Return to Hoffman Grove

Northwest Suburbs Book 3

Romance - Contemporary
230 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2015
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Author Biography

Karla Brandenburg is the author of six contemporary romances, including Return to Hoffman Grove released in October 2014. She has been writing since 2002, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt, she is an avid reader. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel. She lives in Illinois with her family. For more information about Karla or her novels, visit her website at:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

While Return to Hoffman Grove is a love story, it is also a story of friendship. The story opens with Cinda meeting with her closest friends from childhood to get over yet another broken relationship. This scene is very telling and lets us know a lot about Cinda, which also gives us a clue about how she will act in certain situations. After the weak attempt at a girls' night out, Cinda runs into her high school best friend Brody, who has returned to revive an old crisis center. In this one moment, author Karla Brandenburg is able to set the scene for the entire book. There is history between Cinda and Brody, not necessarily romantic, but definitely full of tension and even some anger. Brody promised not to leave Cinda stuck with her fighting parents, but he left without her. Without an explanation.

Very early into Return to Hoffman Grove, we learn that it will be much more than a tale of friendship and second chance love. It is also a bit of a mystery as Cinda returns home after the so-called girls’ night out to find her house on fire. As these acts of violence increase, Cinda reverts to form and attempts to handle it all on her own. But Brody is there, trying to win her over and regain her trust. Unfortunately, his boss questions his loyalty and he loses the one thing that has held him together the past decade: his job. Karla Brandenburg has created a wonderful world in Hoffman Grove, full of old friends struggling with personal demons while trying to hang on to those relationships that helped them through the most tumultuous times of their lives.