Audiobook, Contemporary Romance

Reluctant Housemates by Linda Barrett

Reluctant Housemates
It took a tornado destroying her Kansas high school to get Rachel Goodman to return home to Pilgrim Cove. She has painful memories of her failure as a student but she excelled after leaving town. Rachel is an assistant principal, and a very good one at that, but has her work cut out for her when her old reputation precedes her return. Jack Levine is a marine biologist whose middle name is travel (his boat is named The Wanderer) but has agreed to teach science for the next year. Both view their assignments as temporary and end up renting the Sea View house, which seems to have some magical qualities.

This series is my go to place in between all those suspense and mystery filled thrillers I read so frequently. There’s something really lovely about the Pilgrim Cove community and its seaside location makes it even more appealing. While I experienced that again, I also got to see its uglier side with Rachel’s return. She’s in a tough job where it’s her responsibility to get the school’s scores raised which means she has to make tough calls that unsettle the norms. There are those who constantly remind her that she was a lousy student. Jack is an extremely interesting man with unconventional approaches to teaching and as they grow closer this becomes an issue. The dynamics are thorny and the resolutions are uneasy. The climatic ending was inspiring.

I really enjoyed the story and the narrator has become synonymous with Pilgrim Cove. I particularly like how she handles the male voices so effectively and distinctively. It was the soft place to land that I was looking for and the story had more edges than I’d expected, making it an even more satisfying reading experience. And, all the earlier characters show up here, too. It’s what I love in series reading.

Book Info

  • Release Date: January 22, 2019
  • Series: Pilgrim Cove #3
  • Narrator: Coleen Marlo
  • Audio Length: 6 hours, 39 minutes
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio

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(Thanks to Tantor Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

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