Title: The Journey Home
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Fate has a way of stepping in and righting itself when we least expect it.
Maddison Powers has been regretting the biggest mistake of her life when she walked away from the only man who has ever sparked something deep inside her. After comparing every guy she dates to Cale Blackwood, she finally gives up all hope of ever finding him.
One dare by Maddison throws Cale back into her life…and into the arms of her best friend.
Cale Blackwood thought he had found the woman of his dreams, until she walked away from him one night and didn’t look back. Attempting to find love again, Cale finds himself in a relationship built on one lie after another. Forced to take on the biggest challenge of his life, Cale must seek help from the woman who walked away from him and broke his heart.
Sometimes it takes more than one journey in life to truly be home.
The Journey Home is an absolute hurricane of emotional turmoil. Maddie and Cale’s story is a never-ending tug of war between heartbreak and perfect bliss. Kelly Elliott has drafted a journey so fraught with diversions and unexpected obstacles that it was nearly impossible to predict where this story was going to end up. This is one of those stories you just have to buckle up and hang on for, because things are going to get worse before they get better. I really loved every minute of this breathtaking story. Maddie and Cale felt like a completely new type of character for Kelly Elliott and it was obvious how invested in them she was. Her clear passion for this story made it easy for me to connect with.
“If you put as much effort into being his friend as you do trying to push him away, you’d probably both be so much happier. You can’t push love away forever. Fate has a way of stepping in, one way or another.”
From the moment I met Maddie and Cale, I had in my head the way that I hoped things would turn out for this couple. Then when a moment would arise where something worked in my favor, my short-lived enjoyment of the triumph would give way to a bittersweet acceptance of the big picture. Even when it came to the secondary characters, Kelly Elliott somehow made me care about each and every one of them, despite their massive failings or heartless actions. She gives her characters so much life and authenticity that you can’t help but feel a little of their pain, even if you really don’t want to care. In one way or another, Kelly takes each of her characters through a personal evolution, simultaneously grounding them and letting them fly.
“Love is a journey, Cale. Sometimes we get lost along the way, but love always brings us home.”
The Journey Home is an emotionally taxing read that will break your heart a million times before it puts it back together. Maddie and Cale’s journey is raw and real and painful, but every moment of joy is so hard-won that it feels ten times more satisfying. This story was unexpected and Kelly Elliott did a fantastic job balancing the highs and lows to create a journey of love that will absolutely stick with you. I am always impressed by the way that Kelly nurtures her characters and their stories until she has created a world you just can’t walk away from. The Journey Home is definitely another heart wrenching and touching book from this fabulous author. I can’t wait to see if she has any plans of bringing back these characters in the future!
“Cale, you need to go home.”
He closed his eyes and shook his head. “You’re doing it again. You’re pushing me away. I’m tired of it, Maddie. I’m so tired of it.”
I swallowed hard and turned to find my phone. I needed Jack to come pick up Cale.
I was about to dial my phone when Cale grabbed me. He turned me around and backed me up until I hit the living room wall.
His eyes were filled with lust. That look had my panties soaked in seconds.
He lifted up my dress and, in one quick movement, he ripped my panties from my body. I wanted to cry out yes. I wanted to let him take me, but I couldn’t.
“Cale,” I said. “Don’t do this.”
He kissed my neck and I started to give in. When his hand touched my inner thigh, I startled. His lips moved to mine and I moaned, desperately, into his mouth as he lifted my leg.
“Oh God,” I whispered. I tried to come to my senses. “Cale, please don’t do this. We can’t do this.”
He moved his lips to my jaw line as he kissed around to my ear. “Are you turned on by me? Or by him?”
The moment he asked, I felt like a whore. I dropped my leg and pushed him back.
I wiped the tears from my eyes.
“Jesus. I didn’t mean that Maddie. I just—”
“Get out,” I said. “Get out of my house and don’t you dare set foot near me again. I hate you, Cale.”
Copyright 2014 The Journey Home Kelly Elliott
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Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason…he claims it’s because he loves her!
She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.
In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.
One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus….her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.