War correspondent Leo Ericson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota, when his parents notify him his young son is having trouble fitting in at school. Leo doesn’t know how to be a single parent since the death of his wife, and he certainly has no desire to return to Bluestone. But he needs a place for his son, a place where he’ll be with family, while Leo does his job. He’ll stay long enough to get Max settled, then go back to work.
School counselor Trinity Madison watches Leo struggle with his son, trying to overcome the mental barricade she’s erected against the man who sent his son away when he’s perfectly capable of caring for the child. The situation brings about her own unsettled feelings about giving her child up for adoption when she was young. But as she observes Leo’s difficulties, his sacrifices, she softens toward the man.
While he’s in town, he ends up working with some old friends and Trinity on a committee to revitalize Bluestone. The former resort town is struggling and looking for ways to bring tourists back. Leo finds himself charmed, then smitten with the feisty counselor, but will he still love her when he learns her secret?
Bluestone Homecoming is another Contemporary Romance that I decided to take a chance on. It was a quick read for me and the characters drew me in fairly quickly.
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.
I received Bluestone Homecoming as a free download from Amazon on October 6, 2012.