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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Laina Ming just wants to live life on her terms in the beautiful setting of Aspen, Colorado in House of Belonging by Andrea Thome. Having left an unhealthy relationship in New York City, Laina moves to the mountains to be as far physically and mentally from the past as she can get. Ready to open a new restaurant, Laina does not want complications to distract her, but her friend’s handsome, flirty brother, Logan, may be too much to ignore. Logan realizes that Laina is someone very special and is ready to give her all the time and space she needs to come to him willingly. With more than a little help from his sister and even Laina’s best friend, Van, Logan seems destined for success. When the past crashes in on Laina, the question will be how strong she is and how easily Logan can see the situation for what it really is. With their happiness on the line, can the past finally be laid to rest?
Andrea Thome has created another fabulous story in the Hesse Creek series. House of Belonging is perfect as a stand-alone story, full of interesting, well-developed characters and plenty of action. Thome’s use of description puts you right into the story, whether it is in the kitchen with Laina or out in the magnificent scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Carefully devised twists and turns keep the story interesting and provide plenty of opportunity for the characters to work together to solve their problems, proving that open communication and a relationship based on trust is the best way to go. The side stories come together beautifully to support the main characters and their development. With intriguing social themes and a woman’s search for her true self embedded into a touching romantic story, House of Belonging by Andrea Thome is a novel to be thoroughly enjoyed.