April 01, 2011

Review: Already Home By Susan Mallery

jAlready HomePaperback, 400 pages
Release Date: March 29th 2011 by HQN  
(ISBN13: 9780778329510)
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.
Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents—aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.
Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love….

My Thoughts:

I really really enjoyed this book. This book is a little different from any other book I've read from Susan. This is not so much of a romance contemporary but more fiction. So it's a different kind of read. "Already Home" is a book, that I would assume may be an interesting read for those who are adopted or going through a divorce. Because this book is about a woman named Jenna who is newly divorced that went back to her hometown to start her life over again.

So in "Already Home" Jenna comes back home and pursues her life dream to opens her own store. As she opens for business she hires a girl named "Violet" whom I LOVE and I am so glad that Susan wrote her in the story. Violet and Jenna became good friends immediately. With so much they both been through the girls needed a friend and they found that friend in one another. They both have such great yet different personalities  but they both balance each other out. I'm glad Susan wrote Violet in the story. Maybe if we ask nicely, Susan can give us a book for Violet. =)

Then one day out of no where life just threw another curve ball and presented her birth parents at her Jenna's work place. Not exactly knowing how to handle the arrival of her "birth" parents, she turns to her adopted  parents, her real parents for help. In which her mom encouraged her to go forward and get to know her birth parents. So she went forward and tried her best to build a relationship with her birth parents.

But what Jenna didn't expect was for her to develop a whole new family when her birth parents came to town, and  introduced her to her brothers. I fell in love with one of her brothers . He brought a lot to the table and he made Jenna feel comfortable about being with her "new" family. He makes it easier for her. They had an instinct bond. She got a new family came along with her new life.

This book had so many great characters. For Jenna, although she's starting new life after her divorce she doesn't want to give up on her dreams. Violet is a character, I can hug and love forever. She brings a lot to the book. Then you have Jenna's "adopted" parents, they are exactly what an image of parents should be. I LOVED her father. Made me miss my daddy. Her "birth" parents, basically your typical hippies but sweet people that mean well. And then you have her brothers, their personalities are so well descriptive you can tell and visualize which one is the "well behaved" one or the "Mischievous" one.

Overall Susan did a fantastic job with this book. I cried and I laugh and I fell in love with her characters. Susan wrote another 5 star book here! "Already Home" is a "Lifetime" story waiting for motion picture. Great job Susan! A must buy! Must read! And a definite Good Choice for Reading!

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