• Title: A Place Called Home
  • Author: Jo Goodman
  • ISBN: 9780821774182
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Place Called Home When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they ve been named joint guardians for their late friends three children they re little than acquaintances Barely polite acquaintances at that Something ab
    When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they ve been named joint guardians for their late friends three children, they re little than acquaintances Barely polite acquaintances, at that Something about Mitch s forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistanceWhen Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they ve been named joint guardians for their late friends three children, they re little than acquaintances Barely polite acquaintances, at that Something about Mitch s forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he ll take sole guardianship.Thea is far from heartless She s just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people Yet the time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties There are complications and missteps, tears and laughter lots of it And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she d find herself could be just where she belongs.Praise for Jo Goodman s Marry Me Fans of historical and western romance will appreciate Goodman s witty dialogue, first rate narrative prose and clever plotting Publishers Weekly starred review An insightful, gently sensual love story Library Journal

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    1. Kids made women look twice at a man. Usually in a good way.For Mitchell Baker suddenly becoming a father to his friends' three children is challenging for this bachelor, but he'll be sharing guardianship with Thea, another friend of the deceased couple. But then Thea announces that Mitch can have sole guardianship. Thea Wyndham is a career woman, but it's not her job in advertising that's preventing her from sharing responsibility of the children.With both Mitch and Thea already in relationships [...]

    2. Goodman’s writing style is the only reason I was able to power through this long, slow-paced book. The blurb states both MCs are romantically involved with other people. Well, in the first half of the book, the plot devices such as a 31-year-old heroine being engaged with a 61-year-old man or a 33-year-old hero being romantically involved with a 23-year-old woman held little appeal for me even though the author carefully crafted both relationships with a certain level of maturity. (view spoile [...]

    3. With great hesitation I am writing this review. The main characters have moments of unlike-ability but you soon understand their reasons for it. I believe that, at this time, this is Ms. Goodman's only contemporary romance. Written with some darker content it might be hard for some people to enjoy.With the deaths of their married friends, Mitch Baker and Thea Wyndham are given joint custody of the couple's three children. Thea declines and, naturally, Mitch is upset. He has always had a thing fo [...]

    4. Thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance between two people who never thought they'd end up being instant parents to the orphaned children of their respective best friends. Very sweet and surprisingly sexy at the same time. I need to read some of Jo Goodman's other books, many of which I have on my to read shelf at home.Reviewed in the December 2011 issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine: affairedecoeur.Overall rating: 4.5/5.0

    5. 3.5 stars. Goodman’s first contemporary novel works surprisingly well with her elegant, understated style, aside from attempts to make her characters sound like “typical” men and women that sometimes come off as awkward. It’s not a typical romance in many ways: both of the two main characters are involved with other people for a good third of the story, and we even see some of those characters’ perspectives, which makes for a slightly uncomfortable read. I suspect A Place Called Home i [...]

    6. This is third Jo Goodman book I've read and I've not enjoyed any of them. I keep trying though, because I feel that the writing is well-done, clean.Even though this novel is well written, it's not plotted well. It's TERRIBLY boring. I've had an incredibly stressful couple of weeks and I wanted an easy-going read to take my mind off of real life. I should've chosen something rigorous and exciting, because this book certainly wasn't the relaxing read I wanted. It bored me to tears.There is no real [...]

    7. This wasn't your typical story of - two friends coming together to raise their deceased friends children and end up happily ever after. Thea had her own issues to deal with while Mitch thought she was trying to get out of taking care of the children. But as they get to know each other more - they come to realize that as friends they can do this together. Eventually they figure out what they want. There was some sad parts, some funny parts - like Mitch in the Target trying to figure out what type [...]

    8. I found this book to be dull. I liked the characters and the kids, but just couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. I realize this is Jo Goodman's first contemporary and hopefully her next will have more zing. Plus, she needs just one to have a heroine who wasn't abused as a child. Just ONCE!

    9. Even though I hate when the hero sleeps with another woman in the same book, I WAS liking this story. Until the hero said the biggest assholish thing ever. It was plain mean. I kept waiting for it to be resolved but it never was. It totally ruined him for me. I just couldn’t like him any more.And jokes about threesomes? Admiring his ex while she’s in a robe? Not my idea of a good guy.Add to that, there’s way too much page time dedicated to the hero’s much younger girlfriend and the heroi [...]

    10. This is really moving story about two people who have their lives turned upside down by the untimely deaths of their friends in a car accident, leaving behind three children for them to raise together. Mitch has had the children for a month already when Thea returns from her month long vacation. No one has been able to get in touch with her and so she's devastated to learn of her friend's deaths. There has always been a spark between them, but Thea has always fought it. Now that she's thrown tog [...]

    11. 4/5; 4 stars; B+The pacing and tone of this book are more in keeping with 'women's fiction' than typical contemporary romance. However, there are enough romantic moments and sex scenes to put it in the romance category.I have always liked Jo Goodman's voice and I have always enjoyed a well written story about people finding happiness under challenging circumstances. Both combined in this story to make a satisfying read. I really enjoyed the children in the story and would have liked to see a bit [...]

    12. I liked the slow build up of the relationship between Mitch and Thea. I liked that they were willing to work together, without being in a relationship with each other for the sake of the children they ended up with guardianship of. What I didn't like was Joel and Gina. Joel and Gina started off being the significant others of Mitch and Thea and they ended up together and with a babyJoel being in his 60s and Gina 23. I also didn't care for the change in point of view in what seemed like the middl [...]

    13. I'll be honest, I usually love Jo Goodman but there was something off about this book. I couldn't tell what it was but there was something just slightly left of center.Like knowing that you need to add an ingredient to a dish but not knowing which one.Thea annoyed me at first, and I'll be honest, I do not like her name. Even with all of her issues I still found her bland. Mitch was a bit of a hothead but I still came away with him being my favorite character.I wish the kids had been involved mor [...]

    14. I enjoyed meeting Thea and Mitch. Their story was a sad one, and the two made the best of the situation. I LOVED the twins. The were full of life and said exactly what popped in to their heads. I thought this story was a bit long. It was a slow starter for me. I didn't really start getting all that interested until close to 3/4 through. The thought sequences were VERY descriptive and the sex scenes, while hot, were as equally as wordy. I found myself skimming a lot. I will try this author again, [...]

    15. Orphaned children are given into the joint custody of unrelated friends of the deceased parents. The rest of the romance is built on this rather ingenious device. Characters are strong, dialog is good, and there are some inventive twists in the tale. The descriptions of physical intimacy were thankfully few, but those were intensely graphic.

    16. This book started off really strong for me but then became redundant and cookie cutterish/predictable about half way through. It did read quickly, but more because it was skimmable than it sucked me in.

    17. So this story had the plot for something unique and different but ended up not being so. A couple with 3 kids are killed in a car accident and leave two single guardians of the opposite sex. Of course they are attracted to one another. Did I also mention the female is a recovering prescription drug addict and the guy is supposedly such a catch - then why hasn't he been married before?

    18. 4.5 starsAs I was reading this book the one thing that I found myself consistently enjoying was how the author wrote the story -- her word choices, how she constructs sentences & paragraphs and how well the dialogue (both spoken and internal) worked for the characters. The writing was well textured, intelligent, often humorous and allowed me to fall into and luxuriate in the story.I have always hated stories where the H/H meet and are so suddenly in love/lust that they obsessing over each ot [...]

    19. I don't think I'll ever actually read this, I just wanted to save it because of the cover. I was shelving the other day and picked this one up and just stopped and stared because that is basically my dream house. I always wanted a yellow victorian. (I loved the one from the classic Game of Life too.)

    20. A Place Called HomeBy: Jo GoodmanCopyright December 2011Publisher Zebra Contemporary RomanceWhen Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship. [...]

    21. Grade: BI've been reading Ms. Goodman for many years but this is her first venture into contemporary romance, having stuck to historical and western romances. I must say I was cautious, knowing how much I enjoy her writing but unsure as to how that would translate into a contemporary setting. My concerns were needless, Ms. Goodman easily brings her wonderful, emotional story-telling to a modern day setting.Thea Wyndham has suffered a tremendous shock. After learning her childhood friend and his [...]

    22. A Place Called Home is a sweet, heartwarming romance novel. Mitch and Thea accepted to be godparents to their best friends Gabe and Kathy's children without giving it much thought. They always made sure they were present in the kids' lives but never really expected to be called to fulfill their duties as replacement parents. When Gabe and Kathy pass away unexpectedly in a car accident, Mitch and Thea find themselves with the hard task of having to raise eleven year old Emilie and five year old t [...]

    23. I have enjoyed the works of Jo Goodman since the early 80’s, I would love to get my hands on some of her earlier works but have not been able to find them as of yet. I know I have liked every book she has written although I will admit to liking some better than others. With all that being said, I was prepared to dislike this book. I thought the story had been told and retold often enough, shoot Diane Keaton had even made a movie about a similar concept. It didn’t matter that Jo Goodman was a [...]

    24. It was a delight to read Jo Goodman’s latest A Place Called Home. When I initially read the summary I was thinking of that movie with Heigl and Duhamel with the same script and I was both scared and excited to read it. Scared because while the movie was funny, it didn’t grab me and pull me in like this book did. A Place Called Home has a man’s man like Duhamel in Mitchell Baker who when the story sets out already has had the kids for about a month before Thea Wyndam comes into the pictur [...]

    25. Whether it is historical, western, or contemporary, it is always a romance that a reader will never forget when USA Today Bestselling Author, Jo Goodman writes a tale. She is one of those very few imaginative storyteller’s that can have readers at ‘hello.’ This new story offers readers not only romance, but a creative and emotional blend of family, love, friends, and the forces of fate can do to another. In this particular story, the main characters of Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker are t [...]

    26. What an awesome surprise. The night before vacation I went through my library's e-book collection to get a few "back-up" books in case I went through all of the ebooks I purchased. This book was one I added without really thinking about it, had forgotten about it on vacation, and just yesterday started it because I had nothing else to read. And I loved it!The characters were fully developed. The balance of story, romance and sex was perfect. The tragedy that starts the book doesn't define the wh [...]

    27. Jo Goodman is such a comfort go-to read for me. I love the at-times lyrical quality of her prose, its seeming sparseness, and the always witty dialogue between her characters.I give this story 4-stars only because this feels to me like Goodman-lite. It's less angtsy and has fewer elements than her typical, somehow, and only 4-stars when compared to "If His Kiss Is Wicked" (my hands-down favorite Goodman). But lest you think the characters have less weight, nuh-uh. These are flawed people, folks, [...]

    28. A contemporary, but nicely out of time in that the story wasn't littered with product placements and referrals to specific pop culture. So the children might watch Disney movies, but not one in particular. The children were reasonable characters in the story - they acted their age but I didn't feel like their cuteness was overdone and while they are definitely important, the story focused on the adults.The characters were very well drawn. Especially the heroine's issues. Although the particular [...]

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