Review: Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne

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Release date: September 24, 2019

Publisher: HQN

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: 

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?

Review: 

Yep it’s me again reading another Christmas book! It’s almost October now and the holiday season starts for me November first, so it’s not really that early for me. I realize I’m insane but that’s my logic and it works for me. Anyway, this is the tenth book in the Haven Point series and I’m a longtime fan. Although I didn’t start at the beginning, I think I jumped in at like book four or five because you can easily read these on their own. Each book centers around a different couple but is set in the same charming, small town and if Haven Point was a real place I would be living there in a heartbeat, it’s so quaint! All of that to say, don’t be intimidated by the fact that it’s so deep into the series because you can easily start here and you should because it’s my favorite book of them all so far!

This follows Elizabeth and Luke and in previous books there’s been a mystery about her sudden disappearance seven years ago. She up and abandoned not only Luke, but also her young children and finally getting to hear about what lead up to her leaving was both fascinating and heartbreaking. This one was so much more emotional than previous books, it was still sweet and cute but there was so much depth. It tackled some really tough and sometimes heavy issues with grace, I totally teared up a few times. This is the ultimate holiday read, it’s full of compassion and kindness and is all about the true meaning of Christmas. This series is the equivalent of watching a sweet and tender Hallmark movie, I always finish one of these books feeling warm, happy and totally content.

Highly recommended by me, especially if you like sweet, clean romances with tons of heart and that will restore your own faith in humanity by the end. I’ll be reading these books as long as Thayne writes them and can’t wait to see what happens next!

Coming Home for Christmas in three words: Heartwarming, Gentle and Sweet

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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