Rani Martin is a young lady who has grown up in Cades Cove and loves her Cove with such an overpowering emotion that she gets "all het up" about the timber company that is razing all the trees in the surrounding areas. She can't stand the thought that it could happen to her beloved Cove, so when she meets Matthew Jackson, who once worked for the timber company, she feels she can't trust him, even as attractive as he is.
Mountain Homecoming is a delightful story that takes place in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, and is the second in the Smokey Mountain Dream Series written by Sandra Robbins. Even though Rani is young (only eighteen years old), she carries a wisdom that not many girls her age have. She has witnessed her best friend marry a man she didn't love and Rani vows never to settle for second best. Rani comes to love Matthew, but he won't let go of his past, nor of the guilt that eats at him all the time. Rani goes to stay with her uncle for a while to get her mind off Matthew and to learn some new pottery methods. She considers her own pottery to be rather primitive in appearance, partially because she pit fires it instead of kiln firing. She meets David Brann through her uncle who takes her under his wing and teaches her all he knows about throwing clay and making pottery. Even though her friendship with David grows, she still can't get Matthew out of her mind. . . . I am not going to spoil the rest of the story for you, you'll just have to get the book and read it. It's well worth your time and effort to do so.
I give it two thumbs up, five stars, and a hand-thrown, pit fired bowl!