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Return to Hunter Springs

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Constance Anne Scott

Called home by her mother's critical illness, Bailey Carmichael left her successful and well-ordered life in Boston to return to the home where she'd known only brutality. She found her family in turmoil and her brother poised and ready to continue the … see full wiki

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Author: Constance Anne Scott
Publisher: Tapscott Press
1 review about Return to Hunter Springs

A Wonderful Debut Novel

  • Mar 7, 2009
Rating:
+3
Bailey Carmichael has worked hard to reshape her life and make a way for herself in the computer field. Leaving home as a young girl her only thought was to escape her abusive father and to follow her dreams of college. Many years later she has successfully achieved her goals and is called by her brother to come home and help with their mother who has fallen severely ill. Packing her bags in Boston, Bailey heads back to the sleepy small town of Hunter Springs, Texas.

Arriving home, Bailey finds out that things are worse than she thought. The family ranch and house are in disrepair and her mother's health is more fragile than expected. Realizing she isn't going to be able to make this a quick trip, Bailey settles in for the time being.

Settling in means rekindling a romance with the man who starred in her teenage and adult fantasies, Mitch, and making long term plans for her family.

This was an impressive debut, I was really into the story and the characters, and I found myself completely consumed in the small town life and the dynamics behind the complex Carmichael clan. Bailey makes a lot of discoveries about herself and her family during her stay, and I enjoyed being along for the journey.

My problem with the story was the overly awkward dialogue that rarely rang true. A lot of the conversations seemed immature and a little silly. Some of the words selected and the phrases used reminded me of conversations with either a teenager or an elderly aunt. It distracted from the moments to have dialogue that didn't flow as smoothly as the rest of the book did.

My other issue was the fact that the main characters rarely spent any quality time vertical. I love a steamy sex scene, and this book has plenty, but after a while I was hoping one of the characters would claim a headache so they could reach some level of intimacy that didn't involve being naked.

This story had great character development and plenty of drama to keep it moving at an excellent pace from page to page. This would easily have been a five star book had it not been for the issues that I stated. I would definitely pick up another book by this author.

Cherise Everhard, March 2009

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