Bringing Rosie Home by Loree Lough


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Bringing Rosie Home
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #2)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A kidnapping shattered their family…

Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent’s worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.

Putting up a united front for their child’s sake isn’t as easy as they thought. Grant hasn’t forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever…

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Other Books in the Series

The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

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About the Author

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

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Tour Schedule

January 8th:
Launch
The Power of Words
It’s All About the Romance
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 9th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Becky on Books
Rainy Day Reviews
The Bookworm Chronicles
January 10th:
Janice’s Book Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
Heidi Reads…
Hearts & Scribbles
January 11th:
Leels Loves Books
Book Lover in Florida
Among the Reads
Teatime and Books
January 12th:
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Nicole’s Book Musings
Thoughts of a Blonde
underneath the covers
January 13th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– Two winners will receive a print copy of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (US only)
– Three winners will receive an ebook of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (open internationally)
– Ends January 17th

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~ Excerpt ~ 

 

Grant got out of the car, pocketing his keys as he walked toward them. He scanned the yard, looking for Rena. She was probably on the porch with Christine, watching the horseplay. Because after what happened at the petting zoo, no way she’d let Rosie out of her sight.

“Daddy!” Rosie yelled, throwing her arms around his waist. “You’re home early!”

“Aren’t you supposed to be at Grandma’s?”

Her happy smile vanished. “I saw the kids,” she said, blinking up at him. “I wanted to play.”

“Where’s your mother?”

“In the house, I guess.”

“Does she know you’re over here?”

Her happy smile vanished. His gruff tone had caused that. Grant had never raised his voice to her before. Not when she broke his football trophy, not when she’d spilled milk on his suit, moments before he was to leave for an important client meeting, not when she threw her ball in the living room—after he’d told her not to—and broke the living room window.

“Mom was busy, cooking and setting the table and stuff. I just wanted to play.”

The O’Brien kids stood quiet and still, watching the entire exchange. Rosie had been home for weeks now, but between doctor appointments and getting her acclimated to being with them again, there hadn’t been time to introduce her to the neighbor kids. He felt like a heel for spoiling her fun. It wouldn’t have happened if Rena had been here…

Grant wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she’d taken Rosie to his mom’s, as planned. His mother had never been able to say no to this kid; if she’d asked to go outside and play…

He made a concerted effort to gentle his voice. “What about Grandma? Does she know you’re here?”

“No…”

The one-word reply told him Rena hadn’t brought her next door. He still couldn’t believe she wasn’t here!

“Sorry kids,” he called over his daughter’s head, “Rosie has to go home now. She’ll see you tomorrow. Maybe.”

She put her hand in his, let him lead her to his mom’s house. He’d see to it Rosie was safe and sound, and then he’d find out why Rena was nowhere in sight.

“Sorry, Dad. I didn’t think anybody would mind.” Glancing over her shoulder, she waved at Samantha and Steven. “They were having so much fun,” she repeated.

“It’s okay, kiddo. Nothing wrong with having fun. But from now on, you need to tell Mom or me or Grandma where you’re going.”

He opened his mother’s front door and led Rosie into the foyer. “Mom?”

“In the here, honey.” Wiping flour-dusted hands on a kitchen towel, she said “You’re home early. Did someone cancel a meeting?”

“I did.”

Now, his tone erased his mother’s smile. Grant slapped a hand to the back of his neck. He’d hurt two of the people he cared most about, all because Rena hadn’t been where she was supposed to be.

“Sorry,” he said. “It’s been a crazy day.” Kissing Tina’s cheek, Grant added, “How’s the birthday cake coming?”

“Haven’t started it yet.” She smiled at Rosie. “I was waiting for this li’l munchkin. You remember how to run the electric mixer, the way I taught you last week?”

Rosie nodded.

“Well, the cake batter is ready for you. Think you can get started without me?”

“Sure, Grandma. And don’t worry, I won’t lift the beaters out of the bowl and make a big mess, like I did last week.”

“That’s my girl.” She watched Rosie climb onto the kitchen stool and adjust the beaters, then turned to Grant. “What’s going on?”

“Rosie was at the O’Briens. Without Rena.”

Chin raised, she examined his face. “I see.”

But did she? Did his mother realize how terrified he’d been, seeing his girl over there, alone?

“You gonna be okay over here for a while?”

Tina snorted. “We’ll be fine. And by the time we get over there with that cake, you two had better be fine, too.” With that, she turned on her heel and left him standing in the hall.

He took his time getting from his mom’s house to his own. When he confronted Rena, he wanted to be cool, calm, and collected. Nothing could be accomplished if he stormed in there huffing and puffing like an angry bull.

The house smelled great when he stepped into the foyer. Pot roast, unless he was mistaken. His favorite. He opened the fridge to grab a bottle of water, saw a row of small bowls lined up on the bottom shelf, each filled with chocolate mousse. Another favorite. Grant frowned. This was no time to let her efforts to please take him off course.

 

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  1. Thanks for the excerpt. I can’t wait to read this.
    Carol Luciano

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