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Home Again (Chesapeake Diaries #2)

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New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

Dallas MacGregor is living the Hollywood dream. At thirtysomething, she’s an award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio B
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Published July 27th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Review by B.A. Ruggiero for Romance Novel News

Hollywood movie star Dallas MacGregor needs to get out of L.A. after her soon-to-be-ex-husband is exposed in a sex scandal. Worried about shielding her son, Cody, from the gossip and nasty press sure to ensue, she secretly flees to St. Dennis, a sleepy town on the Chesapeake Bay where she spent idyllic summers as a child.

At the home of her great aunt and retired Hollywood actress, Berry Eberle, Dallas attempts to keep a low profile, working on a scre
It has been a few years since Dallas MacGregor has returned to St. Dennis, MD to visit her great-aunt Berry Eberle. Dallas is currently a performer in Hollywood just like her Aunt was in her earlier years. Dallas decides St. Dennis is just the place to take her six-year old son Cody while she awaits her divorce from her husband Emilio due to his latest sex scandal.

Dallas quickly realizes St. Dennis is the perfect sanctuary for she and her son. She is also surprised to discover recently divorced
I don't know what it was about this book that made it so slow for me. It took me forever to read! Of course, being just before Christmas as well as doing a remodel in our bedroom leaves me with very little reading time. But still, if I'm hooked on a book I'll stay up all night reading. I really liked all of the characters. Dallas was trying so hard to be a good mom, Grant was so sweet and understanding, Berry was an absolute hoot. There was nothing to not like about this book.

I'm going with a 3
Loved the beautiful love story. Looking forward to reading book one and three of the series.
From my book review blog Rundpinne...[return][return]...A Hollywood actress hounded by paparazzi due to her soon to be ex-husband’s scandalous affairs flees to her hometown to protect herself and her child is not exactly a new setting for a novel, yet Mariah Stewart pulls it off magnificently in Home Again, the second book in her series, The Chesapeake Diaries. Home Again is a stand-alone novel and the reader is drawn to the small town of St. Dennis where Dallas MacGregor brings her 6-year-old s ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: series romance, beach read
Shelves: romance
My main comment about this novel is that it reads like a soap opera: The plot focuses on a group of core couples, with a bunch of supporting characters on the periphery that the reader can already tell will get their own stories. The reader is supposed to be following movie star Dallas MacGregor as she returns to her hometown and reconnects with the family and friends she left behind in search of fame and fortune. Dallas is in the middle of a divorce from her scandal-plagued director husband, an ...more
Laura de Leon
I really enjoyed the book, but...

I had one big problem with this book, and that was the description on the back cover, which, when I was reading the book felt simultaneously spoilerish and misleading.

But the content of the book itself was great!

I read Coming Home first, but it wasn't necessary. Both books can be read in either order without affecting your enjoyment.

Coming Home was a small town book mixed with romantic suspense, Home Again was a small town book mixed with an emotional drama. Th
Heather Felder
The second book in The Chesapeake Diaries series starts off with Dallas MacGregor having to deal (very publicly) with yet another one of her husbands infidelities. After her 6 year old son has kids at summer camp teasing him about it, Dallas decides to head back to her aunt's house in St. Dennis. Dallas knows that she will be able to relax, and think in St. Dennis but she doesn't know that her son will fall in love with the place, and become a happier child. Dallas plans just to stay for a coupl ...more
Dallas MacGregor is the quintessential small town girl who makes it big in Hollywood! She is a major Hollywood star, living the dream. Big houses, expensive cars, cheating love rat soon to be ex husband. Wait...what? When she finds out that some explosive sex tapes are about to be released to the public she decide that it is time for her to disappear out of the public eye for a while and so she escapes with her six year old son to her aunt's house in the small town of St Dennis. If nothing else, ...more
Judy Collins
Chesapeake Diary Series #2 --More from the quaint town of St Dennis - this series involves Dallas MacGregor, a thirty-something, award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success and wants to write her own screenplay. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio Baird, is caught in a sex scandal, Dallas’s charmed life turns tabloid nightmare. Determined to shield her young son, Cody, from the ugly uproar, Dallas seeks refuge in sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland—the C ...more
It is a pretty predictable story. It was definitely not bad just predictable. I have read Mariah Stewart before and will again. I do like that Dallas was so down to earth. She loved acting and it kind of blinded her from everything else but that did not really turn her into something she was not. She did have a good teacher in her aunt Berry. Once she moved back to St. Dennis she was pretty down to earth although not without regrets from her life that when it wasn't so simple.
"Home Again" by Mariah Stewart is the second installment in her Chesapeake Diaries series. It is the story of Dallas MacGregor, a very successful, award-winning actress living the Hollywood Dream. She has recently separated from her cheating husband, Emilio, a Hollywood film producer. She and their son, Cody, have barely moved out into a rental house, when her soon-to-be ex gets caught up in a sex scandal that makes all the tabloids. Dallas, in an effort to protect her son from the gossip, takes ...more
Movie star, Dallas MacGregor has returned to her great aunts home in St. Dennis. A small community by Chesapeake Bay. This place has always seems like home to her and with her marriage coming apart, she need to take her son, Cody, and leave the Hollywood scene. What better place than St. Dennis. As fate would have it her boyfriend, Grant, from the past has also come back to St. Dennis and the old feelings are still there. I enjoyed this story of love lost and found.
This was an enjoyable story about a successful Hollywood actress who returns to her great aunt's (also an actress) home in St Denis, MD with her young son after her husband posted a sex video of himself with two other women. As the summer progresses, she tries to put her marriage behind her and concentrate on helping her son cope as well as deciding what she next wants to do with here life/career. Things seem to be going well and then she runs into her first love from her teen days, who is now a ...more
Linda Smatzny
This is the second book in the Chesapeake Diaries series. This book features the story of Dallas MacGregor and Grant Wyler. Dallas is hiding out in St.Dennis, Maryland after another scandal involving Dallas's former husband. Grant is an old friend from childhood who has always loved Dallas. The story involves deciding what is really important in our lives. It was a quick easy read.
Home Again
Mariah Stewart
★☆ 1/2

