April 29, 2016

From Here to Home. Marie Bostwick

From Here to Home book cover
Published: Kensington
Date: March 29th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
4 stars              Add to Goodreads
Mary Dell Templeton prefers the quiet charms of Too Much to the bright lights of Dallas any day. She's relieved to be moving back to her hometown--and bringing her cable TV show with her. There are just a couple of wrinkles in her plan. Her son, Howard, who is her talented co-host and color consultant, and happens to have Down syndrome, wants to stay in Dallas and become more independent. Meanwhile, Mary Dell's new boss hopes to attract a different demographic--by bringing in a younger co-host.

What Holly Silva knows about quilting wouldn't fill a thimble, but she's smart and ambitious. Her career hinges on outshining the formidable Mary Dell in order to earn her own show. Yet as Holly adapts to small-town living and begins a new romance, and Mary Dell considers rekindling an old one, the two find unlikely kinship. For as Mary Dell knows, the women of Too Much have a knack for untangling the knottiest problems when they work together. And sometimes the pattern for happiness is as simple and surprising as it is beautiful…
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From Here to Home was an engaging and fun read, with plenty to think about along the way. There was a wide variety of characters - it took me a little while to get my head around them all. However once I got them all sorted I was into it.

Marie Bostwick has written a small town romance, with the addition of a Texas country feel to it and just a touch of quilting which of course endeared the book to me. The is a follow up to a previous book about Mary Dell and Howard, and while I will go back and read that at some point, it didn't really hinder my enjoyment of this one.

Mary Dell is a quilter, ranch owner and owner of a quilt shop and presents a TV Quilt Show. Rather busy! Her thirtyish son Howard is a co-host of the show, he has a flare for color and is gifted in art and design. He is now wanting to expand his horizons and become more independent, which just might break his mother's heart. Mary Dell has a new suitor on the block, he is keen to take the relationship further, but... Mary Dell is still married to Donny, even though she hasn't seen him for decades.

Holly is the young woman who is assigned by the network to co-host with Mary Dell on the show, when they want to just get rid of the show and make it fail. However Holly is a really nice person and is soon genuinely involved in the local life. She has a love for horses and one in particular. And soon she is also feeling an attraction for a Afghanistan veteran, who has many problems and challenges with the residue of war.

The was a warm, witty story that also addressed issues like Down's Syndrome, divorce, mother-daughter relationships, old age and more. A delight to read.
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  1. It sounds really good! I need to give the author a try.

  2. Sounds great, it's been a few years since I read a novel by her Kathryn I think you just convinced me to pick one up!

  3. This sounds really good. The blurb made me a little nervous as I generally don't like a competitive younger woman with an older woman whose career is more established. It tends to not bring out the best in either character but it doesn't really sound like an issue in this one. I'll definitely be adding this to my TBR.

  4. I've read the first of her Cobbled Quilt series and it was good. I have her on my shelf of to read more of this year.

  5. Oh, another delightful-sounding book! Thanks for sharing...

  6. I like that it addresses a bit more than just the well, romance ;)


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