Thursday, August 25, 2016

Homestands

Homestands 

Chicago Wind #1

When baseball star Mike Connor stumbles across his ex-wife six years after their divorce, he’s stunned to find that she's the mother of a kindergartner who wears his jersey. And shares his last name.

The last thing Meg Connor wants is to be around Mike. After all, he was the one who abandoned her. But she can’t deny him—or their son—time together to build a relationship, which means Mike is around too often, reminding her of why she fell in love with him so long ago. If only she could forget their past… The painful and the good.

Between their guilt and closely held hurts, Meg and Mike struggle against each other, their feelings, and God as they fight their own desires for the future, a future that might never happen when the past that tore them apart collides with their present.
 
My thoughts: I did buy HOMELANDS in a collection (Whispers of Love) which I can no longer find on Amazon (though, surely it is there) nor can I find this book on Amazon (though again, it must be there.) I did find both on Goodreads. If you are interested in this book, you might consider contacting Ms. Bradley for advice on how to purchase it if you don't have better luck finding it than I did.  *** See note below.***

I bought the collection, because I wanted to read Ms. Comer's new book, and at the time this was the only way to get it. I used to be a critique partner of Ms. Bradley (many long years ago) and this was the book she sent through the critique group. I remembered the jist of the story, there were a few surprises I didn't remember (though they might've been added since Ms. Bradley and I parted ways (again, many long years ago). 

I enjoyed getting "re"acquainted with Mike and Meg and their son Terrill and the pastor and wife who played a key role. There is a mystery/suspense involved. We know who the bad guy is, we know why, but we don't know when he will attack or how. 

This was a great book, and the only one by Ms. Bradley I've read. I will have to look into her other books at some point.  HOMESTANDS was a great book, highly recommended. I hope you can find it! You won't be sorry getting this book. 

***Ms. Bradley responded to my PM and said Thanks, Laura. Yes, the box set is gone now and I'm working on getting it up myself in a few weeks. It is in another box set right now, though. Love's Sweet Surprise. Just went up a week ago. Thanks. *** So if you want this book now, look for Love's Sweet Surprise on Amazon. Otherwise, put it on your wishlist and wait for it to go solo.

In case you are interested in the collection (which is how I bought it)

 

Whispers of Love (Chicago Wind #1)


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