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3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  4,240 Ratings  ·  461 Reviews
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, and fresh off a divorce from the owner, Jenna Stevens is desperate for a change. So when she spots a for-lease sign in her hometown, she impulsively decides to open her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But as soon as she gains a f ...more
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Published November 20th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Absolutely Fabulous!! I kept putting this book off because I knew it wasn't a true romance, the cover didn't excite me, the story overview never made me put it to the top of the read list and it was more about family relationships. Lesson learned: "Don't judge a book by its cover- front or back". I loved it and wish I wouldn't have waited to read it. This is a book that I will recommend to everyone and it was such a great read from beginning to end. There is nothing I didn't like about it; it wa ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Nely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, e-book
Let's start with the cover of this book... just look at it.... I mean, this is the type of book I'd buy just because of its stunning cover. But once I opened its pages I knew that this is the type of book that you enjoy owning because you just want to own it.

When Jenna's husband betrays her, she leaves her home and career as a sous-chef in L.A. and returns to her small hometown in Texas to rebuild her life. She decides to switch gears and opens a cookware store where she meets a slew of characte
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I have to start out by saying that I love the cover of this book. It is so beautiful and inviting and it makes me want to host a back yard dinner party.

I have read a few of Susan Mallery's book and I have really loved the combination of romance and family and heartbreak she weaves into her stories...and this book is no different.

Jeanna is a talented chef in a trendy LA restaurant, married to another popular chef. Her life is going along just "fine", not fantastic, but what marriage is perfect?
Laura (Kyahgirl)
1/5; 1 star; DNF

I have never read anything by this author. Would someone please recommend one to me that they thought was awesome? I was expecting something with the feel of Robyn Carr or Jodi Thomas but it didn't happen.

I gave this book 1 star at least because the flow of the prose was good. I just really disliked the main character's personality. Maybe I'm too intolerant but I could not work up an interest in a character who would, on a whim, throw all her money into a retail store, knowing f
Mar 11, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gosh I hate to give 2 stars to a book from Susan Mallery. I'am a big fan of her, really. It's the first time I read one of her women fiction novels and I didn't enjoy it at all. I don't have anything specific against it except it was terribly borring to read. I really forced myself to read till the end. I'm glad I did because the end is far better to me than the beginning. I was somewhat happy for Violet. Jenna adn Ellington... couldn't care less. My favorite character was Dragon(fly). The guy d ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Jacqie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always kind of liked Susan Mallery's frothy little romantic comedies. It looks like now she is trying to redefine herself as an author who's a bit more serious, like Susan Wiggs, maybe. There's still some romance in this book, but it is more of a women's fiction book, focusing on relationships between mothers and daughters.

I was drawn to the book because the main character is a chef who decides to open a cookware store. I love to cook and worked in retail until recently, so I was interested
Brie C.
Apr 06, 2011 Brie C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on: Romance Around the Corner

I have enjoyed almost everything I’ve read by Susan Mallery, some of her books I liked more than others, and some of them are pure gold. I believe this book falls into the last category.

Already Home is about a group of women whose lives get mixed together by different reasons. Jenna is recently divorced and is back at home, her self-esteem has gotten such a huge blow that she is even changing careers, she used to be a chef but now feels so insecure
Mar 20, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: NetGalley
I want to start out saying that this book is Women's Fiction, not Romance, which is generally what Susan Mallery writes and what I read. I don't read a lot of Women's Fiction so this was a new experience for me. However, I just had to read this because I've read almost everything Mallery has written and I knew it had to be wonderful.

That being said, it did take me a little while to get into the book. Because it was not what I was used to, it took me a while to adapt to Already Home. However, onc
Andrea Corley
I loved this story from the first sentence. There aren't many stories that can capture me from the get-go and Susan was able to do that with her writing in this story. I liked the fact that even though it wasn't a mystery, you weren't able to predict what was going to happen next or look further into the story until it actually happened. You could sense that something was amiss, but you just couldn't quite put your finger on it. I loved every direction that the story took and how it all flowed s ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find that I really, really enjoy Susan Mallery's women's fiction work much better than I do her romance novels. There is something about how untidy she lets things get in these books that really appeal to me. And they aren't sweet. I am not a fan of sweet.

