by Heather Graham

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2687-8
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New York City

Christmastide, 1776

A cold bitter yet clear day, Jake Mallory stood on the gallows about to be hung for his actions against the crown. Jake had made his peace but what he wouldn’t give for a miracle and the chance to live, free. Then his beloved adopted sister, Serena, is standing there and chanting words and throwing rose petals, and just as he feels the noose tightening, Jake feels himself falling, and lands on a snowy road, staring at glaring lights rushing towards him.


Christmastime, Present Day

Artist Melody Tarleton is driving home for the Christmas holiday. Dreading the usual chaos of her not so conventional parents and brother, plus her ex, Mark, who still thinks they are going to get married, Melody isn’t really paying close attention to driving. Suddenly a man dressed in 18th century clothes appears in the middle of the road. Unable to avoid swerving in time, Melody hits him. Shaken, and not knowing what else to do, Melody takes him home with her. He claims to be a Patriot soldier of the Revolutionary War, uh oh; maybe Melody should have taken Jake Mallory to the ER.

It’s Christmas, season of miracles and magic. Melody can’t help being drawn to Jake and wonder at his tale of coming from the past. Jake is also attracted to Melody, but is worried of how things turned out for Serena after she used a witch’s spell to save him. Jake must get Home in Time for Christmas!

Home in Time for Christmas by bestselling romance (and one of my personal favorites) author Heather Graham could have been so much better then it was. Melody is one dimensional, and quite honestly annoying. We get no description of her at all. Is she short, tall, skinny plump? What color is her hair and eyes? Melody spends 90% of the time bickering with her brother Keith, how old are they, twenty-something or two? With her tag along brother, how did they have any time to fall in love? I also seem to recall a similar plotline that Heather Graham used a few years back with a Confederate soldier, can you say “recycle”?

Reviewed in February 2010 by Bonnie.

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