Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews - Texas Homecoming by Carolyn Brown

Today I'm welcoming back Sophia Rose whose reviewing a favorite author of mine Carolyn Brown and a novel that I have yet to read, Texas Homecoming, Ryan Family #2.

Texas Homecoming by Carolyn Brown

#2 Ryan Family

Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

Published:  1.25.22


Pages:  339

Rating: 4

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers: Amazon

ADD TO: GoodReads  

GoodReads Blurb:

The bestselling Queen of Cowboy Romance delivers a heartwarming novel where a doctor and veterinarian get a second chance at true love when a storm traps them together.

Cody Ryan had been the smartest kid that ever came out of Honey Grove, Texas, and one of the few who went on to become a doctor. He's so grateful to his fantastic foster parents for giving him so many opportunities, so to help give back he joined Doctors Without Borders. But after 10 years of traveling the world Cody is ready to go back home. Stephanie O'Dell, better known as Dr. Stevie, the local vet, has been treating the cattle on Sunflower Ranch for years. So she's not thrilled when Cody starts offering medical advice the minute she steps on the ranch. But when the two get caught in a storm with a baby alpaca to take care of, the fireplace isn't the only thing throwing sparks. When they finally find their way back home, they've found out that they've fallen in love, but will either of them admit it?


Sophia Rose's Review:

Has life given them a second chance or is this just closure?  Texas Homecoming tells the next Ryan brother romance from an author who brings country and charm together in a fabulous way.


Cody Ryan had the tough choice of his dream career in Doctors Without Borders or staying home with his high school sweetheart.  He chose being a doctor and went away to a fulfilling several years meanwhile Stevie patched up her broken heart and went on to be a veterinarian.  Did he make the right choice years back?  He does ask ‘what if’ because he never quite got over Stevie any more than she did him.  In fact, she’s had a pretty tough row to hoe especially since recently losing her mom to cancer.  But, here they are again and snowed in together with a chance to lay the past at rest.  But, then they have to decide if there can be a future with family, alpacas and other animals, patients, and ranch life keeping them busy.


Texas Homecoming was sassy and small town goodness that I expect when I pick up a Carolyn Brown book just like I’m used to a sexy slow burn everyday people-type of romance that runs neck and neck with their working lives, family, and friends happening around them.  While this book was its own story with a new pair taking the front and center, I did like how it kept the earlier book Sunflower Ranch’s story ongoing, too.


I’m not generally into the second chance romance situation where one or both of the romance pair keep their mad on for years after a high school romance didn’t work out, but this one got settled with the past anger fairly early on and moved into two people reconnecting and seeing if there was anything there after they’d lived separate lives.  It was a hard choice in the past, but not necessarily a wrong one and they both did a lot of living and maturing in the meantime.


The slow gentle pace of life out in ranch country and reconnecting with friends and family were a great background for Cody and Stevie’s romance.  It was comfortable and fun.  I loved seeing them, especially Stevie repair the sad bits and grow happy together.  The animals especially that baby alpaca played a great cupid role.


All in all, it was a right book for right book mood.  Looking forward to the next Ryan brother to get his romance.  Those who enjoy slightly spicy, small town cowboy romance should definitely give this one and the first book in series a go.


Author Bio:

New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best selling author, Carolyn Brown has published more than 100 books and presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at www.carolynbrownbooks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecarolynbrown

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.bro76

Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

Sophia’s Social Media Links:

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GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13418187.Sophia_Rose



  1. Oh I love her romances Sophia Rose always so different and so many fun characters too. I haven't read this one and like you aren't really into someone who never got over puppy love but it looks like she handled this really well so it's going on my list. Thanks

    1. She really does write so many wonderful different characters and yes, this one got past the issues without lingering so I could enjoy it. :) Hope you like it when you get the chance, Debbie!

  2. Sophia, it sounds like you found another winner with this author. I think I need to start reading her books.

    1. Sure did, Nadene! Yes, hope you get the chance to try her stuff soon.

  3. Lovely review. I need to pick this author up more often as I enjoy her books.

  4. I can't believe that I still haven't read Carolyn Brown. This sounds really good!

    1. You will have fun with her stuff. She has written a ton, though. LOL