A great followup to An Unfinished Gift by the same author.
Set during World War II, this story tells of tragedy and how good can come out of it when people are open to such change. While the protagonists are an heroic bomber pilot and the woman he hires, after his wife's tragic death, to watch over his son and ailing father, the father and the kind, loving woman who lives next door play key roles in showing that being open to change is as important in the face of tragedy as at any time in our lives. And while, ultimately, this is a story of love, both lost and discovered, the final outcome, while predictable, nonetheless does not come smoothly or seamlessly. The characters must endure tests and trials before they both realize they were made to be together.
I thought this was a fitting ending to the Collins' family's story. It was nice to catch up with all of the great characters we first met in The Unfinished Gift. Patrick has settled in nicely with his crotchety old grandfather, and they seem to be getting along relatively well. Mr. Collins' spry old neighbor, Mrs. Fortini, makes sure they're eating properly by whipping up some delightful Italian dishes.
Katherine Townsend misses Patrick terribly! Now that she's no longer on his case, she doesn't have a legitimate reason to spend much time with him. She still worries that he and his grandfather may not have settled in quite as quickly as everyone seems to think. Imagine her surprise -- and delight! -- when she gets a call from Shawn, out of the blue, asking her to be Patrick's full-time nanny while he's away for four months. She can't believe he chose her for this wonderful job!
There's a lot more "action" in The Homecoming, and though I'm not a big fan of war-themed stories, this one turned out quite well. The romance is very low-key, but I thought it fit the story well. The Unfinished Gift is definitely my favorite, but I highly recommend this one, too.
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