|Sierra Powell is a young woman who has had a tough life, partly of her own making. Her family had some troubles and she chose to leave home rather than stay and confront the issues. She met a family friend, Clay Duvall, and had a short term affair with him. While she was madly in love, she realized that it was Clay's dad who caused her family heartache. She was certain her family would not be happy about her relationship, so she kept it hidden.
When Clay left her to go back to marry his old girlfriend, she was hurt. When she discovered she was pregnant, it was even worse. She gave up her baby boy for adoption, thinking it was the best. But when a year later, the adoptive couple called her to say they were giving him up, she could do nothing but take him back. And she was so glad she did.
Fourteen month old Jamie is the splitting image of Clay. Sierra is dealing with all the guilt from giving up her son and now had a major separation anxiety with him. She decides to move back to Arizona and try to reconnect with her parents and her two brothers. When she comes home, she discovers that her brothers are now in partnership with Clay thanks to a wild mustang. She thought Clay was still in Texas, but discovers he is not only back in Arizona, but he is now divorced.
The story follows their journey as they deal with first, their son, and second their relationship. There is nothing new here. It is fairly predictable - from Clay's reaction to not knowing about her son to his demand for custody to Sierra's anger about his demands. The familys are both excited about her being home and upset about all the deceptions. Add in the new information about the event that broke up the two families and you have a story that is reminiscent of many and easily predicted.
Cathy McDavid does a good job of telling the story from both points of view, it helps particularly when the old family secrets come out and threaten to tear them apart. The back story is minimal on the relationship Clay and Sierra had in the past, and that makes it difficult to fully embrace their easily formed love. his is part of a series and readers who have followed those stories may have more to guide them in this area. For this reader, Baby's First Homecoming is an enjoyable story but nothing more.