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!!!
After eight years in Italy, A.J. is coming back to Indian Island, Idaho. She can't wait to see her dog Sailor and her old friend Danny. Sailor acts as if nothing has changed, but Dannyâ€”oooh. He's grown up into a six-foot-tall real-life cowboy. He seems interested in A.J., but she has a promise to keep that doesn't include Danny. What's a girl to do if she wants both?
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!
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.
Im so thankful to have received a review copy of this entertaining and touching book by Renee Riva. This is a charming tale of a girl coming of age, finding true love, discovering whats important in life and having peace about what God has called her to do. I remembered growing up in an Italian-American Catholic family and could relate to A.J. and her situation on many levels. I found myself smiling as I read and laughing out loud in parts! The way her family interacted reminded me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and how they did family. Fun, Fun, Fun!A.J.s best friend and love interest is Danny, a Southern cowboy; hes waited 8 years for her to return home from Italy and is trying hard to understand the A.J. that has returned and her new mission in life. Danny says to her, Are we talking nun here, A.J.?um..kind of.He exhales, How can you kind of be a nun?Well, I wont be kind of a nun. I mean, Ill be kind of considering being a sister.He stares at me dead on. Youre serious arent you?Danny doesnt understand A.J.s thinking. How can he compete with God for her affections? He respects her choice and leaves A.J. to work this out for herself.I enjoyed A.J.s earnest search to do the right thing and follow God no matter what people said. She was confident God would reveal His will for her life. This was a refreshing and fun read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.Nora St.LaurentACFW Book Club Coordinator