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A Place Called Home

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  589 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance ...more
ebook, 303 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 14, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kids made women look twice at a man. Usually in a good way.

For Mitchell Baker suddenly becoming a father to his friends' three children is challenging for this bachelor, but he'll be sharing guardianship with Thea, another friend of the deceased couple. But then Thea announces that Mitch can have sole guardianship. Thea Wyndham is a career woman, but it's not her job in advertising that's preventing her from sharing responsibility of the children.

With both Mitch and Thea already in relationships
Nov 22, 2015 -Ya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Goodman’s writing style is the only reason I was able to power through this long, slow-paced book. The blurb states both MCs are romantically involved with other people. Well, in the first half of the book, the plot devices such as a 31-year-old heroine being engaged with a 61-year-old man or a 33-year-old hero being romantically involved with a 23-year-old woman held little appeal for me even though the author carefully crafted both relationships with a certain level of maturity. (view spoiler) ...more
With great hesitation I am writing this review. The main characters have moments of unlike-ability but you soon understand their reasons for it. I believe that, at this time, this is Ms. Goodman's only contemporary romance. Written with some darker content it might be hard for some people to enjoy.

With the deaths of their married friends, Mitch Baker and Thea Wyndham are given joint custody of the couple's three children. Thea declines and, naturally, Mitch is upset. He has always had a thing fo
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance between two people who never thought they'd end up being instant parents to the orphaned children of their respective best friends. Very sweet and surprisingly sexy at the same time. I need to read some of Jo Goodman's other books, many of which I have on my to read shelf at home.

Reviewed in the December 2011 issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine:

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0
3.5 stars. Goodman’s first contemporary novel works surprisingly well with her elegant, understated style, aside from attempts to make her characters sound like “typical” men and women that sometimes come off as awkward. It’s not a typical romance in many ways: both of the two main characters are involved with other people for a good third of the story, and we even see some of those characters’ perspectives, which makes for a slightly uncomfortable read. I suspect A Place Called Home is closer t ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
This is third Jo Goodman book I've read and I've not enjoyed any of them. I keep trying though, because I feel that the writing is well-done, clean.

Even though this novel is well written, it's not plotted well. It's TERRIBLY boring. I've had an incredibly stressful couple of weeks and I wanted an easy-going read to take my mind off of real life. I should've chosen something rigorous and exciting, because this book certainly wasn't the relaxing read I wanted. It bored me to tears.

There is no real
Dec 16, 2011 Dabney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be dull. I liked the characters and the kids, but just couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. I realize this is Jo Goodman's first contemporary and hopefully her next will have more zing.

Plus, she needs just one to have a heroine who wasn't abused as a child. Just ONCE!
Sep 21, 2012 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really moving story about two people who have their lives turned upside down by the untimely deaths of their friends in a car accident, leaving behind three children for them to raise together. Mitch has had the children for a month already when Thea returns from her month long vacation. No one has been able to get in touch with her and so she's devastated to learn of her friend's deaths. There has always been a spark between them, but Thea has always fought it. Now that she's thrown tog ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; B+

The pacing and tone of this book are more in keeping with 'women's fiction' than typical contemporary romance. However, there are enough romantic moments and sex scenes to put it in the romance category.

I have always liked Jo Goodman's voice and I have always enjoyed a well written story about people finding happiness under challenging circumstances. Both combined in this story to make a satisfying read. I really enjoyed the children in the story and would have liked to see a bit
Susan (susayq ~)
I liked the slow build up of the relationship between Mitch and Thea. I liked that they were willing to work together, without being in a relationship with each other for the sake of the children they ended up with guardianship of. What I didn't like was Joel and Gina. Joel and Gina started off being the significant others of Mitch and Thea and they ended up together and with a baby...Joel being in his 60s and Gina 23. I also didn't care for the change in point of view in what seemed like the mi ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I'll be honest, I usually love Jo Goodman but there was something off about this book. I couldn't tell what it was but there was something just slightly left of center.

Like knowing that you need to add an ingredient to a dish but not knowing which one.

Thea annoyed me at first, and I'll be honest, I do not like her name. Even with all of her issues I still found her bland. Mitch was a bit of a hothead but I still came away with him being my favorite character.

I wish the kids had been involved mor
Hope Frost
I enjoyed meeting Thea and Mitch. Their story was a sad one, and the two made the best of the situation. I LOVED the twins. The were full of life and said exactly what popped in to their heads. I thought this story was a bit long. It was a slow starter for me. I didn't really start getting all that interested until close to 3/4 through. The thought sequences were VERY descriptive and the sex scenes, while hot, were as equally as wordy. I found myself skimming a lot. I will try this author again, ...more
Harry Lane
Orphaned children are given into the joint custody of unrelated friends of the deceased parents. The rest of the romance is built on this rather ingenious device. Characters are strong, dialog is good, and there are some inventive twists in the tale. The descriptions of physical intimacy were thankfully few, but those were intensely graphic.
Aug 19, 2012 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started off really strong for me but then became redundant and cookie cutterish/predictable about half way through. It did read quickly, but more because it was skimmable than it sucked me in.
Jul 14, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

As I was reading this book the one thing that I found myself consistently enjoying was how the author wrote the story -- her word choices, how she constructs sentences & paragraphs and how well the dialogue (both spoken and internal) worked for the characters. The writing was well textured, intelligent, often humorous and allowed me to fall into and luxuriate in the story.

