Returning Home by Toni Shiloh


Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

“I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters felt natural and interesting, connecting in a realistic community with good supporting characters. The plot was clear, with a few fun twists and turns, and the resolution satisfying. I liked the way a few of the characters made mistakes and had to face consequences before everything was “fixed” as well as the scenes in which characters extended grace to others who had failed or hurt them. Ms. Shiloh did an excellent job portraying the hero's struggles to overcome his disability, including the setbacks and realistic vision of the future. The Christian content of the book is well-written and natural to the characters and setting. I also appreciated her representation of the characters' lives with family and friends and a larger community. It was more than just a romance. 🙂 I understand this is the first in a series; I look forward to reading the next books!” – Amazon Reviewer