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
THE NURSE’S HOMECOMING by Allie Pleiter
SERIES: True North Springs #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: June 27, 2023
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.
Other Books In This Series
“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
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 http://alliepleiter.com/subscribe.html
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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?