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Home for Christmas
by Carrie Weaver
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Harlequin, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

In Home for Christmas, Nancy McGuire is getting over the death of her husband Eric. She found out (in a previous book) that he'd been leading a double life, bigamously married to another woman and raising a child with her. Nancy was not able to conceive children, and on top of Eric's unfaithfulness and his untimely death, she feels a heavy weight on her shoulders. Her one consolation is the two-year old Russian girl - Tatiana (Ana) - she adopted almost a year ago, who's become the love of her life.

While at a meeting of Parents Flying Solo, Nancy encounters good-looking Texan Beau Stanton, who is raising his teenage daughter Rachel alone. Rachel had lived with her mother in Texas for fourteen years, and was then abruptly brought to Beau's home in New York without any explanations. Rachel is slowly adjusting to life without her mother, while Beau is adjusting to being a parent. Beau's been married and divorced three times now, and this rings warning bells in Nancy's head. She finds herself attracted to him, but knows she shouldn't get involved with a man with this kind of track record.

The two become buddies in the parenting group, spending time together with their children while getting to know each other better. But Nancy has a lot of baggage, including the childhood trauma of losing her father at an early age. Nancy knows that her father is alive and living in the same town as she is. She's desperate to resolve her feelings for the man who abandoned her and her mother all those years ago. She fantasizes about a father who will return her love. When she watches Beau and Rachel, it magnifies her own loss and makes her even more desperate to find her father again.

Home for Christmas is a good seasonal romance about love and what really constitutes a family, whether traditional or modern. Nancy and Beau both struggle with their children and hope they are doing what is right with each decision they make. Though not the perfect couple, Nancy and Beau are perfect friends, a good place to start.

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