Monday, January 8, 2018

Review (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Bringing Rosie Home

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Bringing Rosie Home
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #2)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A kidnapping shattered their family…

Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent’s worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.

Putting up a united front for their child’s sake isn’t as easy as they thought. Grant hasn’t forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever…

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My Thoughts

I was drawn to Bringing Rosie Home by Loree Lough because of its dramatic theme and I enjoyed it very much. The story is well written and flows at a steady pace, characters have depth, and the uplifting theme grabs the emotions from page one.

Something that’s every parent’s worst nightmare, the kidnapping of a child, should draw them together – but often traumatic events like this have the opposite effect, which is what happened to Rena and Grant. While I can only imagine what parents go through, the author did a great job at conveying the emotions of guilt, blame, and insecurity that test a couple’s love.

He’d always blame her for what happened to Rosie.
And since the blame outweighed the love…
~ Grant

Bringing Rosie Home begins with the Rosie’s return after almost six years’ absence, with Grant and Rena determined to put forth a united front. Complicating that is Grant’s continued playing of the blame game that had kept him strong, contrasted with Rena’s unwillingness to lash out, even in self-defense. I love a story that focuses on a married couple learning to work out their problems, and I enjoyed Rena and Grant’s journey. Rosie simply captured my heart and I could identify with her struggles and insecurities – connecting with Grant more than Rena at first, calling the kidnapper her “other mother,” etc.

Lighthouses, beacons of hope to the lost and weary, provide an uplifting theme throughout the story. Bringing Rosie Home is a moving, heartwarming story and I look forward to more from this series.


I was provided a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Other Books in the Series

The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don't they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. 

Winning back Maleah Turner's trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it's obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn't convinced.

About the Author

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. 

The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and
Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

- Two winners will receive a print copy of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (US only)
- Three winners will receive an ebook of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (open internationally)
- Ends January 17th


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  2. I really enjoyed the excerpt from the book. Sounds like a great read.

  3. Thank you for your review of Bringing Rosie Home. I'm really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
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