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Home by Morning (Powell Springs #1)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,232 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The futility of war... An invisible, indiscriminate enemy, striking without mercy... Hearts broken, then restored and sustained by love... A story of two worlds—one at war on the Western Front, the other grappling with an unseen adversary at home. In October 1918, Dr Jessica Layton stops in her hometown of Powell Springs, Oregon, on her way to a new position at Seattle Gen ...more
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published May 21st 2010 by Montlake Romance
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Jess the Romanceaholic
Ok ok, so I admit that a recurring thought throughout this novel was "1918? That's the year Edward Cullen died!" LMAO I know! I couldn't help it LOL

Seriously though, other than the setting being more "modern" than your typicaly western romance, this was a pretty standard read from Alexis Harrington.. There was a lot of focus on the townspeople and their own relationships, to the point that a lot of it was more of an "historical fiction" than "historical romance".

And honestly? That's not a bad t
Suzanne Barrett
It's been a long time since I read a romance with as interesting a premise as Alexis Harrington's Home by Morning. I saw this book on a review site, and the cover art and blurb sucked me in instantly. I downloaded the sample read from Amazon, was so entranced by the story and the strong characterization that I had to buy the book. I read it in a day and a half (okay, I was a vendor at a craft show and read between customers), but when I got home I had to read the rest.
I was not disappointed.

Kathleen J
Ms. Harrington is good at several things. Most of the time she shows the right amount of historical detail to take us to this place and time. The backdrop of war and epidemic and villains are enough to keep us turning pages through much of the book. Harrington does love/sex scenes well. Her writing sometimes has nice imagery like saying his kisses were like a summer rain, warm, soft and wet or something to that effect.

The things she doesn't do so well include characterization: the characters are
Rebecca Barton
This was an extremely easy, but pleasurable read. The Spanish Influenza strikes a small north western town during World War I. The book follows a young female doctor, given a rare opportunity to do a research study in Seattle, but stops over at her home-town for a visit and ends up staying since the small town is void of a doctor during the trying times.

With the arrival of the "permanent" Doctor for the town, a couple of scandals occur, including one regarding the Doctor not wishing to stay in a
I debated giving this book a 2-star rating, but I only paid $2 for this book on Amazon so I decided to give it a 3-star. The support characters and plotline are 2-dimensional and predictable, but I found myself caring about Dr. Jessica Layton, Cole Braddock and the town of Powell Springs.

The author tried to mask that this was a romance novel by using over-complicated descriptions. When the love scene finally arrived, Harrington really shined. I would've also liked Harrington to focus more on th
I enjoyed this story mainly because of the setting. I love the west and this time period and I liked learning about this epidemic I had never heard of. I liked that I had no idea who had "done it" till it was revealed. The two main characters were a little weak too me and the reason they stayed apart was such a silly one. If you loved someone that much you would find out why they changed there mind. I know I would. I would not constantly avoid talking about it either, it just was a weak point fo ...more
This is a great read.

It takes place from October to November 1918 in a small town in Oregon. Jessica Layton is a woman doctor who stops in her home town on her way to Seattle. She arrives just as the great influenza epidemic breaks out and the town has no doctor. She stays on to help the sick and dying.

While all this is going on, Jessica is dealing with the fact that the love of her life is about to marry her sister. In addition to all this, the town minister has set his sites on Jessica but he
I have for a long time wanted to read more books of Alexis Harrington so it was a real treat getting it so easily for my new kindle. It was a bit different from the other books I have read, but I liked to get more insight it the terrible epidemic of 1918. Now and then I had to smile because a lot of the premises gave me strong reminiscence of the epidemic in Dr. Quinn :-) I was a bit puzzled, however, over some of the story lines that seemed unresolved and unnecessary, but discovering that a seq ...more
1918 - Powell Springs, Oregon - Dr Jessica Layton had sworn never to return to Powell Springs, but she's traveling from New York to Seattle and stops off at her hometown for just a brief visit. Jessica was the daughter of the deceased physician of Powell Springs, and had left the small town years ago to study medicine in New York. She'd left behind the love of her life, Cole Braddock, the town's blacksmith, who is now involved with Amy, Jessica's sister. She would be here only for a few days and ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Marilyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marilyn by: Goodreads
A great story about a period I've never read before but used to hear my mother talk about. The information about the Spanish flu epidemic was very interesting. There is a sequel coming, Home by Nightfall about the brother who went off to war. As an ebook, the format was excellent. One book of Harrington's that I read in the past was good but the formatting was terrible.
The story of a woman physician, due in Seattle to begin a new position, who returns to her hometown in Oregon to visit her sister. While there the Spanish influenza pandemic arrives and she agrees to take care of the sick and dying until a new physician, already scheduled to arrive in a month, arrives. Her former fiancé is now dating her sister, which complicates life. The tangled webs woven by lies threatens to permanently end the likelihood of the doctor and her fiancé getting back together. I ...more
Liz B
This summer I worked my way through some books I had bought previously for my kindle and never gotten around to reading. (I made a rule for myself when I first got my kindle that I would wait until I had finished one book before buying another. Ha! Ha! Ha! That didn't last long.)

