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When You Make It Home

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,062 ratings  ·  451 reviews
Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.

When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor,
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 2014 by Red Adept Publishing
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Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Sweet story. I really enjoyed it.
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
What an absolute gem of a book.
This is her debut novel? wow. I am so looking forward to book stalking her!

Now and again I come across an author that really 'does it' for me. I am talking on a personal basis, we all have them right? Well this is another author in the making. Remember her name Claire Ashby.

I was contacted by Red Adept Publishing to ask if I would like to read and review this book with my honest opinion. I have to always repeat myself....its no different whether I am reviewing a
J. Grayland
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
meg Micheals, owner of a book store has recently walked away from her cheating fiancee, followed by a hook up to a old boyfriend and she now finds herself alone and pregnant. Until she meets ex-military medic and amputee Theo Taylor at a hero event and he guesses her secret that she's trying hard to hide, What follows is a slow growing romance between the unlikely couple amongst a train wreck of history and emotional baggage for both of them. This was a hard one for me to get into, both main ...more
Janice Hitt hampton
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Claire Ashby must not want me to sleep if she’s going to write books like this. Ha! Seriously, I adored this book!! I know a book is a keeper if I think about it while doing other things – this book fit the bill! This debut author has done everything right! Loved both Meg and Theo. It took Meg a little while to grow on me, but in the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I can only hope there will be that there might be a story for Steve and Chelsea. Would also like to know Ellie and Jake’s ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

This debut author has done an amazing job with this story. She has taken two real life issues and melded them together in a way that grabs the readers attention from the first page. The characters are well developed, have a depth to them that draws you in and keeps you reading well past your bedtime. Author Claire Ashby takes the real-life struggles involved in making a relationship work and shows not just the ups, but the downs
Jeannine Allison
4.5 stars...

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. I purchased it several months ago but it wasn't necessarily one that I was racing to read. I don't know why because obviously I was drawn to the premise, I guess there was always something I wanted to read more. But I've finally read it and it did not disappoint! I really liked the characters, however there were moments when A LOT of judgement was going on and I didn't understand that much or like it, but hey we've all got flaws and I
Kathy Wideman
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Megan Micheals has been through alot lately. She owns a book store with her twin brother, Steve. Steve and her are immensely close and always have been. She was engaged to be married but called it off because she has suspicions about her fiance who was always away because of his job. When he started the job he said he wouldn't be gone much but it turned out more to be he wasn't home much. When she would call a girl would always answer. She became suspicious and figured if you were always ...more
Sassy Southern
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I completely enjoyed this story! It is the first I have read by this author, but I will be reading her other works! A delightful story about a woman who is fighting to regain her identity after her breakup with Bradley, her long time fiancee. It didn't help that after their breakup she made a terrible voice, sleeping with a ex boyfriend for whim she had no real feelings. That would have been bad enough, but getting pregnant by him was something she was struggling to accept.
Theo had
Sep 10, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: kindle
DNF @ 66%. No rating.

I'm just not feeling it. There is too much going on and I'm unable to connect with the characters.
heather lavallee


Great storytelling, drawing pictures with words. couldn't put it down, one of the best romances I have read in a long time
Kelly Smith Reviews
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You read sweet, romantic novels fir the same reason you watch sweet, romantic movies: they have all the same elements and a feel-good vibe, even when they make you cry.
When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby (published by Red Adept Publishing) all of those things and a whole lot more!

Meg Michaels is twenty-four, single and pregnant. She doesn't mind handing pregnancy on her own, because the father is uninterested in her or the baby. She just isn't ready to tell her close loved ones she's with
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When You Make It Home is an eye opening story that tugs are your heart strings. I cried, sighed, shook my head, and said prayers for Meg and Theo. The emotions were unlimited and changed many times throughout the story.

Theo is my hero. Not only is he a wounded veteran coming home injured and fighting his own demons, but he steps up to the plate to be friends with a pregnant woman. He scared me when he kept having to take pills to fight the phantom pain and refused to share his pain with Meg, I
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Once I started reading I had a hard time putting this book down.
This is Meg and Theo's story, they are both very determined, strong characters with painful pasts on a journey of love, forgiveness, and healing. This story was easy to relate to, the characters are deep and likable.
Claire Ashby is now on my must read list of authors!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book to read!
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!! This story had me up all night reading and wanting more. I can't wait for her next book.

The characters are well developed and have a great depth that draws you in and keeps you reading.

