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.
This book tells the love story of Rose Pruitt who is the manager of the Campus Center Café at Jones University, and Professor Allison Chandler, the new department head in the field of Landscape Studies. The two women meet at the café and gradually get to know each other through the fall semester.
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.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.