Ugh. I was sooo disappointed in this book. I had enjoyed book 1 so much. But with any series theres always one book that just doesnt measure up. I hope the series goes uphill from here.

The book was good the story line fine I love Berry. Just the sweetest thing, reminds me of my auntie. But gosh the details were never ending.

I dont like how the author concentrated more on the details than on our hero and heroine. They didnt really have a story there. If anything thi
I had the opportunity to read this book because I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you! I actually got this as a bonus to winning the first one...but only because I am getting the next two in the series for Christmas am I even remotely satisfied! I love getting to know the characters, and although the ending originally seemed unnecessary - it was really emotional and intense - it served to tie things together and bring about a sense of order and completion to some ...more
I didn't like this one as much as the first one.

I thought the main romance was a little flat and the plot got slow at times. The things I did like were the setting, and the end. The happy ending was predictable but nice. The story takes place in the small fictional town of St. Dennis near the Chesapeake Bay. Since I lived near the bay for years, I have a special fondness for it.

As far as the characters, I enjoyed Dallas' Aunt Berry. She was interesting and Spunky. And some of the other side cha
It was basically the predictable love story but it was an okay one. A pleasant read; good for a rainy day. Sometimes I just like the easy reading.
Char (1RadReader59)
I think what I like about this is the relationship between Dallas and her great aunt Berry who use to be an actress. She lives Grand and teaches her son Cody to live Grand also which he needs after having to leave his dad behind in Hollywood. You see his dad has been caught with his pannts down with someone that is not his mom. So to save Cody from the press she comes home to her aunt Berry. And runs right into her old flame Grant who is now the town Vet. which brings a dog into Cody's life whic ...more
Second in Chesapeake diary series and going to order 3rd today. Ling book, but very exciting and great page turner. Read all 3 if you can in order and it really helps you get to know the characters
that I really enjoy. I don't want to give the story away......This will win your heart
"Just skippy!" as Stewart's characters would say.
I did enjoy this novel where the humorous, gossipy friends really reflected a small town life and their concern for their friends and neighbors. They really were part of each others' life, in a world where things get so fast paced that many of us no longer see the people around us, or participate in the lives of others. The characters had some substance and considered their life choices just like any of us might. A pleasant, relaxing read. Thank
Como sorbete de limón...suave, fácil de digerir.
Jessica Alcazar
I really liked this story. I loved the 'coming home' aspect (even though Dallas really didn't know she was but her subconscious knew lol), the 'second chance' for both Dallas with Grant and Aunt Berry with her secret admirer ;) (hopefully Berry's will develop more in books to come) and also Dallas and Brooke clearing the long overdue air between them and lastly, Cody! I'm a sucker for a happy kid!
It was easy and fun to read and it made you want to run out and start the nest in the series! :)
Great book! Fun story about a Hollywood actress who goes back to her hometown with her son for some much needed de-stressing, and re-discovers her first love and her motivation. Story is really well developed, characters are well-written and deep. This is the 2nd in a new series, I haven't read the first yet, but they can stand on their own. This is also set in a town from other books of Stewart's, so you do run in to characters you recognize from previous books, which is nice!
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
Meh, not as interesting as I hoped. It's supposed to be a romance but it's more like a women's fiction. It would have been fine if it that was how it marked. I was a little bored at times to be honest and felt that Grant wasn't developed enough as a main for be to get excited over. The book was honestly more about the relationship between Dallas and the indomitable Berry.

The story wasn't too bad but not what I expected but I can't wait until I read about Steffie and Wade
I've read almost all of Mariah Stewart's books, from her early romantic works to her new series and I've at least liked all of them. This one was hard for me to get through. The couple didn't keep me intrigued and waiting until they finally got together like usual. Instead, I found myself bored with them, and I didn't think they had any chemistry at all. I'll read the next book in the series and hope that this was a fluke, but this book was a disappointment.
Dallas wasn't very approachable as a character. Perhaps it was the Hollywood persona, but she just didn't appeal to me. Grant only partially made up for it. He was too soft for too much of the book. It wasn't until Cody disappeared that he showed any alpha tendencies. The story was sweet but completely without heat; vanilla, but interesting enough to have me picking up the next book. ...more
I'm quite enjoying this Chesapeake Diaries series by Mariah Stewart. I liked the whole small town girl goes to Hollywood and makes it big and returns to her roots storyline. (No surprise there, given the plot of my favorite book.) I like that he's her former sweetheart. The Emilio plot is also crazy but intriguing. Overall, really good. Looking forward to Almost Home.
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

I gave this to my grandmother to read as she recovered in the hospital. While she zipped through it, she said it was only an okay book. It moved awkwardly from romance to suspense and was very predictable. Nothing that she would re-read, but good enough to keep her occupied during her stay.
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more
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Chesapeake Diaries (9 books)
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