When she was young, Steffie Wyler always knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life: 1. Make ice cream. 2. Marry the coolest boy in town. 3. Live happily ever after. These days, Steffie is the proud owner of One Scoop or Two, a wildly popular ice cream parlor. But the cool guy left town right after high school, before they could scratch the surface of their mutual attraction to see what, if anything, lay beneath. Steffie’s made a great life for herself in St. Dennis, but true love has never come knocking.
Wade MacGregor left for college in Texas and remained there to start a successful business with his best friend, Robin Kennedy, but he’s always felt something was missing. Then life throws him a curveball: A third partner has robbed the company blind, and Robin has died—but not before entrusting Wade with a precious secret. Now back in St. Dennis, Wade’s determined to do whatever it takes to protect his friend’s legacy—and to figure out, once and for all, if the sparks that fly whenever he’s with Steffie are just temporary fireworks or the lights in the window leading him home.
Here is why occasionally it is a good idea to try stepping out of your genre. You will not find many romance novels here. I just don’t read them. Yet here I am. Admitting I read this book… and I enjoyed it.
Was the draw the ice cream parlor? Certainly…. that is interesting, who wouldn’t want to own an ice cream parlor? And I liked Steffie, making it on her own and doing fine, but of course…. she misses Wade who moved away some time ago. Upon his return to town, Steffie is turned upside down trying to decide what to do…. and while the romance part is ok, I prefer the mystery and suspense in the story that kept me interested in knowing more. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way that kept me engaged.
Almost Home is actually the third book in the Chesapeake Diary Series. The first two being Coming Home and Home Again. While the other two books build on this one, it is not necessary to read them before Almost Home.
I think the moral of my review is that when we know what we like to read and stick to only that we are doing ourselves a disservice. Occasionally we as readers need to read out of the normal habits. Not only should we not judge a book by its cover, we also should not judge a book by its genre.
Mariah Stewart was a wonderful author to take that genre leap with.
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and listens to the voices in her head. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.
There are a few more stops on this tour:
Thursday, June 2nd: A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Monday, June 6th: Colloquium
Wednesday, June 8th: A Chick Who Reads
I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour