Cody's Come Home
By Mary Sullivan
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: April 5, 2016
After her stifling, five-year marriage to a controlling man ended in divorce, Aiyana Pearce returned home to forge a new independent life and career. The nature photographer has always felt safe hiking the mountains surrounding Accord until the day a stalker with a rifle changes everything, leaving Aiyana and her friends looking over their shoulders and wondering if the traumatic events that changed their lives years ago have come back to haunt them a second time.
Cody and Aiyana were good friends when they were young and, one summer, were almost more. The feelings were there but, knowing she was too young, Cody never acted on them. Now that fate has brought them back together, will it give them a second chance?
Cody's Come Home is the first of Mary Sullivan's books that I've read. It won't be the last. I was drawn into the story and characters, Cody and Aiyana in particular, from the beginning of the book and they all held my attention to the very end. Secondary characters added to the richness of the story, hinting at possible future stories without drawing focus away from the primary characters of this book. The suspense thread was well constructed and even though I figured out the stalker about mid-way through the book there were still enough unanswered questions to keep me guessing until all was uncovered near the end. But, while I enjoyed the suspense, it was the emotional journey of Aiyana and, especially, Cody that endeared me to these characters and their story. Sullivan takes her time with these characters, realistically showing Cody's grief in all its stages (including a powerful scene in the final chapter) and giving both Cody and Aiyana the time they need to heal individually before opening their hearts to the possibility of love and a life together. I especially enjoyed Annie, Aiyana's adorable young daughter, who brought the light and love that only an innocent child can and was instrumental in healing Cody's heart. She steals the final scene of the book and had me grinning with joy while wiping tears from my eyes, confident in a happy future for these three.
I highly recommend Cody's Come Home and hope Ms. Sullivan will bring us more stories from Accord. If she writes it, I'll be buying it.
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