Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.
When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.
Theo is soon filling all of Meg’s late-night cravings—and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?
This was a lovely novel that I consider to be a solid good read. When You Make It Home is a very emotional story about the relationship that develops between Meg, a pregnant single woman, and Theo, a veteran and amputee. As much as I love the premise of two broken people learning to heal themselves through love, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
My biggest issue with the book was that I couldn’t quite connect with Meg. I get that she was dealing with pregnancy hormones, but I found her behavior far too erratic to keep up with at times. I loved the Meg she was when she was with Theo – she was happy, caring, and loving. But the Meg that appeared when she let her insecurities slip in or worried about others judging her frustrated me because she would make herself and many of the people around her miserable. As for Theo, I absolutely adored him. Despite their less than impressive first meeting, he befriended Meg and basically infiltrated her life. Even though I knew why he was doing it, I was heartbroken for both of the characters when Theo left Meg. But I could have smacked her – yes, even with her being pregnant – when she refused to talk to
him when he came back. Thankfully, Theo refused to be turned away and kept at her until she finally talked to him. While I wouldn’t expect to find sex scenes involving a pregnant woman sexy, the author writes them in such a way that Theo makes you forget that Meg is pregnant, thus making the scenes very stimulating.
What makes this book especially difficult for me to rate is that there are parts of the story that I loved, parts that I liked, and parts that were just “eh” for me. This is just one of those times where the book didn’t quite click for me, but it was still a good book and well worth reading – the birth scene alone was very entertaining. I recommend downloading a sample and checking it out for yourself because Ms. Ashby is a talented writer and When You Make It Home might be the book for you.
Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. At a young age, she began keeping journals and over time embellished the details of her quiet days. Eventually, she let go of reality altogether and delved completely into the world of fiction.
When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall. She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination. She resides in Austin with her family and a pack of wild dogs.
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