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Author: Mariah Stewart Title: Almost Home Publisher: Ballentine Books Publish Date: March 22, 2011 Buy: Amazon Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher Book Blurb: When she was young, Steffie Wyler always knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life: 1. Make ice cream. 2. Marry the coolest boy in town. 3. Live happily ever after. These days, Steffie is the proud owner of One Scoop or Two, a wildly popular ice cream parlor. But the cool guy left town right after high school, before they could scratch the surface of their mutual attraction to see what, if anything, lay beneath. Steffie’s made a great life for herself in St. Dennis, but true love has never come knocking.
Wade MacGregor left for college in Texas and remained there to start a successful business with his best friend, Robin Kennedy, but he’s always felt something was missing. Then life throws him a curveball: A third partner has robbed the company blind, and Robin has died—but not before entrusting Wade with a precious secret. Now back in St. Dennis, Wade’s determined to do whatever it takes to protect his friend’s legacy—and to figure out, once and for all, if the sparks that fly whenever he’s with Steffie are just temporary fireworks or the lights in the window leading him home.
Review: Almost Home is the third book in Mariah Stewart's The Chesapeake Diaries series. Book 4 will be out in Sept 2011. This story centers around Steffie and Wade. The great thing about these two characters is that all the other characters from the past two books play large supporting roles.
The last book dealt with Dallas and Grant. Steffie is Grant's sister so Dallas plays a big part in this one and she's also Wade's sister.
These characters really feel like family by the third book and St Dennis is the perfect idyllic town. As I read, I kept wishing I could be one of the tourists visiting. Mariah really brings the town to life with her writing. Plus after reading this...who wouldn't want to go to Steffie's One Scoop Or Two!
Of the three books in this series, Almost Home is the most romance oriented, but that's to be expected, because Steffie's story was set up in the first book.
I really love how all three books are tied together, but can be read as stand alone novels. I cant stress enough how much I love this series. It really has the makings of being another Blossom Street kind of series, for those of you that love Debbie Macomber. So if you like stories that are about friends, family and a little romance thrown into the mix, this is a series you won't want to miss. I can't wait for the next book!
Author Info: About Mariah Stewart
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and listens to the voices in her head. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.