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Already Home [Paperback]

Susan Mallery
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Book Description

March 29 2011
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.

Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents—aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.

Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love….

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"This poignant tale of family dynamics, the jarring impact of change, and eventual acceptance and healing is sure to please Mallery's many, devoted fans."

-Booklist on Already Home

"Mallery's prose is luscious and provocative."

-Publishers Weekly

"Susan Mallery's gift for writing humor and tenderness make all her books true gems."

-RT Book Reviews

"Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling."

-Booklist

"Mallery sets up some very tough choices for her heroine, making this book compelling and intense."

-RT Book Reviews on Finding Perfect

"Warm, funny, and sexy, this lighthearted yet touching page-turner is a satisfying, rewarding read and the ‘perfect' beginning for Mallery's Fool's Gold series."

-Library Journal on Chasing Perfect

"As demonstrated in this compelling story, family doesn't have to share blood, just emotions. Filled with emotional drama, devastating treachery and the power of love, this finale will delight fans."

- RT Book Reviews on Hot on Her Heels

"One of the Top 10 Romance Novels of 2009!"

-Booklist on Straight from the Hip

"[A]n emotional story with a beautiful happy ending! Another must-read by Susan Mallery."

-Good Choice Reading on Almost Perfect

About the Author

Susan Mallery is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and women\u2019s fiction novels with heart and humor. Her funny and sexy family stories have been named to Booklist's Top 10 Romance Novels lists of 2007, 2008, and 2009. Mallery's gift for writing humor and tenderness make all her books true gems. -Romantic Times Romance novels don\u2019t get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling. -Booklist

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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex - Heartfelt - Emotional - Beautiful Nov. 12 2012
Format:Paperback
This was the first Susan Mallery book I ever read... I received the Already Home eBook with the purchase of a new Kobo eReader around Mother's Day and although, I am not a mother yet, this story resonated with me so much. I have a wonderful relationship with my own mom and reading this reminded me of all of the great things about being a daughter and made me look forward to eventual motherhood someday. I felt I could relate to Jenna's experiences and her turmoils about having 2 moms and I enjoyed reading about the relationships as they unfolded. The contrast between the different sets of parents was beautifully articulated. I loved the way the book challenged the definition of a family and I found it be a wonderful read! Likewise, the sub-plot about Violet was also complex and emotional.

I have since read several of Susan Malelry's books and yes, as previous reveiws states, Already Home does not necessarily have that "Harlequin romance" aspect, but it is a romance none-the-less! Violet and Jenna both have happy endings so-to-speak. I would love to see a part 2!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Traditional Romance June 21 2011
Format:Paperback
Susan Mallery - Already Home

After breaking up with her chef husband who was a philanderer, Jenna (who is also a chef) needs to get a life of her own. She seems to find one when she buys a store and starts to convert it to a cookware store. With the help of newly hired store manager, Violet, who is a bit of an unusual character with an interesting back round, Jenna starts to make a 'go' at her store.
Now Jenna has always know she was adopted and never cared to know who her birth parents were'but fate has a way of demanding that you change your mind about how things should be. In addition, she finds this out the hard way when her 'aging hippie' parents show up out of the blue.
This was a complex story, but not a romance as we have come to love from Ms Mallery. Instead of a romance, this was more of a story about how an adult child of adoption handles her birth parents coming to find her. In addition, the sub-story from Violet is one that some sensitive people may find difficult to read.

Unfortunately, the things that should have been a surprise to the reader were so obvious throughout the story, that I never felt the strong emotion that I'm sure Ms Mallery was trying to evoke.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  323 reviews
71 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected March 30 2011
By bjsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You know how you find a new author and love their books and then after that you can't wait to buy their new ones? I wish that I had waited. I have become used to SM's books for their complex characters and all their warts. Does this book have that? Yes. But there was no romance, none, none, none. Yes, I read the synopsis of the book from her web site but I still expected the complex man/woman relationship to be part of this book and I just didn't see much of that at all. I have become used to that in SM's books and for that I was disappointed. I found myself skipping ahead and turning the pages, I was bored. I don't need to read page after page after page of conversation between two people to get the gist of what the conversation was about. To me, it was wasted space. I only finished the book because I thought it might get better, it didn't. Seriously, when she introduced Ellington I knew then what was going to happen to Serenity. I read books to escape. At times, this book was depressing. Maybe it's because personally I lost my mom a year ago, I don't know. I felt the same about the Cliff character. For Violet to have come from the streets, bells should have been going off right and left.

