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When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistanceWhen Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship.Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and missteps, tears and laughter--lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where she belongs. . .Praise for Jo Goodman's Marry Me"Fans of historical and western romance will appreciate Goodman's witty dialogue, first-rate narrative prose and clever plotting." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"An insightful, gently sensual love story." -Library Journal ...

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A Place Called Home Reviews

  • Jill
    2019-05-09 08:34

    Kids made women look twice at a man. Usually in a good way.For Mitchell Baker suddenly becoming a father to his friends' three children is challenging for this bachelor, but he'll be sharing guardianship with Thea, another friend of the deceased couple. But then Thea announces that Mitch can have sole guardianship. Thea Wyndham is a career woman, but it's not her job in advertising that's preventing her from sharing responsibility of the children.With both Mitch and Thea already in relationships, three children to look after, and a secret that Thea is hiding, there doesn't seem to be much room for a romance to develop between Mitch and Thea.The beginning was slow-paced, reading much more like women’s fiction than contemporary romance. But the second half makes up for it when Mitch and Thea stop circling each other and the romance begins. A Place Called Home is Jo Goodman's first contemporary, but there's such a level of maturity, experience and talent in her writing that you just know she can pull it off and she does.Though Thea isn't really the type of heroine I enjoy reading about, she is fleshed-out and real. Mitch though, is gorgeous with a laid-back personality and great sense of humour. He was adorably clueless when confronted with his young female ward's first period.The ending was perhaps a little too neat and convenient and stretched credibility. (view spoiler)[ I seriously cannot see the appeal of a 61 year old man to not just one beautiful young woman but a second, even younger woman in her early twenties. But hey, that may be just me (hide spoiler)]. For me the real measure of a talented writer is the ability to make me overlook these contrivances and still enjoy the story. Which I did.

  • -y.a
    2019-05-15 15:39

    Goodman’s writing style is the only reason I was able to power through this long, slow-paced book. The blurb states both MCs are romantically involved with other people. Well, in the first half of the book, the plot devices such as a 31-year-old heroine being engaged with a 61-year-old man or a 33-year-old hero being romantically involved with a 23-year-old woman held little appeal for me even though the author carefully crafted both relationships with a certain level of maturity. (view spoiler)[ Strictly speaking, I really feel the main characters are cheaters:((hide spoiler)] Once her fiancee and his girlfriend were out of picture, these two ex also played supporting roles in the last few chapters on some baby/hookup drama which I found totally unnecessary. Overall, I didn’t enjoy the story:/

  • Linda
    2019-05-20 09:41

    With great hesitation I am writing this review. The main characters have moments of unlike-ability but you soon understand their reasons for it. I believe that, at this time, this is Ms. Goodman's only contemporary romance. Written with some darker content it might be hard for some people to enjoy.With the deaths of their married friends, Mitch Baker and Thea Wyndham are given joint custody of the couple's three children. Thea declines and, naturally, Mitch is upset. He has always had a thing for her and can't understand why she is behaving this way. On the other hand, he has a good support system and has always enjoyed being around the children so his decision is somewhat easier to make.At the beginning of this story, each is romantically involved with another person. Long story short and trying not to give away spoilers, this couple's relationship grows slowly. If you have read any of my other reviews regarding this author there is no insta-sex but when it finally happens it borders on erotic.My guess is that those 30 and older would appreciate this romance most. If you have children you will understand better why the main characters have their moments. There is no big misunderstanding but each has a few times where you'd like to say, "Really? You want to leave it like that?" and knock their heads.I am giving it four stars because of the realism of the subject line. Too often the hero and heroine meet, they have sex, there is the hated 'Big Misunderstanding', yada-yada-yada, they realize they love each other and we have the HEA. You WON'T find that here. If, after reading this story and you enjoyed it, you may want to look for contemporary romances by Theresa Weir. Her main characters also have depth, are not perfect, there are moments of angst and the hero and heroine have to work for a HEA. In other words, the stories have meat and it is something I like.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-09 15:15

    Thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance between two people who never thought they'd end up being instant parents to the orphaned children of their respective best friends. Very sweet and surprisingly sexy at the same time. I need to read some of Jo Goodman's other books, many of which I have on my to read shelf at home.Reviewed in the December 2011 issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine: rating: 4.5/5.0

  • willaful
    2019-05-12 09:23

    3.5 stars. Goodman’s first contemporary novel works surprisingly well with her elegant, understated style, aside from attempts to make her characters sound like “typical” men and women that sometimes come off as awkward. It’s not a typical romance in many ways: both of the two main characters are involved with other people for a good third of the story, and we even see some of those characters’ perspectives, which makes for a slightly uncomfortable read. I suspect A Place Called Home is closer to realistic fiction than many romance readers will enjoy -- the characters also live in a world in which religion and politics exist (!) -- but it was such an absorbing story, I willingly left my comfort zone.Mitch and Thea don’t know each other well, despite their best friends being married to each other. Then an accident leaves them joint guardians of three young children. As the book opens, Mitch has been waiting impatiently for Thea to return from a trip so that she can take on some of the parenting responsibilities, and is shocked and disgusted when she flatly refuses to contribute anything more than financial help.I was afraid at first that this was going to be a story blaming a selfish woman for choosing her fiance over her God-given obligation to raise children. As it turns out, Thea has some serious and compelling reasons to fear being a mother. But her love for the children, all she has left of the man who was essentially the only family she has, draws her into their lives... and into Mitch’s life.Thea’s story is deeply sad: she had three sets of parents, birth, foster and adoptive and the only pair that truly wanted her wasn’t allowed to keep her. She’s not the most lovable person in the world, but increasingly sympathetic. Mitch is a warm, caring man -- not perfect, but just flawed enough. His interactions with the children are especially sweet and tender.Incidentally, I don’t know if I would have noticed this if I weren’t concurrently reading a lot about rape culture vs. consent culture, but the first half A Place Called Home is set firmly in the latter and I think it’s done very well. It’s not an in your face message, just subtle looks and questions between the characters during intimacy to make sure they’re both on the same page -- a great example of how this can be done without “ruining the moment.” There’s also some interesting depiction of non-consent in the other direction -- Mitch’s girlfriend is overly physical with him and frequently crosses his boundaries. I was disappointed when the second half of the book noticably lost that focus.There were a number of things about this book that bothered me: some headhopping, occasional overwriting (often an issue for me with Goodman), the fact that neither Mitch nor Thea brought up their other relationships before having sex, and that they then had unsafe sex, which was kind of icky under the circumstances. (Both relationships were over at that point, but neither of them knew that.) And I thought it kind of odd that (view spoiler)[although aspects of Christian life are mentioned, the spiritual aspect of twelve step programs is completely ignored, as usual. I guess anything more would have led to fear it would sound like an inspirational or something (hide spoiler)]. The plot takes a weird, distracting dive towards the end, which left me feeling somewhat dissatisfied. Overall, I won’t be broken hearted if Goodman sticks to historicals from now on, but will certainly read her next book, whatever genre it belongs to.

  • Wicked Incognito Now
    2019-05-23 08:14

    This is third Jo Goodman book I've read and I've not enjoyed any of them. I keep trying though, because I feel that the writing is well-done, clean.Even though this novel is well written, it's not plotted well. It's TERRIBLY boring. I've had an incredibly stressful couple of weeks and I wanted an easy-going read to take my mind off of real life. I should've chosen something rigorous and exciting, because this book certainly wasn't the relaxing read I wanted. It bored me to tears.There is no real conflict for this couple. Their pairing was inevitable from the beginning. The rest was a slow sentimental trudge to the end. Also, what's with Goodman's characterizations? It seems to me that all of her characters have these incredibly heinous pasts. This main character was abused, dragged out of a loving foster home into a cold and heartless environment only to end up severely addicted to pills. Yet, this backstory was not a true conflict in the storyline because she had already acknowledged her addiction. She just had to learn confidence or trust or something. This was all just so depressing and tiresome filler.About 90% through the book I found myself just wishing it was over. Then there was a STUPID misunderstanding (one of my romance novel pet peeves), so I started skimming through. At 95% I decided I didn't care how it ended and stopped reading.

