The best journeys take us home….
When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn’t love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she’s settled into a quiet life on her own—never expecting to see her husband again.
Johnny spent almost two years deep undercover, unable to let his wife into his cold, dangerous world. He’s shaken to the core when he comes home to find her gone. It’s painfully clear that Tessa is no longer the timid young woman he married—she’s become a force of nature, a brave and determined beauty. Johnny can’t let her go without a fight so he sets out to seduce his own wife. But will passion alone be enough to convince Tessa that her new life should include a second chance at happiness with a man who must learn to believe in love?
Close to Home takes readers back to Sanctuary Island with never-before-introduced characters. I loved the first two books of the series, but it took me longer to connect with the other characters brought to the forefront. Close to Home gives us a familiar setting and people who are using Sanctuary Island as just that: sanctuary.
Tessa Alexander is not the same woman her husband Johnny knew. Johnny has a habit of wanting to take care and rescue people -- a need to do so, actually. That is how he and Tessa came to be married. When he finds her in Sanctuary Island, she is outwardly confident and strong.
By placing Tessa's life in danger (again), Johnny is able to do what he loves and let go of himself a little bit too. He and Tessa are able to connect and move forward with their marriage.
Close to Home was an easy read, a good place to start for those curious about Sanctuary Island. Tessa and Johnny don't have any obstacles in their way to happiness, which didn't ring that true for me, but this is a nice slice of life story.
(A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Close to Home.)