This was a great story. Jenna is a newly divorced, highly demoralized chef who has returned to her place where she grew up near Dallas to lick her wounds. Her husband was a loser who constantly belittled her cooking, while simultaneously stea
Jan 16, 2016 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book. For me, most of the narration fell flat, which I believe was due to the writing. The characters seemed flat and one dimensional for the most part, particularly the men. Violet was the exception, however. I enjoyed her plot line, as well as the narrator's kind of odd characterization. So, more Violet! Hers is a story I'd very much like to read, if Ms. Mallory should choose someday to write it. Having two mothers doesn't really seem much of a problem when stood next t ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

Divorced, she goes home
Opens store in old hometown
Then birth parents come

Dramatic, angsty
Importance of family
Many strong women
Jan 16, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book and listened to the audio version with this story.

Audio Version:
I found the narrator to be irritating/grating. There wasn't a lot of creativity with the characters' voices. It was more like I was reading the story to myself at home. While it took away from the story, it is still preferable to listen to it rather than read it (at least for me).

The story:
I am glad I read something I would not normally read. Trying something different is a great thing to do especially when it comes
Jul 18, 2015 L8blmr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many things I liked about this story, but something about it annoyed me a little bit, too. You could say that the plot is a study in contrasts because it constantly causes the reader to make comparisons between the characters. I found some aspects of the story a little too contrived, too pat, while others seemed more fresh and original. The idea of an adult adopted child meeting birth parents is one that is close to my heart and I am still not sure if I liked the way that was treated ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a new Susan Mallery fan. So far this is my favorite.

Jenna's marriage has ended. Her ex, Aaron, though charming and good-looking, had systematically destroyed her self-confidence and her creativity. So she has left L.A. behind, returned home to Georgetown, Texas and bought a store front to open a cooking store, Grate Expectations. But she is terrified. What does she know about retail. She knows kitchen, but selling and customers, Yikes!

Just as she thinks she has a handle on the store, ( she
This was quite the heavy hitter for me. I'm not sure if I've read most of Susan Mallery's work or not, but this type of story deviates from the other stories I've read from her.

In Already Home we see at least 3 (Jenna, Violet, and Beth) women work towards and through one of those "defining moments" we all have in life. I think that is the best way to describe the story here. Yes there is romance, new and old relationships, but the story isn't about that.

I actually had a bit of trouble with thi
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
I really really enjoyed this book. This book is a little different from any other book I've read from Susan. This is not so much of a romance contemporary but more fiction. So it's a different kind of read. "Already Home" is a book, that I would assume may be an interesting read for those who are adopted or going through a divorce. Because this book is about a woman named Jenna who is newly divorced that went back to her hometown to start her life over again.

So in "Already Home" Jenna comes back
Meredith Schorr
Oct 24, 2011 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several times while reading this book, I was reminded that as a new author, I have a lot to learn and will hopefully keep getting better. This is the first book I've read by Susan Mallery and, wow, she is an amazing story teller.

It's hard to summarize the plot of this book because there were many things going on at the same time (in a good way) but in a nutshell, Jenna is a woman who is recently divorced from a pretty emotionally abusive man. An ex-chef, she has returned to her hometown where he
Apr 22, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenna Stevens has moved back home to Texas. After splitting from her ex. Jenna is ready for a brand, new start. What she didn’t expect was to purchase a building. It sounded like a good idea when Jenna purchased the place. She was going to open up a store and sell all kitchen supplies. There is just one problem…Jenna does not know the first thing about retail. Besides Jenna is better in the kitchen. Lucky for Jenna, she finds Violet. Violet has lots of retail experience. Now if only Violet can h ...more
May 02, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If i had wanted a book that follows some person's very boring and emotional life, i would've picked up a biography or a memoire.
This book was a complete waste of my time.
I don't know about you, but when I pick it a book I don't really wanna hear about how this person is doing absolutely nothing with their life besides attempting to deal with their emotional drama. If i wanted drama I can watch TV or look to my own life.
The good news is that Susan Mallery told her readers what was going to hap
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

For years, Jenna has lived the city life. She was married, worked in a restaurant by her husband's side, and was doing well. Or was she? Her marriage crumbled,leading into Jenna rethinking her life and her dreams. What did she really want? Was she really living our her dreams? What does one do when she realizes she needs something different? Well, go home, of course. On a whim, she starts her own business. But Jenna's going to need a lot of help to keep up with her new store.

