BOOK REVIEW: Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn

Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won’t be taken advantage of again.

When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah’s carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.

But Danny has a secret…

One that could shake Leah’s already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she’s faced with an incredibly difficult decision–is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she’s always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?


“I could suffer through anything if you were my reward.”

I am so full of emotions right now, I feel like I could start twirling, arms stretched out, and start singing about the hills being alive…! This book was my undoing, cover to cover, every word, every genuine emotion it provoked in me taking me further and further from reality and keeping my mind safely tucked in one of the most exquisite, deeply moving, but also truly uplifting stories I have ever read in my life. This is a story that didn’t just touch me – it owned me. Every part of it was just perfect, done just right, the story flowing organically from page to page, immersing me deeper and deeper into a story I never expected to find. Once again, I am in awe of an author who consistently keeps giving us stories that transcend time, trends, expectations, by staying true to herself and writing with her heart. I cannot but give this extraordinary book my Six Stars of Excellence for taking us on an unexpected journey of courage and taking a chance on love, even when the obstacles before us are dire and they are many.

Leah is a young woman whose last relationship has gone far beyond breaking her heart – it has made her doubt herself and her ability to make sound decisions when it comes to giving her heart away. Instead of not trusting men anymore, Leah has stopped trusting herself and has embraced singlehood both as a necessity as well as a protective shield. Losing her mother at a very young age had marked her deeply, every subsequent loss only sinking that dagger even deeper into her already reluctant heart.

When Leah meets Danny, there are no fireworks lighting up the sky or knees wobbling from the sparks between them – they are two people who at some subconscious level are inherently drawn to one another, but neither of them are looking for a deep connection at that point. When fate intervenes and their paths cross again, we get to witness the first seeds of a love story that eventually starts blooming despite Leah and Danny’s best efforts to stay just friends. But while Leah starts confronting her trust issues and entertaining the idea of falling for someone like Danny, the more they seem to connect, the more Danny tries to push her away. His mercurial behaviour and all the mixed signals he keeps giving her only act to confuse her further and bruise even more her already ailing self-confidence.

“Being with him, talking to him, was the emotional equivalent of bungee jumping. There was the freedom, the adrenaline, the exhilaration of the fall, only to have it come to an abrupt halt, roughly yanking her back in the direction from which she came.”

But Leah is not a woman who is easily deterred from seeking the happiness she always hoped to find, and her connection with Danny, as unpredictable as it may be, is not something she is prepared to throw away out of fear of another broken heart.

“There was something about him that spoke to a long-forgotten part of her – that awakened something dormant in her soul and made her want things again.”

Danny is the type of guy you wish you could take home to meet your mum. He’s charming, witty, protective, reliable, loving and loyal, but life has given him a few too many pickles, making him a man who believes himself to be undeserving of a kind and compassionate woman such as Leah. He pushes her away every time he feels he is falling deeper and deeper under her spell, but the more he tries to stay away from her, the more he aches to be near her. Unfortunately, one mistake in Danny’s past has the power of changing the rest of his life, and once his secret is out in the open, Leah must decide whether theirs is the kind of love one risks their all in order to keep it.

This is a story like no other I have ever read, not because of the plotline which is fresh and unique in its own right, but because of its extraordinary pace. The pace of this story was one of the winning aspects of this book in my eyes, the gentle, natural progression of events and the slow development of emotions between the characters drawing me in like never before. There is no room for “insta-love” in this scenario, nothing is forced or hurried to accommodate a jam-packed storyline. Every piece of this story flows like it would in real life, giving us the time needed to fall for these characters and become irreversibly invested in their wellbeing. I lived this book, I became addicted to the myriad of emotions it made me feel, and I was blown away by the honesty and sense of responsibility with which the author addressed some of the more confronting parts of this story. This was one of the most complete, romantic and yet so sexy, real but also astoundingly beautiful tales to ever tickle my imagination and feed my insatiable heart, and I will scream it from the rooftops if it makes people pay attention and take a chance on reading it. It’s a journey you will never forget, and when you turn that last page, I promise you that you will want to go back to the beginning and experience it all all over again.

“… there wasn’t a doubt in her mind that the day she met Danny, the stars had aligned just for her.”




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COVER REVEAL: Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

Last year, I had the pleasure of reading Back To You, a novel that moved me deeply and quickly became one of my favourite books ever. I knew from that moment on that if Priscilla Glenn decided to write the phone book one day, I would be first in line waiting for it. Today, I am honoured to be part of the cover unveiling of Priscilla’s second novel. I give you Emancipating Andie

Expected release date: March 2013

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The Story

Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.

Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.

So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

Read a teaser from Emancipating Andie…


The Author

Priscilla Glenn

Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.

If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.

Glenn is also the author of the contemporary romance/YA crossover Back To You.

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BIRTHDAY TEASER: Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

Once in a while you stumble upon a new author, one way or another, you read their book with no expectations whatsoever and then… BOOM!! You’ve suddenly just found yourself with another book to add to your list of all time favourites! Last year, Back to You was one of those reads for me. A beautiful story of second chances, lovers separating and coming back together, a story about forgiveness and hearts healing. This book is perfectly written and it touches every part of your romantic heart.

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Today, the lovely Priscilla Glenn is sharing with us a little teaser from her upcoming book which is expected to be released next month. This is Priscilla’s second novel and this is the last teaser she is sharing before the release date. The cover will be revealed here on 26 February, but in the meantime I give you a fun little snippet from Emancipating Andie

Expected release date: March 2013

She was just on the verge of sleep when her phone beeped, signaling that she had a text message. Andie rolled over and grabbed it, checking the screen. The sender was a number she wasn’t familiar with.

“Who the hell is this?” she mumbled to herself, pressing the button to open the message.

I can see you.

