Source: Provided with a review copy by the author for an honest review.
Publisher: Savant Books and Publications LLC
Number of Pages: 342 (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 342 (Paperback)
Release Date: Already Released
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
I thought that Called Home was a wonderful story. Both Emma and David were amazing characters, and they felt incredibly real. The story was told in alternating points of view, the two most prevalent POVs were David's and Emma's. However, several other characters did have smaller sections with their points of view. I really liked the set-up that was created with the narrations. It was fascinating to transition between Emma and David's points of view...especially when they were both thinking about each other. :P
Emma was stubborn, independent, and had many characters of a woman who has been betrayed too many times. While, David carried many of the characteristics of a ladies man and quite the eligible bachelor. He's also a fairly popular author, and just moved back home from New York. He and Emma meet, well again anyways. They actually went to High School together, but they were a few years apart, so they didn't really know each other back then. Anywho, when they meet, they both feel a lot of attraction for each other. Throughout the book their attraction intensifies, and David heavily pursues it, while Emma consistently tries to resist the draw that she feels for David.
The backgrounds of Emma and David aren't clear from the beginning of the book, but as it progresses, they learn more about one another. For the most part the reader learns of their pasts through their interactions with each other, but there are some brief mentions during their through processes too. Emma's past is one of the most well guarded parts of the book...aside from the mystery aspect of it that is, but I'm going to keep my mouth shut about that because it is far too exciting for me to ruin for you. As mentioned in the blurb of this book, Emma's brother passed away when she was a child, her father abandoned her family shortly afterwards, and she was also abandoned by the man she thought she would spend her life with. She is incredibly afraid of being abandoned again, and she doesn't want to fall too hard for David because she's afraid he'll go back to New York and leave her. As you can expect, Emma has serious trust issues. but David isn't the type to give up...and you will love him for trying so hard.
I read Called Home at a pretty gradual pace, but it is definitely the type of story that can keep you up at night because you just need to know what happens next. It's not a sweltering romance, but trust me David and Emma do have a pretty heated relationship (sometimes they argue...and sometimes they make-out, pretty heavily I might add :P), but their relationship was founded on more than mere attraction, which I loved. They genuinely wanted to know more about each other. Emma even reads one of David's books, and David is constantly trying to get Emma to open up. Their relationship was so real, even if they did get involved in some super crazy situations and it's always refreshing to see relationships like that in books.
I think that fans of contemporary romance will love Called Home: Two Hearts Answer, especially if they love a little mystery thrown in with it. ;)
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