Deep River, Alaska boasts a fiercely independent though small population. The people who live here love it, and they don’t much care what anyone else thinks. Until the day Silas Quinn comes back and tells them an oil reserve has been found below the town and now it’s neighbor vs. neighbor. Some want to take the money and run, while others want to tell the oil company to put its rigs where the sun don’t shine.

Hope Dawson never expected to leave Deep River. Her mom needs her. Her grandfather died and left her the local hangout to run. Her dreams of college and adventure died long ago. Until Silas comes back to town, holding the key to set her free. But freedom means she loses him again, and he’s the one she’s really always wanted.

Titles in the Alaska Homecoming series include – Come Home to Deep River – Deep River Promise –

Title:  Come Home to Deep River
Series:  Alaskan Homecoming #1
Author:  Jackie Ashenden
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2020
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars

Come Home to Deep River‘ begins the ‘Alaskan Homecoming‘ series by introducing a tiny, bitty town in Alaska that has traditionally been populated by misfits, those who don’t fit anywhere else and are quite content in this town that is actually owned.  But things are about to change in Deep River as Silas returns home after more than a decade with news that will change some lives, perhaps pit neighbor against a best friend – and revisit a friendship that has the chance to turn into so much more if he and Hope allow it to.

In many ways ‘Come Home to Deep River‘ is a second chance to get it right romance between Hope and Silas – trouble is, that pesky past and decisions that were made are going to give them a rocky start to their romance.  There is oil under the town.  Good news.  Bad news.  For not everyone wants the same thing for themselves or the town at large.  But there is freedom as well in that underground liquid gold, something that Hope had given up ever experiencing.  Feeling trapped by her inheritance of the local hangout and the care of her mother, Hope gave up her dreams once.  Now she may have to make a choice between a dream and the future she really wants.

I enjoyed Hope and Silas’ story.  There is world building, I expected that yet the story moved slowly for me.  There were so many times that I wanted just a bit more… and that held me back from loving this one.  Yet, the parts that I missed finding in this first story, I may find in the next as the series grows.  So, yes, I enjoyed this one and I’ll wait to see what comes next.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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