Book Review: Fugitive by Emilie Richards


Fugitive by Emilie Richards

Homecoming, Book Three

November 1, 2020

Romantic Suspense




Escaped murderer or fugitive betrayed? 

When Tate Cantrell moves into the primitive Ozark mountain cabin she inherited from a father she never knew, she expects hardship. She doesn’t expect to be held at gunpoint by a convict from nearby High Ridge Penitentiary. 

Carl Petersen is armed, dangerous and wounded. But when he tells her he’s really an undercover operative named Simon Vandergriff, sent to investigate conditions at the prison, Tate finds enough proof to wonder. How can she turn him over to the sheriff, knowing that she might be sending an innocent man to his grave? 

As a runaway Tate learned to be suspicious of authority figures. Now, as she cautiously nurses Simon back to health and attraction grows, she is torn. Is Simon a good man in trouble or has she fallen under the spell of a master manipulator and murderer? 

With her adopted family a thousand miles away and her new one suspicious and distant, Tate has no one to help her. No one but Simon himself.



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“You walk alone. So do I.”

A fast paced read with twists and turns. I adored the Tate’s personality. She had courage & vulnerability, and strength & passion. The two main characters are life-long “runners” and together they deal with trust issues, overcoming secrets and lies, and letting down their guards.

The third book in the Homecoming series brings it to a very satisfying end.

*This is a three-book series. The books do not end in cliffhangers, but each book expands the storyline.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (September 30, 2020)

ARC provided by author



Emilie Richards is the USA Today bestselling author of seventy plus novels in several different genres including romance, mystery and women’s fiction. Published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages, her most recent novel is The Swallow’s Nest, a June 2017 trade paperback and hardcover release from Mira Books. She’s won the RITA from Romance Writers of America and multiple awards from RT Book Reviews, including one for career achievement. Ten of her books have been made into television movies in Germany.

Emilie finds relationships of all kinds intriguing and perplexing, and exploring that great diversity of possibilities is her passion. Having lived in nine states and briefly in Australia, she’s also determined to discover how the places we live help make us the people we are.

Right now Emilie divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Chautauqua, New York, when she and her husband aren’t visiting their four children and grandchildren.








The Homecoming Series

Sometimes home is not the place where you began.

Home is the place where you finally become the person you always wanted to be.

Book 1:  Runaway (September 1, 2020)

Book 2:  The Way Back Home (October 1, 2020)

Book 3:  Fugitive (November 1, 2020)


I began my writing career before the term “women’s fiction” became popular. The best opportunity to be published was in the thriving romance genre, so, of course, that’s where I began.

Were my books that different back then? Yes, love was definitely at the heart of romance novels, but publishers, and particularly my wonderful editor Leslie Wainger, saw the need for many different kinds of stories woven around relationships. Leslie was willing to listen to my most offbeat ideas, and then to publish them.

Take the Homecoming series, for instance. I had imagined a story exploring the world of teenage runaways and what they had to do to survive. I told Leslie my idea, fully expecting her to say, “are you crazy?” but she didn’t. She bought and published Runaway, and later the sequel, The Way Back Home. And, of course, since another important character had emerged in those two books, I went on to write that third book, Fugitive, featuring Tate, the young runaway Krista and Jess befriended.

When I wrote these novels, I chose settings I knew well. Runaway is set in New Orleans, where I began my writing career. The Way Back Home is set in South Florida, where I grew up. Fugitive takes place in Mountain Glade, Arkansas, a town which, to my knowledge, does not exist. But many years ago, I worked for VISTA in the Arkansas Ozarks, and I drew heavily on the area where we had lived to create the rural scenery and atmosphere of this story. No phones, indoor toilets, television reception, hootenannies at the courthouse? All were true when we were there, and I loved looking back on that time when I wrote this, and again when I edited the series for digital publication.

After carefully reading each book, I decided that all three should stand the way they are, without the technology that we now take for granted. As too often happens, introducing a host of gadgets that are now ordinary—like cell phones—would create plot complications. So the stories are still set when I wrote them, before cell phones, computers and the internet were such a huge part of our daily life.

By the way? Josiah Gallagher, a character in Fugitive, shows up in another book I wrote after this one. Stay tuned.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my Homecoming series as much as I enjoyed writing each book.

The original cover for Fugitive

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