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Coming Home (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Priscilla Glenn

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Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won't be taken advantage of again.

When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah's carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.

But Danny has a secret...

One that could shake Leah's already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she's faced with an incredibly difficult decision--is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she's always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?

Biographie de l'auteur

Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer. If you catch her when she's feeling sophisticated, she'll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she'll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry's, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson. Glenn is the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, Emancipating Andie, and Coming Home. You can contact her at priscilla.glenn3@gmail.com

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I laughed, cried, smiled & mourned throughout Coming Home. Fans of Colleen Hoover's writing will absolutely adore this book! 5+ 20 janvier 2014
Par Michelle E. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"Traditions are good. They help keep memories alive."

Priscilla Glenn falls into a certain category of authors-I will read ANYTHING she writes because I know it will be a fantastic read and perfectly edited! She's an English teacher for heaven's sake, and she can write those scenes that make me feel like I'm in the story, and I can feel exactly each and every emotion that I'm reading. (Do you remember the piano playing scene from Emancipating Andie? Holy hotness and sweet emotion! ) Well, Priscilla is now three out of three for me! She knocked this one out of the park with a grand slam. :)

I typically do not read teasers for upcoming novels (as I do like to be surprised) and hadn't even read the synopsis for Coming Home. So it wasn't until I was twenty-five percent into the book (and curious) when I finally went back and read the synopsis. (Again, that proves to you that I will read anything she writes.)

At this point in the story Leah was on the phone with Danny and they were asking each other questions. I remember having a wicked grin on my face the entire time. I felt like a teenager again enjoying the "getting to know" you period. I was so vested in Danny and Leah's story already, and there was no going back. Of course, I was very curious about Danny's secret and his intentions at this stage of the book. (Did I mention that I literally laid in bed ALL day reading and put everything and everyone on hold?)

Coming Home is written in third-person point of view, which is great because I felt every emotion that Danny and Leah experienced. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I mourned throughout Coming Home. Priscilla included quite a bit of humor in this book, which was a welcome change. Leah had a great relationship with her family, and they were constantly teasing one another. Once again, I felt like I was part of the family and my heart was full with that familiar feeling of being loved and having family to count on no matter what.

Leah is so refreshing to read because she is a confident woman, and she doesn't have too much of a problem telling Danny what she is thinking or what she wants. Oh, can I tell you how much I enjoyed her character? I seriously want to just hang out with her, especially at the Cheesecake Factory or a bar. :)

"I don't mind a little disappointment now and then. It just means you've got high standards. I'd rather shoot high and be disappointed sometimes than just live in the middle with the illusion of being satisfied."

And when she laid her head back down on his chest, he rested his cheek against her hair and closed his eyes, wondering if there would ever be a man on this planet who was worthy of her."

"So if something seems too hard, princess, before you throw in the towel, you should always ask yourself, `Will the reward be worth the suffering.'"

Danny DeLuca (gosh, I love saying his name) is no doubt going to make the list of top book boyfriends. He is sexy, complex, wishy washy, but he is honorable and has his reasons for the way he acts. Yes, he has a secret. He has a past, and he is his own worst enemy.

The hurt will be temporary, she reminded herself as his lips moved against hers. This is the forever.

In addition to Leah and Danny and their families, Priscilla has included their best friends as well. And once again, their scenes are some of the best, both funny and heartbreaking.

If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover's writing, I encourage you to pick up Coming Home, especially if you have never read a book written by Priscilla Glenn. There were two scenes in particular that I honestly thought were written by Colleen. Yes, that is one hell of a compliment, which tells you what a great book this is. Coming Home will no doubt sit on my shelf of Top 10 Reads for 2014!

"I just...I want you to know that no matter what happens, I know you, Danny," she said. "I know who you really are."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Quiet Yet Powerful 21 janvier 2014
Par Andrea T - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
First Impression... What a nice cover. I've loved both of Glenn's books, and hope the streak continues with Coming Home.

The Story... When Leah Marino revisits her childhood home, the kind owner befriends her, and introduces her to her grandson Danny DeLuca. Danny and Leah part ways, but don't want to let the connection go. A friendship forms, but Leah soon wants more. Danny runs hot and cold, and seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. Danny promises to tell Leah his secret, but knows he'll lose her.

