Feels Like Home Reviews
4 Stars! When wedding planner Yvonne Delisle accepts a job planning her former mother-in-law’s wedding, she’s forced into contact with Aidan Sheppard, the ex-husband she’s never stopped loving. Still angry over Yvonne’s decision to leave their marriage, Aidan remains attracted to his ex-wife. Soon, the two are trying to figure out if there’s anything worth saving from their relationship. Andrews’ lively writing admirably describes the relationship between Yvonne and Aidan as well as Aidan’s relationships with the rest of his family. The characters are likable - even when they’re not behaving. Alexandra Kay, RT bookreviews
Yvonne Delisle is about to start the most difficult job of her entire career as an event coordinator: planning her ex-mother-in-law’s second wedding. During her marriage to Aidan Sheppard, she never felt welcomed into the Sheppard family. That, in addition to her feeling that Aidan found her lacking, led Yvonne to walk out on her marriage. She can’t entirely regret leaving Aidan, because it gave Yvonne a chance to figure out who she is instead of always being what others expect her to be. Yet, being around Aidan again has Yvonne realizing that she still has feelings for him.
After what happened with his brothers, Aidan should have expected his mother to meddle in his life too. But bringing his ex-wife to the family’s winery in hopes of reconciling them is too much. Aidan had always thought there was more to Yvonne than the aloof society princess, but when she left him he figured he’d been wrong. Now, he doesn’t care to find out if there’s a real person behind the perfect appearance, he just wants Yvonne gone. Aidan made the mistake of trusting her once before, he won’t do it again—no matter what else he feels.
FEELS LIKE HOME is a poignant reunion tale. The knowledge that people only liked her because of her family name, coupled with extreme shyness, caused Yvonne to cultivate the perfect façade at a young age, and she carried it to such an extreme that eventually she couldn’t tell who she was anymore. Already uncomfortable in her own skin, Aidan’s pushing to break down her barriers actually pushed her away and broke up their marriage. She sees her new assignment as a way to prove herself to the people she’d always wanted acceptance from, and knows that facing Aidan will be as much of a challenge as pulling together a wedding on short notice will be. For Aidan, seeing Yvonne again brings back all of the pain, but pride kept him going when she left the first time; it’ll get him through again.
Their reunion is orchestrated by Diane Sheppard, Aidan’s mother, who has been very busy in the past few months. Using threats and manipulation, Diane has managed to get all three of her sons back to the winery, and coincidentally, they’ve all found love. Yet, even as she prepares to walk down the aisle herself, Diane is in for a shock.
At turns both heart-breaking and uplifting, FEELS LIKE HOME is an enjoyable story. Jennifer Bishop Romance Reviews Today
Yvonne knew she shouldn’t accept her former mother-in-law’s request, but she couldn’t resist the chance to prove herself to her former husband’s tight knit family. So here she is, planning a second wedding for Diane Sheppard at the family vineyard. She is also under contract to jump start a new special events feature for Diamond Dust. Too bad no one bothered to tell her ex-husband, Aidan Sheppard, about the plans because when he finds Yvonne digging through the carriage house, where the wedding is to take place, he is not happy. Yvonne however, discovers she’s still in love with the arrogant Aidan even though he still can’t see that she is her own person.
Aidan was heart broken when Yvonne left seven years ago and seeing her now brings back all the hurt and heartache. She may be as beautiful as ever, but to Aidan she is still unapproachable with her uptight Southern manners. Why does Aidan’s manipulative mother believe that if Aidan works with Yvonne, they may get back together? Aidan knows that will never happen but he can’t stop thinking about Yvonne.
Award winning author Beth Andrews ties up her Diamond Dust trilogy with FEELS LIKE HOME, although there are still unresolved family crises like in real life. Andrews penned a dynamic romance story set in lush wine country with genuine characters that engage the reader. Head strong Aidan and Southern belle Yvonne must learn to accept each other as individuals before they are ready for their second chance. Readers will be delighted to know that the end of this wonderful series is just the beginning of more stories from favorite author Beth Andrews. Donna Zapf, Cataromance
Savannah socialite and successful wedding planner, Yvonne Delisle still isn’t sure how she got talked into accepting the job of planning her former mother-in-law’s wedding and getting the Sheppard family winery’s event planning business off the ground, especially since the winery is run by her ex-husband and his brothers. Yvonne felt she had no choice but to divorce her husband all those years ago but that doesn’t mean she stopped loving him. Now she’ll have to work with the man she planned to spend the rest of her life with - the man who blames her for walking out on him and their marriage.
Aidan Sheppard learned early to keep his emotions in check and his thoughts to himself. When his wife walked out on him seven years ago, he never went after her, never asked why she wanted out of the marriage. He simply assumed the “princess” was too spoiled to stand on her own and had run back to daddy and his money. He hardened his heart, turned his back on what they had had and poured himself into his family’s business. Now she’s back, at his mother’s invitation, with a contract she has no intention of breaking and a determination to show the people who never gave her a chance that she’s more than a society princess. Aidan is still attracted to her and Yvonne hopes for a second chance to put the past behind them but the resentment and animosity that has strengthened in Aidan over the years may be too high an obstacle to overcome.
Beth Andrews excels in creating complex, layered stories about realistic families where real problems exist, where people don’t always get along, where pride and stubbornness can create rifts and where snap judgments can erode marriages before they ever have a chance to succeed. Yvonne and Aidan’s story is not an easy one but it is a realistic one with all the ups and downs of a couple’s journey to learning to accept one another for who they are and not who we would like them to be. I had a hard time warming up to Aidan but, in the end, it doesn’t matter if I love him but if Yvonne loves him and if I find that love believable. I did.
Andrews is one of my favorite SuperRomance authors and I’m looking forward to what she has in store for readers next. PJ, The Romance Dish