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Where the Heart Is [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Gardiner
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Anna, Kate and Georgiana have been bosom buddies since their salad days at University of California at Santa Cruz: This novel follows the three adventurous women into middle age. Read about the author, Lisa Lutz

Book Description

Reese Larkin had given up on ever going home again, until she realizes that home is the only place she'll ever be able to reclaim what's most important to her. After a call from a long-lost friend, she decides to embark on a road trip to revisit her past and along the way comes to realize that home really is where the heart is...
(originally was titled House of Cards)

Praise for Jenny Gardiner's books:

"reading Jenny Gardiner is like sinking your teeth into a big frosted chocolate just want more." -- Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries, Queen of Babble, & the Heather Wells Mysteries, on SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER

"Jenny Gardiner has done it again - this fun, fast-paced book is a great
summer read." – Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me, on SLIM TO NONE

"With her sharp wit and hilarious descriptions, Ms. Gardiner has a delightful voice that left me wanting more." -- Vee, Night Owl Romance, on SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER

Product Details

  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jenny Gardiner Books (July 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C47BQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE STORY OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY February 21, 2012
By Reader
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If you check the cover of the book you might think you are getting a lighthearted chick lit romance. Well you would be wrong, the synopsis is very cleverly worded IMO. it does not tell you much at all except that a woman is going back home. Then realising that home is where the heart is. Yeah right.
For the most part this story is retrospective. Reece has not been home for twenty years, but a call from a long lost friend informing Reece of her grandmothers death, prompts her return.When Reece was born she was given by her mother to her sister to raise, as she was unmarried with no way of caring for a baby. She might as well just put her in a cage with a pack of rabid dogs. Reece's adoptive parents were trapped in an unhappy marriage, her two brothers who resented her presence made her life hell. Her grandmother whose nickname was "malice" was a bitter twisted shell of a woman. Reece had been married to a wonderful man named Taylor but she had managed to ruin that, it was always doomed she just never realised until it was over. Some of the incidents that are related in this story from Reece's past are at best depressing at worst harrowing. It isn't that this is a badly written book, it's not. But it's here masquerading as a romance, when it's not there is not one ounce of romance in this at all. To say that this is not my cup of tea might be understating things. Maybe other readers might appreciate this, I just could not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang in there February 23, 2012
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I had a hard time getting into this story, but once I did I was glad I stuck with it. Although it bounced around a bit, the journey felt real, as if we were seeing the past at the same time as Reese. The ending was a little too "happy" compared to the realistic journey that led up to it, but overall it was a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny does it again! April 10, 2012
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I have read several books by this author, and they never fail to leave me feeling
with that satisfying feeling of time well spent. This is a story of a young woman
who grew up in a dysfunctional family and has the scars to prove it.

I think we can all relate to the fact that sometimes things happen in our lives
that have a lasting effect. Sometimes these are good things, other times not, but
most of us have had that sort of experience, I think?

Reese Larkin has been affected perhaps more than most due to ongoing family issues.
Although she has certainly moved on with her life, married and found herself to be mostly
happy, the phrase you can never go home again resonates deeply with her. Until one day a good
friend calls. A friend from her past.. from home. And she urges Reese to com do it, to finally
come home and face her past and hopefully put it to rest. Reese decides that maybe it is time
to do just that, and in the meantime keep her past from stealing the happiness from her present,
little by little.

