Already Home Paperback – Mar 29 2011
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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."
"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."
"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. -BooklistSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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!
It has to be mentioned that this cover is gorgeous! I'd probably buy the book based on the cover alone, even though it doesn't have that much to do with the story!
This isn't a perfect book, and it's not the normal kind of thing I'd give a high rating to, but somehow it sucked me in and I couldn't stop reading. I've recently discovered I love books like this; in women's fiction the characters are allowed to screw things up and do things you won't find in romance.
The main focus of Already Home is on Jenna and her two mothers. She was adopted at birth, and raised in a family she really loves. But one day her birth parents walk into her new store, and the mother in particular pretty much takes over her life.
I must admit I knew from early on exactly what was going on with these birth parents. I do wish Jenna had figured it out sooner - there were so many clues - but then it wouldn't have worked for the story.
This book features a lot of characters, and while there are a few small elements of romance, at its heart is Jenna's kitchen-related store. She was a talented chef and has just escaped a terrible marriage, and Violet - the woman she hires to work for her - has doozy of a past. While both end up finding love, the relationships are in the background in the story, and it's a while in getting there.
What Already Home is about is relationships between women. Jenna and her adoptive mother. Jenna and her birth mother. Jenna and Violet. Violet and Jenna's two mothers.
There were some aspects of the story I found I really appreciated. I liked that Violet only told her past to the one person it was important to tell. She had a dreadful backstory, and I expected some big revelation scene, and was happy not to get it. I liked that the people around Jenna had different ideas about how she should handle suddenly having a new family, and I liked that she didn't just fall into agreement with the new man in her life. I liked that what was going on with this man was slow to develop, and complicated. I really liked that there were screwed-up characters who didn't find a perfect ending.
I appreciated that people behaved sensibly in this book. If someone overreacted to a situation they were able to admit it and try and fix the problem. This was one of those things you find more often in women's fiction than in romance, and it was a nice relief to find mature and sensible characters!
Susan Mallery's romantic entry for "The Knitting Diaries" is loosely related to this book, and features Robyn, the woman who owns the shop next door to Jenna's.
Already Home isn't one of those books that's going to blow you away and change your life. But for me it crept up slowly, drawing me in and making me care about what was happening with all of those people. I really enjoyed reading this, and would love to read more books in this style from this writer.
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.