Jun 05, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, arc
I really enjoy Susan Mallery's books. The stories and are almost always well-written and entertaining. Almost Home starts off a bit slow and is a less engaging but eventually picks up. Jenna Stevens returns to her hometown after divorcing her husband. On an impulsive move, she leases out a retail store. With no clue on how to run a business, she finds herself blindly starting over. She quickly hire Violet to help her run her cooking store. As she tries to settle into her new life, her biological ...more
Jan 28, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Received for review from Publisher
Actual Rating: 4.5

What I Loved: This was a story of two completely different women: Jenna and Violet. They both had things from their past that they needed to overcome. Jenna, who is the center of the story, has birth parents, a divorce, the dating pool, opening a store, and learning how to live with the fact that she isn't where she thought she would be at 32. Violet has a dark past, intuition issues, trust issues, and accepting that the person she is today as
Dec 23, 2014 D.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasant surprise for me, the kind of book that I wouldn’t have thought I liked but ended up enjoying a lot.

I’ve never read anything by Susan Mallery and I picked this one up because I liked the cover. I’m glad I knew from the beginning this wasn’t a romance (Ms. Mallery’s usual genre) because if I thought it was, I’d have given up on it within the first few chapters. I’m glad I didn’t.

The beginning of the book was slow and a bit too deliberate. It deals mostly with Jenna opening
Maria Munoz
Mar 18, 2011 Maria Munoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Mallery has crafted a beautifully written novel about family-- the family we chose, the family that is chosen for us, and the family we lose for any number of reasons. This story will have you smiling and crying as you watch Jenna return home to rebuild her life after a bad marriage has shaken her confidence. She opens a cookware store with the help of Violet, a woman with a good heart and a complicated past. Jenna is stunned one day when her birth parents walk in unannounced looking to bu ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this may be my favorite of Susan Mallery's books. I loved the storyline and the fact that the romance was secondary. The main storylines about Jenna's new life and her parents suck you in. I thought I'd be annoyed because Jenna is newly divorced and ends up with a new love interest. I hate when characters jump out of divorce to another relationship, but it wasn't the focus and Mallery eased into it. It worked.

I loved Dragon and Violet. I'd love a whole book with just them! All of the c
Apr 27, 2012 Mandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can I please have my pickers from the Pick It For Me Challenge stop mentioning how I don’t read contemporary romances and then recommending contemporary romances? I do read contemporary romance; I just don’t like 90% of them. Feel free to recommend the other 10%, though. ;-)

The romantic interest in this story was nothing more than an afterthought. This is how I imagine it going:
Oh, wait. This is a romance novel? Crap. I’ve written the whole book already. Quick. Make up a hero. So what if he doe
Anna Rebecca
I am not even going to try to be coy. I loved this book! I had never read a Susan Mallery book before this, but if her other books are this good, I will be reading more. I saw this book at the library and it just intrigued me. So I looked both ways to be sure nobody saw me take a romance book and then fled to the checkout. It turns out I liked this book so much I just ordered a copy for my home library and I will read it again the moment I get it. I'm not too proud to say I'm counting down the s ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Belle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't decide what rating to give this, so I'll be generous and says 3, although I'm feeling 2 1/2. (It would be so nice if we could do that.) My biggest issue with this book is that it tries too hard to be one of those emotional, keeps you guessing, upsets you kind of books. Or so it feels like. My second biggest problem is that there's way too much going on. It's easy to follow (and a bit predictable) but there's just so much happening that nothing ever really packs an emotional punch. Jenna' ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
This is the second Mallery I've read, and I really like her writing. Her stories are more than just your generic chick lit; they're about women. Yes, there are men present, but they're not an alternate point of view. Mallery writes about women and their every day struggles. Sometimes the women find or have men in their lives, but it's simply an added bonus. The stories are about relationships between women and with themselves.

This story is about Jenna, a sous chef who decides to open a cooking s
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