  • Anita
    2019-05-01 10:18

    This wasn't your typical story of - two friends coming together to raise their deceased friends children and end up happily ever after. Thea had her own issues to deal with while Mitch thought she was trying to get out of taking care of the children. But as they get to know each other more - they come to realize that as friends they can do this together. Eventually they figure out what they want. There was some sad parts, some funny parts - like Mitch in the Target trying to figure out what type of product to buy Em. Altogether - a heartwarming story of opposites attract while raising orphaned children.

  • Dabney
    2019-05-11 16:20

    I found this book to be dull. I liked the characters and the kids, but just couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. I realize this is Jo Goodman's first contemporary and hopefully her next will have more zing. Plus, she needs just one to have a heroine who wasn't abused as a child. Just ONCE!

  • Trewen
    2019-05-03 15:25

    Even though I hate when the hero sleeps with another woman in the same book, I WAS liking this story. Until the hero said the biggest assholish thing ever. It was plain mean. I kept waiting for it to be resolved but it never was. It totally ruined him for me. I just couldn’t like him any more.And jokes about threesomes? Admiring his ex while she’s in a robe? Not my idea of a good guy.Add to that, there’s way too much page time dedicated to the hero’s much younger girlfriend and the heroine’s much older boyfriend. Top it off with the fact that the two ex’s get together in the end and have a nearly 40 year age difference. ICK.POV's and transitions were rough.

  • Chanpreet
    2019-04-30 08:16

    This is really moving story about two people who have their lives turned upside down by the untimely deaths of their friends in a car accident, leaving behind three children for them to raise together. Mitch has had the children for a month already when Thea returns from her month long vacation. No one has been able to get in touch with her and so she's devastated to learn of her friend's deaths. There has always been a spark between them, but Thea has always fought it. Now that she's thrown together with Mitch, will she able to fight it and her demons?This book moved me to tears many times. And to laugh out loud just as many times. The characters are well written, I liked Mitch and Thea quite a lot. It was interesting to see a woman have more things holding her back from being the best her. Even learning about Thea did not diminish what I felt for her. This book was an amazing read and I am thinking of keeping it in my personal library. This is also my first book by Jo Goodman, but I will definitely be looking at the other books she has written.

  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    2019-05-21 09:23

    4/5; 4 stars; B+The pacing and tone of this book are more in keeping with 'women's fiction' than typical contemporary romance. However, there are enough romantic moments and sex scenes to put it in the romance category.I have always liked Jo Goodman's voice and I have always enjoyed a well written story about people finding happiness under challenging circumstances. Both combined in this story to make a satisfying read. I really enjoyed the children in the story and would have liked to see a bit more. The slow unveiling of Thea's past was well done. I thought the character was amazingly effective, compassionate, and strong; especially when it became clear what kind of horrible upbringing she had. Mitch was a great character also. He had couple of major screw ups but managed to redeem himself. This book also really made me laugh. The conversation between Mitch and Thea during the Feminine Hygiene Emergency had me in stitches.

  • Susan (susayq ~)
    2019-05-13 16:26

    I liked the slow build up of the relationship between Mitch and Thea. I liked that they were willing to work together, without being in a relationship with each other for the sake of the children they ended up with guardianship of. What I didn't like was Joel and Gina. Joel and Gina started off being the significant others of Mitch and Thea and they ended up together and with a baby...Joel being in his 60s and Gina 23. I also didn't care for the change in point of view in what seemed like the middle of the paragraph. We didn't just get Mitch and Thea, but Joel, Gina and emelie's. and emilie was an 11 year old who planned her wedding in the thoughts we got.

  • CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
    2019-05-21 13:28

    I'll be honest, I usually love Jo Goodman but there was something off about this book. I couldn't tell what it was but there was something just slightly left of center.Like knowing that you need to add an ingredient to a dish but not knowing which one.Thea annoyed me at first, and I'll be honest, I do not like her name. Even with all of her issues I still found her bland. Mitch was a bit of a hothead but I still came away with him being my favorite character.I wish the kids had been involved more.

  • Hope Frost
    2019-05-21 08:33

    I enjoyed meeting Thea and Mitch. Their story was a sad one, and the two made the best of the situation. I LOVED the twins. The were full of life and said exactly what popped in to their heads. I thought this story was a bit long. It was a slow starter for me. I didn't really start getting all that interested until close to 3/4 through. The thought sequences were VERY descriptive and the sex scenes, while hot, were as equally as wordy. I found myself skimming a lot. I will try this author again, but I think I will wait a while.

  • Harry Lane
    2019-05-17 15:30

    Orphaned children are given into the joint custody of unrelated friends of the deceased parents. The rest of the romance is built on this rather ingenious device. Characters are strong, dialog is good, and there are some inventive twists in the tale. The descriptions of physical intimacy were thankfully few, but those were intensely graphic.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-04-26 08:31

    This book started off really strong for me but then became redundant and cookie cutterish/predictable about half way through. It did read quickly, but more because it was skimmable than it sucked me in.

  • Smriti Brar
    2019-04-26 16:43

    A beautifully crafted family drama.

  • Rhonda Soukup
    2019-04-22 11:44

    So this story had the plot for something unique and different but ended up not being so. A couple with 3 kids are killed in a car accident and leave two single guardians of the opposite sex. Of course they are attracted to one another. Did I also mention the female is a recovering prescription drug addict and the guy is supposedly such a catch - then why hasn't he been married before?

  • Tina
    2019-05-21 11:34

    4.5 starsAs I was reading this book the one thing that I found myself consistently enjoying was how the author wrote the story -- her word choices, how she constructs sentences & paragraphs and how well the dialogue (both spoken and internal) worked for the characters. The writing was well textured, intelligent, often humorous and allowed me to fall into and luxuriate in the story.I have always hated stories where the H/H meet and are so suddenly in love/lust that they obsessing over each others' eyes and lips incessantly. Likewise I tend to stay far away stories that have a fairytale quality where the hero swoops in and sets everything right for the heroine through either mega-bucks or a mega-muscles. This book is none of those things. Mitch and Thea's relationship builds slowly and grows through simple things like conversation, revelation and even necessity.They are initially thrown together through the shared guardianship of three children whose parents recently died. Thea was best lifelong friends with Gabe (the father) while Matt was best friends with Kate (the mother). They have known each other for years as satellites who orbited the married pair and are known affectionately as 'Uncle Mitch' and 'Aunt Thea' to the kids. However as the book begins Mitch and Thea are testily, and with some hostility, meeting in their lawyers' office trying to figure out how custody should work.Thea and Mitch are both great characters but I really enjoyed how Thea's character played out and was revealed. With Mitch what see is what you get. He is a political cartoonist who comes from a very stable, loving family. He is funny, irreverent and never met a double entendre he didn't like. His dialogue with Thea and the kids is often peppered with funny asides and witty observations. He is set up as the fun 'uncle' who is way over his head when he has to take physical custody of the kids and yet he gamely tries his best. He hides his fears and uncertainties behind his wisecracks. He's a guy with a capital 'G' sometimes and that means he can be a bit insensitive sometimes. But he's good people under it all.Thea, otoh, is a deeper pool altogether. While a lot of the book centers on the burgeoning love between her and Mitch and the ways they gel into becoming a unit for the kids, a big bit of the book is also concerned with revealing who Thea is. Her character, past and personality unfolds slowly and the reader gradually begins to understand things that are only hinted at early in the book. I really liked Thea and I think the author sold the character and all her flaws very well without making them seem insurmountable.The book also contains several great supporting characters including Mitch and Thea's significant others -- Gina and Joel, respectively. When the book begins Thea is engaged to Joel while Mitch is involved with Gina. Both of these characters are thrown for a loop when their partners suddenly find themselves in loco parentis of three young children. It is not something either of them signed up for and both of them struggle with it. To the author's credit she did not vilify either of these two. As a matter of fact they remain part of the book through the end, well after Mitch and Thea are deeply involved. You understand that decent people like Mitch and Thea got involved with people just as decent as themselves. And that former lovers can remain close friends.The kids were also great, not too cutesy or cloying. Or...shudder...wise beyond their years. They hit the right note for kids who should be five and eleven years old.One final aspect of the book I liked is that it took place in and around Pittsburgh. The cover suggests some sleepy small town, and while Mitch does live in a older suburb, the flavor of small town living isn't in the book. This isn't to say I hate small towns, it is just that books seem over-saturated with them, so I always notice and LOVE when a book is set in an bigger city. Thea is the head of an advertising agency her family founded. Many of the scenes take place in her workplace so in addition to the domestic drama you get a good, strong sense of Thea's working life as well. There are also key scenes that take place around Pittsburgh as well.I really, really like this book and hopes this author intends to write more contemporaries.

