes in helping people in crisis. He’s built his company and career on packing up lives as people start over. It’s just business until he meets Mallory. Something about the beautiful and fragile woman who still manages to hold on to her sense of humor affects him. As feelings develop, he realizes he’s not ready for her to move out of his life.
Can Mallory find peace, or will a second setback keep her from coming home for good?