Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mountain Homecoming

Author: Sandra Robbins
Publisher: Harvest House
March 2013
ISBN:  978-0736948869
Genre: Historical

In the second book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams series, acclaimed author Sandra Robbins spins a tender tale of God's faithfulness throughout the generations.

Rani Martin, Simon and Anna's only daughter, is a beautiful and spirited young woman living deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. She has plenty of ideas about the man she'll marry someday, but none of them could have prepared her for the return of Matthew Jackson.

Matthew left Cades Cove as a child after his father's death. Now he's come back to build a new life for himself, and it's his dearest wish that Rani be a part of that life. But the people of the Cove won't let him forget the sins of his father, and Matthew can't forget the darkness of his own past.

Is there a place for Matthew in the Cove? And can the light of Rani's love overcome his pain?

MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING is the second book in the Smokey Mountain Dreams series, but it easily stands alone. Fans will want to read the first book, Angel of the Cove, so they know Rani’s parents romance story.

I found MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING a bit slow and predictable. Rani is a feisty, argumentive heroine, quick to judge and jump to opinions. Matthew is hesitant, kind of fearful acting. I’m not sure why he didn’t state it was his land she was trespassing on in the beginning of the book, and why he let her believe he scouted for trees to log, but he did. It made him seem kind of wimpy to me at first, not a good place for a hero to be.

However, there are a lot of four and five star reviews on this book, so this is my opinion only. If you like historical romances that are peaceful reads, then this is a book to consider.  It has a sweet ending. $13.99. 304 pages.

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