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Leo Erickson has come back from Afghanistan to see what he can do to help his son Max. It meant leaving his story behind. He was a feature writer and was to write a story on what was happening in Afghanistan. His wife Liv had died two years ago in a freak car accident leaving Leo as the sole parent of Max who was nine. He had tried hiring nannies but his being gone for long times made that impractical. He ended up bringing Max to Bluestone to stay with his parents. Even though Leo had grown up here, he always felt like an outsider. Now Max was going through the same thing and Leo was concerned. However, he also knew he wanted to go back to write. Although he didn’t like Bluestone, he wanted his son to grow up in a safe environment.
Max had no friends as everyone already had their friendships made before he came on the scene. He was a bright young man; but very sad. He made a connection with the school counselor, Trinity. She was also the preacher’s daughter and sister. Max’s grandparents had made a schedule for Max as he did better when there was a schedule. He never talked about his mother and definitely not his father. He was afraid of getting close again and having his father leave. Leo had his work cut out.
Trinity Madison had grown up in Bluestone. Her father had been the Methodist minister but had turned it over to his son. Trinity had gone to college and gotten her degree then got a Masters and had a large student loan to pay back. She had come home to help when her father became ill and lived with them to help pay the bills. However, she had a secret that only her parents, brother, and Lily knew about.
Lily Prater, an old friend, spoke up at the city council meeting about ideas to bring tourists back to Bluestone and get it back on its feet. It ws going to take a miracle but that didn’t stop her. She roped the others into setting up summer programs and weekly movie nights, etc. Will they succeed in turning things around? Will Leo go back to traveling?
In this first book, several of the townspeople are introduced. I enjoyed them, loved some of them, and I'm looking forward to watching as their journeys continue through the coming books. This holds true for the main couple in Bluestone Homecoming as well. Leo and Trinity are a great couple, and I loved watching them fall for each other. I thought the interactions with Leo's son, Max, and the efforts to see to his needs and make sure he was okay with this new relationship were nicely done and true to a boy that age.
My only real complaint was that the story of this couple ended before I wanted it to. So, I'm crossing my fingers that I get to see Leo and Trinity progress in the background throughout the series. If you like small towns peopled with characters you feel like you could be friends with, then this is a book you'll want to pick up.
What I didn't like was Trinity's parents. I wanted to crawl into my kindle and strangle their necks or just slap them silly. What mean, spiteful, self absorbed, horrible excuses for parents. The lives they destroyed in the name of their own self righteous morality. Ugh. That subplot of this delightful story made a twist (twist of their necks).
Looking forward to reading more of MJ Fredrick.
Neither Leo or Trinity were the people they seemed on the surface. They both had `ghosts' in their past that kept them from totally opening up to one another. The pain that they were both dealing with ended up being the force that brought them together. A lot of emotional issues are covered in this one. Adoption, grief, the struggles of a single parent, just to name a few. Through all that though there was still some lightness and humor thrown into the mix.
Although CR books aren't my g0-to, the supporting characters in this one are enough of a draw to make me want to follow this series. Welcome to Bluestone has some interesting characters and the small tourist town setting and the sense of community within it are appealing as well. Bluestone turned into a nice place to escape and I'm looking forward to a return trip.