When Brooke Kingsley finally captures the interest of her four-year crush-Dylan Crawford-her world turns upside down. Feeling alive for the first time, Brooke decides to spend her last three days of summer with Dylan and discovers there’s more to him than the rumors being whispered all over town. The problem is, Brooke’s father doesn’t want his daughter anywhere near the blue-collar bad boy.
- Title: Turning Home
- Author: Stephanie Nelson
- ISBN: 1495951375 (ISBN13: 9781495951374)
- Series: A Small Town – Book #1
- Published: February 23rd 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 14th 2014)
- Format: eARC
- Genre: New Adult Romance
- Page Count: 336
- Source: Blog Tour
- Rating: B+
In a vast departure from her two established PNR series, Gwen Sparks, featuring the witch after whom the series is named and a number of other paranormal creatures and the Anna Avery series about a werewolf, Stephanie Nelson’s Turning Home could almost be referred to as a cosy romance if there is such a thing. It’s the last weekend before Brooke Kingsley departs for college, her future is completely laid out for her. Go to college, her mother’s Alma mater of course, join the same sorority, conduct parent approved charity work and marry her appropriately well bred if absolutely uninspiring boyfriend and continue to follow the rules she always has. She has one last opportunity to encounter her not so secret crush Dylan Crawford at his sister’s going away party and decides to stop following the rules for once.
I don’t know if I would call Dylan Crawford a bad boy, he is a man whore without a doubt but other than his revolving door of women he is a far more upstanding citizen than the residents of the small town Brooke and he live in would think. He and Brooke are if anything victims of the culture of their small community. Living in a town of “haves” and “have not’s” is divisive no matter what the locale is. Brooke, daughter of the town’s wealthiest residents is clearly a “have” and Dylan is almost by default a “have not”. Brooke as the product of an overbearing father and a beaten down mother keeps her fascination with this so very unsuitable boy close to her heart.
Despite having believed that Brooke was no different than the other rich over indulged children in their town Dylan also feels an irresistible pull toward Brooke. He orchestrates her invitation and decides to approach the town’s ice princess. Recklessly Brooke accepts Dylan’s invitation and the two spend stolen moments together the rest of their last weekend together, falling irrevocably in love.
Turning Home was a lovely surprise, a genuinely sweet romance between two likeable characters and blessedly light on the angst. Though the typical New Adult markers were checked they were done so deftly and with skill. While the story itself may have been somewhat predictable, the rich girl, poor boy star crossed love affair has not been a classic since Dickens’ Great Expectations, if not longer, for nothing. I greatly enjoyed my respite to Turning Home’s rural Alabama and now I will be sure to make the acquaintance of Stephanie Nelson’s other characters.
Hi, and thank you so much for having me on Penny Dreadful Book Reviews. Today, I’m going to share the playlist for Turning Home. Music is such an important part of all of my books, but especially for Turning Home. Brooke Kingsley has always loved music and dreamt about being a singer. Unfortunately, her father wants her to go to law school and follow in his footsteps. Since Brooke’s life has been mapped out for her, she finds solace in writing and playing music. Instead of writing in a diary, she composes songs from her feelings. To hear a sample see the YouTube playlist below.
Here are some of the songs featured on the Turning Home playlist.
- You and I by One Direction
- Kiss You Inside Out by Hedley
- You Make Me Wanna by Thomas Rhett
- Stay by Florida Georgia Line
- So Contagious by Acceptance
- You don’t know her like I do by Brantley Gilbert
- Don’t Ya by Brett Eldredge
- Do you think about me by Carrie Underwood
- This Time by Carrie Underwood
- Not Over You by Gavin DeGraw
- Can’t Shake You by Gloriana
- Wanted by Hunter Hayes
- Walking Away by Jason Aldean
- Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
- Like Nobody Else by My Darkest Days
- Red by Taylor Swift
- Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
- Bring Me Home by Tori Kelly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This may be my least favourite part about writing a book. You guys may be surprised to learn that I am the most boring person you’ll ever meet. The most interesting thing about me is that I write books, most of the time in my pyjamas and jacked up on caffeine.
I began writing six years ago for fun and published my first book in 2012. Since then, my hobby has become my job and I love every second of it. I live in Illinois, in the country where I’m surrounded by corn and soy-bean fields. When I manage to escape my office, I enjoy fishing, spending time with my family and playing Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong. Yes, I’m a huge video game nerd.