  • Tayler K
    2019-04-30 14:18

    I don't think I'll ever actually read this, I just wanted to save it because of the cover. I was shelving the other day and picked this one up and just stopped and stared because that is basically my dream house. I always wanted a yellow victorian. (I loved the one from the classic Game of Life too.)

  • Dawn
    2019-05-08 13:34

    I liked this a lot. Good story, a couple of curves which made for a nice read.

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-05-13 08:24

    A Place Called HomeBy: Jo GoodmanCopyright December 2011Publisher Zebra Contemporary RomanceWhen Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship. Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and mis-steps, tears and laughter - lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where she belongs.What kind of co-parents and guardians do you get when you ask two friends who apparently don’t get along, are of the opposite gender, and happen to already in steady relationships? This is the situation that Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker find themselves in. At the time they agreed to be guardians for their friends Gabe and Kathy, they never imagined that this vital married couple would die, together in a common accident, leaving behind two young children. Mitch and Thea both have busy, separate lives. Now they are forced to make concessions and work together to care for and raise two exceptionally smart kids and not kill each other while doing it. Thea is engaged to an older man, with grown, married children, and no wish to be raising a new generation. He wants to be able to say “Thea let’s take the plane and fly off for a weekend getaway”. Mitch is single with a girlfriend who is in no way interested in raising children at her age, she wants to work in her family’s real estate business, travel, party and have a good time. With a room full of lawyers, and differing viewpoints, somehow they must work together and provide a safe and cherishing environment for eleven year old Emily and her twin brother Case. This will definitely be a battle of wits and patience. I enjoyed this book on so many levels. I grew up in a single parent house, my mother worked in the family business and I spent a lot of time on my own (a 1950’s latchkey kid). Seeing how the twins react to the loss of both parents and being dropped into the home of their “Uncle” Mitch, is in a way similar to my mother’s remarrying and my being saddled with two very much younger step siblings. It’s the getting used to new people, new family and a new home. The author did a fantastic job in painting this situation in words that will grab you and keep you reading till you reach the end of the story. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers who only requested a fair and impartial review.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-23 14:34

