Thursday, August 18, 2011

0 Called Home review

Title: Called Home: Two Hearts Answer 
Author: Gloria Schumann
Publisher: Savant Books and Publications, LLC
Publication Date: May 8, 2010
ebook
ISBN: 0984117571 (ISBN 13: 9780984117574)
genre: contemporary romance
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Summary: Emma Benson's view of life was crafted by the death of her brother as a child, abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry, until David Schlosser-back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels-threatens her neatly tended life. Romance blooms. Emma and David eventually persevere in the face of tragedy, refusing to leave their dreams behind.


Called Home by Gloria Schumann takes place in the small town of Brooks, Wisconsin. Brooks is a charming little town that has all the characteristics that you would suspect. This is a town where you can keep your doors unlocked, people still look you in the eye and say good morning, and everyone knows  everyone else's business. This is a great setting for Called Home
Emma Benson is the main character in this novel. She moves back home to help her mother manage their farm. She's fiercely independent almost to a fault. She's been burned by relationships in the past and has a lot of baggage. Emma is a likable character but she acts a bit childish at times. She's attracted to David but she is mistrusting of men. David has moved back to Brooks after living in New York for some time. As a kid he couldn't wait to leave Brooks but as a man, he couldn't wait to get back to the quiet life. He is instantly attracted to Emma. He's a man who knows what he wants and then goes after it. He has to knock down all the walls that Emma is erected between them. He's a great leading character. He's tall, dark, handsome and bookish. What more could a girl ask for?
When a tornado comes through Brooks, it shakes up more than just the town. It forces Emma to take a closer look at herself and she has to learn to trust again. However things start to go haywire when someone starts harassing David and Emma. Their characters are put in perilous situations that leave you guessing as to who the assailant is. Gloria Schumann throws a few red-herrings in for good measure as well. The story-line is also laced with themes such as forgiveness, love and learning to move on. The story line is a bit predictable at times but it's a sweet story.
Overall, I like this book. It's got romance, mystery and suspense. My favorite character in this novel is Nancy, Emma's mom. She reminded me of my mom whose name also happens to be Nancy. She's a spunky woman who lets her opinion be known. This is a pretty clean romance with minimum language, no sex but lots of smooching. 


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*I was provided a copy of this book from the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.


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