Everyone in the small coastal town of
Shelter Bay, Oregon thinks of Sax Douchett as a hero.
Everyone but Sax, that is. After surviving the death of his
teammates followed by his capture and torture in
Afghanistan, the ex-Navy SEAL just wants to return home and
live a normal life, not be celebrated for doing his duty.
But a local parade isn’t the only thing the former town bad
boy is surprised with. When his dog uncovers a human bone
on his property, it brings Sax into contact with the girl
he’d carried a torch for back in high school.
Kara Blanchard, now Sheriff Kara
Conway, has also moved back to Shelter Bay. A widow with an
eight-year-old son, Kara’s first responsibility is her son
and her second is her job. That leaves little time for
romance. But as Sax, the man she’d always considered a
friend, slowly winds his way into her heart, Kara discovers
that perhaps there is such a thing as a second chance at
The Homecoming is a
charming story of family, old friendships, and new love.
Its characters leisurely made their way into my affections,
making it easy to become invested in the story as it
progressed. I liked Kara, Sax, and their loved ones, and
it’s the characters more than anything else that have stayed
with me since I finished reading The Homecoming.
JoAnn Ross beautifully handles not only the subject of
soldiers dealing with the horrors of war they have lived
through, but what their loved ones at home must cope with as
well and for that I commend her.
The Homecoming is the
first book in the Shelter Bay series, but fans of Ms. Ross
(or those who check out her website as I did), will know
that the series is a spinoff of Ms. Ross’s High Risk
series. Characters from Crossfire and Shattered
appear or are mentioned, and I admit this made me want to go
and read the High Risk series. Enjoying The
Homecoming as I did, I will likely do that as I
eagerly await the next Shelter Bay novel.