About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Unfortunate Homecoming by Sherri Wilson Johnson: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Unfortunate Homecoming

Author: Sherri Wilson Johnson

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Release date: April 5, 2022

Renovating the old family home and living on the quiet Magnolia River in Magnolia Springs, Alabama sounded perfect to Shaun Bartley. But when trespassing treasure hunters threaten not only his life but his ex-wife’s life too, will he fight for what is his or forfeit the fortune in order to save their lives?

After ten years on the Okefenokee Swamp as a fishing guide, Shaun Bartley returns home to conduct tours on the Magnolia River and to renovate his great great-grandfather’s old home. When Deputy Fire Marshal and volunteer fire fighter Sierra Beaumont, Shaun’s ex-wife, warns him about deadly treasure hunters who will kill for a chance to explore his property, he thinks she’s trying to run him out of town. When he discovers she’s pregnant with twins by her recently deceased second husband, Shaun can’t help but want to be there for her. But Sierra’s heart has been broken twice, and she’d rather raise the children alone than be abandoned again.

Shaun must deal with his past and find a way for Sierra to forgive him or risk losing any chance he may have at winning back her heart. Since keeping her safe means keeping her far from his home and the trespassers, yet she is the Fire Marshal assigned to his case, it will take a miracle for them to survive.


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This is an exciting story filled with danger, mystery, and many unanswered questions. Shawn Bartley's return to his family home in Magnolia Springs, Alabama is marked by multiple attempts to chase him away, and a surprise reunion with his ex-wife Sierra Beaumont. Imagine his shock and dilemma when he learns that Sierra's second husband has died, and she's carrying twins! What could be worse than an ex-wife showing up in your life again? How about both of you being in extreme danger?

Unfortunate Homecoming
is a realistic look at two people who've hurt each other and still bear the scars from their marriage and divorce. How do you forget what has happened, forgive the other person, and then move forward? What if there's still a spark of love that you thought was dead? Author Sherri Wilson Johnson shares a poignant tale of second chances---a second chance at love, and a second chance at life. Shawn is a believer who frequently expresses his trust in God, but Sierra has serious doubts. It is extremely touching to follow her faith journey and to witness her joy when she finally accepts that God has always been with her.

"God, I know you're there. Somewhere. I believe it now. If you weren't, I wouldn't find myself talking to you all of the time."

"I'm tired of being in charge of my life. I keep messing everything up---including my relationship with you. I need a Lord. I need to be saved."

I recommend Unfortunate Homecoming to all who enjoy second-chance romance and Christian suspense novels.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist and graphic designer. She lives in Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, and they are empty-nesters. Sherri loves spending time with family, vacationing at the beach, curling up with a good book or working on her current work-in-progress. She dreams of a second home on some beach somewhere some day, where she can plot romantically suspenseful novels all day and night.


More from Sherri

Unfortunate Homecoming is comprised of many of my favorite things: Historic houses, a water source (river, lake or the ocean—it doesn’t matter!), men with beards, strong female heroines who get things done while still being tender, a murder or crime of some sort, and faith! Oh, and a secret that takes until the end of the book to figure out. I love a good mystery and a page-turning suspense. I hope this story is that for you!


This is book three in my Jeopardized Reunions series, which is set in the Mobile Bay area of Alabama. This particular story is set in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, a gorgeous, quaint town with less than 1,000 residents. It’s a dreamy place that I was fortunate enough to visit while on my vacation in August of 2021, and I will return there next week for a book signing at the local library.


My heroine is a Deputy Fire Marshall and a Lieutenant in the Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Department. I was thrilled when a Lieutenant who helped me with my research invited me for a tour of the actual fire department in my book. What was even more exciting was the fact that while I was there on the tour, they got a call and left me at the station! I promise I didn’t get into too much trouble, haha! The smalltown charm was definitely present and so authentic that day.


You can see my pictures and video from my visit here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSuoaEVp53p/


I hope you will consider checking out Unfortunate Homecoming and the other books in the series, all set on Mobile Bay and all written as standalones. The common thread? They are all reunion romances. So while my characters have a past that tore them apart, they have the promise of a future.


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deb’s Book Review, April 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 18

Older & Smarter?, April 19

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 21 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23

Simple Harvest Reads, April 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Sherri is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Unfortunate Homecoming, this sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it

  2. Unfortunate Homecoming sounds like an exciting read to keep me on the edge of my seat! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Older & Smarter?, for sharing your thoughts! Have a terrific day!

  3. I enjoyed reading your review, the book sounds great

  4. Thank you for the great review. This book is just the kind I'm drawn to when I read contemporary.

  5. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Unfortunate Homecoming sounds like one not to miss.

  6. Can't wait to read this. Thank you for sharing this review.

  7. I can hardly wait to read about Shaun and Sierra's journey to reconciliation and reunion.