Meg and Theo are great together although they have some rough patches their chemistry and love are a wonderful story that will keep you swiping the pages and falling in love right along with them.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
This is Claire Ashby's debut novel and I think it is absolutely amazing!! I loved Meg and Theo. Once I started this book I was hooked and devoured it. I could not turn those pages fast enough. I am crossing my fingers that we get more on Steve, Chelsea, Ellie and Jake. I have a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to them so I would love for them to have their own story. Do yourself a favor and go one click this book now!!
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
#loved #mustread

This is one of those books that took me by surprise, I took a chance with a new author when the blurb caught me and I am so glad I did. This is not your typical boy meets girl and I was so thankful for that!
After a few weeks of highly anticipated books disappointing me, this one took me by surprise. And I started to write a review after spending days not being able to get this one out of my head, I am rating it 4.5 stars!

From the moment Meg and Theo meet I
Lustful Literature
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it

There is a line in the book that really resonated with me. I found myself going back to my highlight several times during reading and soaking it in.

Meg Michaels has a secret! After she breaks off her engagement and gets back out on her own, she finds herself in the arms of an ex which leads to her getting knocked up. When her ex goes back to his wife and family, Meg is left on her own to go through her pregnancy until she decides to finally open up to her family.

When Theo
Sandi Borowicz
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all friends
Recommended to Sandi by: Janice Hampton
I wept, I laughed, I sighed,I ranted, I wept again. WHEN YOU MAKE IT HOME by Claire Ashby let me share all the emotions Theo and Meg felt as they stumbled through the minefield of falling in love after the emotional upheaval and pain of dealing with lifelong abandonment issues and a devastating injury...not to mention, an unplanned pregnancy. One that Theo wasn't around to help with.

Ms. Ashby has written a gem,addressing a wounded warrior's activities of daily life as part of any normal routine,
J Ho Lo
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the story was good ... the execution not so much

The bones of the story was great. I was sucked in from the sample. But the execution just didn't quite cut it. The dialogue for a little confusing and the thought process and actions of the characters was all over the place. There's potential there though.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was one of the most emotional read I have ever listened to from an unexpected pregnant women to her many different men. One man is from her past, another is one she saw no future with and broke it off, the last is a soldier of war. One has no time for her, one never said good-bye just never came back, the other has so many issues your heart just breaks for him and all he goes through. One of these men is the father of her baby, one hopes he is, one wants no part of it and the last wishes he ...more
Call me a quitter but I'm throwing in the towel at 44%. I seriously JUST CANT! (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This has been on my to read forever and it has such a pretty cover...but it was such a disappointment. What I expected from the blurb was a lovely story about two lost souls-an h who's pregnant by some rat bastard who cheated/left her and an H who comes back to heal from war wounds and finds a new way to be a hero in helping h. Sounds like a nice read right? Too bad thats not what this was at all. Fair warning from here on out there are gonna be some spoilers...but trust me you aren't missing ...more
5 awesome audio stars
5 didn't want it to end stars.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
When You Make it Home by Claire Ashby
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

Meg Michaels never, in a million years saw herself knocked up and unmarried at just 24 years old. Even more humiliating is the fact that Meg’s baby is not the result of a happy, romantic and, solid relationship but the result of a sweaty, mistake filled weekend with her ex whose BS she fell for, yet again. The cherry on top of the crap sundae is the fact that the baby doesn’t even belong to her ex-fiancé but to
Amberr Meadows
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't just like this book, I absolutely LOVED When You Make it Home, and anything written by Claire Ashby in the future will be on my virtual bookshelf to be devoured greedily in one sitting, because I simply couldn't put this book down. I admit I had a ton of previous obligations, and knowing I had committed today to the author, I started reading the book last night at 10:00pm. I'd decided the day before I'd be keeping the same sleep schedule with an hour variance max, because supposedly ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
My biggest complaint about this book was the quick ending. It just kinda ended. Not that the ending wasn't good, it was, but I needed just a little bit more, one more chapter, paragraph, epilogue.....something!!

But with that said, I still really loved the storyline of this book.

Meg has broken up with her long time boyfriend after his traveling and theirlong distance relationship becomes too much for Meg.

Enter Theo....returning from the war with some serious injuries and emotional scarring.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you love someone, your plans can change...

That was a really sweet and nice story. I really loved both Meg and Theo, they were special. I wanted more scenes between them but nonetheless I enjoyed it.
Codi Gary
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, heartwarming tearjerker

I started this book today and couldn’t put it down. It was a sweet, lovely romance that was at times sob inducing, but I loved every minute of it! Thank you for the fantastic read.
What an emotional read! When two people come together but are pulled apart by issues from the past…wow…this one packs an emotional punch.

So we have Meg, who owns a bookstore with her brother – I know, how cool is that?!! She’s a bit damaged from her past relationships and her family history, and when she finds out that she’s pregnant she is mortified and ashamed to admit it since the circumstances around the pregnancy will certainly cause some gossip and speculation, and frankly, the father is
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Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall. She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination.
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