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Home Again (Chesapeake Diaries #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,331 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
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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ebook, 320 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Morgan
Feb 26, 2017 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be titled "Once Again Bored to Tears." I don't know why I'm doing this series, but I guess I'm hoping to find something to criticize about.

The story goes with Dallas MacGregor coming to St. Dennis with her young son to retreat from the bad publicity her soon-to-be ex-husband brought through a sex scandal. She stays with her grand-aunt Berry (who was once a starlet herself) for the summer. While she's trying to shield her son from the tabloid whores and write her own script that'
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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
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Gail
Nice read. Hero and heroine were summer sweethearts over their high school years until she got caught up in the beginnings of her acting career and they went their separate ways. Now she's come back because of an ugly divorce and the antics of her almost ex. The hero is divorced from his wife, and the sparks kindle again. Much of the action involves visiting around town and adopting shelter dogs and learning to row a boat. Nothing much, though the heroine's son and his new best friend do get int ...more
Sandra
Jul 17, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the beautiful love story. Looking forward to reading book one and three of the series.
Cindy Feigert
The story of St. Dennis continues. This book concentrates on Dallas McGregor and her great aunt Berry, both of whom walked away from the loves of their lives. Will they be reunited with their former loves? read and find out.
Quintin Reitzel
Mar 09, 2017 Quintin Reitzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying the Chesapeake Diaries. There are about 12 of them.. Excellent on how she brings in new characters in each book but touch bases with the other characters from earlier books.
Polly
Oct 14, 2016 Polly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book. This was all about second chances. I loved it.
Maria
Feb 26, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  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
Kimberlee
Jan 16, 2017 Kimberlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 simply perfect stars.
Sandy
Jan 17, 2017 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story, easy read
Marg
Mar 25, 2012 Marg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jennifer
Sep 26, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
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
Heather Felder
Apr 01, 2012 Heather Felder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Judy Collins
Dec 24, 2012 Judy Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
BJ
"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
Michele
Jan 07, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shoshanah
Dec 23, 2012 Shoshanah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's just something about these books. No, they aren't necessary very good, and yes, you know exactly what to expect... but still you can't help but enjoy yourself with them.

As to this book cliched characters, the girl is a movie star and the boy is a vet. Obviously you know from the start that they're going to wind up together, but you still keep reading just to see how it will happen.

Dallas, the movie star, had a son, Cody, and I think out of everything in the book I enjoyed reading about t
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Joyce
Apr 27, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheri
Nov 29, 2014 Cheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ayu Wirdha
Jun 08, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pilih karir atau keluarga? Atau menyeimbangkan keduanya? Jika masih berumur 20-an & blm sukses mungkin masih dimaklumi kalo mengejar karir. Tp jika sdh 38thn, sukses, kaya, punya 1 anak berumur 6thn, baru2 ini divorce dgn mantan yg tukang selingkuh lalu bertemu lg dgn first love yg baik, smart & cinta mati ke kamu apakah ttp memilih karir dgn resiko kehilangan soulmate, masa2 pertumbuhan anak, hidup yg lebih bahagia? Untungnya Dallas tdk mengikuti jejak neneknya yg aktris terkenal jg, yg ...more
Vanessa
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
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Anneka
Oct 20, 2011 Anneka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eileen
Oct 29, 2015 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice, comfortable read for the second book. It was about second chances for more than just the main couple. Grant and Dallas fell in love when they were younger and now she is back in St. Dennis. You can talk yourself in holding back but the heart sometimes doesn't listen to the mind. I liked their story and how it unfolded. I'm glad that Dallas got to hear how Grant saw it from his point of view. Beryl, Dallas' great-aunt, was also given an opportunity that she thought she would neve ...more
Courtney
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
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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
Carol
Nov 06, 2011 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, first-reads
"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
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Jay Jessmer
I really like Mariah Stewart, and I enjoyed the first book in the "Chesapeake" series, but this one just did not work for me. It just feels like nothing really happened in this book. It was all descriptive with vey little good dialogue. The biggest letdown was the ridiculous "mother's worst nightmare". The book synopsis promised this, it didn't happen until over 3/4 of the way through the book and lasted about 10 pages.....really?!?!?! I will say I liked Berry, but neither Dallas nor Grant clic ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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
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! :)
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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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