She sat up in bed, brushing her hair out of her eyes and glancing around the room before she lunged to turn the light back on. The shades were drawn, the closet was open, and she had been in the bathroom. There was no one in there.

She gave the hotel room one last scan before she looked down, her fingers moving over the keypad.

Who is this?

She hit send, realizing that if someone was messing with her, she just made a really stupid move by playing into it. She should have just ignored it. Her phone beeped again and she glanced down, opening it quickly.

You’ll know soon enough. I’m almost to room 225.

Her heart rate increased slightly as she slid off the bed, walking over to the door that adjoined her room with room 227. She knocked on it softly. “Chase?”

“Yeah?” came his muffled reply.

“It better be you texting me or we are packing up and getting the hell out of dodge.”

She heard him burst out laughing and her shoulders relaxed a little.

“Was it you?” she asked.

There was some shuffling before the sounds of him unlocking his door, and she followed suit, sliding the deadbolt aside. They opened the doors at the same time, and she didn’t need to hear his answer. The look on his face said it all.

“You’re an ass,” she said, and he laughed again. “How did you even get my number?”

“Colin gave it to me when we made these plans,” he said, his eyes dropping to take in what she was wearing.

She could feel the immediate blush burning on her cheeks as she remembered she was only wearing a t-shirt, and she brought her hands down to her sides, gripping the hem with her fingers and tugging it down.

He brought his eyes back up to hers. “I didn’t wake you, did I?”

“No, I was watching a movie.”

“What movie? Gone With the Wind?” he asked with a smirk.

She tugged the shirt down a little further. What the hell, she thought, not like this moment could get any more embarrassing. “No. Dumb and Dumber.”

He threw his head back and laughed. “Now that’s more like it. What channel?”

“It’s not on television. I brought it with me,” she said, gesturing with her head to the laptop that was on her bed.

His face fell slightly. “Oh. Damn.”

The words were out of her mouth before she could even think about what she was saying.

“You can come watch for a little while,” she said. “I mean, if you want,” she added softly, looking away from him and tugging her shirt down a little further, surprised that the seams on the shoulders weren’t ripping.

His expression straightened until it was unreadable, and Andie watched his throat bob as he swallowed. “Um…yeah, okay,” he said, “maybe for a few minutes.”

The Author

Priscilla GlennPriscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three beautiful children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years.

Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. Her guilty pleasures include great books, good wine, anything chocolate, and Robert Pattinson!

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BOOK REVIEW: Back To You by Priscilla Glenn

Back to YouWhen Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?


“I always knew I would fall in love with you, … but you were never supposed to love me back.”

This is the story of Lauren and Michael, two people who couldn’t have been more opposite when they first met back in high school, but drawn to each other from the moment they laid eyes on one another.

While Lauren grew up in a loving and supportive close-knit family, Michael was the product of a broken home spoiled by the worst kind of human indifference, and ultimately destroyed by the cruellest of tragedies. He was raised to believe that his family’s demise had been his fault, shaping him into a young man angry at the world around him, convinced to be undeserving of love and kindness, and deeply affected by the burden of his own misplaced guilt.

“It’s your fault your father is gone … and now you took your brother too.”

When Lauren enters his life, she moves in like a warm tide, enveloping his pain-ridden heart with selfless affection and genuine acceptance. Her friendship changes him, moves him in ways he’s never known before, showing him what true unconditional love feels like. For Lauren, Michael is not just the ‘bad boy’ that the entire school fears. She’s heard all the stories surrounding him, even witnessed the consequences of his traumatic past, but she never gives up on him. His vulnerability draws her to him, brings out the innate carer in her, making their friendship a source of strength for both.

“… she couldn’t help but smile at the irony of the fact that the baddest boy in school could somehow always make her feel like the world was good.”

Soon their feelings for each other are blurring the boundaries of their friendship. They are hungry for a ‘more’ between them, but scared to ruin what they already have and cherish. Once that line is crossed, their young hearts are changed forever, the intensity of those emotions scaring Michael into leaving Lauren behind, heartbroken and humiliated.

“That openness, that innocence, the unfailing and unconditional acceptance she had always shown him, despite what he was, was gone. She was the only one who had ever given him that, and he’s destroyed it. Consciously.”

When they meet again eight years later, they are not the same people they once were. The years that they have lived apart have been unkind to their hearts, each other’s absence deeply marking their souls and affecting all subsequent relationships their attempted to build. Lauren’s pain and feelings of abandonment have made her scared of loving another man again. Michael’s mistakes in life have only exacerbated his guilt for leaving Lauren behind, the only bright light in his life now being a daughter that he loves with all his being. He gives her the one thing that he always craved to receive from his family – unconditional love – becoming that way the kind of parent his own mother and father had never been to him.

The journey that Lauren and Michael travel when their lives cross paths again is one of redemption and second chances. They are tested by their own fears and insecurities, but their bond is one that withstands time, their friendship is one that withstands betrayal, their love is one that withstands heartbreak.

“Everyone deserved the chance to be redeemed, and Michael had gone his whole life never having it. He never got to redeem himself with his father. He never got to redeem himself with his brother. And if he was trying to redeem himself now for what he’d done to her, then she was going to let him, even if it left her vulnerable.”

When two hearts are made for each other and they spend a small eternity longing for one another, the question becomes how many more years they are willing to waste and how much more pain they are prepared to bear. A poignantly and expertly written story of two healing hearts, the tale of Michael and Lauren is one that I suspect you will carry in your own heart for a very long time after you finish reading it. With no excessive sentimental narrative or dialogues, and yet deeply moving range of emotions present throughout the story, nothing about this book is predictable, nothing is cliché and everything is ‘just right’.

“I think she’s really a princess, but she just forgets to wear a crown.”




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