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Home to Stay (The Long Road Home Book 2) Kindle Edition
John Roster is flying to his childhood home in Maine after a medical discharge from the Army. No one will be there to welcome him home other than his cranky grandfather… a personality trait the two men share. No job. No friends. And with a storm canceling all flights at the moment, no plane to catch. Killing time at the USO in the airport, he bonded with a few fellow servicemen also waiting out the storm, as well as the irrepressible hostess who offered a suggestion… find a purpose by thanking someone who’d helped while he was stationed overseas.
Lucy Carrington’s special project for her history class has come to an end. The letters they had written to a fellow-Maine soldier had stopped now that he was leaving the military. Staring at the picture of the handsome soldier with the haunted eyes, she wished they could meet in person. One day, in the middle of their lesson, he appeared. He’s much more gorgeous in person… and just as haunted. John expected a matronly teacher to greet him, not the bright-eyed, friendly-smile, knock-out that made up the whole package of Lucy. Sparks fly, but he’s got a long way to go to have more to offer than a beat-up former soldier, so he’ll settle for friendship. A new job offer with a prestigious security firm might lead him to the future he wants.
A threat against her thrusts him into the role of protector. Keeping her safe is his mission… earning her love is his goal. And a soldier never quits.
- ASIN : B08VHCZDBW
- Publication date : August 3, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2835 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1947214837
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,001 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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John stops at the school to thank the class for their letters and packages, but it’s the teacher, Lucy Carrington, who catches his attention and the feeling is mutual. As their friendship turns into something more and a job offer comes from Lighthouse Security, the future looks great. Until trouble comes Lucy’s way and it’s up to John and his fellow LSI Keepers to do what they do best, neutralize the threat and keep Lucy safe. Only then will John be Home to Stay!
Ms Jordan has a way of telling a story that keeps everyone’s attention along with suspense and romance. This book ties into Maryann’s Lighthouse series (where John ends up working) though you don’t have to have read any of those books to like/understand this one. If you have read them, you’ll see familiar names pop up. If you haven’t, you’ll want to read that series as well! Abbie Zanders is next up with Finding Home (8/24/2021) whereas Kris Michaels was first with My Heart’s Home which is already out. Kris’s book ties into her Hope City series, and again, you don’t have to have read any of the books. But you will see familiar people! Enjoy all of the Long Road Home books!
What do you do when you're no longer have a career or a team, no job prospects or plans? Returning to home to Maine and his Gramps, John Roster needs to sort out his priorities and stop feeling sorry for himself. Deciding to take some sage advice about finding a way to repay a kindness, he visits the fifth graders who'd been sending him letters. What a surprise when he meets the real teacher not the one in the photo sent to him. Lucy Carrington is a vivacious, dark haired beauty with a "let me do it myself" attitude. Suddenly his life is not so bleak. That's not to say there aren't some missteps along the way as the pieces fall into place.
John is out of sorts but helps his "Gramps" around the house as he is no longer able to do it himself. He is aimless but fate steps in and guides him to where his next journey begins.
John meets Lucy, a fifth-grade teacher who along with her class has written to John over the last 8 months. Lucy is a fun character and I admire her character for wanting to fix her cottage as much as she can. She watches YouTube videos to learn how to fix things. Just like a true teacher, she is always learning.
I liked this story and look forward to the next in this heartwarming series.
This was a sweet story of finding your way home and finding a different purpose in life, John found that and more in his home state of Maine.
I received an ARC of this book but I went on to buy it as I always enjoy a story by Ms. Jordan.
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John has been forced to retire following an injury where he lost part of his peripheral vision. He is returning home to stay with his grandfather in Maine, the only home he has. He is feeling rather lost and worried about being unemployed. It is suggested to him that he visits the class of children who made him their pen pal over the previous year although he is very nervous about it. He is delighted to discover that instead of the middle aged woman he was expecting , their teacher is the attractive woman he’d met in the hardware store earlier.
Lucy is thrilled to meet john in person and despite a few hiccoughs they tentatively begin to get to know each other properly. John’s grandfather introduces him to a veteran friend of his who happens to work for Lighthouse Security and thus john is introduced to Mace who can soon see his potential. John is now no longer unemployed and this fills an emotional need he has to be part of a useful team again.
Being a Maryann Jordan story not everything runs smoothly and Lucy finds trouble for herself and John and the other keepers are drawn in.
I loved this story and the fact that Lucy and John had been corresponding for many months helped to explain why their relationship felt mature almost from the start. An excellent story, highly recommended.
John is lost after his medical discharge from the SEALs that were his life but returning home to his grandfather's house he meets the teacher whose class 'adopted' him and discovers she isn't the little grey-haired old lady he thought. Lucy is simply adorable - clumsy, chaotic but wise and independent too with such a big heart. John learns that home can be both people and places as he finds he still has a purpose and direction after his heart-breaking injury tore him away from the military home he loved. Huge bonus that I love in this story is the fact that Lighthouse Security plays a big role, there is a good dollop of suspense, some action and so much warmth and hope that you can't help but smile. I highly recommend this moving story.