A confidant to all who need her, Rose Pruitt is a familiar face at Jones University thanks to her years of dedicated service at the Campus Center. Only a few days into the new school year, Rose finds herself cleaning up all kinds of messes, including one that involves a newcomer to campus—Professor Allison Chandler. Although their first encounter is all business, the two women soon discover an easy rapport and attraction that neither can deny.
Hurdles abound as the two women face challenges both separately and together. Can they get beyond the obstacles and potential disaster they face? Only time will tell in this timeless romance by author Shannon O’Brien.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"Lead Me Home is a continuation of the world I crafted for my first book, Sing Me Home. I have always envisioned a shared universe for the characters I create, so you can pop in on old friends and see how they are doing. Lead Me Home follows one of the characters that readers have already met—Rose Pruitt, the campus café manager. In this book, she gets her time to shine and explore her feelings for a new professor at Jones University. As someone who attended a women's college, I've always loved the idea of using that setting for romance novels. There are endless possibilities!"
Megan C - The relationship and character development is well-paced and I found myself engaged by the two mains and their budding romance. Although the books was told from both women's POV, there's more of Rose and her character arc as she lets go of the self-doubt that is making her question her decision to stay at Jones after graduation. There's a natural build from acquaintances to more throughout the story and; once they get the "more", there's more than enough chemistry built up between the two. Even when we get to the dramatic external obstacle, the characters withstand the test and are supportive and communicate. The situation could have been handled with a lot more angst, but the characters felt real and their actions and reactions reflected that.
Pin’s Reviews - Lead Me Home is a sweet and charming romance. Low in angst and slightly slow in pace, but overall quite satisfying. The setting, Jones University—a small town all-female college, is the same as in the author's debut, Sing Me Home. Rose, one of the main characters here, was a secondary character there, and the mains from it are mentioned here. Although I have not read Sing me Home, I can safely say that this reads perfectly fine as a standalone story. I really liked the protagonists, Rose and Allison. Though I generally like more romantic conflict between characters and a somewhat faster paced narrative, these two women make this romance nice and satisfying.
Kaara K. - This was a super cute book that followed Rose, the manager of Jones University Cafe and brand new professor Allison. What starts as professional at first, quickly winds up as a romance. I'm a sucker for books that take place in any sort of educational setting and this was a perfect Sunday afternoon read!
Bonnie S. - This is just what it's meant to be, an easy romance. Nice story. Now some of you might think a nice read isn’t all that interesting but Ms O’Brien tells a story that you can’t walk away from. Characters that hopefully we’ll at some time be able to visit these ladies again.
Betty H. - The cover of Lead Me Home by Shannon O’Brien is the perfect visual for the emotions I felt while reading this novel. It is a beautiful, gentle, easy to read tale that you can’t help but enjoy.
At first glance, you wouldn’t think these two characters would fit together as a couple. Rose is a gregarious, talkative person, always laughing and joking around with her workers, customers, family and friends. She is as kind as she is popular. Allison, on the other hand, is more introverted, serious, and empathetic. She is also dedicated to her work and students. Together, though, they have a spark that is undeniable. I connected with both characters immediately, which is good since this is definitely a character-driven story. The small town university setting is perfect for this tale and these characters. This is a fairly low angst tale though there are some hurdles that could bring their budding romance to an end.
I believe this is the perfect novel to settle down with after a hard day, week, or year. This story left me in a happy mood at the end, and I think it might do the same for you.