Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Series: Misty Willow, Book 1
This is a sweet, fun-paced contemporary romance that will have you flipping through the pages as if it were a suspense novel! Where She Belongs is the first book I have read by Johnnie Alexander and it most definitely will not be my last.
Shelby is ready to move on after the death of her husband is determined to purchase and fix up her family’s homestead, Misty Willow. She has plans to raise her kids in the only place that she felt that she truly belonged. She has a major grudge against the Sullivans and even extends it over to AJ. Shown this factor early on in the story, makes the reader pause and wonder why this grudge exists and how the Sullivans owned their farm in the first place.
In fact, AJ doesn’t even want Shelby’s homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes. In a form of rebellion, AJ let the land fall to ruin. He finds a loophole and is more than willing to let Shelby have the land. Even though she holds a major grudge towards him, he can’t get her off his mind.
As the story unfolds we find out why she has the grudge. In fact, her feelings totally make sense! It’s the kind of story, that once you think you understand what is going on, the plot changes entirely. There’s a love triangle, past relationships to resolve, family members with ulterior motives, and tons of uncovered family history.
I loved AJ and Shelby from the start. I couldn’t help but want them to work things out and get together. He’s amazing with Shelby’s two little daughters and he does a lot for Shelby. He’s the kind of man all girls should look for. Oh and Lila, his dog, is the cutest!
You’ll laugh, cry, get angry, and all of the emotions all within the same book. Both of the characters also grow a lot in their walks with God.
Belonging is the main theme of this book. However, it also focuses on the consequences of our choices and how they impact not just yourself, but others. Misty Willow is a beautiful place that is full of rich history. If it’s a real place, I long for a visit!
Also, I loved all of the Cary Grant references! So cute!
Go read Where She Belongs because you won’t want to miss this!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Johnnie Alexander
Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.