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Finally Home [Kindle Edition]

Helen Scott Taylor
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As manager of the charming Greyfriar House Hotel, Melanie Marshall loves her job and spending time with her young son. But she can never forget what she ran away from: her late husband's crimes and her own terrible guilt. Though lonely, Melanie can't afford to let another man into her life.

But when her boss, gorgeous hotel owner Jack Summers, returns from his supposed wedding without a ring or a wife, Melanie discovers there's more to him than she ever thought. For one, the ex-soccer star is her son's idol. But the closer she gets to Jack, the more she pulls away. She can't share her past. Ever.

For too long, Jack's protected his scarred heart by letting gold-digging women make him think love didn't matter. But a sweet single mother and a soccer-crazy little boy change everything. He knows Melanie has secrets. Secrets she'll have to share if he's to help her realize she's finally home.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (September 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O53R2G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Love And Homecoming September 25, 2012
By Sylphie
Format:Kindle Edition
I started reading the book in the morning, my plan was to read for an hour before starting my day. Once I started I was hooked, it's not the first time this was happening I read a novel by Helen Scott Taylor. I loved how the story unfolded, I didn't knew what would happen in the end until the last minute and there it was, over. I was left wanting more because the characters were so interesting that I wanted to know more about them.

The location was perfect, description made me feel like I was watching Jack and Melanie throughout the story. I loved the characters, Jack and Melanie both had different personalities and different perspectives. This gave much needed contrast to the story. Although Melanie was bit annoying at times with her coldness, it fit in the story because of what she had endured in past. On the other hand Jack who understood her and had faced his share of hardships was patient with her and helped her out in every way he could.

This was something I liked most about Jack, he wasn't a quitter. He was determined and he knew what he wanted, he wasn't impatient or immature either. He was a perfect balance of hot and cold. I loved the kids in the story, Melanie's son Ryan was so cute. Jack's family also played it's part in helping them without being so pushy, except his mother who was more than determined to do anything to see him getting married.

Overall, Finally Home is a lovable story of two people and two families who are making their way home. It's more about mending each others hearts than two hearts meeting and living happily ever after, it's a story of everyone coming together and accepting each other.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange of an honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to be careful September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to be careful about the time of night I pick up a book by Helen Scott Taylor. Once I start, I can never put it down until it's done! Finally Home is no exception. The author has created a troubled heroine, Melanie, who is continually running from her past. The story underlines how fear can lead us to act against our own best interests, and hurt those we love most. Jack must have the strength to be "cruel to be kind" in order to win Melanie's commitment forever. A lovely book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story September 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Melanie had more than her share of misery with the accident that claimed her husband's life and hurt her son, in addition to the guilt and secrets she's trying to hide. She thought her new job as manager of a hotel would allow her to relax. But she didn't count on her attraction to her charming boss or the attachment of her little boy to Jack. A lot of emotion in this book and a wonderful sensual tension, as the author shows the men-bonding between Jack and Ryan, and the love growing between Melanie and Jack in her delightful writing style. Another great book by Helen Scott-Taylor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Something.... October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Thanks to the publisher, Carina Press, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early!

I often venture out of my comfort zone to try new authors -- more often than not I'm rewarded with a new adventure. This time I was very disappointed. I think my main problem is the lack of romance, or should I say, the fact that the romance between Jack & Melanie seemed lacking - and even a little forced. My favorite relationship in the book is between Jack & Ryan, Melanie's son.

I'd say the majority of this book revolved around Melanie's past. Even after Ms. Scott delved into Melanie's background, I couldn't sympathize with her, and towards the end of the story, when her past is revealed to everyone I felt that she over dramatized everything. Another thing that bugged me about her is she is extremely overbearing when it comes to Ryan; to the point of WoW give the kid a break.

Even though, Jack was a very well developed character, and believably written, he wasn't all that easy to like - Who wants a hero who can't stand up for himself? Not Me. Also even though I felt that Melanie was over dramatizing her issue - Jack never seemed to gain an understanding.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars C rating... September 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My Review:

Honestly, this book was an okay read. It just seemed to be lacking something. The story was all there for it to be really good, but I went to bed with only 10% of the book left to read and was fine walking away from the story. That's not the way it should be.

From the very start, I had an issue with Jack as he realized he was being pushed into a marriage he didn't want. In his own words, he seriously needed to grow a pair. Because he was afraid of being talked into a marriage he didn't want (hello, I can't respect a hero who can be pushed into a marriage he doesn't want), he lied to his fiance about why he was breaking it off by telling her that he's in love with the manager of his hotel. What he doesn't realize at the time is that this manager is hiding a pretty big secret about her past. But by telling this lie, he begins to notice Melanie in a different light.

Melanie is a woman with a past that she's desperate to keep hidden. Her priority is to keep her young safe happy and healthy. She is not happy with Jack's attention towards her. Even though he's gorgeous, intelligent, a great guy with an amazing physique, she continues to push him away, thinking that he won't understand about her history. She has reason for her reticence....she's been burned by those she loved in the past...namely her parents, when they didn't stand by her when the accusations started flying. If she couldn't trust them, then why/how would she ever trust anyone else? I understood that aspect of the story, but there were other things that caused issues.

There were things I really loved about this book:
*I like that Jack is a former footballer so he knows a bit about paparazzi and how bad the press can get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story
Lovely story. The writing is well done and the story is simply sweet.
Published 3 months ago by Kat Chat
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Finally Home
I enjoyed this book very much. The story held my interest and it would be a book that I would defiantly read again.
Published on February 27, 2013 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story!
Helen Scott Taylor tells the story of, Melanie, who has been running from job to job trying to escape terrible rumors created by her husbands actions before his death. Read more
Published on January 30, 2013 by Sue E. Pennington
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully sweet read!
"I am a huge fan of Helen Scott Taylor's contemporary romances. They're the kind of stories that make you feel all warm, cuddly and gooey on the inside. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Sarika Patkotwar
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you just have to learn to forgive yourself and live.
In Finally Home by Helen Scott Taylor I got more than I was expecting. I expected your standard romance where you had one or both people trying their best to deny they had... Read more
Published on January 19, 2013 by Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY HOME
Seemed to drag on. could not really feel much for the main characters. I guess maybe for me not
enough romance. She seemed a bit selfish about the relationship. Read more
Published on January 18, 2013 by ALEIDA MARTINEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Helen has written
"Finally Home" by Helen Scott Taylor is a very good read; one of the best. There is romance, excitement, surprises, mystery, the unexpected, and most of all, a very good plot. Read more
Published on January 13, 2013 by McKel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love the women her books she is awesome love love love her she is my favourite. Love her best books
Published on December 22, 2012 by Pam lemoine
3.0 out of 5 stars Melodramatic but has lots of Heart!
Grade: C-

Melanie Marshall and her young son's life were ripped apart by her late husband's scandalous white collar crime several years ago. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romance with charm, humor and angst
Just two hours before his wedding, Jack Summers realizes that he's about to make a huge mistake. An even bigger mistake is telling his fiance exactly that. Read more
Published on October 3, 2012 by MsRomanticReads
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Helen Scott Taylor, had her first book released in 2009. The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA. Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies.

Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with a Westie and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic.

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