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Book Title: Homebound
Author: Jodi McClure
Publisher: Smashwords; Amazon
Format Reviewed: eBook
Published On: August 8, 2012
Words: Approx 23,400
Price: $0.99
Genre: Romance/Mystery (Novelette)

Book description, taken from Smashwords.com:
Bedridden after an accident, down on his luck businessman John Adams finds himself at the mercy of Cloey Jacobs, his country bumpkin aide. Miserable and jaded, John wants little to do with the woman until she mentions an ages old mystery she’s been unable to solve.

Intrigued, John grows determined to unravel the puzzle himself, assisting the barely literate woman in following a string of clues hidden in classic books. As the pair grow closer to an answer, they also grow closer to each other, helping to pave John’s path to recovery with compassion, redemption and love.

Writer of the Science Fiction serial drama, ‘Swing Zone,’ Author Jodi McClure jumps genre to explore the healing strength of love in this adorable old-fashioned, southern charmer.

My Review:

Homebound is an entertaining and heartwarming story.  John is an accountant who has recently lost both his wife and job to a younger colleague; Cloey is a self-trained nursing aide whose grandfather left her a puzzle to solve when he passed away.  After John is badly injured in a motorcycle accident, he recovers at his parents’ home with the inexpensive and beautiful young Cloey taking care of him.  In contrast to university graduate, John, Cloey is a relatively uneducated ‘hick’ and, at first, John looks down on her and even ridicules her poor grammar.  However, she is so caring and kind that he soon falls in love with her. Together, they work their way through to the solution of her grandfather’s puzzle – something that Cloey was never able to figure out on her own.

I read the book all in one sitting – it was interesting enough to keep me reading late into the night.  The author has a nice voice, with some unique imagery.  Here are a couple of my favourite quotes:

“Last glance I had in the mirror, there was some hard luck bum staring back with dark unkempt locks, a scratched up face and a shadow five days past five o’clock.”

“…next to my naked toes which poked out of my cast like shorn gophers.”

The ending had a nice little twist and the characters, especially John’s parents and Cloey, were very likeable.

There were a few typos in the book – but they were relatively minor (mostly punctuation).  However, one thing I did find confusing was that there were many cases where John’s grammar was as bad as Cloey’s.  Here are just a few examples:

“…but that didn’t get me nowhere.”

“…get me one of them drumsticks.”

“But the reading wasn’t no prize.”

“Augusta wasn’t nothing like Atlanta…”

I found this particularly odd, given that the premise of the book was that John was the educated man helping the uneducated ‘country bumpkin’ solve her puzzle. It seemed especially strange that he would make fun of the way she spoke when his own grammar was so frequently poor, so I was left wondering if these were unintentional grammar errors.   Also, there was an underlying religious theme that surfaced occasionally – something that doesn’t generally appeal to me.

Despite these minor issues, I did enjoy the book a lot and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the ‘romance’ genre.

The Indie Chicks received a free copy of this eBook from the author to enable this review.