Title: The Measure of Home
Series: Langley Park #4
Author: Krista Sandor
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 15, 2019
How much would you give up for your dreams?
Monica Brandt doesn’t have money or power. Beauty is her only currency. She dreams of leaving her grandmother’s bakery in Langley Park and traveling the world as a model.
Then she meets Gabe Sinclair.
They promise to build a life together, but when offered a chance to model abroad, she chooses her dream over love.
Years later and near penniless, a terrifying event forces her to return home and confront the man she abandoned. Despite their complicated past, passion burns hot between them.
But Monica didn’t come home empty-handed. She has something dangerous people want. Something that could get her killed.
Can she trust Gabe to keep her safe after she broke his heart or will their tortured past tear them apart?
The Measure of Home is a steamy, second chance, small-town romance with no cheating, a swoon-worthy celebrity chef, and a happily ever after as sweet as you can imagine. Get ready to turn up the heat with Gabe Sinclair.
Monica and Gabe fall in love as teenagers while working together in Monica’s grandmother’s bakery, after having have had crushes on each other for years, neither realizing the other felt the same way. They have plans to escape the town together after college, and Monica will pursue her dream of being a model. On the night of her 18th birthday, though, she is unexpectedly offered the chance to live her dream *now*, offer expiring in a matter of hours. Combined with some devastating news she receives, Monica takes the chance and goes, leaving notes for both Gabe and her Oma. Heartbroken, Gabe accepts Oma’s proposal to go to New York to be a chef apprentice with a friend of hers there.
Fast forward several years, and Monica’s once flourishing career has floundered. Evicted, she results to filling in for her sick friend as paid eye candy at a party, hoping to make some business contacts. When she is witness to a crime, she flees the party and decides to return home to Kansas. In the meantime, Gabe has become a world famous chef, with his own restaurant and being courted by a food network for his own show. After losing his temper with guests in his restaurant and going viral in the worst way, he returns home to Kansas for his cousin’s wedding.
Monica and Gabe have a lot to overcome, but have a project uniting them – Oktoberfest in Kansas, Oma’s labor of love. But can they overcome their histories and have a happily ever after?
What I liked: So much. Monica. Gabe. Oma. Monica and Gabe as teenagers were good, but as adults they are fire. They both needed the years to grow into who they needed to be. I liked the various storylines, too.
What I didn’t like: There is just one thing that I kept questioning. However, I can’t say what it is because spoilers (read that word in your best River Song voice for the full effect). But I will say that there was a heck of a coincidence and voices should have been recognized.
Overall: Great read. So many different emotions.
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If there’s one thing Krista Sandor knows for sure, it’s that romance saved her. After she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2015, her world turned upside down. During those difficult first days, her dear friend sent her a romance novel. That kind gesture provided the escape she needed and ignited her love of the genre. Inspired by the strong heroines and happily ever afters, Krista decided to write her own romance series. Today, she is an MS Warrior and living life to the fullest. When she’s not writing, you can find Krista running 5Ks and chasing after her growing boys in her adopted home of Denver, Colorado.