Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review for Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne

Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by HQN Books

Hearts are lighter and wishes burn a little brighter at Christmas…

Elizabeth Hamilton has been lost. Trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents, she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life. And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger and the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.

But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined. As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning?

My Thoughts…

This is the first Christmas book of 2019 for me.   While I am not ready for Christmas, I loved this story.   Luke is a single dad raising two wonderful children.   Elizabeth is a mother that left her family for reasons that she could not tell them at the time.   Now they are all back in the same town, gossips are talking, rumors are running wild, but most importantly feelings are coming back to life after being pushed down for so long.  

I loved how Luke was raising his kids.   They were no doubt that they were loved, but they were not spoiled.   The shoveled their neighbors’ sidewalks, were taught to respect other people even if they didn’t really like them, and most of all they knew right from wrong.  The fact that their mother abandoned them without giving them a reason meant that they had issues to deal with it but Luke was honest with them and respected their feelings.

I did struggle with Luke forgiving Elizabeth and letting her back into their lives so quickly.   There was a reason she left, I respect that she did what she did to keep her family safe, but she was gone for 7 years.   That’s a long time to just forgive and jump back into a relationship with her and let her come back into her children’s lives.

 RaeAnne Thayne has a talent for writing books that have real characters, wonderful settings, and a storyline that pulls the reader right in.   I always recommend her book and am now ready to start reading more Christmas books. 

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