elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Coming Home by M.J. O'Shea

This is probably the third time I read about this scenario, the former bully from high school falling in love for the misfit he roughed up years ago. But everytime different authors managed to give the story their personal flavor. In this case, it’s also the story of a coming home, Tallis left small town home with few if none perspective in the future and nothing was easy for him; years after he is broke, and with the strong desire of being embraced from a family, even if the only family left is an old grandmother. But the small town didn’t forget T. the bully, above all Lex didn’t forget him. Not the same for Tallis who doesn’t recognize in Lex the chubby boy he mistreated in high school.

This is a nice and comfortable story, there is really not much drama, and the few obstacles on Lex and Tally’s path are easily overcome; but what was good of this novel is the warm and comfortable feeling, the idea that, for how much narrow minded the small town can be, it’s also a place where people know who you are, as a person, and not only as a number. Tally needed to be again a name and a face, even if that name and that face are not good memories for most of the people he left behind.

The other difference in this development, is that, in high school, there was not sexual tension between Lex and Tally; sure maybe Lex did find Tally attractive, but he was not in love, and on the other hand, Tally had a secret boyfriend. So when Tally and Lex meet again, their story is a totally new development, starting from scratch, without loose strings.


Amazon: Coming Home
Amazon Kindle: Coming Home
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372442X
ISBN-13: 978-1613724422

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Cover Art by Anne Cain

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Tags: author: m.j. o'shea, genre: contemporary, length: novel, review

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