This is by no means a funny, cheerful book. It is however a good story, with happy
moments and sad. Like all of the books by this author that I have read, it is a well
worth reading, and if you are like me, it will be just the first of the books by this
author that you will read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read November 1, 2013
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The plot is quick and to the point, which is something I like when I want to get lost in a book for a little while. I liked the story (Reese struggling with her past and having trouble moving forward until she receives a much needed shove in the right direction), but I wish it hadn't ended so abruptly. With so many chapters leading the reader through all her trials (present day, and past reflection), I was left hungry for more when her problem was resolved. I'm still giving this book four stars though because, as I mentioned, I really liked the story overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I must say that I was glad I made the mistake August 24, 2014
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I read this book by mistake. It was a Book Club choice bur, evidently, there is more than one book with that title. I must say that I was glad I made the mistake. It was a sweet little book and just what I needed at this time. I would Recommend it to anyone looking for a way to spend some pleasant hours.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a book with structure? Then this isn't for you. February 21, 2012
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There are very few books that I have a great dislike of, sadly this is one. I understand that it was "free" and that beggars can't be choosers, but this was an ebook that I will not be reading again. There's absolutely no structure and literally no plot development. You can't tell whether it's current day or if the protagonist is having flashbacks. Half the time you don't even know why you are reading the things you are. Furthermore, the author spends way too much time lamenting on and on about the protagonist's messed up family, that we never actually here anything about the main character herself. After reading it, I still have no idea of what actually was happening in the story. There are many more things I can say but to be concise, I'll sum it up. Pass on this ebook...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book... March 18, 2012
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I enjoyed this book from start 2 finish it was exciting and fun with a great romantic story.I Loved the the way this ended ..Great BOOK!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a surprising jewel February 22, 2012
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I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I found the story a little hard to get into but I am so glad I read this story as it started to come together. It was a wonderful love story but not about a new love and about discovering a new/healed self. My heart ached for the children, a man that truly loved his wife, and a women that finally found peace. I don't think I've given anything away because the jewel of the story is the journey of the main character. I also liked that the supporting characters were not one dimensional that the author included enough details to make them real but not too muchdetail to take away from the main character's story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional family issues. Liked it but didn't love it.
Good story about family dynamics and how complicated they can be. The family is a little too dysfunctional for my taste. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Falcon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that book.
Warning: This is not the book about the girl who has a baby in Walmart.
Published 7 months ago by Jared R Towler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for love and family issues
I really enjoyed this story of family issues as well as a lost love. The ending tied everything up neatly. That is what I wanted. Great story-telling by a great author.
Published on January 13, 2013 by S. Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
It is very well written and it shows a a knowledge of language and use of words. The flashbacks are well designed for the story line, and the main character develops along, even if... Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book
I love this book. I began reading on Monday and could not put it down--literally--I was up until 2 am when I finally finished the book. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Maggie Marr
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
The author had me at page one! Witty and tragic all at the same time! Reese could be the friend that we all have in our lives.... Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Sportsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Gardiner Puts the Fun in Dysfunction
Anyone with a crazy family member (or several) will relate to Jenny Gardiner's latest book.
WHERE THE HEART IS really reminded me of something my mom used to say, "Wherever... Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Best selling author Lisa Daily
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More About the Author

Hi! I'm the author of the #1 Kindle bestselling novel SLIM TO NONE; the award-winning novel SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER; the novel SOMETHING IN THE HEIR (1st in the IT'S REIGNING MEN series); the memoir WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO'S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon Spotlight/March 2010)--> now renamed BITE ME: A PARROT, A FAMILY AND A WHOLE LOT OF FLESH WOUNDS and available digitally; ANYWHERE BUT HERE; ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE; and WHERE THE HEART IS; as well as the essay collection NAKED MAN ON MAIN STREET. I also have a short story in Wade Rouse's fabulous anthology of humorous dog stories, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP that features such authors as Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Pekkanen, and more. I've published two stories for Kindle: THE GALL OF IT ALL: And None of the Three F's Rhymes with Duck, and IDOL WORSHIP: A Lost Week with the Wackos and Wannabes at American Idol Auditions.

I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR's Day to Day. I joke that I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (claim to fame: being hired to shoot Prince Charles--with a camera, silly!). I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and a gregarious parrot. In my free time I study Italian, dream of traveling to exotic locales, and feel very guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house. Visit me at my website,; my blog, ; my facebook fan page , or twitter

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