Coming Home by KJ

What was the book about?

What would happen if your regular, ordinary, safe, everyday existence suddenly became…not any of those things? When Samantha Markson, ordinary person, is thrust into the life of Abigail Taylor, not at all ordinary person, it proves to be an experience like she’s never had before. World famous actress Abigail Taylor is in Melbourne filming her new movie, and is accompanied by her nine year old daughter, Grace, because Abigail wants her to experience an Australian education for three months. Sam Markson is a teacher at one of the best schools in Melbourne, and is perfectly happy doing that, when she’s suddenly redirected from the classroom into the job as Grace’s teacher; a move so fast that even blinking would feel like slow motion. Sam has never met anyone like Abigail Taylor, and she starts to realise that her ordinary life might actually be missing something extraordinary.

Featured Tropes: Romance, celebrity/teacher, age gap

Book Strengths:
The book is extraordinary and made me laugh so much. I loved the humour, the plot and the characters. There’s a little bit of Angst, but KJ drives us cleverly through the story. I loved Abby, Sam and Grace. They’re all very special and it’s impossible not to love them. Also, the side characters are really something, Cath and Tom are like the annoying brother and sister you definitely need and love. I enjoyed very much the built-up of the romance between Sam and Abby. It is slow paced as they are tentative and unsure to follow their feelings while there are so many things to consider. It is fascinating to see their friendship grow until they reach the point where is impossible to hold back anymore.

Book weaknesses:
It is a minor issue that really doesn’t affect the story. For me, the first chapters have a minor continuity glitch, which is easily overcome by the good development of the story.

Character Chemistry:
It’s so easy to fall in love with the characters. They are all strong, intelligent women and it is very delightful to see how their storylines progress. We all would have wanted a teacher like Sam undoubtedly. Grace is very smart and so mature for her age. It is very believable because despite of showing a great emotional balance, we can also witness that innocence, curiosity and energy that comes with young age. Abby is so down to earth despite of her fame, I liked how she treats Sam from the beginning and how much she cares about Grace.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥(2.5)

Wrap up: I loved KJ’s writing style. It is a very well written story, the plot and characters are well developed as well as the built-up romance and amazing lovable characters. This is a very good book that I am sure everyone will enjoy it. It’s the first book I’ve read of KJ and after this, I know I’ll be reading more of her.
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.5 stars)


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