Home Again

Author: Mariah Stewart

Publisher: Ballantine

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.0


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As a young girl, Dallas MacGregor had been devastated when she lost her father to a sudden heart attack. She had not been able to understand why her mother had sent her and her brother Wade to her father’s Aunt Berry in St. Dennis, located in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, for the summer. Her great aunt was a famous actress, who had willingly taken a break from her career to take care of her nephew’s children. That summer, the first friend that Dallas made was Grant, when he came to her rescue, saving her from a group of mean-spirited girls. He became not only her best friend, but her summer love. After that, she hated going home and looked forward to returning to her great aunt’s Chesapeake home.

Now, at thirty-eight, Dallas is a famous actress herself with a six-year-old son named Cody. Her husband had not turned out to be the man she had thought he was, and they were in the midst of a divorce. He had not even wanted their son, but Cody was the light of her life. Still, she is shocked when a porn video of her husband, movie producer Emilio Baird, with two women appears on the internet, and viewers have to pay for the ‘privilege’ of watching it. Her son is especially affected by the scandal. His first day of camp had been so rough due to the meanness of the other children and his father’s scandal that Cody had refused to return, threatening to run away first. Needing to get her son away from all of the attention centered on them, she and her son secretly made their way to her Great Aunt Berry’s home, using disguises and her friend’s private plane.

Grant Wyler is now a veterinarian who specializes in rescuing dogs. Although he has married since he and Dallas had their summer love, he has never forgotten her. Now single with a daughter, he thought he would be fine with seeing her once more. But when he runs into her at Scoops, an ice cream parlor where his daughter works, he finds that he still loves her. Reunited with Dallas once more, their previous relationship is rekindled as she decides to spend the summer in St. Dennis and work on a writing a screenplay.

Cody is blossoming in the new area with his mom and the help of Great Aunt Berry, who seems to know just what little boys love. However, just as things seem like they could not be more perfect, Cody and his friend disappear.

Trying to restart his flagging career, Emilio rushes to St. Dennis, dragging the paparazzi with him, to act the part of a concerned father and doting husband. But while he is just a face for the cameras, Grant is working in the background to find the missing children. Will they be able to find the children? If so, will Dallas decide to stay in the small town, or will she leave her first love behind and return to Hollywood?

A sweet read, HOME AGAIN, the second book in talented author Mariah Stewart’s CHESAPEAKE DIARY series, is an emotion-packed, witty contemporary romance that gives readers a glimpse into the private life of a Hollywood actress. At eighty-five now, Aunt Berry still relives some of her Hollywood memories in a delightful way. She wins Cody over with their trips to the bookstore and Scoops as well as her support in getting a dog for him. Filled with suspense, clever dialogue, interesting characters, scandal, a scenic setting, romance and a second chance at love, this story is a winner. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. But for additional enjoyment, I suggest also reading the first book in this series, COMING HOME as well as the subsequent books in this series, which were released after HOME AGAIN; ALMOST HOME, HOMETOWN GIRL and the newest addition to this series, HOME FOR THE SUMMER. At any rate, I recommend HOME AGAIN and look forward to more works by this gifted author.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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