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Going Home (Nugget #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  264 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over—and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love…

Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help h
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Published (first published January 1st 2014)
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1.5 stars

****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

The town of Nugget is fairly remote, small, and surprisingly full of possibilities, Maddy hopes for just a little of those possibilities to come her way. After discovering that her husband has been sleeping with his cousin's widow and the added bonus of he was in love with the widow before even marrying Maddy, she hightails it out of d
" Going Home" , the first book in the Nugget. Series was a charming story about what else coming home .

In the case of this story it is a coming home for Rhys Shepard; Rhys tries not to come home to Nugget often he has no real reason to, other than his best freind Clay , Nugget does not hold much of a draw for him even though his father still lives there Rhys has never had That type of relationship with Shep. A phone call from the Sherrifs office changes that, his father has been arrested for the
Oct 10, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Maddy is renovating an old mansion and turning it into a bed and breakfast. She's just ending her marriage after her husband has been cheating on her and she's focusing all her energy into opening her bed and breakfast. Rys is the interim police chief when he moves home to take care of his father. I enjoyed these characters and really was hoping for a HEA for Maddy and Rys. I enjoyed this book but thought it was a little slow and had so much going on it was hard to follow at times. I would've ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoy this series, I love small town romance and for the most part these are second chance at love stories. Each character has a past that has jaded them and it creates a very believable and likeable characters (for the exception of Clay from Finding Hope I still don't like him).

Maddy needed a place to start over after her disastrous marriage and divorce and Nugget California was the perfect place. She convinced her brother into buying the old dilapidated Lumber Baron and tu
Oct 27, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book free from Firstreads. This is my honest review.

This was such a fun and diverse read. It was part romance, part mystery and part history. It took place in the fictional town of Nugget, California, which is based on the present day place where the Donner Party got stranded in huge snow blizzards on their trek west in 1846. Fortunately, nobody eats anybody else in this story, but there is someone who is attacking people connected with an old Victorian mansion that is being refurbish
Amanda Sheila
****An ARC of Going Home by Stacy Finz was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange of honest review.

I enjoyed this book!

It's light, it's fluffy and if you like light romance, you certainly love this book. To be honest I'm not exactly in the mood for light romance, lately I'm craving for dark ones and that's why I didn't really connect with the characters. It's solely my fault, not the book.

I love Maddy's attitude. She's focused and she's determined. I find myself wanting to be like
Katherine P
I love a good small town romance and Stacy Finz's newest did not disappoint. I liked that this isn't one of those small town impossibly full of boutiques and fancy stores. Nugget is struggling to survive and beginning to figure out that they need to do something different to keep going. While both Maddy and Rhys are both interesting characters who make rational decisions but for the most part this reads more like a fiction. To me this wasn't a problem as I really enjoyed getting to know the ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
What a great first book in a series. I enjoyed this story so much. Maddy moves to the town of Nugget after discovering her husband has been unfaithful. While renovating an old mansion into an inn, she meets Rhys, the police chief. He is only in town temporarily while he makes arrangements for his ailing father. There is so much going on in this story, there are criminals and busy bodies and a strong theme of family loyalty. I think this is a great start for the series, I am excited to read the ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2014, net-galley
What a wonderful book! This one is set in a lovely little mountain town called Nugget IN California.

After splitting from a cheating husband Maddy sets about turning an old mansion into a Bed and Breakfast. Can she overcome her neighbours reservations and befriend them. At the same time Detective Rhys Shepard has taken leave from his job to work back home whilst he cares for his father.

I really loved Maddy's character- really warm and well rounded. I was willing her to make a success of the proje
Jun 02, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
It started out okay but then it involved way to many people and what was going on with them. I think the couple was lost in all this and the other stories took away from them in general.

For the two main characters I enjoyed them but the side stepping of one another got a little old. I hope the next book in the series is better and doesn't involve so many of the townspeople.

After discovering her husband's infidelity, Maddy leaves the world of high society behind and sets her sights on life in the sleepy little town of Nugget, where she and her brother plan on turning a historic downtown building into a beautiful hotel, and she plans on proving to herself and the rest of the world that she really can make it on her own. But small towns aren't always so welcoming of newcomers, and her sexy new neighbor is an unexpected distraction.

