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When You Make It Home by [Ashby, Claire]
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About the Author

Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. At a young age, she began keeping journals and over time embellished the details of her quiet days. Eventually, she let go of reality altogether and delved completely into the world of fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall. She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination. She resides in Austin with her family and a pack of wild dogs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (12 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LRKU6KQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a really sweet read from this debut author.
When you make it home is Meg and Theo's story, which is a journey of love, forgiveness, and healing.
I found this story to be easy to relate to and both Meg and Theo are strong characters, i really liked them.
Theo is my hero, he is he a wounded veteran returning home after loosing his leg with his own demons to fight. Theo steps up to the plate for Meg, a pregnant friend of his sister in law.
There is nothing not to like about this book and i read it in one sitting, the plot keeps you engaged and the pages turning.
This story is not one full of angst so if you looking fr a nice easy read this is one for you, it has a great feel good vibe.
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I liked but didn't love this...

The general story was good and the characters had potential - but it all felt a bit flat and very superficial.

A lot of things were glossed over and key aspects of the narrative were lacking in any depth or development. It left me with a constant feeling that I was missing something - when really the detail wasn't there to begin with.

Unfortunately, because of that disconnect - I just wanted to get to the end of the story.

It had some sweet elements and I liked the idea - it just ultimately didn't work for me. I'm a details kind of girl...
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Things are never black and white.
Whilst Meg tries to hide her pregnancy due to people's judgments Theo her best friends brother in law discovers her secret at his party.
Theo has his own problems after getting caught up in an ied whilst at war.
The two form a bond which turns this story into a touching read.
A must read.
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This book doesn't break barriers with its epic storyline. It sticks to the tried and tested girl meets boy, boy meets girl, boy treats girl like the centre of his world and live happily ever after( oh come on, that's not a spoiler. We all knew it was coming!) but well written with a few interesting storylines thrown in on the way. A good, easy, feel good summer read.
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What an absolute gem of a book.
This is her debut novel? wow. I am so looking forward to book stalking her!

Now and again I come across an author that really 'does it' for me. I am talking on a personal basis, we all have them right? Well this is another author in the making. Remember her name Claire Ashby.

I was contacted by Red Adept Publishing to ask if I would like to read and review this book with my honest opinion. I have to always repeat myself....its no different whether I am reviewing a book I purchased to if I received it as a gift or asked. I say it how it is 'for me' when I have read it.

This is about Meg. We learn pretty early on that she is pregnant, but she is trying to hide it for all sorts of reasons and one of them being her twin brother.
Her friend is also pregnant but in a solid relationship, so at least she has someone to talk to about it all.

She decided to end her relationship with her fella because of the distance between them getting longer and longer until she realized it just isn't going to work.

When the news comes out about her pregnancy everyone assumes its her ex fella's baby.

We move onto Megs friend, who has a brother Theo who has come home badly scared. Meg and Theo's relationship at the start made me laugh and made me cry. Both parties hurting for very different reason.

That's it! Not saying anymore. You need to read it.

Claire Ashby has woven a real life drama fiction novel which could be true of you, me, your neighbor a friend or relative, that is what makes it so great to read.
Her rounding out the characters was flawless. The dialogue between everyone was fantastic to read and I followed it all the way through with eagerness.

Its a heart rending story that touches you, not tissue wise as such, but hits a soft spot in your [if you know what I mean]

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this today.
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Some novels, especially the erotic romances being published in droves, have lots of sizzle but no depth in character development.
Some novels are message driven with elevated themes, but fail to have that earthy, real-world, graphic relationship component.
Some novels depict struggles that injured veterans and unwed mothers endure, but fail to give an up-close look at those same people working through their personal relationships.

WHEN YOU MAKE IT HOME does it all and there is no but. This book simply cannot be labeled as a romance or literary fiction or women’s fiction or sociological treatise because the story of Meg and Theo’s relationship encompasses them all. It is the new title on my short list of all-time favorite books.

There’s a list of authors whose new books I always read. Each of these writers in some way strikes a chord that keeps me drawn to their novels: Emily Griffin, Toni Morrison, Jennifer Weiner, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Buhmann, Sue Monk Kidd, Joshlyn Jackson, Michelle Huneven, and Abraham Verghese.

Now there’s a new name on that list: Claire Ashby.
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Meg has dealt with so many disappointing relationship issues in her life she has built a wall around her heart. She is plagued with abandonment issues that started when her mom left her and her twin brother at a very young age and continues with all the men she has ever had relationships with. When she ends up pregnant with an ex-boyfriend's baby, who was separated from his wife at the time, her life spins out of control.

When Meg meets her best friend Ellie's brother-in-law Theo, who has just returned from Afghanistan minus one leg, an unconventional bond starts to form between them. Theo is angry and bitter but trying to cope with his "new life." He refuses to be a burden to anyone and has a lot of admirable qualities even though his rehab is not going smoothly. The dialogue between Meg and Theo is realistic and genuine as their relationship develops into more than either one of them bargained for.

The story is mostly told through Meg's eyes as she deals with telling everyone about her pregnancy and has to explain that the baby daddy is not her ex-fiancé who she broke up with two or three months before. She is also dealing with the real baby daddy, her own father who has left her stepmother (who Meg never really bonded with), and running the family bookstore with her twin brother. She also feels the maternal need to find her own mother to learn why she abandoned her and her brother before they were two years old. There were a lot of relationship dynamics explored is this novel. It was a huge undertaking for a first time author to take on. I felt like the timeline didn't quite work out for me in a couple of places, mainly concerning the pregnancy, and this threw me out of the story for a while.
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