The Characters... Coming Home is very much a character-driven story. Because of that, the story does have a slow pace. The downside to that is I was slow to get into Coming Home. The upside is, I did have a strong sense for the characters, their feelings and motivations.

Danny and Leah were both strong, likable characters. Looking back, it seems neither had an apparent flaw. It's nice to not feel annoyed by the MCs, for sure. Of course, this means that I didn't find either particularly dynamic, but I liked them both. Their story is more about making choices against outside circumstances.

Leah did have a bit of a sad background, losing her mother young and becoming the caretaker of the family. There was also a backstory with a jerk ex-boyfriend.

As for Danny, the big question with Danny is: What's his secret? What's the big deal? I'm not going to even hint at the secret, but I will say that I was surprised, and that I felt it was handled very well by the author. Very realistic, without taking the easy way out.

The Writing... Priscilla Glenn is a very talented author. As I've stated, I really enjoyed her previous books. Coming Home was an interesting story, and well-written. The style is very subdued, and I always find the powerful moments sneaking up on me. I never feel like Glenn is going for a shock-and-awe type of story, but more like quiet and profound.

The Heat...Perfectly complemented the story. Danny and Leah had a great, slow-building chemistry, one that held strong throughout the story.

In the End... Coming Home is a slow burn type of story. If you're looking for a well-written, introspective, and quietly powerful story, give it a try.

Favorite Quote:

He stared up at her, and the vice-like pain in his chest began to soften for the first time since he had entered her apartment. There was nothing she could have said in that moment more perfect than the words she'd just spoken.
Because no matter what she decided after this, even if she chose to walk away and never look back, in a way, she had just absolved him.
She had looked straight through all the horror and the ugliness, and she still saw him.
And when she laid her head back down on his chest, he rested his cheek against her hair and closed his eyes, wondering if there would ever be a man on this planet who was worthy of her.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 6 STARS OF PERFECTION!!!! 21 janvier 2014
Par Natasha is a Book Junkie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
“I could suffer through anything if you were my reward.”

I am so full of emotions right now, I feel like I could start twirling, arms stretched out, and start singing about the hills being alive…! This book was my undoing, cover to cover, every word, every genuine emotion it provoked in me taking me further and further from reality and keeping my mind safely tucked in one of the most exquisite, deeply moving, but also truly uplifting stories I have ever read in my life. This is a story that didn’t just touch me – it owned me. Every part of it was just perfect, done just right, the story flowing organically from page to page, immersing me deeper and deeper into a story I never expected to find. Once again, I am in awe of an author who consistently keeps giving us stories that transcend time, trends, expectations, by staying true to herself and writing with her heart. I cannot but give this extraordinary book my Six Stars of Excellence for taking us on an unexpected journey of courage and taking a chance on love, even when the obstacles before us are dire and they are many.

Leah is a young woman whose last relationship has gone far beyond breaking her heart – it has made her doubt herself and her ability to make sound decisions when it comes to giving her heart away. Instead of not trusting men anymore, Leah has stopped trusting herself and has embraced singlehood both as a necessity as well as a protective shield. Losing her mother at a very young age had marked her deeply, every subsequent loss only sinking that dagger even deeper into her already reluctant heart.

When Leah meets Danny, there are no fireworks lighting up the sky or knees wobbling from the sparks between them – they are two people who at some subconscious level are inherently drawn to one another, but neither of them are looking for a deep connection at that point. When fate intervenes and their paths cross again, we get to witness the first seeds of a love story that eventually starts blooming despite Leah and Danny’s best efforts to stay just friends. But while Leah starts confronting her trust issues and entertaining the idea of falling for someone like Danny, the more they seem to connect, the more Danny tries to push her away. His mercurial behaviour and all the mixed signals he keeps giving her only act to confuse her further and bruise even more her already ailing self-confidence.

“Being with him, talking to him, was the emotional equivalent of bungee jumping. There was the freedom, the adrenaline, the exhilaration of the fall, only to have it come to an abrupt halt, roughly yanking her back in the direction from which she came.”

But Leah is not a woman who is easily deterred from seeking the happiness she always hoped to find, and her connection with Danny, as unpredictable as it may be, is not something she is prepared to throw away out of fear of another broken heart.

“There was something about him that spoke to a long-forgotten part of her – that awakened something dormant in her soul and made her want things again.”

