When you Make it Home (book review)

When You Make it Home

was written by Claire Ashby.  The book tour has been organized by Book Partners in Crime Promotions.  I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.

When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.

Theo is soon filling all of Meg’s late-night cravings—and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?

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My review:

The man took her shopping for maternity clothes people.  I swooned.  :)

Oh my gosh I loved this book so much.  I loved that Meg and Theo really saw each other for what they truly were... not what other people saw, or what they expected people to assume them to be (a wounded soldier... and a woman pregnant with no partner.)  They didn't pity each other.  It really showed the difference between helping with pity vs. supporting with sympathy.   They really did have a lot of obstacles and hurdles (emotional and physical and outside forces) to get past.  Some of the things they went through and the push and pull of their relationship really pained my heart.    I think the author did a truly amazing job making the reader experience the struggles with them.  At the core... Meg was really afraid of being left... and Theo was really afraid of not being able to stay, to not be the man he thought Meg would need.

There were so many different important relationships in this book.  Obviously Meg and Theo is at the forefront.  But... all of the other relationships really effected Meg and Theo... who they were and why they both needed each other... but were also afraid.  Meg and her twin, Steve.  Meg and her dad.  Meg and her step-mother.  Meg and the mother that walked out when she and Steve were toddlers.  Meg and her ex-fiance.  Meg and her baby's father.  With Theo and his mother (before and after his war injury).  Theo and his brother, Jake.  And then Theo and his physical therapy... his pain... his pills.  Both Theo and Meg had to really learn to new people.

The twist at the end with Meg and Steve's birth mother was a shock to me.  I literally said "no way!" out loud.  I have to admit I read the conversation with Meg and her mother twice to really let it sink in.  The truth about the relationship between their dad and Hazel also had me saying "wait?  what?"  Oh.... and Steve and his secret girlfriend.  And the conversations between Meg and her step-mother Nina while she was helping with the baby shower.  And the conversation Meg has with her dad after her trip to Atlanta.  I cried.  CRIED.

And the nursery.  Oh my gosh the nursery!!!!  Yes.... I'm a sniffling sap.

 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 writing 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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