Close to Home by Emma Miller

[Full disclosure--I'm a member of Harlequin Ambassadors, so I receive free copies of books from Harlequin to read and share with others every so often.]

If you're looking for a slightly different, very G-rated romance, I suggest one of eHarlequin's current free online reads, Close to Home by Emma Miller (2011). A new "chapter" (much shorter than in a regular book, of course) is posting every weekday through April 22. You can already read Chapters 1-13 if you look here right now.

Summary from the site:

For an Old Order Amish woman, being twenty-five and unmarried is bad enough. But to be shipped off to another community on a hunting trip to find a husband is downright humiliating for Mary Glick. She's too tall, too plain, too picky—at home in Blessing Creek and here in Kent County—and she despairs that she'll never find someone who'll love her and give her the life she craves.

Until she sees him. Caleb Stutzman.

They were as close as two people could be as children. But she couldn't have really known him…he'd proven that with one devastating action that she still can't forget. And yet his sweet and tender pursuit of her tempts her to hope for a future she'd almost given up on. But has he really changed? And can she trust him with her heart?

Hopefully without giving too much away, my favorite part of the story is that Caleb actually did what upset Mary. This isn't a case of thinking he did something that he actually didn't do, of Caleb covering for someone else, of someone providing misinformation to keep them apart, or one of the other usual "tricks" in a romance novel. He made a mistake at 14, and can Mary find her way back to trusting him now that they're 25?

I'm a little hesitant to post an overall rating when I'm still waiting on the final days of postings, but my current rating of Close to Home is a B.


Anonymous said…
I understand what you mean about Caleb's doing what Mary thought he did. So often it's a case of misunderstanding and through convoluted plot devices neither party finds out the truth until almost the end.

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