Taylor Colton always loved the crumbling plantation house passed down through his family for generations. Now he’s bringing his popular renovation reality show to the small town of Colton, Mississippi, so he can bring the plantation house known as Halcyon back to life for the cameras.
After an ugly breakup, Josephine Martin needs a new start to heal her broken heart in peace. A hidden letter reveals a family secret that leads her to Colton to protect her family’s history and honor a promise made before the Civil War…and to a house, she didn’t know was hers.
Suddenly, Josephine must decide if she’s ready for the challenge of restoring a run-down mansion and its history, and Taylor’s facing a challenge he can’t charm away. Together, they must untangle a tragic history, a rocky relationship, and risk everything they love. Can they overcome the past to find their way home?
Titles in the Heart of Colton series include – The Way Forward – The Way Home – The Way Beyond
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: The Way Home
Series: The Heart of Colton #2
Author: Eliana West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 18, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Although I’ve not yet read the first story in The Heart of Colton series (an oversight that will be dealt with) it was so easy to fall into Jo and Taylor’s story in The Way Home that I’ll say that this one could stand on its own but, as always, you’ll get more from each story in a series by reading in order whenever possible… in my opinion.
It’s often amazing to realize that one missing vital piece of information in anyone’s life could result in life-changing situations. This is exactly what has happened for both Taylor and Josephine. Taylor has always believed the old plantation where his grandparents lived would one day be his and based on that belief he’s scheduled the mansion to be renovated on his own home improvement television show. That is… until that one vital piece of missing information lands in Colton in the form of a woman reeling from a bad breakup and her life being upended who is searching for not only her future but understanding her past as well. One piece of paper hidden in storage in Jo’s family’s attic will declare that Jo is in fact owner of the plantation that Taylor believes his family owns. You can imagine the chaos that discovery unleashed, but when a judge gives half of the property to Jo and to Taylor these two are going to have to find a way to work their problems out, fast. Especially since not all that heated chemistry is about ownership of a house but sparks igniting from each other.
While The Way Home is an intriguing, sizzling with chemistry romance that I completely enjoyed – it’s also a softly given but firm lesson passed on to the reader through Taylor and Jo’s interactions regarding that plantation, its history, and its future. I’m not going to get political in a romance review… yet I do applaud the author’s ability to show us in perfectly logical and emotional conversations why a plantation shouldn’t be a destination wedding site, or those tours need to explain a lot more history than just Southern Belles in pretty dresses. There is history that needs to be acknowledged and I felt that message was very firmly delivered in a way that was educating while entertaining. Racism is an ugly fact of life. We can pretend we don’t see it yet that doesn’t change its impact on so many people on a daily basis. The Way Home wasn’t a particularly comfortable romance to read, often because of the actions or words of some characters but I feel it’s a necessary book to read if we are to ever wrap our minds around the facts and change. Taylor wasn’t perfect by any means, but he learned and that’s my point. Jo and Taylor’s story was an emotional one, a book that I will pick up again to find nuances that I perhaps missed the first time around. So, yes, it is that good.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. 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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