Beth Burnham’s small town never let her spread her wings. Low on funds for her family’s historic house restorations and short on clients at her solo law practice, she throws herself at the mercy of a posh local legal firm. She never expects the managing partner interviewing her for the job will be the lover she left heartbroken…
The BookViral Review:
A novel about falling in love and looking back on the choices we make, Coming Home To Greenleigh is the new novel by Maya Rushing Walker and it proves a genuine treasure of a read. Comfortably managing to avoid the genres many syrupy pitfalls it’s a love story so sincere and positive that it quickly sneaks past our defences with a romance built on values and respect.
Like her debut novel, The Portrait (released under her pen name Cassandra Austen), this isn’t a disposable novel with a shelf life as short as its reader’s attention span. There’s real craft and ingenuity behind Walker’s prose. Both narratively and stylistically she creates meaningful conflict, believable characters, style and emotional honesty that brings her characters to life. Told from alternating perspectives, even Beth’s old house is underlined. First in its decay and then in its rebirth and it’s this attention to detail that makes Walker’s characters feel so real.
We never get the feeling that Beth and Shawn are trapped in the cycle of fake melodrama and brainless coincidences that sadly litter the genre. The plot proves refreshingly unpredictable as Beth finds herself torn between Shawn and Gunnar and we are kept on tenterhooks as she tries to figure out the right direction to take. She isn’t a stereotypical character who wears her angst on her sleeve. Her self-esteem keeps her centred. She’s smart and selfless. A reminder that one of the pleasures of reading a novel like Coming Home To Greenleigh is restoring our faith in people who genuinely care about us.
Another superb release from Walker and a must-read for fans of women’s romantic fiction, Coming Home To Greenleigh is recommended without reservation.