Where She Belongs

Will a decades old family feud prevent love from blossoming?

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Title:  Where She Belongs
Author:  Johnnie Alexander
Publisher:  Revell 
Release Date:  January 5, 2016



Can love redeem a broken past?

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.
AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby's family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he's let it fall into ruin. AJ's more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can't get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

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Where She Belongs introduced me to a new author, Johnnie Alexander. Her writing brings to mind all the things I love about contemporary fiction and the realism of feeling like you're right there with the characters. And you'll want to be there encouraging AJ, be a friend to Shelby, give Brett a good piece of your mind and frolic around with Elizabeth, Tabby and Lila.  A compelling plot all on its own, with the memory of decades old family feud going on, the romantic aspect of finding love, forgiveness and hope for new memories will engage your mind and your emotions.

AJ is a sweet hero of the story. Trying to do the right thing, while carrying the hurt he felt from his grandfather, he can't seem to get Shelby out of his mind.  And Shelby, even though she constantly tries to stay away from AJ, his eyes, his charm and his goodness just pulls her in, but he's a Sullivan. Can she let go of her hatred for the Sullivan family, and let her heart be forever taken?  Brett is quite the player and someone I would love to hate, but by the end of the book, he has redeem a bit, enough for me to wish him well, especially in the next book of the series. One thing I must commend the author is how well she wrote in Elizabeth and Tabby, and can't forget Lila. I just love their interactions with AJ. The little bit about them having AJ wrapped around their little fingers had me smiling for quite some time.  There are quite a number of great supporting characters that I would love to read about in the next novels in the series.

With a little twist at the end, Where She Belongs is as much about Misty Willow's current inhabitants as it is about the story of Sully, Aubrey, Joyanna, Thad and Richard.  Their story and the history of Misty Willow gave way to who Shelby and AJ are and their journey to find the truth and love.  To end, how do you feel about the cover? I just love it. It's Shelby and AJ by the engagement tree in the story, and the warmth of what Misty Willow represents.  Read it, and you will see what I mean.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell for my honest opinion. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

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  1. I appreciated your thoughts, Annie, as I'll be reading this one soon. I enjoyed another book by Johnnie a few years ago and was delighted to see this book come up for review. And yes, the cover is beautiful, drawing me right in.

  2. Annie, thanks so much for your enthusiastic review. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story and I'm glad we've connected. (Your "photo" on your About Me page is adorable.)Elizabeth and Tabby are a little bit based on my two daughters--it helped to remember them as young children. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks Johnnie for stopping by! Awww, that makes it sweeter, knowing that those cuties are based on your daughters.

  4. Hi, Carole. I'm so glad you enjoyed Where Treasure Hides. It's out in print now and also in Dutch which is really cool. I hope you enjoy my new novel, too. Thanks for stopping by.


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