Review – Coming Home – Laurie Breton


One man became her husband.

He had the face of an angel, and a voice that could tear your heart to shreds and leave it bleeding.
The year is 1974, and songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore crashes into her life and her heart. The first time she hears Danny sing, Casey is ready to toss away her entire future for a man who’s almost certain to break her heart. Danny has a white-hot talent and a single, blinding ambition: to become a rock star. The songs that Casey writes send an icy blue finger down the center of his cynical spine. But Danny knows exactly where he’s going, and he has no intention of taking any woman along. A girl like Casey would want things he’s not prepared to give. A home. Stability. Children. He’s married to his music, and that’s the way he likes it. Neither of them plans on falling in love. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.
The other man became her best friend.

Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn’t have Danny’s looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style. Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn’t a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman. But life is never quite as simple as it seems, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.

Together, they became the holy trinity of rock and roll.

When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom. But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn’t all that Casey expected. Rivers of darkness flow through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it’s her best friend Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.

When tragedy struck, she had to find herself.

It isn’t until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life. As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty may differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.

Coming Home (Jackson Falls, #1)
When I first started reading this book, I really wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it. Afterall, Casey and Danny get married within a week of meeting. To me, that felt a little… unrealistic, but what followed was a very relateable story that sucked me in.
The book spans thirteen years of Casey’s life with Danny and Rob, her best friend, as they forge their way in the music industry of the seventies, and the reader can’t help but follow as a voyeur. We’re treated to the ups and downs of not only the Fiore’s marriage, but their relationship with Rob. It’s clear quite early on that Rob is in love with Casey. Not only her as a person, but her mind as a songwriter and her personality which, as the story moves on, is the linchpin to all of their lives.
Throughout, the back and forth between Casey and Rob swiftly became my favourite aspects of the book. I felt that they belonged together much more than she and Danny, who came across as the ‘stereotypical’ rock star. This, I’m sure was a deliberate move on his character, who is very flawed due to his time in Vietnam and the horrors he has had to live with since.
Without spoiling the story, things turn around in such a way you’ll be biting your knuckles. The only reason this isn’t a full 5 star review is that in places, the paces slows a little too much for my liking, but I will certainly be reading more in this series.

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  1. Pingback: Review – Sleeping with the Enemy – Laurie Breton | Mich's Book Reviews

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