When Katherine Whitfield finds a chest containing some of her deceased mother’s mementos, she leaves her sophisticated life in L.A. for Kentucky’s. Fans of Robyn Carr, Catherine Anderson and Nora Roberts will enjoy this charming and sexy contemporary romance from #1 NY Times. TROUBLE IN PARADISE Katherine Whitfield hadn’t left her seamless life in California to get mixed-up with a rough around the edges man like Zach Tyler.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want dreethy Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Almost Home by Barbara Freethy. With his well-worn jeans and slow, seductive smile, he was nothing but a cowboy on the wrong side of the Mississippi alost a diversion in her heartfelt quest to discover the father she never knew.
Zach has a gentle hand with horses and a seductive touch with women Yes, her probing questions and tantalizing ways could cause nothing but trouble – but sometimes a man needs a little trouble Nook0 pages.
Published November 12th by Barbara Freethy first published January To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Almost Homeplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Back then I wasn’t too impressed with this book but I didn’t dislike it either. Btw I will be making a lot of comparisons between the two books. Like my reread of The Sweetest Thing, a lot of my opinions have chan Original rating: Like my reread of The Sweetest Thing, a lot of my opinions have changed.
And unfortunately my opinion now is less complementary than it was. I just don’t click with Freethy’s female protagonists for some reason. Katherine annoyed the hell out of me. She came across as naive and irritating.
She is on a search for her father, because her mother never told her who he was. Okay, that makes sense. But then Katherine immediately assumes that her father will be a good man and will want a relationship with her, but she never considers the idea of her father being married and having another family. Seriously, it doesn’t occur to her that he might not want to get to know her. Someone brings up this possibility and she is shocked.
Almost Home by Barbara Freethy
In the end, he turns out to be a good guy but still. You know what irks me about Katherine? She come across as childish. She is supposed to be in her mid twenties but she’s so naive and she sounds so young.
Zach is alright, but he’s also very moody and wishy washy. He flip flops between opening up to Katherine and shutting her out and I wanted him to make up his fucking mind. Katherine, like Faith, is your quintessential hopeless romantic, who despite a neglectful and lonely childhood still believes in true love.
And Zach, like Alex, is your typical bad boy with a traumatizing childhood and shit parents. Until he meets “the one”, of course. The protagonists of this novel and of The Sweetest Thing are almost indistinguishable.
They’re so similar in backstory and voice it’s not even funny. It’s so cliche and stereotypical. Bad boy cynic meets good girl romantic- literally that’s been done hundreds of times.
And maybe I could forgive it if it was well done but nope.
The romance was rushed and sloppy. From the moment they meet they want to get it on, and they jump into bed metaphorically after knowing each other for barely a week. Sleeping with someone you don’t know that well is fine, I don’t see anything wrong with it, but don’t try and paint it as some great love story.
And then they get married after knowing each other for, what, a few weeks tops? What the actual fuck is wrong with you? Side characters were boring af, and I didn’t care about any of them. The plot twist about Katherine’s mother was kind of convoluted and required a bit of suspension of disbelief.
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And for the identity of Katherine’s father, there’s a lot of red herrings and it’s supposed to be a mystery but also at some point I just gave up caring. Let’s talk about Jackson Zach’s shitty deadbeat dad. He serves absolutely no purpose to the story.
Maybe as part of Zach’s backstory, but not in the present action. He’s just there to add some suspense as if we need any more! It’s an attempt at conflict that never really pans out.
Also I barbata I noticed a typo with a side character’s last name. The character’s name is Sam Jordan but at one point his last name is stated to be Jamison. That was something I felt needed addressing. Tl;dr version- I can’t think of anything redeeming about this book and absolutely would not recommend it. This author is not for me it seems. Katherine Whitfield never knew her father and lost her mother when she was only twelve.
She longs for family ties, for roots, and most importantly for love. When she finds her mother’s old trunk and discovers a letter that hints at the location of her father she drops everything and heads straight for Kentucky.
Katherine is searching for a map amlost she nearly collides with a trailer and meets a very unfriendly Zach Taylor. Zach is furious at Katherine’s reckless driving and gives her an earful. T Katherine Whitfield never knew her father and lost her mother when she was only twelve. The trailer she nearly hit contains his horse, Midnight Rogue, who he believes will win the Almst Derby. Despite his anger he stays with her until a tow-truck arrives. Their attraction is immediate but a relationship seems to be an impossibility because Zach refuses to risk his heart after he was left at the altar by a woman he loved.
He has no room in his life for a woman, he stubbornly insists. He only wants to win the Derby, own his own stud farm and live a quiet simple life without all of the complications that love is sure to bring along. Lucky for us he falls hard and fast for Katherine.
I tend to favor relationship driven novels about people who genuinely care for one another as opposed to those books where the couple spend the book calling each other nasty names and then immediately hop in the sack. That’s why I enjoyed “Almost Home” so much. The relationship between Zach and Katherine begins with a lusty attraction that gradually deepens into a friendship and eventually hmoe into love.
It’s clear to see that these two down-to-earth people genuinely “like” each other and aren’t mistaking infatuation with love. The end result is an intensely satisfying love story.
If you’re in the mood for a slower-paced, feel good romance that isn’t plagued by the unnecessary subplots that are far too common in contemporary romances give this one a try.
I don’t like things that don’t make sense. The heroine, who doesn’t know who her biological father is, finds a clue to his home town and his barbra initial – J. She travels into a deeply conservative small town and announces to strangers that she is there to find her father. She is totally convinced that he will be thrilled to meet her and will instantly love her. She does not give any thought to the possibility that an illegitimate daughter appearing out of the blue may come as Ended up skimming.
She does not give any thought to the possibility that an illegitimate daughter appearing out of the blue may come as a shock and shatter people’s lives. Surely, anyone with any intelligence would first have tried to figure out who her father is and approach him in private, instead of stirring up gossip and speculation? Also, it seems contrived that almost every male in town is around fifty the right age to be her father and their names begin with J.
The heroine has strong clues to her mother’s past but she does nothing barbraa follow them up, just keeps asking questions about the men she suspects of being her father.
Why does she not show a photo of her mother to anyone? Surely, that would have been the obvious thing to do – but of course, it would have led her to the truth too soon. Another thing that bothered me was the hero’s character. He is all over the place, going from disliking the heroine, to lusting after her, wanting her gone, not being able to resist her, not wanting to get involved because she’ll want marriage and babies, being madly in lust, wanting to push her away, being in love, hating frewthy because she deceived him, to forgiving her and loving her and wanting to marry her, all in the space of less than a week.
It’s too head spinning, particularly as the hero isn’t progressing from stage to stage but they seem to run parallel, without enough time to move from almoat frame of mind to another. A perfectly stupid book. Unbelievable characters, dialogue, and mist especially situations.
Really – who gets married in a couple of weeks to a perfect stranger? May 08, Becky Claxon rated it it was amazing.
Katherine Whitfield flew from California to Paradise, Kentucky looking for her father.