if you have not read the 2 previous novels in this trilogy (saving sailor and taking tuscany), do it! you will not regret it!
heading home is the book in which the fairy tale ending occurs, but with a twist. AJ returns to indian lake to pursue her vetrinary degree, and to reunite with her dog, sailor. her plan is to get her degree and marry Danny, her long-time sweetheart. but over the corse of this crazy end-of-summer-into-fall, a few things get in the way of her dream:
1) herself. AJ cannot seem to decide what is God's will for her life: to marry Danny, or become a nun? (if you've the previous books, you'll ask the same question i did: AJ? a nun?)
2) an aquaitance/dork from her childhood(saving sailor). Rodney Gizmode, who has turned into an even dorkier character, seems to think they belong together. obviously, AJ (and Danny) has other ideas.
3) her family. what will danny think of her roman/catholic/italian family? not to mention nona?
4) if they do get married, what will they be? this provides quite a dilemma, for both AJ and danny, because AJ is roman/catholic/italian and Danny is southern baptist.
5) if they do have a wedding, AJ's in-laws, the greeks will have to be invited. this poses the problem of how to tell nonna that her daughter (AJ's aunt) married a greek, which will surely, to say the least, upset nonna!
6) where do they get married? AJ's mother is convinced that nothing will do but that AJ be married in a catholic church, but Danny is not sure about being married in a catholic church. once they decide to get married in a greek orthodox church, they also have the problem of convincing nonna. (!)
7) her mother. need i say more?
in the end, all of AJ's problems resolve themselves, and the happy ending is complete. however, the way these confilicts are resolved is VERY amusing! Renee Riva does a masterful job of adding humor into the scenes; much of this humor will make you laugh out loud!
anther point in this books favor is that it is a clean book. no cussing, no racy romance, and no booze(except for at the wedding, and there it is only briefly mentioned).
all-in-all, this book is a great read! appropiate for all ages, it will provide a wonderful rainy-afternoon's read. because it is told from AJ's view-point, it may appeal more to teen girls. i give it 6-out-of-5 stars!