Title: A Home for Caroline
Author: Regina Bartley
Series: Rosen Brother’s #2
Release Date: April 7, 2014
She’s been homeless since she was old enough to know what it meant. Caroline has only ever wanted a real home, and a warm place to lay her head permanently. When she lands a real steady job, she is determined to make her dreams a reality. She never expected that this job would lead her to the man of her dreams. She quickly falls in love with Klay and he offers her the world, but sometimes dreams are just that… Dreams
Sharing her life with him means sharing it all, including the fact that she’s homeless. A rich guy like Klay wouldn’t understand. He could never marry a girl with this kind of status and she could never live up to that. Especially when his parents are standing in her way.
After reading Klay, I was curious as to what was going through Caroline’s head while everything was happening between her and Klay. A Home for Caroline is their story, through Caroline’s eyes. The story is largely the same, but we get a glimpse of some of the moments in Caroline’s life she wasn’t ready to share with anyone. Being inside her head and heart added depth and vulnerability to her overall character and it really enhanced my ability to relate to her.
I had so many questions about Caroline’s past, her current circumstances, how she managed to keep so much hidden for so long. This book delivers those answers and more. I also loved seeing Klay from Caroline’s point of view. Seeing him through her eyes made me fall a little harder for him and I was really able to appreciate her feelings towards him and why she made the choices she did concerning their relationship. After being on her side of things, I had a much better sense of her excitement at taking part in new experiences and having a life she never thought she could have.
The emotional component of this story is a little deeper, since Caroline seems to be struggling to carry a much more emotionally draining secret. Even though the story was the same, the small inflections of Caroline’s personality and experiences during their journey made it uniquely her. My understanding of Caroline grew as we got to see those private moments with Kory, Jackson and Maureen. She became a much more complete and authentic character after sharing her side of the story. There were some editing issues that caused a little bit of confusion while reading this book, but nothing a little polishing couldn’t fix. Together Klay and A Home for Caroline present a sweet and layered story.
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Check out the other books in the Rosen Brother’s series:
Klay (Rosen Brother’s #1)
Kory (Rosen Brother’s #3)