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    Home For Christmas

    Home for Christmas by Lily Everett was another enjoyable trip to Sanctuary Island for me. Libby is a writer and a story teller...only everyone who reads her work thinks her stories are real. Including her boss. When he comes up with a holiday plan on Libby's 'home' on Sanctuary Island that includes Libby's 'family' and an injured soldier, Libby has no choice but to come clean. The charade must continue though when her boss gives her an ultimatum, and Libby heads back to the place she hasn't been in years. Owen is on Sanctuary Island recovering from injuries and getting to know his young daughter. He has issues of his own, and the strong attraction to Libby is as unexpected as she is unreachable. After all, she already has her 'family'. Will either of them find peace on Sanctuary Island and the real family they long for? The central plot to Home For Christmas is not really believable. Despite this, Lily Everett drew me into Libby and Owen's lives and made me care about what was happening. Libby truly is a story teller, with her own dreams unrealized. I liked her, I liked how open she was about almost everything and that she had her secrets, but didn't want to have secrets, and at the right times opened up. She is very enthusiastic in all she does! Gabe is an Army Ranger with lots of challenges ahead of him. He has big decisions to make, and while I didn't always agree with what he was doing or thinking, I understood him. The attraction and chemistry between Libby and Owen is palpable and was intriguing to follow along when they had to try to rein themselves in because of the situation. I truly hoped they could find a way to be together, because I could easily sense they were both hurting and could only be good for each other. Libby and Owen's characters develop well through Home for Christmas, and Gabe in particular really grows. This was heart warming and hopeful. I loved the secondary characters! They all fit well in with the plot without overwhelming it. I really enjoyed Libby's grandfather, because I felt like underneath that gruffness there is a lot of feeling. It was great to see some characters from previous Sanctuary Island books and catch up with them. Owen's daughter is a sweet little thing who will at times makes your heart want to break and at all times fill it with love. The setting of Sanctuary Island, the snow, and the season are all well described and I could feel Christmas in the air! It's a place I'd love to be! Home for Christmas is part of the Sanctuary Island series, but in my opinion can easily be read as a stand alone. I'd recommend Home for Christmas to any romance reader looking for a holiday read!
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    Excellent

    I love these Sanctuary Island books and I think this is one of the best! The connection between Libby, Owen, and Owen's young daughter Caitlin is magical and brings all the beauty of the holiday season to the forefront of your heart. Yes, Libby is keeping secrets but her reasons are pure and frankly they're a bit funny, but she powers through and in the end finds a life she has always dreamed of. Owen is back home, injured during his last deployment. He is fighting to get to know the daughter he never knew about while at the same time trying to get his body to heal enough to get back to his men. However, the love for his daughter and the feelings he is developing for one tiny reporter may derail his best laid plans. This is one that should be on everyone's holiday must read list. I highly recommend it.
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    Touching heartwarming read

    This was a sweet and sweet and charming Christmas story. It is a read about forgiveness, reconciliation, acceptance and love. One lie has a rolling effect that gets out of control fast. When you are trying to survive and take care of those you love you do things you might not have done. One harmless lie will affect so many lives. One wounded hero and his daughter needs a wonderful Christmas to bring them together. A grandfather lost his whole family, a woman only wants to help her uncle. Each life will entwine by one woman telling one little lie. Owen and Libby are very attracted from the start but one lie gets in the way of them showing how they truly feel. Libby will have to come clean before everyone's who is on the roller-coaster can find a HAE or everyone might lose not only their loves but their families. All Owen has ever known is being a soldier when he get wounded he must learn to deal with that but with a young daughter he has never seen. With Libby's invite for Christmas he see this as a way not only to get to know his daughter but build a love between a father and his child. First he will have to learn what is important and what being a father truly means. Libby only wants to take care of her uncle to do that she must make lot of money. She hasn't seen her grandfather in years. She must turn to him for help in doing so just maybe she can fix the hurt feelings of a family. The author write a lovely heartwarming story filled with so much sadness. She has filled it will wonderful characters as she gives you a touching read. Each character has lost someone they love and are in need of a Christmas miracle. Can one lie bring two families together to find and fix what is missing in their lives? This is a story filled with sorrow, hurt, pain and humor. I thought it was well told but was missing something for me. I had a hard time getting into this and found my mind wondering. It was a good read and I did enjoy it. The author gives you lots of twists and turns to add to the story. Just a little to much drama for me. She does give a well told story that will warm your heart. It was a lovely Christmas story that many will love and some will like. A 3.5 stars rounding up to 4
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    Sweet Clean Christmas Romance

    Libby and Owen meet on the Ferry to Sanctuary Island. She is not who and what she has led the world to believe in the articles she has been paid for. Owen is an injured Ranger home to meet his daughter for the first time and to take part in equine physical therapy. Libby and Owen are drawn to one another but have obstacles to overcome before they can have their happily ever after. This able to stand alone 4th book in the Sanctuary Island series is a predictable but fun Christmas romance for anyone looking for a clean story with a happy ending. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the copy of this book to read and review.
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    Disabled War Hero & Queen of Storytelling.

    ** Provided by Publisher in Exchange for an Honest Review ** Judging a Book by it's Cover: Cover depicts a classic winter-y Christmas scene with horse-drawn sleigh, snow-covered cabin in the woods, and surrounding pines wrapped in lights. Synopsis sounds warm and filled with love, healing, and second-chances - a theme that Ms. Everett is well-versed in. Looking Deeper: Third person POV. For the past several years, Libby's been living a lie - or perhaps more like wistful thinking. But the daydreams and make-believe life is shattered when her boss commits her to a task that can expose her to all as a fraud. Given an ultimatum, present the perfect life she always writes about or lose your job and risk prison, how is she going to pull this off? Owen's broken, in more ways than one, and all he wants is to find his way home to his daughter and try to make her holidays something truly memorable and special, but will be able to connect to a child that knows he only plans on leaving her again? Ms. Everett never fails to infuse family values with hope and heart-warming second chances. The Hero and heroine in this story are both very well-written. There are a handful of secondary characters present or mentioned from previous installments of this series, and other tied-in series', however, this story can and does stand strongly on it's own. There are also a few new characters introduced into the mix, each providing another layer or filler to the plot. The chemistry between Libby and Owen is fantastic, even (or, maybe, especially) when Owen thought Libby was married to Nash - which provided a few smiles and giggles along the way. The interaction between the characters is authentic and the dialogue felt spot-on. There were several conflicts along the way, especially given the premise of the plot, that were handled in the best way they were able. The lies and secrets were getting a little tedious and thick however, seems everyone had something to hide, or at least omit. The plot is extremely well-written with an easy flow with characters that you feel like you truly are getting to know on a personal level. There were only a few small spots that I'd say predictability made itself present (the Christmas Present in the epilogue, for one). The conclusion felt solid and sturdy with an epilogue that covered all the key elements. Overall, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was an endearing Holiday read. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heat Level: 3 [PG-13] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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