Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She's learned her lesson and has her mind set on success - until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.
When Meg gets sick at a party, she's mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.
Theo is soon filling all of Meg's late-night cravings - and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?
©2014 Claire Ashby (P)2015 Red Adept Publishing, LLC
A delightful book. The Claire Ashby has elegantly balanced pure escapism with a few potentially difficult and heavy situations. The characters felt real with real issues. I especially enjoyed how the story sweetly concluded with all the challenges addresses without feeling overly idealistic. For a debut novel, very well done. Piper Brown narrates the story well, with a peaceful lyrical quality that makes the listening experience enjoyable.
What a beautiful story! This was so unexpected. I don’t even remember why I decided to listen to it in the first place. I must have seen it when I was looking at a random reviewer’s comments. Out of curiosity, I looked it up on GR, and the overwhelming positive comments made me curious. Then I was interested in learning how things unfolded with the h who was supposed to be hiding her pregnancy. That sparked my interest. And once I started listening, I couldn’t stop.
This wasn’t the usual billionaire meets young innocent/ambitious working girl. This was a war hero -- an amputee -- and a part owner of a bookstore – two regular people. But talk about issues. There were many unexpected turns and lots of surprises. Totally blew me away. I felt the biggest issue was coming to terms with yourself after your birth mother has rejected you. Learning to say: I’m okay. I love me. I deserve to be loved. As someone who also wanted to hear those words from my mother, you know I was in tears A LOT as I listened to this audiobook. I like how the author also explored who is your true parent – blood vs love as she put the spotlight on three fathers.
Interesting plot and the author immediately sparked our interest zooming in on both major characters. I love when we aren’t misled in the first few pages/minutes of listening, and we got a true glimpse of Theo and Meg from the get-go. Well-developed characters. Great ending with an obvious resolution.
Recommended for those who love m/f romance with some steam, some angst but no drama.
"Friends With Benefits - Love This Book 5 Stars*"
Meg Michaels is the owner of a bookstore, pregnant and has two exes that are not worth considering – but for the fact that she is pregnant by one of them. She hides her pregnancy for as long as she can.
At a welcome home party, put on by her best friend, she meets a former Army medic who discovers her secret. Theo (the medic) takes her on as a project. They become friends and before either of them know what they have become intimate – intimate friends.
They push each other away because of their perceived end real fears.
How will they contribute to one another in their journey? Or will they push themselves away from one another?
To me this was a very gentle plot and exploration of returning, injured veterans. Their pride versus the actual physical and mental needs they must let others to help them heal. The compassion without pity that those of us who know nothing about what they have been through. We must include them in order to hear their needs and do our best to help when asked, give time alone when asked, and understand and recognize the differences
Claire Ashby has written a wonderful book and while *I was given this book to listen to in exchange for my review in an unbiased manner. I can say with certainty that I will look for more written by this author and immediately add them to my Wish List.
Piper Brown is an excellent performer. I believe that I have listen to another one of her performances and she is better with each performance. Brown has a way of pulling the emotion out of your heart, feeling and identifying with this spectacularly written book.
Claire Ashby and Piper Brown are a match made in heaven – audio heaven, anyway!
Notes Mature themes, strong language and some descriptions of violence
Overall rating: Five stars for the story, the performance & overall. .
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I have ready many books like this, some long and others short. This one is one of the longer ones and it was very good. I enjoyed listening to it. I like characters and how they all sort of resemble real people and how a real person would react. Some parts were predictable, however, I don't believe that predictability is always be a bad thing. I haven't read a good book in a long time. Thank you Claire Ashby!!
"Wonderful, Beautiful story"
Yes, it is A MUST READ for all, and I will definitely recommend it to everyone!
Piper Brown's voice is magical, her performance pictures the characters and their emotions exactly how they're supposed to be.
I really love the stories of wounded soldiers and war heroes, this was one of the best I've ever heard, in combination with Meg's secret and Theo's awesomeness. I couldn't stop listening until I finished it!!!
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.Thank you very much Claire Ashby and Piper Brown for this book.
This was my first Claire Ashby book. A lovely story that had me laughing and crying by the time it ended. Piper Brown's narration was perfect for Theo and Meg's story. I will look for more books by this author and hope they're all as good as this one.
"Wonderful, gripping story!"
Compelling, touching, and satisfying.
Tough choice. Meg was very intriguing and believable in her choices and the way things progress, and Ellie is a great supportive friend.
The depth and complexity of the characters. For example, Theo was very approachable, just gruff enough without being overdone - I don't know that I would have read that into the character.
Yes! I mostly listen in the car, and I wanted to stay in the car longer to see what happened next!
I have listened to Piper's previous recordings as well, and they are always strong narratives and well executed. Intriguing story from Claire Ashby, and excellent overall experience. Worth a listen!
"A sweet love story ..."
While I enjoyed Meg very much, Ms. Brown's performance of Theo was very good also. She gave him the right amount of toughness but at the same time made him very caring and loving too
There were parts of the story that made me mad at Meg. She did a few things that seemed to me to be sabotaging her relationship with Theo. It was like she could't 'make a clear decision.
When You Make It Home is a well written story about two people who meet at a time when each of them are trying to find their way. Meg has just cancelled her engagement and wedding. Then during a lapse in judgement she finds herself pregnant. Meanwhile, Theo has come home from the war both physically and emotionally scarred. Can the two of them find what they need in each other.
I truly liked this book. I would love to see what happens next for both Meg and Theo. I'd also like an update on her best fried Ellie and Ellie's husband Jake, who happens to be Theo's brother.
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really enjoyed this storywould love to read more by this author.
"Make it home"
When you make it home is one of the best love stories I have ever read it is definitely a page turner
"Great incite into our returning soldiers."
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book! Meg has been cheated on by two different men. She's pregnant with the child of one of them and trying desperately to ignore the pregnancy. Theo has just returned from war. He's battered physically and emotionally. There is an attraction between the two, but are they ever messed up. Theo moves into Claire's house to help her get it ready for the baby (and to give himself space from his mother). The attraction is so sweet, but almost injurious to them at the same time. There's lots of love and hurt entwined.
There are so many different layers to the plot of this book. The relationships between all of the characters, not just the main ones, are fully developed. The book has the best characterization of any I've read in a long time
Claire Ashby obviously did her research on wounded warriors. As the wife of one, I really appreciate her relaying so honestly how difficult it is to love one and how much work it takes from both people.
The narration by Piper Brown was superb. I could have listened to her perform this book reading forever. The character differentiation was very good as was the pacing of the sentences. Her voice is wonderful and beautifully portrays the emotions of the characters. I'll definitely look for more performances by her.
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