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Oil rig jobs are dirty, dangerous—and highly paid, which is why 19-year-old Tyler Hogan heads for the oil patch rather than work for minimum wage at home.

Ty’s ego has taken a bruising in the past few months. His world fell apart when his girlfriend left him. He nearly hit someone while driving drunk, and at the end of his first semester he flunked out of university. Now he
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Guards publishing (first published June 14th 2015)
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Dianne
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Return to Kaitlin by Helen Yeomans just went to the top of my hidden gem list. A story of a young man, who took a few emotional hits, experienced the soul-crushing angst of almost killing someone when driving drunk and allowed his personal depression and losses to overwhelm all other aspects of his life.

Tyler Hogan is ready to turn his life around. He wants another chance at university and is willing to do whatever it takes to earn his tuition. Working at a minimum wage job doesn’t cut it and wh
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BookCupid
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
How far would you go to earn some fast cash?

Tyler's been having a rough year. Not only did his girlfriend dump him, but now, he is being removed from school due to his low grades. Unable to afford to retake most of his classes, Tyler sees no other solution than to move to Alberta for some quick cash. Unfortunately, Ty will not only need to be confronted with the importance of saving for rainy days and the actual price of food and housing -- he will also need to learn to defend himself. Even if i
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Micki Peluso
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Return to Kaitlin

By Helen Yeomans

Tyler Hogan’s day doesn't end well. He gets drunk and almost has a serious accident. He's a first-year college engineering student and not doing well. Now he's got a breathalyzer device on his car, a lecture from his mom and is out $800 in fines. And his girlfriend dumps him. These are all good incentives to not drink and drive. He's not too different from his teenage friends especially his best friend, Barty. The college Dean calls him to his office and due to b
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Carrie Lahain
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-good-effort
*Advanced reading copy provided by the author in return for an honest review.

A troubled young man seeks work in the oilfields of northern Canada and in the process finds himself.

Ty is a college student with an overworked mother and an absent (and hard-drinking) father. He's not a bad kid, but he's impulsive and teetering on the edge of his own drinking problem. This is made worse when his girlfriend breaks his heart. Ty suffers a downward spiral that results in his being asked to leave his unive
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Donte McNeal
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
First things first, I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Now that that is out of the way, let's jam! Ty's story is one that I can honestly say was an interesting one. It starts off slowly (really slowly) with seemingly trivial antics by the characters, though I suppose this was done in order to set a basis for how the characters act regularly. This set up does the story a great service, especially at the end of the novel. Now, there were times where I was utterly confuse
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Kristin Burham
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This story has the potential to have it all. Tyler Hogan breaks up with his girlfriend and turns to alcohol to soothe his pain. After almost killing someone while driving drunk and being kicked out of school he is determined to find any job to come up with the tuition and get back in. He turns to the oil fields for hard work and good money. He meets some not so nice people and some very nice people along his travels up North. In the end everything really comes together.

What truly turned me off f
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Joy Thierry Llewllyn
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Helen Yeomans’ novel, Return to Kaitlin, is a coming of age tale of 19-year-old Tyler who goes north to make “big bucks” for his education and travel plans—easier money, he thinks, than minimum wage at some local job. But like all get-quick-rich schemes, unexpected physical and emotional obstacles abound. Tyler’s growing dependence on alcohol as he deals—not always successfully—with the cold and occasionally physically dangerous world of oil rigs and northern living is one more difficulty on his ...more
Geoffrey Saign
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Helen Yeomans’ book, Return to Kaitlin, is a story of personal redemption, following a messed-up 19-year-old’s journey to manhood in the arena of oil rigs and Canadian small towns. A realistic portrait of how life-experience can change a young man’s view of himself and his goals, Kaitiln is an easy read for someone who wants to read about a young man’s struggles and life-journey changing. The characters, dialogue, and setting feel real, and the scenes and chapters have a nice flow.
Brenda
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this novel from Goodreads and thank them very much! I probably would have not picked up the book in the store. It seemed to be a "guy" book. I have to say after a few pages I was hooked. I really enjoyed the story and all the technical oil-rig terms just seemed to make it all so believable! I was sorry to see it end and now will be wondering how he did at university and what about his love interests, what about his new friends. There could be another book after this one!
Richard Maybury
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating coming-of-age story. A true-to-life page-turner in every way, it follows a young man who joins the dangerous hunt for arctic oil, and the rough frontiersmen with whom he collides. For guys and gals alike, this is a 21st century mix of the 1849 gold rush, the building of the transcontinental railroad, sailing a clipper ship around the horn in winter, and a Hallmark relationship movie. I will remember it for a long time.
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Helen Yeomans tried her hand at short stories, scripts and screenplays before settling on the novel as the form she liked best.

Starting out in the publishing industry, she worked in Toronto (Prentice-Hall) and London (Mitchell-Beazley) before founding her own company in Vancouver, providing editing and writing services to business clients worldwide. Her first book, The Christmas Carol Handbook, wa
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