Danny is the type of guy you wish you could take home to meet your mum. He’s charming, witty, protective, reliable, loving and loyal, but life has given him a few too many pickles, making him a man who believes himself to be undeserving of a kind and compassionate woman such as Leah. He pushes her away every time he feels he is falling deeper and deeper under her spell, but the more he tries to stay away from her, the more he aches to be near her. Unfortunately, one mistake in Danny’s past has the power of changing the rest of his life, and once his secret is out in the open, Leah must decide whether theirs is the kind of love one risks their all in order to keep it.

This is a story like no other I have ever read, not because of the plotline which is fresh and unique in its own right, but because of its extraordinary pace. The pace of this story was one of the winning aspects of this book in my eyes, the gentle, natural progression of events and the slow development of emotions between the characters drawing me in like never before. There is no room for “insta-love” in this scenario, nothing is forced or hurried to accommodate a jam-packed storyline. Every piece of this story flows like it would in real life, giving us the time needed to fall for these characters and become irreversibly invested in their wellbeing. I lived this book, I became addicted to the myriad of emotions it made me feel, and I was blown away by the honesty and sense of responsibility with which the author addressed some of the more confronting parts of this story. This was one of the most complete, romantic and yet so sexy, real but also astoundingly beautiful tales to ever tickle my imagination and feed my insatiable heart, and I will scream it from the rooftops if it makes people pay attention and take a chance on reading it. It’s a journey you will never forget, and when you turn that last page, I promise you that you will want to go back to the beginning and experience it all all over again.

“… there wasn’t a doubt in her mind that the day she met Danny, the stars had aligned just for her.”
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved every single word!! ♥♥♥♥♥ 23 janvier 2014
Par Aestas Book Blog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Holy WOW -- this book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!

Coming Home was a captivating, beautifully written and deeply heartfelt romance that left me with the powerful message that love is stronger than anything. This is the kind of story that grabs a hold of your heart and doesn't let go. It was a joy to read and I loved every single word -- from the first page to the very last.

I honestly can't even describe how full my heart felt while I was reading this. Throughout the whole story, there was this quiet intensity that kept me breathless, brimming with emotion, and completely connected.

I think it's a sign of the author's talent when, at the very beginning of the story -- before knowing anything about the characters, or their story, or their personalities, etc -- you can genuinely feel that complete connection to them and that was what happened here from the moment I started reading this book.

The story follows Leah who, on a nostalgic visit back to the house she grew up in, meets Danny, a gorgeous and mysterious mechanic. A bad relationship in her past had broken her trust making her prefer to stay away from relationships rather than put her heart out on the line again. Danny was the first guy in two years who made her feel like it was worth the risk, but he was hiding a huge secret ...

Ok, even I'll admit that what I just said there *points above* is probably THE most vague book description I've ever given. But there's a reason. Honestly, this book was perfect to me. I don't have any complaints at all to make. But I do feel strongly that one of the things that makes reading this book so special is not knowing too much about it going in. Usually, I'm one of those people who kinda likes to know but in this case, I would honestly say that the less you know in advance, the more you'll enjoy it. Just trust me, okay? :)

I could not stop smiling as I was reading. Danny and Leah just the kind of connection that I felt every step of the way. I fell in love as they fell in love and could just see every scene playing out in front of my eyes like a movie.

The pacing was perfect for this story. It was slow building, but in a way that gave you the time to genuinely believe the development of the relationship. They had an instant connection but the love that grew between them was built -- moment by moment, scene after scene -- and I absolutely loved the way it was portrayed.

Danny was the kind of hero who you can't help but fall for. I think the best way to describe him was a good guy with streak of bad boy. This man was kind, caring, loyal, sweet, charming, a touch cocky, and very protective of those he loved. He melted my heart from the moment I met him and had me going crazy trying to figure out what his big secret was!!!

Leah was such a lovely heroine. Described by Danny as "the perfect mixture of snarky and sweet, confident and shy", she'd had her trust broken and so giving it to someone new was a huge step for her, especially to someone who was hiding something from her. But the way she handled everything in the story made me respect her, over and over again.

One of the things that I loved most in this story was that there was absolutely no 'drama for drama's sake' and the entire story was driven forward by the natural pull of the story. And I especially loved that the beginning of the book took the time to fully connect me with the characters before revealing the secret that would put everything to the test.

