Outskirts Press (2020)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (01/21)
“Coming Home,” is the fourth book in the Douglas Family Saga by DL Larson. It was my first book in this series and I felt it stood well on its own, but I would like to go back and read the stories of the other family members. This series follows the lives of several generations of the Douglas family. In this one, the main focus is centered around Francis Frailey’s life. The story begins after the tragic loss of his beloved wife. Trying to raise two children, who are also grieving, is extremely difficult for him, especially since he carries emotional scars suffered by trauma and betrayal from close family members, when he was a child. In addition to horrific flashbacks, he has problems with expressing the true depth of his emotions. His world gets rocked when a pretty widow comes to town and sets her sites on him. Prim and proper in appearance, Frances quickly discovers that she has another side and she is set on a mission which includes his involvement, without asking his permission.
“Coming Home,” caught me off guard. Since it was my first book in the series, and the story starts out with the main characters seeming restrained and proper, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my first impressions were incorrect. The passionate scenes were a pleasure to read. DL Larson has a talent for writing about the sensual activity between the characters, without being too graphic. I also enjoyed how the other family members had their stories flowing around the main one. I was seamlessly filled in on previous events, as the characters reflected on their poignant memories. For the elderly patriarch, who is now a grieving widow, we get a glimpse into her past and what she experienced early on when she was taken captive by natives. My interest is piqued enough to want to go back and read her story. There is also a teenage couple not only dealing with the angst of being teenagers, but also their attraction to each other, that goes way beyond their years. It will be fun to see what the future holds for them in upcoming books.
The settings were also vividly described and easily brought to life in my imagination. Taking place in a small town in Kentucky during the mid-1850s was a refreshing change for me. The family’s way of life was well described, right down to their furniture and clothing. It is nice to go back to a time when people weren’t tied into technology.
Historical Romance readers will love “Coming Home.” It will make a fun selection for romance reader groups too!