    Grade: BI've been reading Ms. Goodman for many years but this is her first venture into contemporary romance, having stuck to historical and western romances. I must say I was cautious, knowing how much I enjoy her writing but unsure as to how that would translate into a contemporary setting. My concerns were needless, Ms. Goodman easily brings her wonderful, emotional story-telling to a modern day setting.Thea Wyndham has suffered a tremendous shock. After learning her childhood friend and his wife were killed by a drunk driver, Thea then finds out she, along with Mitch Baker, has been named guardian of their three children. Thea is unprepared to become a parent to the children and makes this clear to Mitch. At first she comes off as cold and distant, showing only glimpses of her concern for the children. Thea's mothering instincts had been buried deep which made me want to know why. She's not cruel but has her shields up and defenses at full strength.If you must appoint a guardian for your children, Mitch Baker is a great choice. He doesn't have kids of his own, in fact his experience with kids is with his friends children. But he embraces his guardianship even though inside he is terrified of making a mistake. Mitch is nearly perfect in his parenting, with only one real mistake. I kept wondering when his mask would slip and we would see the real person behind the perfection but it never really did. I would have liked to see him less than perfect since his perfection only served to spotlighted Thea's flaws.The romance is balanced with the growing relationship between Mitch, Thea and the children. You really couldn't have the romance without including the children since they are the reason for Mitch and Thea to be together. I do think it's fair to say the romance wasn't always front and but character development apart from each other also occurred. There are other people in their lives that impact not only the relationships with the children but also how Thea and Mitch proceed with their growing feelings. Goodman handles it well, showing how each of the characters perspectives change and grow.The ending didn't come as a surprise but getting there was filled with a complex romance that showed not only how two people can come together but can create a new family out of a tragedy. The main problem I had was Mitch's perfection, since flawed characters are so much more interesting. There was also the odd romance from two secondary characters. What made it odd is that it didn't add much to the overall story. I felt it was unnecessary to the main plot and found I cared little for either character. Otherwise, I enjoyed this contemporary romance from Ms. Goodman and will read any more contemporaries she writes.

  • The Book Worm
    2019-05-20 08:37

    A Place Called Home is a sweet, heartwarming romance novel. Mitch and Thea accepted to be godparents to their best friends Gabe and Kathy's children without giving it much thought. They always made sure they were present in the kids' lives but never really expected to be called to fulfill their duties as replacement parents. When Gabe and Kathy pass away unexpectedly in a car accident, Mitch and Thea find themselves with the hard task of having to raise eleven year old Emilie and five year old twins Case and Grant. Together.At the time the story starts, Mitch is single, but dating a younger woman who seems to love the children but resents the fact that they take away too much time and they barely manage to have an evening for themselves anymore (welcome to parenthood!). Thea is engaged to be married to an older man, with adult children of his own and no interest whatsoever in raising someone else's children. I confess that the initial pages of the book made me really angry because I kept feeling sorry for the poor kids who lost their parents and then seem to be unwanted by both Thea and Mitch. As the story progressed, though, Mitch redeemed himself in the best way possible, and I came to perfectly understand Thea's reasons and the difficulties she had to overcome herself. My only complaint about this book is the fact that no-one seems to be concerned with car seats for the twins, which I found odd. My five year old does not ride in a car without a car seat (neither does my eight year old, for that matter), so this was something that really bothered me. It's obviously a small detail that does not affect the story in any way, but I'm picky like that when I read books.In any case, more than the romance between Mitch and Thea, A Place Called Home is a story of acceptance and personal growth. Mitch and Thea have to learn about each other, have to be friends and come together to care for the children. The fact that that friendship ends up to be something more feels like a natural progression of the story. Neither Mitch nor Thea are perfect, they make mistakes as all parents inevitably do, but they love the children and they do their best for them. Nothing is forced, nothing sounds unrealistic and that's why the romance is so believable. It is what makes such a long book so easy to read. And in the end, you'll feel just as happy as the characters when they get their much deserved happily ever after. Totally recommended!

