Wednesday, 17 September 2014

I received a copy of Never Coming Home in exchange for my review. 

Rachel has always believed that each of her sons has a soul mate, the one person that will complete them. After the death of her husband, Robert, Rachel decided that it is time to tell her sons her own story, and the fact that her soul mate wasn't actually their father, but their best friend Thomas. Though young, Rachel knew that Thomas was the one man in life for her, and planned to marry him as soon as he came back from his tour of duty, but things didn't quite go to plan, and Rachel ends up grieving and a shell of the former person she was...until Robert comes home. Robert reminds her of the friendship they had and slowly but surely they begin a relationship, one that worked for years based on friendship and physical chemistry, though not the relationship of true soul mates. 

Rachel was an important secondary character in Coming Home, and reading about her own story felt right, particularly because it wasn't what I expected her story to be. There really was a sense that telling her story gave her a sense of closure and peace, particularly where the boys were concerned. I liked the fact that there weren't any details that you wouldn't tell your children (until they'd disappeared that is) and it did feel like a story. 

I loved the way the book worked. There were switches between first person narrative (when Rachel was telling the story) and third person narrative (present day and seeing the boys reaction). It was always clear where the switch was and I thought that adding in the reactions, and the discussions about the story, was a great way of doing it, particularly as it was such a major part of Rachel's life. 

The emotions in the book were definitely at the forefront though. There were several points in the book that I could feel myself getting emotional, as would be the case with books that focus on war and the soldiers lost in conflict. I thought the author captured this well, and the characters reactions seemed to fit perfectly. 

Once again Paloma Beck has provided an emotional and in depth plot with characters you can really believe in!

Rachel Porter, a romance writer, has told her three sons tales of finding their true soul mate since they were just boys. She lives with the belief that there is but one match for every person. Now as men, they have yet to discover their soul mates. That is, until they come home…

Ryan Porter, Rachel’s oldest son, needs a change from his busy city lifestyle. After five years of living in New York and establishing his own real estate firm, something is still missing. When a family tragedy brings Ryan back to his family’s rural home, he meets Tyra. She just might be the catalyst for the change he needs, redirecting the course of his life. But first he must accept his relationship with his parents and embrace Tyra’s secrets.

I have a story to tell, a story I promised never to tell. Hell, it isn't even one I wanted to live through. I just can't keep it inside anymore... now that they're both gone. I have to tell My Story.

Rachel Porter tells her sons about the love of her life, about their father and about their life together. This novella tells the story of the beginning of the Porter family through the Vietnam War, too many losses and a new beginning. It's a tale her sons won't forget, and one that could change them for all time.

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Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... she's a happily married carpooling mom writing steamy romance. It's almost naughty but she loves it! Paloma writes both contemporary and paranormal romances that are anything but PG. She published her first book in 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. Look for more information on her Website.
With her husband and three sons, the Blue Ridge mountains have been her home for nearly twenty years. There's still a special place in her heart though for New England where she spent her childhood. The lakes of Maine call her name and someday she hopes to find her way back there.
"There's just nothing like sipping coffee in the morning out on a dock. As an admitted caffeine and book addict, I believe a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better."

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