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Bluestone Homecoming

(Welcome to Bluestone #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  977 ratings  ·  73 reviews
War correspondent Leo Ericson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota, when his parents notify him his young son is having trouble fitting in at school. Leo doesn’t know how to be a single parent since the death of his wife, and he certainly has no desire to return to Bluestone. But he needs a place for his son, a place where he’ll be with family, while Leo do ...more
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by M.J. Fredrick
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Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, drama, ibooks
In Bluestone Homecoming, M.J. Fredrick pens the tale about Afghanistan war correspondent, Leo Erickson, who has to move back to his hometown to help his son adjust to life after the death of his mother and Leo's wife. He struggles to connect with his son, but finds help (and romance) from school councillor, Trinity, who has a secret of her own.
While Bluestone Homecoming is a sweet story about new love, it isn't sickly, pathetically sweet. Both MCs are standoffish, both have secrets and issues t
Cherye Elliott
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, great story, relatable characters......

What I didn't like was Trinity's parents. I wanted to crawl into my kindle and strangle their necks or just slap them silly. What mean, spiteful, self absorbed, horrible excuses for parents. The lives they destroyed in the name of their own self righteous morality. Ugh. That subplot of this delightful story made a twist (twist of their necks).

Looking forward to reading more of MJ Fredrick.
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
Bluestone Homecoming (Welcome to Bluestone Book 1)

The love story of Loe and Trinity. Loe and his son Max, have come to Bluestone after the death of his wife. Love mets Trinity at Max' s school. Will Lie stay in Bluestone or will he leave Max wit his Parents? Ok story
M. J. Fredrick has a talent for creating characters that one can always relate to. The romance that sizzles is always an added incentive to seek her books out because I for one am always certain that if the book is written by M. J. Fredrick, I wouldn’t ever have a reason to regret my purchase.

Bluestone Homecoming is the debut novel in a series centered around the small town of Bluestone. Leo Erickson is the hotshot war correspondent that had always felt the need to get away and had done so as so
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

First let me say this was a pretty emotional read, but totally with a big reward! War correspondent Leo Ericson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota. He lost his wife and his parents have had his son Max for a few months. Poor Max is dealing with the loss of his home, Mother and Father being away. The beginning is tough because he knows that he needs to work and seeing Max for a little while and then going back to work will be tough. Into the story is Trinity Madison who is the c
Janice McDonald
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
More than a homecoming.

This is quite a good book. Times have changed a bit, but depending on how old you are...or rather how old your parents are,
Depicts how this book affects you.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a good book for what it is, but it doesn't transcend the contemporary romance genre in any way. I also didn't really believe in the kid's dialogue --- it sounded like an adult was speaking.
Dec 19, 2014 marked it as to-read
Free on Amazon as of 12/19/14!
Heather Deskin
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Easy read with characters you'll like

The realness of the characters makes this an enjoyable book. Their story is sweet and honest. I love a feel good story.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Biggest complaint was it ended before I was ready to quit.

Bought it by mistake, couldn't figure out how I wound up with it. Decided to just take a quick look to see if it was at all interesting and 4 hours later looked up and had no idea where the time had gone, realized I had to know where the story was going, was it headed where I wanted to see it go, what was happening next, etc. The book could use a bit of grammatical editing. Since I unfortunately always zero in and make notes as I go along
Karen West
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
lovely romance with a bit of true realism in it.
sheila hastings
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Had me at the beginning to the end kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more.
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. Bluestone Homecoming is the first book in the Welcome to Bluestone series by MJ Fredrick. Bluestone is a small town that has been hit hard by the recession. This book centers around Leo, a war correspondent that grew up in Bluestone but always felt "trapped" and wanted to get away. Leo's wife died two years ago and Leo had a hard time dealing with his grief. He's spent more time away from his young son Max then with him and when a series of nannies didn't work out he moved his son bac ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bluestone Homecoming is book 1 in the Welcome to bluestone series by M.J. Fredrick. It takes place in the little town of Bluestone, Minnesota. They have great fishing and hiking in the area. It was a great book.
Leo Erickson has come back from Afghanistan to see what he can do to help his son Max. It meant leaving his story behind. He was a feature writer and was to write a story on what was happening in Afghanistan. His wife Liv had died two years ago in a freak car accident leaving Leo as the
Bette Stanek
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A quick read that holds your attention with engaging characters and some tough issues. Leo's wife was killed in a tragic accident two years ago leaving him with their 7 year old son and no clue how to be a single parent. So, he bailed. Oh, he made sure that Max was taken care of, but he continued on with his career as a war correspondent. He was gone more than he was home. Eventually, the only thing he could think of to help Max was to take him to Bluestone and his parents. And then he went off ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
I first need to start by saying that I enjoyed this novel very much, but had a visceral reaction to it. I have thought about what I would want my husband and kids to do if I ever passed away and struggle with thinking about them moving on and having another "mother". I was so consumed by this that I finished the book in a few hours.