  • Shauni
    2019-05-19 15:42

    I have enjoyed the works of Jo Goodman since the early 80’s, I would love to get my hands on some of her earlier works but have not been able to find them as of yet. I know I have liked every book she has written although I will admit to liking some better than others. With all that being said, I was prepared to dislike this book. I thought the story had been told and retold often enough, shoot.. Diane Keaton had even made a movie about a similar concept. It didn’t matter that Jo Goodman was a favorite author, she was writing out of her style (she traditionally does historical works) and she was writing a well written story.. So it didn’t stand a chance, UNTIL I started reading. Ok, for the first four or five pages I admit to having a closed mind and thinking.. yeah this isn’t gonna work. Then suddenly I turned the page and I was finished reading..************************************************Together they go about life as many single parent households do. There was no magic in this book, no dragons or vampires, no scottish highlanders arriving in kilts. There was no evil darkness hunting them or some maniac trying to kill them.. No, the magic of this book was the pure romance.. A man and a woman finding each other, learning about each other and making the other a better person. And that is a powerful magic indeed. In a way this book was more dangerous to the reader than any work of fantasy can be.. All we have to do is close our eyes and we can see what Thea and Mitch are discovering. We live their lives every day, we go to work, we take our kids to school, we fight with our loved ones.. We have interfering parents and nosy friends... Ms Goodman shows her gift by being able to make life itself magic.. All the little steps that we do every day, changing the cacophony of noise in our lives into a symphony of delight.While I sincerely hope Ms Goodman goes back to her historical romances that I love, I honestly believe that this might have been her best book ever.To Read the review in it's entirety come to Bodice Rippers

  • Addictive
    2019-05-13 14:23

    It was a delight to read Jo Goodman’s latest A Place Called Home. When I initially read the summary I was thinking of that movie with Heigl and Duhamel with the same script and I was both scared and excited to read it. Scared because while the movie was funny, it didn’t grab me and pull me in like this book did. A Place Called Home has a man’s man like Duhamel in Mitchell Baker who when the story sets out already has had the kids for about a month before Thea Wyndam comes into the picture. Mitchell is trying to be a father figure in that he sets up a cussing jar and even buys a kid friendly vehicle, but his girlfriend Gina who he has been going out with believes it is only a matter a time before the kids move in with Thea and they are gone from their lives. But it is Gina who leaves Mitchell’s life when Thea turns down full custody of the kids and opts to visitation rights. Thea Wyndam is not your typical workaholic. It’s not that she hates kids; it’s just that she’s terrified of being a role model. Thea has problems that spring up on you while reading and surprise you, the problems are real, and not uncommon. At the start of Goodman’s latest, Thea is made out to be a hard nose woman with only an interest in the family business and proving to her father that she can lead the company. But as the story progresses and we meet the kids and delve deeper into each characters issue’s we see that Thea is actually a kind, misunderstood woman who would love to be a mother but because of her addictions is predictably scared. Jo Goodman has blended together a story of laughter, sorrow, empathy, and heartbreak. A Place Called Home is vastly different from the above mentioned movie and I am heartily glad for that. Whenever I put down a book with a smile and sigh, longing for a continuation I have to recommend it to everyone out there who loves a good, wholesome, comforting read.

  • Amy Lignor
    2019-04-28 13:19

    Whether it is historical, western, or contemporary, it is always a romance that a reader will never forget when USA Today Bestselling Author, Jo Goodman writes a tale. She is one of those very few imaginative storyteller’s that can have readers at ‘hello.’ This new story offers readers not only romance, but a creative and emotional blend of family, love, friends, and the forces of fate can do to another. In this particular story, the main characters of Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker are told that they have become ‘joint’ guardians of their late friends’ three children. Not exactly an easy task, seeing as that these people are not married or dating each other - heck, they barely know each other - and what they do know of each other makes them want to run in the opposite direction and NOT take care of children as a ‘team.’Mitch is one of these strong characters who will not take help from anyone. No matter what happens or appears in his life, he wants to find a way to take care of things all by himself, and Thea has a tendency to offer aid and financial assistance which makes him go absolutely nuts. Thea soon finds that she is completely and utterly frightened to take over the task of raising these children. Not only that, but she has to be friends and partners with Mitch, and both of them are already in relationships with other people who may just not understand why they would possibly take up this responsibility. Readers will be able to share in the spectrum of human emotions - literally - with this incredibly funny, warm and caring tale. They will watch as two people who live in completely different worlds seem to find a point where they not only work well together, but they also WANT to work together for a very long time to come. The plot offers humor, drama, romance - absolutely everything a reader could ask for!

