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Home Before Dark by [Wiggs, Susan]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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‘A human and multi-layered story exploring duty to both country and family’ – Nora Roberts on The Ocean Between Us

'Susan Wiggs paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master' – Jodi Picoult

'Truly uplifting' –Now magazine

'irresistibly good' –Closer

About the Author

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at www.SusanWiggs.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4417 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7LTDKE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2013
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This is a very readable family drama about Jessie who, in the past, gave her baby daughter Lila to her sister Luz to adopt and bring up. Now she is back and wants the truth to come out. The story explores the complex relationship she has with her sister and Lila. We know from the start of the book that Luz and Jessie are keeping the adoption a secret from Lila but it soon becomes clear that Jessie has another secret that she is keeping from everyone, one that is life changing and which she doesn't want anyone to know about.

I enjoyed following the relationship between the women and Lila, who is a teenager, rebellious, stroppy, hormonal and determined to have fun and live life in the fast lane. As you are reading the book you couldn't help wondering just how she would react to finding out the truth about her birth and wanting to get to that part of the read.

There is also a romantic interest in the book for Jessie. At first I wasn't too sure about this, as Dusty seemed "too perfect" for her - a bit too over confident about what he wanted and expected to get. He seemed just a tad too eager to move things on, and in his position as a single parent he should maybe have been a little more cautious, taken things a little slower, but as the story went on I warmed to him more.

Jessie's other secret does get revealed eventually, although the reader knows about it long before the other characters in the book. This was perhaps my favourite part of the book as I found the changes to Jessie's day to day life intriguing, thought provoking and fascinating to read about. I am being deliberately vague here, so as not to spoil the read.

An enjoyable read about a family and its relationships that you can really lost in.
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Susan Wiggs draws believeable and interesting characters. So far I have enjoyed all of her books and this one didn't disappoint. It deals with the complex relationships between two sisters and their mother during their childhood and the differing lives they have led since. The return of one sister, Jessie, after a long absence and the impact her return has on her elder sister, Luz and her family throws up problems that need to addressed and resolved and I found myself so involved in their lives that I didn't want to put the book down. I would definitely recommend Home Before Dark.
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Once I started to read this book I found it hard to put it down.Jessica returns to see her sister and I enjoyed watching the relationship between the two of them develop.So many things for Jessica to deal with-her growing loss of sight and her wish to tell her daughter the truth about her birth. She then goes on to meet some-one whose wife has died and left him with a baby daughter.Inspite of all the odds she falls in love and after lots of twists and turns there is a happy ending.I really enjoyed this and will read another book by this author.M.Clarke.
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Although there are some interesting ideas and observations in this story, it generally ran along the normal lines of girl returns home to try and sort out her life, only to find that she falls for the first guy she sees. Not too gushy, and an easy summer read.
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This is the second book I have read by this author and it has been just as enjoyable. This novel pulls you into the emotional roller coasters that form the characters lives and doesn't lose its hold on you until the end. A joy to share their turmoil as you won't want to put this book down.
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By Radiojock TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2014
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I'd never heard of the eye condition mentioned in this book but I have had my own issues which were fixable. I thank God for that. Meanwhile, the layers of family love, loyalty and struggles are laid bare in this book and it's a thrill to read. I would love to read more of Susan Wiggs's books.
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Buy this, read it and then read the blurb and the other reviews. I read one review which gave away too much, so I will just say I have read all of the Lakeshore Chronicles and enjoyed this just as much.

That may not sound very helpful but I don't want to spoil it for you! Enjoy.
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I have very much enjoyed the two previous books I had read by Susan Wiggs - they were Historical Romances - but when this book arrived from inter-library loan and I read the blurb on the back it seemed I'd picked the wrong sort of book for me. The story was evidently about family relationships and tensions following a woman adopting her sister's child at birth. I put off reading the book for a while but when I finally started it I was immediately engrossed.

Jessie Ryder is a successful photographer but with secrets. The first secret is that Lila, her niece, is actually her daughter. Her sister Luz and her husband Ian took Lila the moment she was born and have brought her up as their own child along with three sons that came along later. But there are more secrets that Luz doesn't know - Jess and Ian had a brief fling before he got together with Luz and Ian is the father of Lila - both adoptive and natural. But there are even more secrets; Jessie is visiting them now, after sixteen years, as she is losing her sight and wants to take a final `look' at her family, particularly her daughter, before it all goes dark.

Jessie is an interesting character and I wasn't always sure I liked her. She deals with emotions by running away and never seems to stick with anything. She comes like a whirlwind into Luz and Ian's life and appears to be causing disruption - teenager Lila is becoming wayward and ends up involved in a tragedy, and even the grieving widower next door gets sucked in to Jessie's mayhem. And yet she's also a woman who feels greatly for the mistakes that she has made in her life and who wants her family to be happy and does what she can to further that.
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