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California Homecoming

(California Romance #3)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Pregnant and alone, Sarah Ladina wants to regain her independence and do what’s best for her soon-to-be-born baby, but buying a run-down Victorian for an inn wasn’t her brightest idea. An inability to cook or fix a leaky faucet will make the job even harder. When a friendly golden retriever, disabled vet, and potential cook show up on the first day, she knows her life is g ...more
ebook, 244 pages
Published June 24th 2013 by Crimson Romance
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Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
this book had the potential to be great. the writing and premise were good but i didn't feel like it was developed enough. the main characters struggles and growth were touched upon but there were several components of these struggles that were left unsolved. most of the relationship between sarah and hunter was hinted at but a lot had to be assumed.

mandy was a great character but she was underdeveloped as well.

i really think the story should have been longer with more details because it didn'
Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
This book was a beautiful story of self-discovery. Not only on the part of Sarah, who the story revolves around, but also for Hunter. It was a story of inner-strength and determination. It was a fabulous story and very touching on many levels.

Sarah finds herself the new owner of an old house with the big hopes of turning it into a beautiful inn. What she didn’t expect was to have to do it by herself, complete with baby-on-board. But quickly she finds that she is not alone. Mandy shows up
Rose Wynters
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was generously provided a copy of this book by Casey Dawes and Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review of the book. There were so many things that I enjoyed about California Homecoming that I'm not sure where to start! Let me first say that I found it very heartwarming! Casey Dawes addresses two common issues found in our modern day society.... Single mothers and war veterans. I love how she combined these into an interesting and fun to read romance!

Sarah Ladina is
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It can be somewhat overwhelming to be an expectant single mother. It can be challenging to begin a new business,especially when it involves converting a neglected house into a bed and breakfast. This is what Sarah faces as she stands at the cusp of a new life for her and her baby.
Though Sarah believes that she needs to do this all on her own, she soon finds herself with a support system in spite of herself. As you read this lovely story you will find yourself being drawn to these people ju
Jaime Buncie
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh SO CUTE!!! I'm not much of a romance reader anymore, but this one was FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

What do you do when you are pregnant with one man's child but he doesn't want anything to do with you OR the baby, and then you meet a war vet looking for work, and you need a handyman AND he's HOT? Come on now, I know what I would do...

At some points I wanted to slap Sarah silly for doing some things she did. But then I wanted to stand up and cheer for other things she did...
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
*Note I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I really wanted to like California Homecoming. It sounded like a great story, I liked the idea but unfortunately the execution left something to be desired. I didn't really connect with any of the characters and Sarah really annoyed me most of the time.

Sarah is pregnant and trying to fix up an old house to turn into an inn before she gives birth. This is it for her. For some reason if this doesn't work
Jacqueline's Reads
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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3 Sweet Stars

California Homecoming is an adorable sweet read. If you are a Nora Roberts or Debbi Macomber fan then this book is for you.

[My Summary + Review]

Sarah is pregnant and single. She purchases a Victorian house in the pursuit of converting it into an inn. Hunter is back from serving a tour in the middle east and comes back wounded with a prosthetic leg. Hunter approaches Sarah in the hopes to purchase his childhood home. Sarah nicely, but fi/>California/>3
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Sarah and Hunter's story was one of two people who have hurt in their past and present and have to find themselves again. Sarah finds herself alone and pregnant...having to quit school to move back close to her mother when she gets a less than enthusiastic response from her baby daddy. Hunter is an injured veteran, both body and mind...who is struggling to find his place in the civilian world without his leg. So of course, since post-war military stories are a favorite trope of mine I went full ...more
Marlena Smith
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this book, we learn about Sarah Ladina. She is pregnant and alone and wants nothing but the best for her soon-to-be-born baby. She takes on more than she bargained for when she buys an old Victorian house, with the plans of turning it into an inn. On her first day at the house, she meets a disabled vet--Hunter Evans--who lived in the house as a child. Hunter is persistent in his attempt to have some form of connection to the house, even if it means acting as the handyman. To add more drama to ...more
Pam B Morris
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and heartwarming story of love well deserved.

California Homecoming is my favorite of the three "California" books by Casey Dawes. This book has everything a great romance should have, a skillfully woven plot, a Victorian house to remodel and two broken people, stubborn but determined, one lost inside heartache, another struggling to overcome a heartrending tragedy. Sarah and Hunter are forced to face their flaws and fragility in order to redefine themselves, truly "see" each other and
Missy Fern - BFD Book Blog
I enjoyed Sarah and Hunter's story. I love that they found love after sifting through their emotional baggage, his from the war and death of a lover and her's from a failed relationship that ended with a pregnancy. I was impressed with the fact that in the opening scene he makes no attempt to hide his disability even though he struggles with it. The story was cute, but wrapped up too quickly...all of a sudden it was "I love you" time and the story was done. I also feel the author spent too much ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
In California Homecoming by Casey Dawes, Sarah Ladina is in search of her independence, which she especially needs now since she is pregnant. So she has decided to buy the run-down Victorian house and turn into an inn, even if it has not been her best idea yet. She doesn’t know how to cook and she is no handywoman.

Lucky for her Mandy shows up, She is no handyman either, but she does want to become a chef so much that she is willing to help Sarah with the inn for free. Unfortunately,
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance, own
This is the story of Sarah and Hunter who are both going through life-changing events. Sarah has bought a fixer-upper that needs some major updating if she's going to turn it into her dream of a bed and breakfast. Hunter is a returning vet whose home life has never been great. These two find each other in the midst of these changes. Can they get past their damage to find live? Of course. The romance was never a question that's not really what I enjoyed about the book it was okay but the part abo ...more
Linda Rimer-Como
A delightful story about Sarah's struggles to do what is best for her and her unborn child. There are emotional highs and lows, good friends, a pesky mother, an ex-boyfriend and a wounded vet. The story is well written with a detailed storyline and enticing characters. The author has done a wonderful jog of bringing to light the difficulties and struggles that can arise for each, a single mother and a returning vet. Enjoyed Sarah and Hunter's journey to finding themselves and each other.
L.J. Scar
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pregnant young woman strikes out on her own to open an Inn on the Santa Cruz coast. A returning vet tries to come to terms with the obstacles of being an amputee and the dysfunction of his parent’s marriage. The characters were real, held back by uncertainty and the hand fate had dealt them. For those who like contemporary “clean” romances with a happy ending, I recommend California Homecoming.
Melissa Blanco
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the story, even though the ending has left me wanting for an epilogue or something. I feel like it is closed but would have been better with a different ending.
Linda Joplin
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really loved this book!
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guts and vulnerablity. How complicated it is to create our dreams and leave room for others. Very romantic with characters that are living real problems and growing past their pain.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for the novel, there was way too much left unsaid.
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Casey Dawes has lived a varied life–some by choice, some by circumstance. Her master’s degree in theater didn’t prepare her for anything practical, so she’s been a teacher, stage hand, secretary, database guru, manager in Corporate America, business coach, book shepherd, and writer.

She inherited an itchy foot from her grandfather, traveling to Europe and Australia and many towns and ci

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