Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Review

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Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Review

Write Me Home (Home In You, #1)

by Crystal Walton

Series: Home in You #1
Series Rating:
Publication Date February 15th 2016
Genres: Romance, Clean Romance, Mystery
Pages: 312


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.

Also in this series: Just Maybe, Chasing Someday

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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.


About Crystal Walton

Crystal Walton Author

Crystal received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David.

She writes contemporary sweet romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. Her popular Home In You series includes Write Me Home, a 2017 RONE Award finalist, and Begin Again, a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award winner. When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes with her husband.

The Short Version:
Crystal is the author of the Home In You Series and thrives in writing contemporary sweet romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope.

The Rest of the Story:
As a writer, I get to invest my life in something I absolutely love: Art! Whether through books or blogs, I love getting to encourage you to pursue your own life’s art and the kind of love you were made for.

Speaking DNA 2014

What Makes My Stories Unique:
My heart thrives in emotionally compelling fiction. You know the kind. They’re the books you stay up reading far past your normal bedtime; the ones you read in the free five minutes before you leave for work; and the ones that cause a traffic jam because you tried to sneak in a few more pages at a stoplight (speaking from experience here!).

They’re the kind of stories that draw you into characters’ lives to the point of feeling what they feel and impact you beyond mere entertainment. And they’ll always be the kind of stories I aim to share with you. (Read about how this all started here).

“As an author, I don’t want readers to simply close my books and go to sleep with the satisfaction of being entertained. I want them to close my books and begin a new day with the hope of redemption.”

If you’ve read any of my books, you may have noticed a trend. At least one character in every story is an artist of some kind, and their arc always brings them to the point of discovering the gifts inside them they’re meant to share.

My characters are intentionally a little raw. They wrestle lies and insecurities, make bad choices, and give in to doubts. But the heart of every story focuses on a character’s journey from a lie to a truth, brokenness to redemption, doubt to hope.

What Makes Me Unique:
Writing takes creativity, yes, but also discipline. It’s easy for my type A traits to take over. Luckily, my spontaneous, easy-going husband has helped (okay, forced) me to learn to go with the flow. Now, let’s be real. I still geek out over finding ways to be more organized, and I still have my week planned out before it starts. But trust me, I’m more laid back than I’d be without Dave in my life.

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I wear long johns in temperatures below 70 degrees. Seriously. There’s nothing in the world quite as invigorating and motivating as sunlight. And maybe Starbucks, if we’re being honest.

Funny enough, I don’t drink coffee. As in, not at all. Zilch! I am a 100% dedicated green tea fan. Not the flowery kind. No add ins. No hint of spearmint or whatever clever “Zen” additives companies use to taint the real deal. Just straight, full-leaf, full-bodied green tea. Venti, please! It’s the perfect muse.

Tap here to learn 25 things you might never guess about me.

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