Friday, January 20, 2012

HOME by Calisa Rhose

I just finished reading Home by Calisa Rhose, a wonderful story of forgiveness, acceptance and love. The story takes place in a time often ignored by writers – the Vietnam era. It's a time frame I'm familiar with and Calisa brought it all back Home. She's a talented writer who knows how to set a scene that puts a reader in the middle of the action. But more than that, she excels at getting inside the character's heads. The relationship between the returning hero, Sam, a man suffering from post-traumatic stress and the heroine, Poppy, who helps him find his way Home is a touching love story that will stay with me for a long, long time. Highly recommended.

What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
Silvertown's outcast, Poppy Tippen, has loved football hero Sam "The Force" Callahan forever. But he never seemed to know she was alive. Now he's home from the war and she suddenly finds herself comforting him from the demons of "that damn war." Is his attention merely an escape from the haunting nightmares? Or does she hold the interest of the only man she's ever truly loved?
Sam Callahan's only solace from the war nightmares wrecking his life comes in the unlikely form of a gypsy girl with stigmas of her own. He's known Poppy his entire life, but there's something different about her now. Something special he desperately wants to hold on to. Can he convince her she's the only thing he needs to put the past behind him?
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About the Author

Calisa Rhose writes in Oklahoma, USA where she lives with her hero of 28 years and her three grown daughters and four granddaughters. She loves her horse and has three spoiled dogs and one cat between her and hero husband.

It all began when she discovered daydraming about meeting the Bay City Rollers- that Scottish rock group who came like the second invasion from Europe in the mid 70's. (and Billy Ray thought he cornered the mullet market with Achy Breaky Heart!) She decided to write those daydreams down and has never stopped. Now those cute rockers are replaced with cowboys, firemen or whoever strikes her fancy.
She writes contemporary and vintage historical. She enjoys writing about cowboys more than anything but will throw a fireman in for fun. You can visit her on her website:
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    Calisa Rhose said...

    *blushing* Thank you for the lovely review, Gale!

    Christine Warner said...

    Calisa is an amazing writer! What a nice review of her story :) Thank you for sharing.

    Maeve said...

    What a lovely and well-deserved review!

    Sarah Grimm said...

    I've had HOME on my TBR list for a while, but it's moving to the top after that wonderful review!

    Gale Stanley said...

    I know you'll enjoy it Sarah. I love character driven stories and these people felt so real to me.

    Leigh D'Ansey said...

    A truly wonderful review.

    Diana Layne said...

    Terrific review! But of course, I've read Home and it is a wonderful story I agree!!