I got this one because I had enjoyed another Alexis Harrington book, and I am just so eager for historical romance set in time periods other than the Regency. (I'm not sure if I even finished a Regency in 2013.) And the
Ok, it was an easy read but it kept my attention throughout and I didn't see any of the plot twists coming.
Katrina Bruce
Love awakened

Love awakened

ok so I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. As I continued to read, like other books I placed myself as the character. This time oh my I was happy to be Jessica with Cole. Like most women I love a sappy love story, I kept imagining how it was to be Jessica, her feelings everything. Growing a distaste for Adam not that three me for a loop! I recommend this book for the good happy ending! There really was nothing besides Adam that I didn't like about the boo
Viviane Crystal
Jessica Layton, a medical doctor in the early 20th Century when women were frowned on for becoming doctors, is on her way to Seattle, Washington to take up a new position. She's been working in New York City and been overwhelmed by the poverty and needless illness bred from dirty and malnourished conditions. Now she stops off in her hometown of Powell Springs, Omaha and the sparks immediately start flying. First she ticks off the town quack with her useless remedies. Then she has to face her old ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Michele rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.... and I have
Recommended to Michele by: I read Alexis's Biography...loved her passions... new I'd love her writing.
Home By Morning was the first of two books. Home By Nightfall the next. Phenomenal story of a family prior to, during and after the WWI. This family lives in Oregon and one of the sons is sent to war....along with the horses from their farm. The story stays with the son in France while he serves. A woman in this family travels home, a doctor who had practiced in New York and the story starts with her coming home for awhile but then the plague sets in. Reading Alexis's books are so inclusive of w ...more
I liked the characters. I liked the premise--a woman doctor in a small pacific northwest town fighting the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. There's romance, betrayal, nutty people, a little humor. What didn't make sense to me was a whole secondary plot and character line. The hero's brother is fighting in France, in the trenches of WWI. His wife is at home. Several times we're in France, in his POV. He is killed. Or is he? Is it just a set-up for the next book? There was a whole thing about the ...more
I seem to have a thing for historical westerns at the moment and this fit into that category. I liked the idea of a woman fighting for her right to practise medicine in a time when this was not the norm, the Spanish flu epidemic devastating the small town, and the romance spliced into it all means that this sounds like it's just my cup of tea.

There are two big twists in this story and, unfortunately, both of them were glaringly obvious before they were even hinted at as being twists. What's more
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Veronica Bareman
Enjoyable read, but it took me a while to get involved in the story.

I liked the time period in which the book was set. I liked the heroine and the bad guys - both of them, but I feel they could have been better developed.

I did not like the war scenes. They seemed to be chapters from a different book thrown in, although they were well-written.

A good free read - good enough that I'll read the sequel out of pure curiosity.

NOTE: 3 months later. Today I found myself almost re-reading this book think
Cheryl McNeil
This low-key (as in, not hot) romance takes place in Oregon during the influenza epidemic. I thought it was an above-average romance read: the writing flows and is free of genre cliche; the plotting and historical detail are interesting; the main characters are likable, and the main female character is additionally a strong and educated person (a medical doctor). The roadblock that kept the two romantic interests separated for much of the story, was not entirely believable . . . until we finally ...more
It's 1918 and Dr. Jessica Layton stops by her hometown on the way to a research job in a Seattle hospital. She agrees to stay and temporarily help out as the town doctor until the actual contracted doctor arrives--at the same time the town is struck by the Spanish flu. Now she has to deal with the fact that her old lover is set to marry her sister, a new suitor in the form of the sycophantic town minister, and of course, a new and deadly plague. This is also the story of two people Jessica doesn ...more
Jackie White
I could not get into this book. Too many characters, none of which I cared about & the Speed with which they were introduced made it hard to keep up.
I made it through 5 chapters then gave up - very rare for me but there are too many other good books waiting to be read.
A Warm Tale

I enjoyed this book's lack of gruesomeness, graphic sexual details, and violence! It was so refreshing to just read a good, wholesome story about realistic events. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Frankie Oberlechner
Well written

Starts out slow, but picks up and is an interesting romance story. Ending ends one part but leaves an opening to another part to continue with the next book.
This book is a historic romance that takes place during WWI in Oregon. Jessica, a female physician has returned to her idyllic hometown to visit her sister. Her lifelong love still stirs her but he is now courting her sister who expects an engagement announcement any day. Amidst the Spanish Influenza crisis, Jess and Cole uncover a devastating deception and encounter terrible animosity. The idyllic town is not quite what it appeared.
This book was fun to read and the details of the historical con
Diana Green
Some reviewers complained that this wasn't "hot" enough, but I appreciated the focus on story rather than overblown sexuality. You could still feel the main characters' attraction to each other, without needing to be hit over the head with it.

True, some of the plot elements were predictable, but they were written well enough to keep me completely engaged. I especially loved one hilarious twist at the end, regarding a certain minister.

Overall this is one of the better romances I have read. It w
Nicki Rae
Although I am a huge history buff, I have never read anything from this era. A friend sent it to me and I thought, "If this doesn't catch my attention in the first chapter or so, I probably won't read it." We'll, once I read the chemistry between Dr. Jessica Layton and Cole, I was instantly hooked. She is nothing and everything like most "heroines" in romance. She is strong and knows what she wants but at the same time she has that one weakness, Cole! Takes you back a bit to see how living used ...more
It was a pretty good western read. Not appropriate for children. I did like some of lifes lessons learned in it.
Feb 14, 2015 Nenya added it
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one H and two sisters, and lots of angst? uh huh... not touching with a barge pole this one!
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