Elizabeth Jennings is the alter ago of Lisa Marie Rice and what a difference! “Homecoming” was a much sweeter romance than anything else I’ve read by this author under either pen name. The story is a contemporary about a woman who finally realizes what she really wants out of life…and goes after it.
Frederica lost her parents at a younger age and fell under the aegis of her uncle, an obsessive and greedy workaholic. Since he paid for her schooling and is her only remaining family, she allowed him to bind her in a kind of luxurious servitude. After traveling and working almost nonstop for several months, Frederica gets sick and collapses just after reaching her latest work destination…the sleepy town of Carson’s Bluff. Although hostile to the idea of her business, the residents take care of her while she recovers. Especially attentive to the willowy blonde is Sheriff Jack Sutter.
Jack knows what’s wrong with Frederica and somehow he feels connected to her and understands what she’s going through. Even though he’s positive it’s going to end badly, he just can’t stay away from the delectable waif. Maybe if he shows her what she’s been missing (yes, that too), he can get her to leave his town alone.
The story reminded me a lot of one of the less steamy, sweeter Harlequin romance novels. There’s no danger, no tension (other than the sexual kind), and no real bad guys to speak of. Instead, reading this book is like taking a slow, warm rest in the sun. Not too hot, not too cold. As long as readers understand this, and don’t look for the typical read they’re used to from this author, I think it’s enjoyable.