When Rhys left Nugget, he never pla
Lynn Lim
Jun 17, 2015 Lynn Lim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first in the wonderful Nugget series by Stacy Finz. I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC of "Going Home" as well as the whole Nugget series, and for introducing me to such an outstanding new author.
This is the wonderful story of Maddie and Rhys as they fall in love, and all of the difficulties happening in their lives. Ms. Finz takes you on a roller coast ride of emotions in this book.
Rhys left Nugget, California when he was 18 and other than visiting
Jun 05, 2015 LJT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going Home by Stacy Finz is an engaging combination of sexual tension, mystery, angst, and of course, romance. The story takes place in the small town of Nugget, California, where the winters are harsh and the majority of the townsfolk are busybodies and very resistant to change. Nugget's claim to fame is the Donner Party tragedy and the author does a nice job of incorporating the history into the storyline.

The two main characters, Maddy Breyer and Rhys Shepard, are able to find love in the mids
Sep 18, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
The place that'd been Maddy's home was gone, lost to the betrayal of her husband cheating and their divorce. Not that she minded. His infidelity gave her the chance to start over in the small town of Nugget doing what she did best-running an inn. Well, trying to at least. The building was falling down around her ears. Accidents kept happening. And the people... Let's just say they weren't the most accepting bunch I've ever met. But she had her brother and determination. Those should have been ...more
Jennifer Craig
Sep 06, 2016 Jennifer Craig rated it really liked it
Welcome to Nugget, California! This is the first book in Stacy Finz’ Nugget series and it is a good start to the series. Maddy Breyer has come to Nugget to help her brother renovate and open a small hotel. She is also regrouping after finding out that her husband has been having an affair and is in love with someone else (as well as her, so he claims). When Maddy arrives in Nugget, she move into the other side of the duplex from the sexy new police chief, until renovations at the Lumber Baron ...more
Kelly Haggerty
Jun 14, 2015 Kelly Haggerty rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I would like to thank Kensington via NetGALLEY for giving me an unreleased copy for an honest and fair review.

In the wake of her failed marriage, Maddy finds Rhys to be the man she can count on while turning the Lumbar Baron into a hotel, but will she fall apart when he goes back to Houston? Will Rhys be able to leave Maddy and his new found sister and brother and turn down the police chief position in Nugget for the Lieutenant’s position in Houston?

This debut novel is a 4 star beginning to t
Oct 10, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Maddy Breyer has been betrayed by her husband. He’s been sleeping with his cousin’s widow, who he confesses he had been in love with before marrying Maddy. Enough said. She is out of there. She and her brother are going to renovate an abandoned Victorian on the town square in Nugget, California. It will make a beautiful bed and breakfast inn. Just the kind of distraction she needs.

Rhys Shepard is back in Nugget to care for his father who has symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He is acting as inte
Elizabeth Horbaczek
This book was given to me for an honest review.

3 star. Being the authors first book, I thought it is a great debut. The characters are very likable and I loved that it was based on a small town. Rhys, before I get started,

a strong alpha male, had a hard time when growing up, but came back even though he didn't want to. He has very strong family morals, and screams sex on a stick when you put the alpha in a uniform. Maddys character was a strong leading lady. Moving there to start an adventure wi
Genevieve Bg
Jun 03, 2015 Genevieve Bg rated it really liked it
* I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

When I received an email offering me to review this book, I thought why not. It's an autor I haven't read before, so it's nice to have a chance to find someone new and great. Moreover, I'm in a mood for romance. I read the abstract and while it's wasn't bad, I knew that this book wouldn't be in my to-read piles without that free copy. Guest what? I'm so glad for it because, wow, what a great read.

This is the story of
Jun 14, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of the plot and the interesting background of small town Nugget in Going Home. The way Stacy included some of Nugget's somewhat horrifying history really brought the place to life!

Both of the main characters, Maddy and Rhys are strong. They come from very different backgrounds, but that doesn't stop the attraction they have for each other. In present day they have very different lives too though. Maddy has goals, and they are centered around her new life in Nugget. Rhy
Jul 14, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the 2nd book in this series first, and I really liked that book, with the exception of Clay getting on my nerves, so I already knew a bit about the main characters in this book, Maddy and Rhys, and I liked both of them in the 2nd book, so I wasn't surprised that they were very likable in their own book. Maddy is going through a tough time in her life, and I felt for her, and I was rooting for her, and I think it's important that a reader wants the lead characters to succeed, and she ...more
Ann Valdez
Oct 24, 2014 Ann Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stacy Finz writes in a good voice. Her first novel has a good plot and captivates the reader.

