Almost Home by Mariah Stewart
Rating: 3 Stars
Description: Steffie Wyler has wanted to do 2 things her childhood - 1. make ice cream and 2. marry Wade MacGregor. Number 1 comes true when she opens her wildly successful ice cream store Scoop but number 2 doesn't look very hopeful. Especially since Wade has moved to Texas and started a business there. Now he's back but for how long?
Pros: There was so much about this book I really loved. I loved Steffie and her friendship with Vanessa, her house and her family. I liked the small town feel and Stewart did a pretty good job of giving us enough characters so we get the feeling of a complete town but not overburdening us with back story. I liked how she, Wade, Beck and Grady dealt with the adversity that showed up towards the end. I'd like to see a lot more of Beck actually. I may have to back and read his and Mia's story from Stewart's Dead series. This is a nice story about nice people.
Cons: But... I wasn't totally in love with the Wade/Steffie relationship. It felt a little too Steffie chasing after Wade and him letting her date him. There was something very highschool-y about the whole thing. It could be I'm just not sold on the MacGregor family as a whole since I wasn't able to finish Dallas MacGregor and Grant Wyler's book.
Overall Impression: While this wasn't my favorite book it was a nice entertaining read after I got into it. I really liked Steffie and her family and found all the ice cream talk interesting. Also, it did introduce me to the Madisons who both have books coming up that I'm really looking forward too.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, I have at least the next 2 books of the series in paperback and the newest 1 on my Kindle for review. She's also been a pretty consistent author for me.
Would I Recommend this Book?: On it's own merits probably not. There are just better small town contemps out there. However, if you're reading the series it's a nice read and helps with character development for later books.