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Homecoming: A Sweetland Novel by Lacey Baker

Homecoming: A Sweetland Novel

by Lacey Baker

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Growing up in Sweetland for some, such as Nikki Brockington, was wonderful; for the Cantrell family, not so great. As soon as they are able, all the Cantrell children quickly leave town, except for one. When their grandmother, the woman who raised them, dies unexpectedly, they all return back to Sweetland. Nikki practically grew up with the Cantrell’s and has always had a bit of a tendre for Quinn, though he’s never noticed her. But now, Nikki is all grown up and Quinn can’t seem to keep his mind off of her. When matters keep Quinn in Sweetland for longer than expected, a relationship blooms between Nikki and Quinn. As things start to really heat up between them, unexpected feeling grow and leaves both of them with a choice, find a way to be together, or give up the love that is developing between them.

As the first book in a series, the beginning chapters of this book have a lot of background information to cover to lay the foundation for the coming novels. Lacey Baker does a great job with keeping the story line moving while laying the foundations of the series. I really enjoyed Nikki and Quinn’s story, reading along as Quinn tries to face his demons while back in his hometown. Nikki is an independent lady who understands the value of trust and love, and her character depicts this very well. The puppies are a great bonus, the way they seem to find mischief and add an element of humor to the story. I look forward to reading other novels in the series to continue into the lives of the other Cantrell siblings. This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

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  MyBookAddiction | Jul 20, 2013 |
If you’ve been away from your hometown forever, the last thing you’d want to do is return for a funeral but here the Cantrell siblings are anyway. Huge funeral, huger meals and then the end of it all – the reading of her will. Mary Janet Cantrell leaves the house they all grew up in to them all – it’s now a B&B and a very popular one at that. She leaves them all of her money as well, equally. And there is one more little thing…..she leaves them her rescued Lab and her puppies – one to each grandchild.
These are professionals: a oncologist, policeman, model, lawyer, etc. with no time ad specifically no inclination to have a pet. Much less a bouncy baby Lab! And this is within the first two chapters.
Decisions have to be made, the B&B can’t exist without a manager and sister Michelle has someone in mind right away, the Assistant Manager Nikki. Nikki who has been in love with the oldest brother Quinn since she was nine. Nikki who has to tell the family that the B&B owes 50k in taxes and for some reason Gramma didn’t pay them and the town council is foreclosing on the property if they aren’t caught up. Nikki also isn’t ready for a new romance since the last one ended with her heart broken and he keeps calling until she finally hangs up. Turns out that right after she hung up, someone hung up the old boyfriend permanently. Is Nikki a suspect? What about Quinn and his siblings? Will they stay or will they choose to go back home????
I loved this book! The twists and turns of the tax issue, the puppies, the romance, the descriptions of Sweetland (want to move there!!) were fantastic. The characters were perfect and I can’t wait for book #2 Just Like Heaven which continues the saga. This is a keeper. ( )
  macygma | May 13, 2013 |
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"Dr. Quinn Cantrell made a life for himself in Seattle when he left behind his picturesque hometown-and the unhappy memories of a relationship that ended tragically. His grandmother's death is an unexpected blow, but there are even more surprises waiting-including a mischievous puppy, a reunion with his far-flung siblings, and an old acquaintance who's grown into a gorgeous and capable woman. Nikki Brockington was proud of the work she'd done at The Silver Spoon, and when the Cantrells leave its management in her care, she's happy to take on the responsibility. But keeping the inn and its restaurant profitable isn't her only challenge-not when she can't stop thinking about Quinn, who reminds her that home is more than a place. It's who you love"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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