Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble
Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance / Christian Romance
Publication Date: April 13th 2010
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Thomas Nelson (thank you!)
Author's Site, Buy from Amazon.com
Synopsis (from goodreads):
Gracie has spent her life running from her problems. This time, it's a matter of life and death.
With nothing but five dollars, a train ticket, and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister escapes with her daughter to the West Texas country where her family fell apart years ago. There, Lieutenant Michael Wayne-devoted single father, dedicated soldier-gives Gracie the hiding place she needs, and a job caring for his two children. Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away.
The couple doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye, though. A vengeful druglord has put a price on Michael's head, and he's determined to face the enemy head-on. When Gracie's ex-fiance catches up to her, her impulse is to flee the danger … and the father she lacks the courage to confront.
Will Michael and Gracie find the strength they need in each other to protect their family and the home they've created?
First of all, I didn't know, and didn't read the previous two books. From the synopsis of Lonestar Sanctuary and Lonestar Secrets, and judging from Lonestar Homecoming, they are not very related. I have no problem following this one.
Also, I didn't notice that this is a Christian fiction, and I kind of realised it when I was reading, and I'm not a Christian. However, the Christian elements weren't too much, pretty easy to ignore.
I read around 40 pages before my exams, then read from the beginning after my exams, while I was having beach vacation. So I was very distracted the whole time I was reading this, but interesting enough to keep me reading. I was also actually craving YAs or something light and fun and girly, but I had to finish this.
Everything happens really fast. They fell in love really fast, and the dangers reached them really fast too. I like their romance, it was pretty cute and sweet. And how they care the kids so much, they do everything to protect them. Sometimes, I couldn't understand some things that Gracie chose to do. I can't relate. She's pretty weak and strong, but I admire her determination for her daughter. Sometimes, I also couldn't understand Michael, then again I'm not a guy. But most of their decisions and feelings are pretty easy to understand and relate.
Somehow, I couldn't really imagine the places they described and mentioned, or else those that I imagined doesn't seem like I imagined the right one, and they don't really match. Also, I just couldn't imagine and get into the actions scenes and etc, since they happen so fast. I'm also not very good at imagining these scenes. Sometimes, the scenes are easy enough to imagine though, then I would be lost again because the next scene would be harder to imagine. :(
Anyway, it was a good read. I just wasn't craving for romance. I think I will read this again next time, when I'm in the mood.
Cover Design: Pretty, mainly because of the pretty girl. Loveee the blending of the girl, sky and land. Yes to the fonts too. They don't look odd at all, except for the horses, kinda random, then again it fits the book.