Maddy Breyer left her rich, cheating husband to go to Nugget, California to make an old abandoned building into a 20 room hotel.

Rhys shepard never liked Nugget growing up and left it ASAP. He is on the police force in Houston when he is called back to Nugget to take care of his father who was far from a nurturing man for all of Rhys' life. Rhys takes a six month leave from work in Houston, but plans to
Sep 02, 2014 ScarlettReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific debut novel by Stacy Finz. In this story, Ms. Finz introduces us to the charming and picturesque town of Nugget, California and its struggling business and land owners. Rhys Shepard has come home after escaping years earlier from the small town and his neglectful father. Rhys likes the bachelor life he leads as a Houston detective and is not happy to be back in Nugget as the interim police chief while taking care of his ailing father.

Maddy Breyer and her brother have recently
Jun 15, 2015 Sandra_d rated it it was amazing
Maddy’s new career is a lot like her life … in need of some rehabilitation and TLC! She moves to Nugget to purchase and rehab an old Victorian home with her brother, with the intention of turning it into a luxury hotel, but many in the community are less than receptive to the idea. Rhys is an up-and-coming detective in the Houston police force who moves, temporarily, back to his hometown of Nugget to assist his ailing father. While there, he accepts an appointment to Chief of Police, with every ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Going Home is the first book in the Nugget series by Stacy Finz.

Rhys Shepard comes home to Nugget to care for his father who is quickly succumbing to Alzheimer's. The two never had a close relationship and when Rhys left school he also left Nugget and never looked back. Now on leave from the Houston PD he agrees to the interim police chief position in Nugget while he figures out what to do for his father. His leave from HPD is six months and then he's heading back.

Maddy Breyer and her brother N
Alima Livzletlivz
Jun 01, 2016 Alima Livzletlivz rated it really liked it
“Finding Hope” was the first book of Stacy Finz I’ve read and I really liked it for her portrayal of loss, hope and second chances. Now “Going Home” is another love story set in the little town of Nugget. CA.

Detective Rhys Shepard is back home in Nugget to take care of his father battling Alzheimer’s. Despite his painful memories of childhood, family is family and he wants to make sure his father is being cared for. Nothing prepares him for the shocking revelation of stepsiblings that come to l
Jan 03, 2015 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very sweet story. I love the character of Rhys, the hero. He's a bit prickly at first...with good reason. He's really just a softy, and not even that deep down. You just have to scratch the surface.

As for the heroine, Maddy, I loved her will-power and strength. So many women make the mistake of not respecting themselves enough to know when to say bye. She stood firm and, although she talked to her ex-husband, never waivered.

Some of the town made me want to tear my hair out. I know that's how it
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The small town, Nugget, population 6000, is really what all small towns are imagined to be: little run down, needed an upgrade but fighting against the change, improvements, and diversity. It has some happy memories, lifelong friendships, gossip, newcomers, old timers, and a bit of crime.
The two newest members of town, police chief Rhys, and hotel owner Maddy, both are at the crossroads of their lives, not happy about the change they are
Ellen Anderson
Jun 03, 2015 Ellen Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I loved this book! Maddy has left her cheating husband and her brother Nate has helped her buy an old run down Victorian house in Nugget, and they are going to turn it into an inn. At least they hope to, with some town members being so old fashioned that they don't want change. Rhys grew up in Nugget and is now on the police force in Houston, Texas just waiting for an opening for Lieutenant. He's called home though when his father gets into trouble, and they find that the cause is actually ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the first book to the series Nugget. I liked it. I read the third book first, and now reading the second book. Going Home is full of drama, romance and a good community. There were a few love scenes toward the end of books.

Rhys Shepard has come back to Nugget because his father was arrested for stealing. Rhys is a cop in Texas. Turns out his father has Alzheimer. He has taken six months off work to take care of his father. He has also taken a temporary job of Nugget's Police Chief
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Stacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press) about a small mountain town that ...more
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