Willow Parsons’s two new best friends are getting married, putting her squarely on the sidelines of romance—which suits her just fine. After the nightmarish situation she escaped from, featuring the ultimate Mr. Wrong, she is more than happy to spend her days slinging drinks in Dempsey’s Bar & Grill, and her nights alone. But her Anchor Island refuge has just one catch: muscle-bound charmer Randy Navarro.
Everyone in town knows that Randy, owner of the local fitness club, is a giant teddy bear. Everyone, it seems, except for Willow. He’s convinced that her avoidance is more than just playing hard to get, and is determined to uncover the secrets that shadow her lovely eyes. But when old fears are dragged into the light, can Randy get Willow to stay and fight for their love…or will she take flight, leaving him and Anchor Island behind?
Home to Stay is a charming, romantic tale about following your heart to find where you belong.
Willow “Will” Parsons has been living a gypsy life pretty much her whole life. For the past three years, she has been on the run and looking over her shoulder. Randy Navarro is the gentle giant of a man who's going to make her change all of that.
As usual, Terri Osburn has written a story about love, friendship, and family that transcends the traditional meaning of the words. Home to Stay takes its heroine, Willow Parsons on a journey of realization and sends a message to the readers.
I really enjoyed reading Home to Stay. However, I think I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t over-thinking the story and just allowed Terri to guide me. From the book description, it’s a given why Willow is running. With knowing that, I kept expecting Terri to pull a Robyn Carr and Shelter Mountain, where the violence is played out on the page. I found myself bracing for that to happen page after page. Thankfully, Terri didn't go that route.
In the beginning, Willow is consistently uncomfortable around Randy. This isn’t something that goes unnoticed by Randy or their friends. The two end up unexpectedly working together to plan the wedding of Beth Chandler and Joe Dempsey, friends of the two. The time alone allows the two to become close. It also allows Willow to share her deep dark secret for the first time with anyone.
An aggressive reporter uncovers Will’s past and makes it news all up and down the East Coast. With her past exposed Will bolts from Anchor Island, a place she has come to think of as home, for parts unknown. A chance encounter with someone has her realizing she has more than she ever thought possible. If she wants to have a life without fear, Will’s going to have to draw on the inner-strength she’s always had but didn’t know about to fight for her life and the man she loves.
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Book Length: 290 pages
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback
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The Anchor Island Series:
Meant to Be Review
Up to the Challenge Review
You can read my interview with Will Parson HERE!
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