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Coming Home

COMING HOME is all about finding love and eternal companionship. Laugh, cry, and root for your favorite couple as each character decides whether to serve as a missionary or comes home to find expectations shaken up. Set in Brigham City, Utah and BYU-Idaho, these faith-filled, sequential novellas feature overlapping characters with stories of their own.

In No Guessing Required, Tyler returns from his mission knowing his feelings for Raychel have blossomed into love. He can’t keep his feelings from her as they resume their relationship, but she resists reciprocating, in spite of the wonderful dates he plans. Raychel is submitting her own missionary papers, and Patrick, Tyler’s best friend, might also be a good catch after she returns home.

Storm-tossed is a poignant story revolving around Raychel’s cousin, Daila, who invites newly returned missionary, John, to a YSA activity. John’s girlfriend and Tyler’s younger sister, Karilynn, had asked best friend Daila to keep John “safe” from other girls until she gets home from her mission. But John and Daila soon become attracted to one another as John sees Daila as a better match for him and Daila can’t resist her first real taste of a man’s favorable attention.

After being Dumped, Karilynn returns from her mission two days after her former boyfriend marries her former best friend. A series of innocent and hilarious events has people believing that she and her brother’s friend, Patrick, are dating. Patrick is too intent on his GPA for a social life, but worries his roommate, Nick, might have an interest in Karilynn. When Nick and Karilynn accidentally end up going to a dance together, is it enough to wake Patrick up to his feelings for Karilynn?

Mari and Nick head a FHE group for their BYU-I ward, where Nick secretly takes an interest in her. He encourages her boyfriend, Carter, to go on a mission. Carter doesn’t want competition, so he buys Mari a huge promise ring. Carter’s new job to earn money for his mission is with Nick and Patrick at a dance studio, leaving even less time with Mari. In The Dance, Carter is matched with Gabriella, the instructor’s daughter, for an upcoming dance competition, and Mari is matched with Nick.

My review

I haven’t ever read a book quite like this one. I loved the way each of the stories in it were intertwined. It made me more excited to read the next story. I loved the way each of these authors approached their own stories and characters differently, but they still went so well together.

First up is No Guessing Required by Renae Weight Mackley. I loved Tyler in this one. He knew that he wanted to marry Raychel. That was all he had ever wanted. But she wants to keep him at arm’s length so she can serve her own mission, as well as to see if Tyler is the one for her or if it’s Patrick. This one is a fun story. I loved the feeling of community that the author provided for her Brigham City setting.

Next was Storm Tossed by Melissa Cunningham. This one features Raychel’s cousin, Daila and John who was Tyler’s sister’s boyfriend. This one was maybe the hardest one to read. Just because the reader knows that John has a pornography addiction. And Daila doesn’t. I think this is one topic that needs to be discussed more. It appears to be very prevalent in our young men right now. And it’s a bit scary. I liked the way the author handled this topic. She did a great job kind of showing how one thing can lead to another in a situation like this. And I liked the end feeling that repentance is possible for all of us.

Then there was Janice Sperry’s Dumped. I liked the way Karilynn and Patrick accidentally let every one think they are dating in this one. The nursery scene especially made me laugh. It was just fun how Raychel’s roommate, Mari ends up being part of Karilynn’s life in this one. And I loved how Patrick realized what he wanted. And the forgiveness aspect of this one is a great thing as well.

Last up is The Dance by Rebecca Jamison. This one pairs Mari and Nick as Family Home Evening group parents. Mari has a serious boyfriend who is planning to go on a mission. Nick is so obviously in love with Mari that it’s almost funny. I loved this one. The way the two become good friends, then dance partners. The feeling of this one that things work out how they are supposed to. This one was so cute!

I enjoyed this book! The authors did a fabulous job putting it together.

I was sent a copy of Coming Home as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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