A MelanieM Review : No Place Like Home by Annabelle Jacobs

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Will Oliver get the gift he’s hoping for this Christmas?

Oliver Walker’s Christmas is shaping up to be a quiet one. That is until hunky neighbour Ed Middleton moves in next door.

Attraction is instant, but Ed is only there temporarily and neither wants to start something with an expiration date.

As the festive season approaches, holiday cheer wraps around them, and giving in to temptation is inevitable. But Ed is still set on moving in the new year—a fresh start, miles away from those he’s closest to.

If Oliver doesn’t want to lose his heart, he’ll have to show Ed that home is wherever he wants it to be, and love is possible no matter what.

No Place Like Home is a heartwarming story of love between neighbours, family and friends, about adorable rescue cats, and remembering that sometimes the very thing you’re looking for is right under your nose.

My only complaint about No Place Like Home by Annabelle Jacobs?  That is wasn’t longer!  I just adored this story!  It was heartwarming.  It was adult, that dealt with a number of themes besides the wonderful romance.  All of which Annabella Jacobs addressed with sensitivity, folding it gently into the building slow burn romance between Oliver and Ed.
One that kept recurring was Ed’s half hearted “leaving for the North” motion and the later revelations behind it.  It made sense as did what happened when Ed thought through everything that had happened and all it had meant to him.  It was realistic and meaningful and heartwarming.   There is so much here about family.  Whether is is Ed, his sister’s, his friends and their SOs or Oliver’s nan, and Oliver’s family. They all start to meld together in one joyous holiday group of familial love.  There’s the understanding moments of acknowledging Oliver’s nan’s aging and decline in memory, the all encompassing support from all corners.  for her , for Ed, and for Oliver.
And the cats, including Monty, looking for his forever home.
This story is so beautifully written, the characters so well crafted, and the relationships so well developed and laid out that I know No Place Like Home by Annabelle Jacobs is a story I will revisit again and again.  Looking for a special holiday story?  Look no further, here is one to treasure and one I highly recommend.
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 218 pages
Published November 26th 2019
Length: 48,000 words approx.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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