I loved watching Danny and Leah slowly open up to each other, and learn to trust each other. It was beautiful, very believable romance - the kind I could see happening in real life.

The writing was absolutely beautiful. It flowed effortlessly and conveyed each emotion so strongly. It was one gorgeous, heartfelt moment after another. Some scenes made me laugh out loud and smile for pages on end, and others had me sitting there with silent tears pouring down my face. I felt everything!!! It was romantic, heart wrenching, uplifting, and just SUCH a beautiful reading experience.

Oh -- and the TWIST!!! What a unique idea!! I actually have to say that I've never read this particular twist before. It took me by surprise and spun the story in a fantastic direction that had my heart in knots wondering how it could ever get sorted out. My heart was in my throat, pounding. I was overflowing with emotion. I just needed everything to be ok. The best way I can describe it would be 'deliciously heart wrenching.'

Also, without giving more details, I just want to say that I was really impressed with the way the author wrote a certain part of the ending. The way she conveyed the inner struggle that the character was going through and they way she got us right into their mind was very powerful and compelling.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. It had amazing dialogue, wonderful character dynamics, a completely original plotline, absolutely beautiful love scenes, and a deeply heartfelt, sexy, and believable romance that filled my heart with every possible emotion.

"When you love someone, you don't bail when it gets hard. That's when you stay the most."

Rating: 5 STARS!!! Highly recommended!!

This is a standalone contemporary romance.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A sweet story of second chances (sort of). A little insta-lovey for my taste, but intense, adorable and swoony. 27 juin 2014
Par Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Priscilla Glenn is a fantastic author and don’t let this review tell you otherwise, okay? Because there will be some ranting, but let me tell you this: BACK TO YOU—Priscilla’s debut novel is one of my absolute favorite novels and Emancipating Andie was a good read as well. So these little occasional, very mild rants that are waiting for you in this review? Don’t take them that seriously ;)

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“I don’t mind a little disappointment now and then. It just means you’ve got high standards. I’d rather shoot high and be disappointed sometimes than just live in the middle with the illusion of being satisfied.”

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. I really feel like the only real flaw Glenn’s writing has is the third POV. I’m not a fan of those in contemporary books since it makes connecting with the characters so hard. Sigh. It was a little hard to connect with these characters as well. That isn’t to say that Glenn’s writing is bad or wrong in any way, nope! That’s just my personal preference *shrugs* So yep, while I felt bad for the two main leads, I never really felt a big emotional connection towards them.

So what didn’t I like? Um.. While the previous two books by Priscilla were more of the slow-build kind, then this one was a little too intense in the insta-attraction department for me. Hence I felt like the L-bomb was too early. Yes, the feelings between Daniel (I refuse to call him Danny because it reminds me of the psycho Tyler from Revenge calling Daniel like that and Danny’s behavior during season 3 on that show makes me sick to my stomach *gags*) and Leah were pretttttty darn intense, and let us not forget the situation they were in, but in my honest opinion? Saying the L-word was still a little too early. Also, I get Daniel’s hesitations and the reasons behind his behavior, but it was still wrong of him to be so hot and cold, so it was a bit of a let down. All I could think was "dude, stop hesitating and tell her, or walk away".

Anyhow, off to the good parts, yeah? Even though it seems, based on the two paragraphs above, that there were more things I didn’t like & less things I enjoyed, it ain't exactly so *shakes head* The chemistry was adorable—something Glenn always excels at! Yeah, not big emotional connections to the characters on my part, but oh boy, the chemistry! *fans self* Also, the quote by Leah where she says she’s scared of dark + ocean = MEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! I’m not scared of water or dark per se, but I am scared of the unknown. Moreover, there were some stereotypical BFF-s, but written in a very compelling way so I was not put off by the secondary characters. I actually quite liked them. Oh, and the camping scene? THE cutest :) *swoons*

I really appreciate the originality of this story. Don’t make the same mistake by going to the end to see how it ends (I’M LOOKING AT YOU, JENNY!!!) because you don’t want to guess the secret Daniel carries. I wish I hadn’t because I would have been more shocked, but it was still nice to know that I guessed correct based on the letter Daniel sent to Leah. At the end of the day, it’s original in concept and extremely heartwarming, even if it’s not my favorite story by Priscilla. Recommend even though I had some issues? YES!

Overall rating: 3.4 out of 5.0
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