  • LoveRomance
    2019-05-07 09:20

    What an awesome surprise. The night before vacation I went through my library's e-book collection to get a few "back-up" books in case I went through all of the ebooks I purchased. This book was one I added without really thinking about it, had forgotten about it on vacation, and just yesterday started it because I had nothing else to read. And I loved it!The characters were fully developed. The balance of story, romance and sex was perfect. The tragedy that starts the book doesn't define the whole story, and the author allowed for happiness and joy and grief to happen as they likely would if a situation like this were happening IRL. My only gripe is that the character Thea, who is just out of rehab for painkiller addiction and suffered tremendous abouse as a child, overcomes her fears and embraces life in such a short period of time. That just didn't seem realistic. And even with my limited experience with AA and NA, I know one guiding principle is to not get deeply involved in a personal intimate relationship until at least one year of sobriety. While circumstances in the plot may have moved Thea's romance along, it was odd that this "wait until your stable" principle never came up, even from her sponsor Rosie (a secondary character I otherwise enjoyed very much). The author did a good job of portraying just how hard it was for Thea in the days and weeks post-rehab, but didn't really seem to embrace the NA philosophy (apart from the 90 meetings in 90 days).Overall I really enjoyed this story and will look for more titles by this author. That I got this from my library for free is an added bonus.

  • Megan
    2019-04-24 12:28

    Jo Goodman is such a comfort go-to read for me. I love the at-times lyrical quality of her prose, its seeming sparseness, and the always witty dialogue between her characters.I give this story 4-stars only because this feels to me like Goodman-lite. It's less angtsy and has fewer elements than her typical, somehow, and only 4-stars when compared to "If His Kiss Is Wicked" (my hands-down favorite Goodman). But lest you think the characters have less weight, nuh-uh. These are flawed people, folks, who fall in love, and keep falling, despite the odds.Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker find themselves co-parents to their late friends' daughter and twin boys. There's a fraught history between them, and an unacknowledged(on her part) but who cares(on his part) attraction. Now they have to spend time together. (spoiler follows) The heroine is a recovering pharmaceutical addict. Understandably she is terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Seeing how Mitch unselfishly and courageously faces his, Thea re-examines her own beliefs about where she belongs and what she wants and deserves out of life. Mitch is one of the good guys, as Thea puts it, and in the end, Thea realizes she is one, too. Ultimately they both realize, who cares. They are all interdependent, happily-ever-after is not a bed of roses, but all is as good as its gets.And now, enough with the cliches.

  • SweetSue
    2019-04-26 12:16

    A contemporary, but nicely out of time in that the story wasn't littered with product placements and referrals to specific pop culture. So the children might watch Disney movies, but not one in particular. The children were reasonable characters in the story - they acted their age but I didn't feel like their cuteness was overdone and while they are definitely important, the story focused on the adults.The characters were very well drawn. Especially the heroine's issues. Although the particular example from her young childhood is just a bit much. Something less peculiar would have worked just as well. I loved the careful way Goodman talked about consent and boundaries without being preachy.The fact that both H/h are in relationships with other people at the beginning makes sense. They don't know each other well, despite both being friends with the children's parents. And they are both adults - not 30yos acting like teenagers as in many contemporary romances. However, I really didn't need the complications those other people brought to the end of the story. It wasn't absolutely necessary, and I didn't really care about them.More than just a simple romance, but not the complicated mess many chick lit authors get into where more happens with all the other odd residents of the town the series is set in than happens with the lead couple.