Fredrick beautifully captured the hold grief can have on you, how selfish and raw is can be. Leo could not see past his own grief of losing his wife and felt unable t
C Joy
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Got this free on Amazon, as posted in the bargain basement group in Goodreads and I didn't expect to like it but I did.

I got the impression this is something different and it drew me in. The characters captured my attention and it's been awhile since I've read a small town-themed story.

The author convincingly wrote about grief from losing a loved one and the difficulty in coping. We have Leo who's a single father and he doesn't know a thing about raising his son. He meets Trinity who has her o
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bluestone Homecoming is another Contemporary Romance that I decided to take a chance on. It was a quick read for me and the characters drew me in fairly quickly.

Neither Leo or Trinity were the people they seemed on the surface. They both had ‘ghosts’ in their past that kept them from totally opening up to one another. The pain that they were both dealing with ended up being the force that brought them together. A lot of emotional issues are covered in this one. Adoption, grief, the struggles of
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
War correspondent, Leo Erickson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota, when his parents notify him his young son is having trouble fitting in at school. Leo doesn't know how to be a single parent since the death of his wife. He has no desire to return to Bluestone but he needs a place for his son. He plans to stay long enough to get Max settled then go back to work.
School counselor, Trinity Madison watches Leo struggle with his son. The situation brings about her own unsettled fe
Michelle Steffen
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my very first book by MJ Frederick, I must say highly impressed, was expecting a cute little romance book but was actually taken in by the characters, Leo Erickson a war correspondent who came home to his small Minnesota hometown only to meet and eventually fall for Trinity Madison, who is the local schools counselor. Leo is a widower who unable to deal with the death of his wife, leaves his young son Max in the care of his parents and finally comes home to see to Max's problems. Trinity ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, own
A pretty good book and a great deal for a freebie. I liked the characters and the story line. This was a slower feeling book (compared to the suspense books I like) but it kept me interested and wanting to see how things turn out. There were some really good moments, the angst, emotions, ups and downs, miscommunications and assumptions, some good personalities and side characters, and a good and sweet HEA. I would like to read the rest of the books in this series though and see how they turn out ...more
Mary Rempel
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Interesting but...

Interesting but...

I found the story interesting, but I was bothered by the characterization of the pastor's family as unforgiving and the pastor's daughter who fell into bed with the male lead even though she had gotten in trouble with that before. Too much sex for a gentle romantic read. The time frame confused me, too. How long had Leo been widowed? How long had Max been with his grandparents? The chapters were clearly drawn and I wanted things to go well for them. I understa
Nancy Goldberg
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought all three books in a box set, but the boxed set didn't come up to review, so I'm doing each one seperately. I loved these books and enjoyed reading about the small town in Minnesota--it reminded me of Stars Hollow in the "Gilmore Girls" TV show.

I loved Trinity (cool name) and Leo. There were lots of emotionally-charged scenes in this book and the love scenes were nicely done. The writing was great, and the story held my interest.wa I liked the way Trinity wanted to help the town and how
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, set in Bluestone, MN. I liked the characters--the school counselor, Trinity Madison, and the hometown boy, Leo Erickson, a widower, father of 9 yr old Max, and well-known foreigh correspondent.

I've seen comments that indicates there were a lot of editing problems and typos. I did not find that true in this kindle version. Yes, there were a few--- her instead of here, and an extra a in one sentence, but they were few and did not distract from the reading flow. I will
Black Butterfly
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ADULT
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable quick read. The characters were likeable. Set in a small town the is trying to be revived. Some characters left for larger cities, some stayed and wondered if they should leave. All are drawn together with the goal of reviving this sweet little town.
A nice romance, with some tough decision making. No silliness, a couple of hot sex scenes...oh my. A happy ending, but things left incomplete to make room for a sequel.
Dawn Trepczyk
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story by MJ Fredrick. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Leo returns to his home town of Bluestone. He left his son with his parents after the death of his wife. He now has to figure out how to be a father to his son. Trinity returned to Bluestone to help her parents with her father's medical bills, and to try to save money. She did some things in her past that her parents aren't proud of. Will Leo and Trinity be able to move on? You really must read this.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leo, a war correspondent, returns to Bluestone where is son Max is having trouble in school. Leo has no plans to stay in Bluestone. His wife has died. He wants to continue traveling for work. However, he meets one of Max's school counselors. They become friends. Then Leo becomes involved in happenings to improve life in Bluestone. It was a delightful read.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Downloaded this as a freebie from Amazon, but enjoyed it so much that I purchased the next two in the series. What I liked about this was there was no 'extra' drama. This was a relationship between two people (three if you count Max) and it read real to me. There were no outside sources creating drama - just every day situations and conflicts.
Bev Walkling
This is the debut book in a series focused around a small community that is in need of some revitalization. The characters are well-developed - a widowed father called home from his war corespondant duties and a guidance counsellor/teacher who has her own losses and family issues to deal with. It's a sweet easy read - perfect for an afternoon break.
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