Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Home For Christmas by Catherine Lanigan

Posted November 14, 2019 by meezcarrie in Catherine Lanigan, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 20 Comments

Home for Christmas On Tour with Prism Books

Shores of Indian Lake #12

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (clean)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2019
PAGES: 368

Can a magical Christmas under glass…

…bring them back together for good?

Widowed dad Adam Masterson still doesn’t understand why Joy Boston left Indian Lake and broke his heart all those years ago. Now she’s returned to sell her grandfather’s beloved poinsettia greenhouse—and Joy and Adam’s connection is as strong as ever. But Joy has a life in New York. And Adam has only until Christmas to convince Joy that she belongs in Indian Lake—with him.


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I always love a visit to the fictional shores of Indian Lake, especially at Christmastime. Lanigan has created a charming town with endearing characters and heartwarming stories, where the definitions of ‘friend’ and ‘family’ are nearly synonymous. At Christmas, that dividing line is even thinner, and of course the intriguing Mrs. Beabots is at the heart of it all.

Home for Christmas is a sweet story of second chances at first loves, and the exploration of home and family is truly touching. Adam and Joy have both experienced deep grief, and now they must face a shared loss – while still working through what they were to each other once upon a time. As you might expect, this allows for some great romantic and emotional tension between them, and I loved watching their friendship (and maybe more) begin to reignite. Adam’s young genius son Titus will capture your heart and put a smile on your face whenever he’s on the page, and I never knew what he would be up to – or saying – next.

My favorite part of Home for Christmas, though, isn’t the romance (I hear you gasping in shock – hang with me) or Titus’s precociousness. My favorite aspect of this novel is the way the town comes together for one of their own, no matter how many years she’s been gone or why she left in the first place. The Christmas magic they create is so deliciously Hallmark-y, and the author’s vivid descriptions make the setting – and the Christmas mood – come alive.

Bottom Line: Whether you’ve been a fan of Lanigan’s long-running Shores of Indian Lake series from book one or you’re just arriving on the scene, the close-knit small town’s charm will quickly wrap you in twinkle lights and hot chocolate. Joy and Adam’s story is a look at grief, bitterness, forgiveness, restoration… and coming home again. Second chances abound in more ways than one in Home For Christmas, and you’ll love discovering each one.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion!

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Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HERS TO PROTECT (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for

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– One winner will receive a $100 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
– Two winners will each receive a signed copy of Home for Christmas with a bookmark (US only)
– Ends November 27, 2019

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20 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Home For Christmas by Catherine Lanigan

  1. Patty

    I love a good small town series! You get to know the local town folks, and feel like you are going home when you read part of the series.

  2. Suzannah Clark

    I loved your review of this book. I wondered how much research the author had to do on growing poinsettas.

  3. Natalie

    I love small towns because everyone seems to help each other out! I like that this is a feel-good book and certainly perfect for the holidays.

  4. Laurajj

    What I love most about small town romances, is they feel so much more peaceful than the big city life. A more relaxed way of living!

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