Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review & Giveaway ~ HOME by Rachel Smith

After twelve years on top of the charts, country music superstar Lily Rae has decided to hang up the microphone and move home.  Becoming Lillian Raftzen again is harder than she anticipated and soon, it seems running home is not enough to escape from her manipulative ex-agent, who not only threatens to end her happiness, but her life.

When the girl of his dreams walks back into his life twelve years later, Justin DeLuca realizes as much as he loves her, she is no longer the girl he remembers. With everything they must overcome, can the two of them make their dreams come true?  Lily’s dream to sing and Justin’s dream for a family are so very far from the same path.  But by veering off course they find a new dream on a new path ending up right where it all began…..home.


     Such a sweet, heartfelt story.  Lily had dreamed of being a famous county music singer since she was little, so after graduation she moved to Nashville to start her career.  Before long, she was county music’s next big star.  However, her success comes with a price.  After 12 years, she has had enough and decides to call it quits and move home.  The first person she sees when she comes home is her grandpa.  He is so happy she came home.  However, not everyone gives her such a warm welcome.
     Justin has been in love with Lily his whole life, so when she picks up and moves to Nashville he is devastated.  He has always wanted her to be happy, but he thought at some point she would come home and they would be together.  In the 12 years she was gone, they only spoke a few times.  So when he sees her for the first time, their reunion was less than heartwarming. 
     Soon they both begin to lower their walls and Justin lets her know that he has always loved her and he has not felt whole with her being gone.  Lily begins to realize that she is in love with her best friend, but she is scared to open herself up for heartache.  The last time she let someone end, it ended badly and that is putting it mildly.  After a while they find themselves in a relationship neither thought would happen.  They are both so happy, until news of Lily being in danger puts everyone on edge. 
     When Lily agrees to do a small show to help her hometown, everyone is well aware of the danger.  While Lily’s family and Justin scramble to make sure she is safe, Lily has to come to terms with what has happened in her past.  What happened when she first moved to Nashville and met Colton, the music executive.  What he did to her, what he is after now.  She even wonders if she can escape his greed.
     After her show she is forced to talk with Colton and is scared for her life.  Is she going to survive?  Will Justin ever realize just how much she loves him?  Will Lily ever be able to open her heart to Justin fully?  You will need to get this book in order to find out.  I have to say, that I honestly enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.  I felt such longing and pain Lily that I really wanted her to find her HEA.  I wanted her to be with Justin and have a wonderful life.  After everything that she has went through in her career, I could easily understand why she wanted out and wanted to come home. 
     Ah, and how could I not love Justin?  He has been her #1 supporter from the beginning and only ever wanted her to be happy.  Yes, he would have loved for her to stay home, but he knew she needed to blossom on her own.  When she comes back to town, he is overwhelmed by the feelings he has for her.  When he tells her how much she means to him, oh man………I couldn’t help but love him more!!  This is such a great story about coming back to your roots and realizing what is really important in life.  Please, please go get your copy today.  I promise you will not be disappointed!


“I can’t do this anymore,” I said as I closed my eyes.  I grabbed my phone, pushed a couple buttons and put it to my ear.

“Who are you calling?” Sarah asked.

I just shook my head and looked to the floor.  I heard the call be picked up on the other side.
“Lillian, it’s late, is everything okay?”

“Mr. Vangoal.  Sorry to bother you at this hour.  I need to meet with you immediately.  Can you be in Des Moines, Iowa by tomorrow afternoon?” I asked.

Sarah’s eyebrows scrunched in confusion, likely wondering why I was calling my lawyer at 11:30pm after having a nervous breakdown.

“I think that should be ok, Lillian.  I’ll have my secretary check in the morning and let you know the details.  Are you in some kind of trouble?” he asked.

“No trouble.  I just need your help.”

“Okay,” he said, but I could hear the concern in his voice.

“Thank you.  And please, this meeting needs to be confidential,” I stressed.

“As always, Miss Raftzen.  I’ll see you tomorrow.”   “Good night Mr. Vangoal.”

I pushed the button to end the call and tossed my phone onto the bed.

“Can you please share with me what the hell is going on?” Sarah asked.

 I stood on shaky legs and walked to make sure the door was securely locked.  As I turned around, I could see the worry on Sarah’s face.  I was always so strong and composed.  Very rarely did I fall apart.  And when I did it was always when I was completely alone.  But now, the wetness that had hit my eyes was beginning to take form and fall down my cheeks in a steady stream.

“I’m going to meet with my lawyer tomorrow afternoon in Des Moines,” I said quietly.  “And together we’re going to begin the process of me quitting the Country Music business.”

Oh my God,” Sarah breathed.

“I’m done.”  I said.  Then the sob broke from my throat and tore completely through my body.  In between hiccupping breaths I looked at my best friend and said the words I never thought I’d hear myself say, “I want to home.



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Rachel Smith was born and raised in small-town Iowa.  After spending a few years in the “big city” she now lives with her husband and two children in Clear Lake.  She works part time from home and spends the rest of her time exercising, reading and taking care of her family.  Having always had a vivid imagination, Rachel decided to bring her characters to life in Home, her debut novel.




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