My rating: 4 of 5 stars
You Again – JoAnn Ross
This was a cute coming home story that also had the bonus of a lost Orca being reunited with his family with the help of the hero who is a marine biologist.
Meghann Quinn spent her high school years in foster care in Shelter Bay. It was during this time she met a shy nerd who excelled in science but wasn’t so good at grammar. Meghann ended up tutoring him and the two shared their first kiss together but after high school life took them in different directions.
Meghann is now a bestselling author that lives in New York. When she gets a letter from Adam asking if she could donate some of her books for charity she decides instead of sending the books by mail why not deliver them in person as she doesn’t have plans for the Christmas holiday and she’s still kinda crushing on Adam and wants to see if the spark was still there. She doesn’t know that Adam never forgot her either and hopes that her visit can turn into more. Running alongside this Adam is looking for a whale that had gotten separated from his family and Meghann decides she wants to help in his quest. This in turn has the whole town of Shelter Bay getting involved which just blends in perfectly with the holiday season.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Jessica Scott
Even though these books are fiction you can certainly tell that the authors own life experiences influence each book. This story delves into what is like when a woman that has been deployed and lost a good friend to the war returns home a different person than what she was when she left and her struggles with how to “come home” which is the basis for all the books in this series. Both the main characters are in the Army and have been in a long term relationship that includes a child. For the past two years they both did a deployment at opposite times so one of them was home with the daughter. When Samanatha returns though from her deployment she is dead inside and takes her daughter and leaves instead of going to see someone or even talking things out with Patrick.
I am sure that every instance is different on how men and women compartmentalize their feelings and that is certainly at the fore front in this novella. One of the biggest touching moments was when Patrick decided he needed to open up and tell Samantha some of things that had happened to him while over there and how he came back and dealt with them, showed her that what she was feeling (or her lack of feeling) was perfectly normal and she just needed to open up and let out all of her grief whether that be with him or with a doctor.
This was another great addition to the Coming Home series that packed a mighty punch in a short novella.