Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Welcome Back (A Smoky Mountain Novel Book 4) by Lin Stepp

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (Feb. 23 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y6RB43K

Book Description

"Lin Stepp paints a charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life." --Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp's sweet and touching story follows one woman's journey back to the home--and the husband--she left behind…

When Lydia Cunningham left her husband and moved to Atlanta ten years ago, it was with equal parts sadness and certainty. She loved her home in North Carolina, with its lush green hills and crisp, clean air. And in truth, she still loved John, too. But she could no longer live with her mother-in-law's constant criticism and the distance it created in her marriage.

Now, thanks to a job offer at her alma mater, Lydia is moving back, renting the old country house where she and John lived as newlyweds. She hopes to strengthen the frayed ties with her daughter, Mary Beth, and build a relationship with her grandsons. As for John--it's clear from the moment Lydia sees him standing in her doorway that he hopes they might rekindle their bond. The spark between them hasn't dimmed--but neither have Lydia's memories of past hurts. Yet in this magnificent landscape that's always felt like home, she might find a way to forgive and begin again…

Praise for Lin Stepp and her Smoky Mountain Novels

"I've finally come across someone that believes in all the things that I do…love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance, and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains." --Dolly Parton

"An amazing storyteller...The romance exhibited is pure, natural and heartwarming." --RT Book Reviews

"A lovely sense of place…capturing the sights and sounds of Tennessee's breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains." --Booklist

About the Author

Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is on adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she teaches research and has taught a wide variety of psychology and counseling courses for over 16 years. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Stepp has nine published novels each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her novels published by Kensington Publishing include Down by the River (June 2014), Makin’ Miracles (January 2015), Saving Laurel Springs (October 2015) and Welcome Back (February  2016) as well as a short novella A Smoky Mountain Gift included in the 2014 Christmas anthology, featuring Fern Michaels, and titled When the Snow Falls. Previous titles include: Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker (2014).

My Review

Welcome Back is the fourth book in the Smoky Mountain series by author Lin Stepp. I love this series. The novels are heartwarming and you know there is going to be a happy ending.

Lydia Cunningham had very good reasons for leaving her home in the Maggie Valley in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Maggie Valley is near the charming town of Waynesville in western North Carolina near Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

But now Lydia is back after ten years away. The cruel mother-in-law that drove her away is gone but can she work out her differences with her husband John. In the ten years that she has been gone will her husband understand why she left? And will be able to convince her to stay and try again?

What I really liked about Welcome Back was the central theme of forgiveness. Forgiveness between a husband and wife and forgiveness between parents and their children. This is a story of a family that had been torn apart but with faith, forgiveness and and trusting in God, they are brought back together.

Welcome Back is a Christian romance novel. It is well written and filled with interesting characters. I really enjoyed it and I know you will too.

I am looking forward to the next book already. Could it possibly be set in Bryson City? There were a few hints at the end...I've actually eaten lunch there and driven through the town.

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