Friday, May 16, 2014

No Place Like Home by DeAnna Holland- Review

Title: No Place Like Home
Author: DeAnna Holland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Range: New Adult
Publishing Date: March 25th, 2014

“Whether the system works or it doesn’t, it didn’t work for me…”
Having just aged out of foster care, eighteen-year-old Jules finds herself homeless and broke. Shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she’s sent packing with very little money and very few personal belongings. However, with her social worker’s help, she finds a place that she can call home—temporarily. But growing up in foster care has left her emotionally scarred, and opening up to people and letting them in is not something she ever wants to do again.

Until she meets Jake. The attraction is almost instant, and he is someone she can definitely see herself falling for. But Jules quickly discovers that everything is not always as it seems, and people are rarely who they appear to be. After learning the truth about Jake, she wants nothing more to do with him. But Jake is captivated by Jules—not just because of her mesmerizing hazel eyes, but because she has unwavering strength despite the unfortunate life she’s had—and he’s not letting go that easily. He’s determined to win her heart, and with each passing day he shreds more of her resolve. With Jake’s help, Jules soon discovers that—even though she has spent most of her life parentless and homeless—there’s no place like home…

My Review:
No Place Like Home

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Jules is an 18 year old who has just aged out of the foster care system after spending her entire life moving from one foster family to another. A social worker gives her a temporary place to stay which keeps her from homelessness. Jules is emotionally guarded because of many of her life experiences to date, and finds herself surprised at wanting to let her guard down for the first time when she meets Jake. Jake is quickly attracted to Jules, and finds himself experiencing strong feelings for her that he wasn't expecting. There are some barriers that make their budding relationship challenging, but they don't seem to be able to fight the attraction they share.

This book dealt with some pretty heavy topics, and I thought the author did a good job of addressing them. Jules is a strong character who despite her experiences is very well-adjusted and has managed a lot of successes that others in her same position may not have. She works hard to try and be independent and seek out what she wants most out of life, which is stability and a family. Jake is a pretty great character. He is patient with Jules, and after some initial screw ups, is pretty straight forward with her about his feelings and intentions. I enjoyed watching Jules develop friendships and get her life started down a healing path. I did find some of the dialogue a little choppy at times, but overall I enjoyed spending time with these characters seeing how their relationships helped one another. I would read more by this author in the future. 3.5 stars.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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DeAnna Holland is the pseudonym for Brittany Holland, writer and mother of two. Brittany currently resides in Middle of Nowhere, USA (aka Louisa, Virginia), with her family. She’s always had a passion for romance, and when she’s not reading it, she’s writing it! For more information, check out her blog , and you can find her on Facebook!!!

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