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After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She’s supported her ex-husband’s dreams for so long that she can’t even remember her own... until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents’ home and envisions her very own cooking store.

Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna’s adoptive mother. But just as she’s gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents - aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn. Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest, and decide what to do about her ex’s latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love.

©2011 Susan Mallery (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 01-28-16

A culinary buffet of plot turns

I personally love to cook. This novel intrigued me because it has a backdrop of cooking. Jenna, a chef and fresh off a divorce and moves home to open a cooking store. Sounds like a trite story line, but wait. Her birth parents show up unannounced after 32 and never meeting her, her new store manage has her own mini-story line, her birth mother figures prominently and Jenna gets a boyfriend (not a spoiler -- it's a romance book after all). Anyway, all of these characters dodge and weave in a intricate web. The teaser suggests the ex-husband plays a role -- but he is a fleeting part of the story, maybe he gets five minutes total.

Teri Clark Linden does not have a lot of range in her voice to carry off all the characters. She is not awful, but that is all I can say. This book is light on romance, heavy on redemption and light on sex. It's a fun read if not a little long. I give it a cautious thumbs up. One bonus, there are recipes at then end (that is a spoiler).

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  • Kathy
  • Alexandria, KY, United States
  • 06-26-11

Get Out the Kleenex

I enjoyed the story. Many have said that the narration was a problem - I disagree. The narrator did a very good job. I don't want to give anything away, but I usually stay away from books that make me cry. This one did. I read books for laughter, good stories, interesting characters and a way to escape life and its traumas. This book delivered on most counts, but added traumas I did not need or want.

I will be happy to read more from this author and listen to more books by this narrator. I just wish there was a way to give a kleenex rating so that I can avoid tear-jerkers in the future!

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Good story, Terrible Narrator

The story is good but the narration was very poor! At times, I LOL for real when the Bio-Dad's voice started. They really should redo this one.

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Already Home

This was a very good audiobook. I am glad I purchased it! I am ready to listen to another boy k from Susan!

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  • Eric
  • Mt. Sterling, Ky, United States
  • 08-24-11

Great Story; Terrible Narrator

I loved this story, but I had a very hard time getting past the narration. I could only listen for a little while at a time because the narration was so annoying.

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  • Gina
  • Nixa, MO, United States
  • 07-14-11

Great book - didn't care for the narrator.

This is one I would recommend you read instead of listen to. Narrator is very nasally.

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  • denise
  • Evanston, IL, United States
  • 06-19-11

Easy listening and quite interesting

I think I found this under chic lit which is a bit unfair I think. It's really interesting with the different characters and the way they intertwine. Nothing too heavy but a good listen.

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Not a romance

This is not a romance novel it is a story about a woman who was adopted and meeting her birth parents. The romance part is about 10% of the story and really seems like it is more of an after thought. The narrator is BAD she has the strangest voices for even the female characters. Waste of a credit.

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Entertaining

I liked the story alot. I wasn't thrilled with the narration. Her voices are strange.

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Not her best...

What did you like best about Already Home? What did you like least?

I typically have always enjoyed Susan Mallery's books. This is the first one that I found I was ready for it to end. It seemed to drag and was predictable. I can never see myself listening to it again and plan on deleting it from my iPod. My overall reaction to it was

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