Coming Home

The Carter Clan

Fiction - Western
313 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2023
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Author Biography

Am Sams is a horse addict and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration. She was also an animal cruelty investigator and has a big heart for all animals. Her debut book, Karma, is a supernatural thriller that showcases her love for the paranormal genre.

Sams is known for her sarcastic and fun-loving personality, which is reflected in her writing. She has a unique way of blending humor and suspense to create a thrilling reading experience for her audience.

When she's not writing, Sams enjoys spending time with her horses, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors. Her love for animals also extends to volunteering at local shelters and animal rescues. When not writing she is designing western t-shirts and tumblers @:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Coming Home: The Carter Clan by AM Sams is a romance novel featuring Austin Myers and Cortland Carter. Austin inherited her grandfather's ranch, where she had lived as a child until her father passed away. Unfortunately, she also inherited some of her grandfather's less-than-reputable dealings. Determined to set things right, Austin instructed her attorney to set up a meeting so she could return the water and mineral rights to their original owners. While she was at the grocery store, Austin saw a little girl about to be hit by a car. She saved the child but sprained her ankle doing so. The young girl was the daughter of her childhood friend, Cadee. The friends recognized each other, while Austin's looks and personality took Cortland by surprise. The following day, the Carter family arrived at the attorney's office. Cortland saw an opportunity to get closer to Austin. He arrived at her ranch to help with her horses, despite her protests that she could manage everything on her own.

AM Sams built significant tension between Austin and Cortland. Both had strong and independent personalities, which often had them questioning whether they would have future issues when deciding on important matters. Cortland's admiration for Austin lay in her confidence and assertive character. I was amused by the Carter family's ability to be open, express their thoughts, and make light of Cortland's romantic pursuit. The descriptive details of each encounter were realistic, and the alternating perspectives between Austin and Cortland were relatable. The transitions were seamless and easy to follow. A sudden, unexpected revelation caused the plot to change direction, and I couldn't put the book down. The supporting role players added to the suspense with their stories intermingling with Austin and Cortland. The dialogue was engaging and felt natural. I recommend Coming Home to readers who enjoy Western-themed romances with strong protagonists.

Essien Asian

Austin returns to Wyoming to take possession of her inheritance. The bad blood that pervades the area does not deter her from immediately trying to right the past wrongs between her grandfather and his neighbors. Between putting the farm in shape and running her fledgling business, she has little time for distractions, but nothing prepares her for the force of nature, Cortland Carter. Cort has had no luck finding a woman who is his equal and worthy of affection until he sets eyes on Austin. A fortuitous meeting between these two puts them on a path to romance, but can it survive when so many obstacles are in the way? Only time will tell in Coming Home by AM Sams.

Love finds a way to pull down barriers in the latest installment of the Carter Clan series. Interestingly for a romantic novel, AM Sams goes out of her way to spice up the storyline with the generational feud, but once you get past that, what follows is pure gold. The characters are well-rounded as they maintain the depth I expect from a story of this caliber courtesy of interesting conversations. This ultimately gives the reader a better appreciation of the wider story arc. Telling the story from the different points of view of the principal characters added a unique layer of authenticity to the plot. What I like best about this novel is how Sams incorporates the secondary characters' travails into the riveting story's subplots. Coming Home is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

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Coming Home by AM Sams follows the story of two neighboring families in Wyoming whose lives become intertwined under extraordinary circumstances. Cortland is one of the four Carter brothers overseeing the large Carter family ranch. He is determined to get back his family's mineral and water rights that his grandfather lost in a poker game to his neighbor, Mr. Mowery. Meanwhile, Mowery's granddaughter, Austin, is back in Wyoming, eager to rectify her family's mistakes and return the water rights of the original owners. When Cortland meets Austin, both feel an intense mutual attraction that develops into a full-blown love affair. But Cortland's trust issues soon put a spoke in their relationship. Additionally, someone is making moves that put Austin in harm's way. Can Cortland and Austin move past their differences and begin a family together?

AM Sams' slice-of-life drama novel is full of heart, humor, and romance. Coming Home is, at its core, the story of two intertwining families as their current generation makes amends and moves past the grudges of the past. Evenly paced with a couple of well-placed curveballs along the way, the plot keeps you engaged until the end. The characters have well-developed personalities and traits that set them apart from one another. Austin and Cortland's relationship is at the center of the narrative around which the plot revolves. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Austin and Cortland with their friends and family—an entertaining novel for contemporary romance readers. I very much enjoyed it, and you should too.