Ballantine Books, 2010
My Rating: B
Do you ever wonder about the children of celebrities? I do. I’ll see pictures and stories in people-type magazines and wonder what kinds of lives they are living. The last few years it seems like it’s the “in-thing” to show off the “baby bubble” and to be seen with children. Is all of this part of the image they are creating for their careers? What happens to these children when they spend their formative years in the spotlight? Are they happy children, doing normal things?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders about these issues. I think Mariah Stewart has given it a lot of thought too because it’s a big part of this new book of hers: Home Again.
Dallas MacGregor is a Hollywood super-star with a six-year old boy, Cody. She’s in the process of getting a divorce from her sleazy husband. One day a video is released that brings the paperazzi to her door in droves. It’s a video showing her husband having sex with two women and it’s the number one download on the internet.
The video doesn’t bother Dallas as this is the reason she’s divorcing the guy. But when the other kids at Cody’s summer day camp start taunting him about his dad, Dallas knows she has to take action.
Using disguises and the private jet of a friend, Dallas and Cody fly to the home of her great aunt Berry on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. From the time she was eleven, this is the only place Dallas has felt safe, loved, and completely at home. She hopes this will be a good refuge for herself and her son.
Aunt Berry, now eighty-five, sets in motion a set of strategies to help the two feel at peace in her big house and in the little town of St. Dennis. Berry is loving, witty, gracious, smart and full of an inner sense of what makes little boys happy. As Cody begins to blossom Dallas decides to spend the entire summer here. This gives Dallas the chance to do something she’s always wanted – write a screenplay. The extra time also gives Dallas the opportunity to rekindle the relationship she once had with Grant, her first love.
I really enjoyed this story. There wasn’t a character I didn’t want to spend time with, except, of course, for the sleazy ex-husband. A good portion of the book focused on the child, which I liked. He was a sweet, yet fun-loving little boy. The relationship between Cody and his Aunt Berry was just excellent. She won him over with reading and nearly daily trips to the library.
The bookstore, and books, played an important role in this story, along with regular trips to the ice cream store. By the end of the summer, Cody had a new dog, new friends and plenty of adventure. His mother thought she’d never seen him happier. The question is: do they stay or do they go back to Hollywood?
About the author: Home Again is Mariah Stewart’s twenty-eighth novel. She has won numerous awards for romance and romantic suspense. I love those two genres and I’m not sure how I missed reading the other twenty-seven. Home Again is Book 2 of her Chesapeake Diaries series. I have Book 1 and am looking forward to reading it too. Ms. Stewart is a native of New Jersey but now lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For more on Mariah Stewart and a list of her previous books, visit Mariah Stewart.
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I noticed that my library has a long shelf full of Mariah Stewart’s book. You will want to check your own library as well. Home Again is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)