Road Trip Reads Giveaway (Arizona): The Nurse’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter

Posted June 27, 2023 by meezcarrie in Allie Pleiter, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Road Trip Reads Giveaway 2023, romance / 33 Comments

today’s book: The Nurse’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter

We are moving right along on our summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head to the southwest!

today’s stop: Arizona


True North Springs #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: June 27, 2023
PAGES: 209

A temporary position…

Or the beginning of happily-ever-after?

Camp True North Springs is everything nurse Bridget Nicholson needs: a new start after her broken engagement and the opportunity to help grieving families heal—despite her overbearing father’s disapproval. But no one warned Bridget that she’d be working with her ex-boyfriend, Carson Todd…or that another shot at love might be exactly what she needs.

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.


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“Healing doesn’t always look like what we had planned.”

This series is just so special, y’all. It’s full of life in all its messy beauty, with grief and joy mingling together on the pages in the bittersweet way they do in real life, too. In fact, in some ways it’s helped me grieve the loss of my dad, with characters like young Charlie encouraging me to be open about the way of grief and the healing process. I still haven’t recovered (in all the best ways) from the pond scene in A Place to Heal, and I love that we get to revisit that ceremony in each book of the series so far too. The one in The Nurse’s Homecoming struck me as incredibly profound on a couple of different levels, and Pleiter writes it so meaningfully that you feel, as the reader, that you’re gathered around the pond with them.

Don’t get hung up on the grief part, though, and miss the joy (a message in the series, come to think of it) because these books are full of romance and humor and friendship and community and faith and JOY. In The Nurse’s Homecoming, the chemistry sparks immediately between Bridget and Carson, as though they’ve never been apart, and their second chance at true love starts with cautious friendship that drifts into affectionate flirting and the discovery of feelings that still run deep. Bridget is just so naturally a nurse – I loved her right away and her easy way with the kids and families at camp. Carson was a bit more closed off at first, which is understandable as we dig deeper into his layers, but I immediately liked him at a surface level (read: swoony lol) and then grew to love him even more as we got to know him.

You don’t absolutely need to read the first two Camp True North Springs to enjoy The Nurse’s Homecoming, but it would be beneficial to do so anyway. For starters, they’re both 5 star reads. But you also will appreciate more keenly who Bridget is – more specifically whose daughter she is – if you’ve been following the camp from its beginning. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. Except to say that I think Pleiter’s plot choices in this book were brilliant, given what has already happened up to this point. It’s that delicious moment when you see something come full circle over the course of a series in an unexpected way and you just ‘ahhhhh!!!!’ over the author’s creativity.

Bottom Line: The Nurse’s Homecoming is yet another example of Allie Pleiter’s consummate talent in story building, character development, and writing voice. Bridget and Carson – like all of this session’s campers at True North Springs – will wrap endearingly around your heart and feel like the dearest of friends by the time you’ve closed the final page. There’s a little bit of everything in this story, appealing to a variety of readers, with romance, wit, faith, adorable kids, heartfelt emotion, and profound layers. It seamlessly took me through a full range of emotions, and I already want to go back and reread it. Can’t wait for the next one!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fabulous!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter spends her days writing books and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, and speaks nationally on writing, faith, and creative productivity. Allie currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Sign up for her newsletter at

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Nurse’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter? Have you ever visited Arizona?

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33 responses to “Road Trip Reads Giveaway (Arizona): The Nurse’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter

  1. kim hansen

    Took a vacation 30 years ago to flagstaff, Jerome, Sedona area. Jerome was an old mining town wasn’t even a state park there yet. Spent a few hours inside Riordan Mansion and the surrounding area it wasn’t quite a state park yet. Looked more like a large home with 2 sides only divide by a game room. Only one side was open at the time, the other side need major repair. Was amazed at how 2 brothers could live in the same house but not talk. Memories I will cherish forever.

  2. Regina

    I’ve never read any of Allie’s books but this review definitely makes me add this one to the list. I went to Arizona on a bus with my mom when I was young but we stayed with family and didn’t get out much while we were there. It would be nice to visit again and do some sight seeing.

  3. Sandy Avery

    This story sounds like it has everything to love in Christian fiction/romance, so I absolutely will put this on my list to read.

    I’ve been to Arizona a few times and they were wonderful vacations with a lot to see.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “The Nurse’s Homecoming” by Allie Pleiter, which confirms my desire to read this book. It’s been on my TBR list since I first heard about it and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it. Gorgeous cover and knowing the other the inside will be just a lovely and touching.

  5. Hesper Fry

    Your high rating of the book makes me want to read this one! I also really like Love Inspired books. Yes, I have been to Arizona when visiting the Grand Canyon.

  6. Betty Curran

    I’ve never spent any time in Arizona. I’ve driven through mny times as well as spent time in the airport, but that doesn’t count as a visit. This book has all the things I like – a nurse as a main character, a small town and a slow building relationship.

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