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I love romance but there are now so many duo's and trilogies, many ending on horrible cliffhangers that I'm feeling a bit fed up of it all, so was really thankful to receive three standalone novels from Jackie for review. At one time this was the norm, but since fifty shades it seems that writing romance in sections has become popular. That may be fine for some - but I know from comments on my reviews that there are many, many readers fed up with that, especially when we aren't warned ahead of purchase, and who want stand alones, where we get the whole story, not one in parts where we wait months for next bit at unspecified price.
Anyway - this is my first read of Jackie's books, and I really enjoyed it. It was fresh and unusual, something a bit different from the norm of contemporary romances around. Its set in a time past - I'm not sure how US works but if it was set in UK I'd guess at 1930's or thereabouts, a time when you could work for cash daily, and renting a home or room was far simpler.
The description tells a good synopsis so I won't repeat it. Phoebe; what a great lead. Strong and wiry, she loves her family, works hard and has a fierce pride. I loved her. She's one of those tough on the outside people who have a hidden soft, self concious centre. I felt for her so much when she worked so hard, and Gage gave one of his cryptic put downs, and when her hard work and plans went awry. I even cried towards the end when all began to fall apart on her through no fault of her own, it was a very emotional section.Read more ›
And for me, that's saying a lot. I don't have much time to read. Moreover, I don't usually read romances, but I'd heard great things about Weger's work, so I decided to give this novel a try, and I'm sure glad I did.
Phoebe is a hotheaded, hard-working redhead who is desperate to provide for her siblings. Desperate to find a better way. She ends up running into (quite literally) a similarly-hardworking, proud widower, and from the very first moment Phoebe and Gage Morgan meet, they argue like crabs tossing around in a boiling pot. Eventually, they quit fighting, because this is a romance, but it's also one with a conclusion I found believable.
I'd be amiss if I did not comment on two more things: the writing is as solid as the plot is well-constructed. And the editing is professional, both on a developmental level and a copy edit level.
An enthusiastic five stars from me.
Gage Morgan is a handsome widower with a hard heart, and wasn't a character easy to like at first. As we learn about his character it was easy to understand why he had built a wall around his heart to protect it. His relationship with his daughter, Dorie, was another matter altogether, it made me wonder if he was worth the effort to get to know at all. However, Phoebe sees potential in this brash hardworking junkyard owner. One of my favorite things about this book was the heartwarming relationship that develops between Dorie, a lonely little girl who misses her mother, and Phoebe.
There is a light Christian theme that runs through Phoebe's upbringing that is not too in-your-face. I thought it fit with her character and she wasn't trying to convert anyone. A typical example is this passage.
She went onto the porch and stared up into the noonday sun until a kaleidoscope of colors blocked out true vision. Prudence, temperance, and fortitude swelled within her. Being noble was doing God's work, certain, she thought. Ma would be so proud.
"Whatcha doing standing out in the sun like that, Phoebe?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are proud to announce that FINDING HOME by Jackie Weger is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!Published 22 months ago by indieBRAG
The book is technically very well written. However, the main characters, Gage and Phoebe , are a little hard to warm up to as they are stereotypically portrayed "southern"... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2015 by Gibbs
In only 12 chapters and less than about a month, spunky Phoebe catches her man, Gage Morgan, becomes a step-mom to Dorie, brings her ma and pa and “simple-minded” sister to live... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2014 by Joanie
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. Ms.Weger's writing is superb and stays true to the characters in the story. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2014 by Mimi Barbour - New York Times & USA Today Best-selling Author
Twenty four year old Phoebe Hawley has come to the Gulf Coast town of Bayou Le Batre with her younger twelve year old sister and five year old brother, looking for work and a home,... Read morePublished on 2 July 2014 by Kerry L. Reis
The first edition of this book was published in 1987 with title "Eye of the Beholder". The digital edition was published in January 2014. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2014 by Scarlett Jensen
This book was really funny. Enjoyable – more of a comedy than romance. Incredibly unrealistic.
The heroine and her family are basically hillbillies, hicks (or if one is... Read more
Wow. This author has a unique and engaging style. I loved the dialect throughout the book (though it took me a couple of pages to pick up- being a Brit an all) and found phoebe the... Read morePublished on 24 April 2014 by mellmoo
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