Don't get me wrong here, I don't have to read books that are filled with gratitious sex throughout. I do like to read about characters and their development, I just don't like to read books that are full of it with no romance at all. I missed the man/woman relationship in this book. In the future I will wait and read some reviews before I jump at buying another Mallery book (sigh). I hope this is not a sign. Too many of my "have to read" authors are disappointing me lately.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite a Romance April 9 2011
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Susan Mallery - Already Home

After breaking up with her chef husband who was a philanderer, Jenna (who is also a chef) needs to get a life of her own. She seems to find one when she buys a store and starts to convert it to a cookware store. With the help of newly hired store manager, Violet, who is a bit of an unusual character with an interesting back round, Jenna starts to make a `go' at her store.
Now Jenna has always know she was adopted and never cared to know who her birth parents were...but fate has a way of demanding that you change your mind about how things should be. And she finds this out the hard way when her `aging hippie' parents show up out of the blue.

This was a complex story, but not a romance as we have come to love from Ms Mallery. Instead of a romance, this was more of a story about how an adult child of adoption handles her birth parents coming to find her. In addition, the sub-story from Violet is one that some sensitive people may find difficult to read.

Unfortunately, the things that should have been a surprise to the reader were so obvious throughout the story, that I never felt the strong emotion that I'm sure Ms Mallery was trying to evoke.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story from Susan Mallery March 29 2011
By sebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Newly divorced sous-chef , Jenna Stevens, moves home to Georgetown, Texas where her adopted parents, Beth and Marshal still live. She opens a store named Grate Expectations. She hires streetwise and business savvy, Violet to help her run the store. After the first week Jenna realizes the store is in jeopardy of being a failure. With the help of Violet they brainstorm and come up with new ideas. She reopens and the store becomes an instant success.

One day a man and woman show up at Jenna's store and announce that they are her birth parents, Serenity and Tom. Serenity is a free spirit and totally different from her adoptive mother Beth. Jenna learns that it is alright to have two mothers.

I love the way Susan Mallery tells this story. She makes you think about life's twists and turns. Even though things change, the love of family and friends is most important in your life.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read that was a bit unusual... April 8 2011
By Felicia The Geeky Blogger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Received for review from Publisher
Actual Rating: 4.5

What I Loved: This was a story of two completely different women: Jenna and Violet. They both had things from their past that they needed to overcome. Jenna, who is the center of the story, has birth parents, a divorce, the dating pool, opening a store, and learning how to live with the fact that she isn't where she thought she would be at 32. Violet has a dark past, intuition issues, trust issues, and accepting that the person she is today as someone that people love and respect. As Jenna and Violet's friendship grows you watch them work through each of these issues and it makes such a wonderful read. I really did not expect to love this story but it was so wonderfully crafted that I couldn't help but love these characters.

What I Liked: Each character in this book had an important role to play. Beth and Serenity were very strong women each with their own issues about the adoption. Serenity, for reasons revealed later, wanted to breeze in and reconnect with the daughter she had given up at birth. Beth, wanted her adopted daughter to connect with her birth family but also went through the "what if I lose her" feelings. I felt both of these characters were very genuine in their reactions and feelings. You loved them both and felt for Jenna as she tried to maneuver that situation. Dragon and Cliff were two similar men with completely different personalities that I think Violet had to see in order to see past her own issues with trust, intimacy, and self-worth. That story played out differently than I thought it would but it was very good.

Complaints: This is just a personal POV and did not take away from the rating. I thought the ending was to abrupt. I like HEA's and while there was a hint that everything was going to work out for Jenna and Violet, I would have liked to see it. I think this has to do more with the fact that I was invested more into Violet's story than I was into Jenna's story.

Why I gave it a 4: This story was well-written, well-told, and caught me completely off guard with how much I liked it. I finished it in two days where normally books like this take me at least a week to finish.

Who I would recommend this too: This is tough! This isn't a romance, though it has romantic elements. This isn't a friendship book, though at its center it has a strong friendship being formed between Jenna and Violet. This might be a family relationships book, though it isn't just about that. I would say if you like a story that will make you laugh, cry, get a little angry, and leave you feeling hopeful then this is the book for you!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming! March 31 2011
By Scave31 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While Mallery is well known for her wonderful romances, I've discovered with Already Home, which is more women's fiction than romance, she is just as wonderful! When Jenna's birth parents arrive in town to meet her for the first time, she's understandably shocked. She's never cared to search for her birth parents because she loves her adoptive parents and doesn't need another set. The story is all about her reluctantly getting to know her birth parents, as well as herself, better. It's about family and how much love there is to go around.

I love that the emotions running through Already Home were real and not prettied up. Not all adopted children want to find their birth parents, and Jenna's anger at her birth parents arriving unannounced and expecting her to care, gives the book a true feel. Her adoptive mother Beth's vacillation between sympathizing with the woman who had given Beth the gift of a daughter back when she was a teen and her fear of losing Jenna to her real parents, along with quirky, realistic secondary characters bring this book to life. It's not a romance, but there is romance in the air. A great secondary story with Jenna's assistant Violet makes an intriguing subplot. I highly recommend Already Home for Susan Mallery fans, as well as anyone looking for a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, story of love and family.
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