Authors Showcase: When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby
June 24, 2015
The Book: When You Make It Home
The Author: Claire Ashby
The Story: Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.
When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.
Theo is soon filling all of Meg’s late-night cravings—and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?
About Claire Ashby:
Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall.
She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination.
Review by Amberr Meadows:
I didn’t just like this book, I absolutely LOVED When You Make it Home, and anything written by Claire Ashby in the future will be on my virtual bookshelf to be devoured greedily in one sitting, because I simply couldn’t put this book down. I admit I had a ton of previous obligations, and knowing I had committed today to the author, I started reading the book last night at 10:00pm. I’d decided the day before I’d be keeping the same sleep schedule with an hour variance max, because supposedly keeping a consistent sleep schedule helps prevent obesity.
Once I got into the first couple of pages and Theo and Meg really meeting for the first time coincidentally, the book had me enthralled and sleep schedule be damned. I read it on my iphone, and while listening to my husband snore peacefully, I read far into the night–even getting out of the bed to sit on the floor twice to continue reading when my phone needed charging. I finally wrapped up When You Make it Home at 4:00am.
Anyhoo, onto the logistics of the book. Meg, pregnant and conflicted with family issues and former boyfriend baggage, and Theo, the veteran wounded in Afghanistan, made for an unlikely but wildly appropriate couple. The author’s portrayal of the emotions of a wounded vet coming home in pain and feeling as though his life no longer had purpose resonated with me. I spend at least once a month with my uncle at the Atlanta Va, and seeing the maimed and wounded while going down the corridors of that depressing place and is utterly heartbreaking. Theo’s battle with his personal demons and injuries were equally heartbreaking, and Meg’s conviction to hide her pregnancy as long as possible initially seemed ludicrous but made complete sense as her character is fully revealed throughout the course of the novel.
Every character, from the sweet Ellie, the uptight Nina, Meg’s twin brother, the naughty Chelsea and everyone else in the novel are three-dimensional and either likable or understandable. For readers who love cookie cutter romances, you won’t find that in When You Make it Home. You will, however, find a masterfully written, poignant, and beautiful love story intermingled with a plot full of humor, heartbreak, love, intrigue, and steamy but classy sex scenes. The character conflict will keep you furiously turning the pages seeking resolution, and the ending is nothing short of beautiful.
Review by Amazon Customer:
Claire Ashby must not want me to sleep if she’s going to write books like this. Ha! Seriously, I adored this book!! I know a book is a keeper if I think about it while doing other things – this book fit the bill!
This debut author has done everything right! Loved both Meg and Theo. It took Meg a little while to grow on me, but in the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I can only hope there will be that there might be a story for Steve and Chelsea. Would also like to know Ellie and Jake’s story. Can’t wait for more from this author.