I have always hated stories where the H/H meet and are so suddenly in love/lust that they obsessing over each ot
Jan 03, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A Place Called Home
By: Jo Goodman
Copyright December 2011
Publisher Zebra Contemporary Romance

When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship.
Oct 03, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B

I've been reading Ms. Goodman for many years but this is her first venture into contemporary romance, having stuck to historical and western romances. I must say I was cautious, knowing how much I enjoy her writing but unsure as to how that would translate into a contemporary setting. My concerns were needless, Ms. Goodman easily brings her wonderful, emotional story-telling to a modern day setting.

Thea Wyndham has suffered a tremendous shock. After learning her childhood friend and his
The Book Worm
May 25, 2016 The Book Worm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Place Called Home is a sweet, heartwarming romance novel. Mitch and Thea accepted to be godparents to their best friends Gabe and Kathy's children without giving it much thought. They always made sure they were present in the kids' lives but never really expected to be called to fulfill their duties as replacement parents. When Gabe and Kathy pass away unexpectedly in a car accident, Mitch and Thea find themselves with the hard task of having to raise eleven year old Emilie and five year old t ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Shauni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have enjoyed the works of Jo Goodman since the early 80’s, I would love to get my hands on some of her earlier works but have not been able to find them as of yet. I know I have liked every book she has written although I will admit to liking some better than others. With all that being said, I was prepared to dislike this book. I thought the story had been told and retold often enough, shoot.. Diane Keaton had even made a movie about a similar concept. It didn’t matter that Jo Goodman was a f
Apr 30, 2015 Addictive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a delight to read Jo Goodman’s latest A Place Called Home. When I initially read the summary I was thinking of that movie with Heigl and Duhamel with the same script and I was both scared and excited to read it. Scared because while the movie was funny, it didn’t grab me and pull me in like this book did.

A Place Called Home has a man’s man like Duhamel in Mitchell Baker who when the story sets out already has had the kids for about a month before Thea Wyndam comes into the picture. Mit
Amy Lignor
Dec 08, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether it is historical, western, or contemporary, it is always a romance that a reader will never forget when USA Today Bestselling Author, Jo Goodman writes a tale. She is one of those very few imaginative storyteller’s that can have readers at ‘hello.’

This new story offers readers not only romance, but a creative and emotional blend of family, love, friends, and the forces of fate can do to another. In this particular story, the main characters of Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker are told th
Mar 06, 2012 LoveRomance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 21, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Goodman is such a comfort go-to read for me. I love the at-times lyrical quality of her prose, its seeming sparseness, and the always witty dialogue between her characters.

I give this story 4-stars only because this feels to me like Goodman-lite. It's less angtsy and has fewer elements than her typical, somehow, and only 4-stars when compared to "If His Kiss Is Wicked" (my hands-down favorite Goodman). But lest you think the characters have less weight, nuh-uh. These are flawed people, folks,
Dec 25, 2015 SweetSue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A contemporary, but nicely out of time in that the story wasn't littered with product placements and referrals to specific pop culture. So the children might watch Disney movies, but not one in particular. The children were reasonable characters in the story - they acted their age but I didn't feel like their cuteness was overdone and while they are definitely important, the story focused on the adults.

The characters were very well drawn. Especially the heroine's issues. Although the particular
Jan 30, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by this Author. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the fact that this story wasn’t cut and dried. It had a few twists and turns and I found it to be a real page turner.

Thea Wyndham and Mitch Baker first met each other at the wedding of their good friends Gabe and Kathy.
Mitch was interested in Thea when he met her at the wedding but Thea wasn’t interested in dating Mitch. Over the years they would see each other at functions that Gabe and Kathy invited them to. Bot
Melanie Adkins
Jan 28, 2012 Melanie Adkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An accident changed Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker's lives forever. They always thought they were prepared to take on the responsibilities of godparents until it happened. Thea, a busy advertising executive, didn't want to mother 3 children. She had a great life and a man she loves, well maybe loves. He definitely didn't want children. Mitch, a busy political cartoonist and single guy, figured he'd be sharing the kids with Thea. Both learn a lot about themselves, the children and each other bef ...more
a nice enough modern-day love story, but there were too many niggling annoyances for me to like it much:

-the author exposed the holes in her understanding of feminism a few too many times for comfort (especially with the stereotyping of the children, their tastes, and their activities; and in the end the high-powered executive heroine is the one who goes to half-time work to better manage her growing family. boo.)
-she wrote poorly about fashion, and so instead of embellishing her characters (our
Stacey Pagan
Mar 02, 2012 Stacey Pagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodman has taken me for a rollercoaster ride, and what a ride it was! The novel starts out with Mitchell Baker and Thea Wyndham gaining custody of their late best friends’ children. However, Thea is unsure of the children, as her past leaves her feeling unconfident with parenting responsibilities. Mitch takes on the responsibilities full force, knowing he is doing right by his friends.

Thea has many ghosts in her closet, but over time, confesses them all to Mitch, who continues to love her throu
Aug 14, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It was such a joy to read this story. About two people thrown together to take over the care of 3 children after their mutual friends were killed in a car accident. Thea is an advertising executive with her fathers company. Very well too do. Mitch is a political cartoonist for a local paper. Thea has her secrets which make her leary of caring for the young children. Mitch has stepped into the role as parent. Both have found their hearts have bee t ...more
Julie Barrett
Jan 05, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Place Called Home by Jo Goodman
The twins parents had died. The guardianship was left to
Mitch who is kinda engaged to Regina, and Thea who is engaged
to Joel he's 30 years older.
Mitch raises the kids with help mostly from his mother and father.
Thea stops by once a week to spend a few hours with the kids. There is
also an older girl.
Neither of them realize that when they leave the kids get so upset
as their parents never returned. There's a lot all of them need
to learn if they'd just talk and rela
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