Blog Tour | Coming Home by Caroline Spencer (@c_spencerauthor)

26 September 2014

Read on to read my review of Coming Home by Caroline Spencer, the first installment in the Only Time Will Tell series. There's also an excerpt in here and all the information you could want about the book and Caroline Spencer. Plus enter a giveaway to win.

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Publication Date: August 2014
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Summary:

Life hasn't been easy.

I guess no-one's ever is, but I feel that my life had a few too many hurdles to contend with at a young age.

Moving back to the States after spending eight years in England was supposed to be my clean, fresh start, but that backfired in the space of ten minutes. That day would be the start of a completely new life, one that I hadn't expected.

It meant that everything I had dealt with came flooding back to the surface, leading me down a new path, a path I never knew existed.

My childhood sweetheart was back in my life and I had to find a way of bringing up my haunted past to help build another new life.

I just had to climb a few more mountains along the way.

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Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book. As it opens up we meet Cat who has recently moved back to the US after spending her early teens and twenties living in the UK with her family after they relocated there. She considers the States her home so comes back to where she belongs to start living again after a tragedy not long after she left the States ripped her life apart. When she returns she inadvertently bumps into the one person she wants and feel she needs to avoid at all costs because it brings all the pain of her past back to haunt her. 

This book tells the tale of Cat and Kyle, two people who loved each other as teens, but who were separated when Cat moved and them finding each other again despite it seems the universe putting everything it can between them and their relationship. You see, Kyle has changed a lot since they were together, he's gone from being a one man women to being a man whore who constantly sleeps with different women.

I loved watching these two find each other and Kyle fight for what he know deep down he has always wanted, his C.J. (his pet name for Cat) back and trying to make her see that she wants Kyle (or K.C. back). I loved reading the push and pull between the two of them and just when I thought it was all going okay BAM something happens that sets them back. I think that part of the reason I loved this book so much, you never know if they are going to be together now or not. It keeps you on the edge of her seat. 

And there is a huge villain in this book, one that I absolutely hated more than I ever have hated a book character before. She is so vindictive and Cat knows all the meddling is down to her but Kyle finds it hard to accept that and even at the end of this installment he isn't quite there. I am still adamant she has something to do with the big finale of the book and I'm 99% sure I'm not wrong! 

As I mentioned earlier, Cat is dealing with a huge tragedy and reading the scenes where she returns to the UK to face her pain I had tears streaming down my face. I could just feel her pain, but this pain doesn't just involve her, it involves Kyle too, and he finds out about it in the worst way possible. But, the fallout went better than I imagined it would and I hope in the next installment we get to see him coping with it and getting through it with Cat but I just hope she can survive the pain of reliving that pain. 

All in all, this was a great fun read and I can't wait to read the next installment.  

Excerpt:

He pulls our bodies close together, connecting us, both of us molding into each other perfectly. He moans deep in his throat and I briefly smile against his lips, loving that I can still cause that noise. But it's that moan that snaps me out of it. It takes me back to the last time I heard it, it drags me through all my old memories, pain and tears. 
I can feel my heart constricting in my chest and the onset of tears brimming in my eyes. Pulling away from his kiss, as happy as it first made me, I can't do it now.
I can't look at him. I don't want him to see that I'm ready to cry, because the moment he asks, I'll break down screaming and blubbering. 
I place my forehead against his chest, immediately feeling his racing heart.
Kyle places a soft, lingering kiss on the top of my head. I can't help but smile slightly.
"I'm sorry," I whisper. Sorry for letting him kiss me, sorry for kissing him back, sorry for stopping it, sorry for wanting to cry. Sorry for a lot of things.
He rubs the back of my head, "You have nothing to be sorry for. Are you okay?"
I nod, dreading that my voice will betray me if I talk. 
He wraps his arms around me tightly, squishing me against his chest and I'm immediately thankful I took a shower and didn't reapply make up because he'd be one huge orange and black mess.
"I never thought I'd do that again," he chuckles, "and it wasn't my plan to do it tonight either, I just couldn't help myself. You just smiled and I realized I had my little ray of sunshine back in my life. I've missed you," he says, pulling back slightly. I look up, certain that I managed to rein in the tears, and see him smiling softly.

About the Author:

Caroline Spencer

Born and raised in a small mining town in Derbyshire. Caroline has spent her adult years building a home and a future based on what's in front of her, and for a while, that was all she needed. Family, friends and the dog.

In 2012, that all changed. Her new love of reading became a drug. Living in a fantasy became her happy place to escape from reality. Her imagination came to life and ideas that had laid dormant for years, came rushing back to the surface and Emeralds And Pearls was conceived, her debut novel.

In October 2013, that new chapter in her life started and Emeralds And Pearls were introduced to the world.

Caroline works a normal 8-5 job which has nothing to do with literature.

When people discover that she has written a novel, the look of shock on their faces is enough to bring a smug smile to her face, knowing that people underestimate her.


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