Bringing Rosie Home
by Loree Lough
Series: By Way of the Lighthouse #2
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date January 1, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Maryland Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
A kidnapping shattered their family...
Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent's worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.Putting up a united front for their child's sake isn't as easy as they thought. Grant hasn't forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever...
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I liked Bringing Rosie Home. It was well written and was such a heart-wrenching story. The feelings of guilt that Rena experienced were palpable. And despite his deep love for Rena, Grant’s feelings that she was guilty for Rosie’s abduction were so strong. And then there was Rosie’s coldness towards her mom. Ouch.
Rena was pretty amazing, but also one of those women who are always excusing other people’s poor behavior. Quick to forgive, to put others before herself, to sacrifice her desires. She was hurting so much, and didn’t have anyone she could go to so she could share her burden. It frustrated me that she never stood up for herself, but I could also relate, because I am like her in so many ways!
Though Grant was a bit of a jerk in the way he blamed Rena, it made sense why he did. He doted on Rosie too much and needed more strength of character. However, as he began to relent, he began to grow on me.
The story was very well written and was compelling. You just probably don’t want to read it when you are out in public, as you just might end up with a tear or two in your eyes.
There were a few things that I would have liked to see resolved a little better. I didn’t exactly get why Rosie treated Rena the way that she did. There was a place where there was a stray cat and it looked like that was going to be significant to the story, but then, nothing. In the part where Rosie deceived her mother, I got why Grant was upset with Rena – though he was wrong for it – but I didn’t get why Rosie was never punished. And there were a couple of things about the ending that seemed to need more detail, but I won’t expound on them and spoil the story for you.
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