Write Me Home (Home In You, #1)
by Crystal Walton
Series: Home in You #1
Publication Date February 15th 2016
Genres: Romance, Clean Romance, Mystery
He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until they lose control of both.
Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong—buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.
Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.
It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option.
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The prologue to the story was grim. It had me concerned that Ethan was going to be much more broken than he was in the story. But despite the tragedy that occurred there, he ended up being a tender, yet broken, rescuer. He also was very full of hope.
Cassidy was more broken than Ethan, though her story wasn’t quite as tragic, in my opinion. It was surprising that Ethan was so persistent in winning her trust, she certainly didn’t give him much reason to try.
The mystery of who was vandalizing the camp and why was cleverly related to give just enough hints to keep you trying to figure out what was going on, but not so much that it was obvious what was going on. The resolution was a bit of a surprise.
There were some details that were tied together in a way that was surprising, but clever. And some of the secondary characters were great, like Nonna and Ti.
There were a number of inconsistencies in the story, like the timeline of Ethan’s last 10 years. (Though it didn’t seem to add up, that fact wasn’t really relevant to the story or the mystery.) And there were some things that just didn’t make sense to me, like Ethan being willing to work long, hard hours in exchange for a place to live and Cassidy acting like she was paying him thousands of dollars a week, the need for an inspection on a camp that wasn’t actively being used – why didn’t Ethan and Cassidy pick up on the fact that was not realistic? And Cassidy’s dad, though I don’t want to give a spoiler and say all the things about him and their relationship that didn’t make sense to me.
If you are the type of reader who needs to have everything add up and make perfect sense in a book, then this might not be the book for you. But if you enjoy a story that is written in an engaging manner with a hint of mystery and bit of romance and are okay not having all the details polished perfectly, then you will probably enjoy this one.