Own and read all three of the books in the series
After having read Saving Sailor, I was very much interested in continuing the story. Then I discovered that there were two more about this family. I highly recmd them for young readers and adults as well. I thoroughly enjoyed all three. Light reading, fun, depicting how family life, the relationship of the siblings and parents, should be for all of us. I would refer to these books as "comfort reading." Loved her lessons about our relationships with God as well. Good read!!!
August 19, 2013
Did not disappoint
Review by Jill Williamson
After eight years in Italy, A.J. is coming back to Indian Island, Idaho. She canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to see her dog Sailor and her old friend Danny. Sailor acts as if nothing has changed, but DannyÃ¢ÂÂoooh. HeÃ¢ÂÂs grown up into a six-foot-tall real-life cowboy. He seems interested in A.J., but she has a promise to keep that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt include Danny. WhatÃ¢ÂÂs a girl to do if she wants both?
Okay. So I loved Saving Sailor, and I LOVED Taking Tuscany. So when I saw that Heading Home was available, I had to buy it. It did not disappoint. IÃ¢ÂÂm a closure-happy ending kind of girl, and though A.J. sure does have a tendency to make a mess of things, RenÃÂ©e Riva has a great way of putting it all back together. A.J.Ã¢ÂÂs Italian/Greek family is hysterical. This book was funny, heartwarming, and delightful. These three books were a fabulous coming-of-age story that takes place in the 1960Ã¢ÂÂs and 1970Ã¢ÂÂs. I highly recommend them.
November 21, 2010
Heading Home is the last book of the Indian Island trilogy, the first two being Saving Sailor and Taking Tuscany. Angelina Digulios family had relocated to Tuscany, Italy, in 1968, when she was 10. In Heading Home, Angelina (aka A.J.) is returning to Indian Island in July, 1976, to study to be a veterinarian. Her friend from Indian Island, Danny Morgan, had been taking care of her dog, Sailor, and corresponding with A.J. throughout the eight years she was gone. This book is about A.J.s return home.This being my first introduction to Renee Rivas writing, I was enthralled with the simplicity of her very romantic love story. Her writing isnt simplistic, as the storyline hooks you hook, line and sinker with such delight. It was a light, airy read but filled with romance, excitement, surprises, and fun. It is so reminiscent of the early 1970s era. A time of sweet love and innocence.The book swept me off my feet because of its innocent delight. Id highly recommend Heading Home for a delicious, romantic read. It has the air of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.This book was supplied by Audra of The B & B Media Group for my honest review. And it was a fantastic read!
June 14, 2010
In the conclusion of the Indian Island trilogy, A.J. is reunited with Danny when she returns to the island to go to college. As the two friends fall back into old routines, it's impossible to miss the fact that 8 years has passed ... and they're not the kids they were back then. While A.J. has some big decisions to make, Danny recognizes his true feelings for A.J. Together, they work through big decisions about careers, religion, family, and what they mean to each other.This is a really sweet story. I had not read the first two books in the trilogy but felt I could easily catch up (although I certainly would enjoy the other books!). The book is funny and a great coming-of-age story. A great young adult novel or a quick read for those of us who wish we still were young adults!I received a FREE copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.
June 8, 2010