Item description for A Texas Thanksgiving (Homecoming Heroes, Book 5) (Love Inspired #468) by Margaret Daley...
Overview Former soldier and widower Evan Paterson isn't big on Thanksgiving, but his five-year-old daughter deserves better. So when she invites her best friend and her single mother to the Double P ranch for the holiday meal, Evan agrees. And when these two pint-size matchmakers show two stubborn grown-ups what being thankful truly means, both of them learn how to forgive and love again.
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Studio: Steeple Hill
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.4" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.7"
Release Date Nov 30, 2008
Publisher Steeple Hill
Series Love Inspired
ISBN 0373875045 ISBN13 9780373875047
Availability 0 units.
More About Margaret Daley
Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-three books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn t traveling, she s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread, and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http: //www.margaretdaley.com."
Reviews - What do customers think about A Texas Thanksgiving (Homecoming Heroes, Book 5) (Love Inspired #468)?
"Parent Trap Texas Style" Dec 12, 2009
A single mom struggling to make it in a new state meets a divorced/widower whose daughter is in the same kindergarten class as her own daughter. She teaches him to cook in exchange for horseback riding lessons for her daughter. A friendship blooms that could possibly heal both of their broken hearts. But are they willing to trust each other enough to risk their hearts?
a sweet story about second chances at life and love, all with God as the strength and support Feb 28, 2009
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Evan Paterson left the military after his wife died so he could raise his daughter Paige. Now his life revolves around his daughter and the Double P Ranch. The last thing he wants or needs is another relationship with a woman.
Julia is a single mom whose parents never forgave her for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Now she struggles to make ends meet in a small town working as a social worker. Little Ellie is her entire world and Julia doesn't need anything else.
When Evan and Julia meet at a school event, all of their previous good intentions start to waver. As they spend more time together due to their daughters being best friends, the attraction is there as much as they try to resist it. However Paige and Ellie have their own plans and to them, nothing would be better than A Texas Thanksgiving spent as sisters.
I was in the mood for some holiday reading so I picked A Texas Thanksgiving up off the book shelf. What a pleasant surprise!
Ellie and Paige are delightful and while A Texas Thanksgiving is a romance, these two are the real stars. They steal the show every single time they put in an appearance. Then there is the fact that their favorite movie is The Parent Trap, which sets off all kinds of schemes when these two five year olds put their heads together over how to bring their parents together. They often seem too old for their years, then one or both of them does something that reminds us just how young they are.
Two other subject matters near and dear to my heart come up more than one time as well. I loved the concept of having the entire Homecoming Heroes series revolve around a small Texas town whose livelihood centers on the military base not too far away. I'm not in the military myself though I work for them and have been to many of those kinds of towns. I loved that Margaret Daley portrayed the struggles military folks face upon returning from war and putting their lives back together so realistically.
Also, as with any book in this line, a key part of the story is the faith of the characters, at least one who is usually struggling with keeping that faith alive in the shadow of difficult life experiences. Evan's sister, still in the military, is Missing in Action and has been for quite a while, leaving him wondering if she is alive or dead. So he has doubts about God's plan that involves Evan's sister's possible death. Julia struggles with her faith because of the way her parents treated her after her pregnancy and wonders how God could let people be that way. As always, life struggles are really just another way for us to see just how awesome God's gift to us really is and provides an opportunity for His glory to shine through.
A Texas Thanksgiving is a sweet story about second chances at life and love, all with God as the strength and support. While Evan and Julia are both emotionally scarred, their love for one another, and the love of and for their children, with a healthy dose of God's grace, helps them to heal and overcome their fears to be the people God wants them to be.
Would have been better if I had read the other books in the series! Dec 21, 2008
This was a sweet Holiday book about two little girls whose parents are "seeing" each other. This book was a pretty easy read, but several times I was thrown off because of some new character or scenario that was happening. I realize now that this book is the 5th in a series, and those characters and situations were things that had happened in previous books! That made the story line easier for me to follow, but I think it would be best to read the other books first.