Title: The Road That Leads To Home
Series: The Sara Rhea Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Jaimie Hope
Publisher: Back to Basics Publishing
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
ARC Received From: Worldwind Virtual Book Tours
Sara's life was going along peacefully until she got the early morning phone call that changed everything. Now she finds herself heading back where she began, home. Not only does she have to deal with a difficult older sister and helping to keep the family's inn afloat, Sara has to work alongside her high school sweetheart who still looks as gorgeous as ever and her feelings that she saw all this coming. Her dreams and nightmares seem to come true right before her eyes. It has to all be a coincidence, doesn't it?
I've never experienced sibling rivalry with any of my siblings but I know people who do. The competition between them was...wow. Painful to listen to, stressful to sit through. Sara and Becca reminded me of those people. They shared good moments, but most of their time together was spent bickering or rehashing their pasts. Talk about an earful.
But I like that it wasn't resolved at the end of this story. Sounds weird, I know, but it made their relationship more realistic. In real life, sibling rivalry tends to run deep and long. It doesn't come to a grinding halt over a short period of time, and it doesn't disappear with distance. It lives a quiet existence until siblings are reunited, then it explodes into this living, breathing thing that causes discord and discomfort.
As if Sara and Becca needed more of those things. The bad news of their father's failing health was one more thing to worry about along with maintaining their family's inn. The added renewal of Sara's relationship with her high school sweetheart offered momentary relief for Sara, but that was all. There was still the question of if she was going to stay and help with her family's inn or if she was going to go back to her normal life, if she was going to take that second chance with her former boyfriend or if she was going to walk away.
I will warn you that this is a cliffhanger and it doesn't end on a good note. If you're looking for an HEA, it's not here. If you're looking for peace to finally exist between sisters, it's not here either. What is here is a family that's brought together by bad news, a renewed relationship that dies before it can fly, and a woman who needs to come into her own again. It's a good start to this series, a series that I hope gets better as it continues.
Jaimie Hope was born November 3, 1976, in New York. It wasn't until high school, where she joined the newspaper staff, that she decided she wanted to be a writer. After graduation, the author went to college and received an Associate's degree in 1999. In 2002, she moved to Florida where she was an active volunteer in the local historical society and the Deltona Regional Library. In 2006, she moved back to New York where she released her first Children's book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie. She followed it with a Young Adult novel, Bless The Broken Road. She also published her autobiography, Roll With It. She is planning to re-release book one of her New Adult Romance/Paranormal trilogy, The Sara Rhea Chronicles: The Road That Leads To Home and a new Children's Book series, along with releasing all her other self-published titles under her new publishing company, Back To Basics Publishing and Author Services in the fall of 2014.