Title: Home in Time for Christmas
Author: Heather Graham
Release Date/Publisher: October 26th 2010 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2009)
Finished: November 10th 2013
Melody Tarleton is driving home for Christmas when a man–clad in Revolutionary War-era costume–appears out of nowhere, right in the path of her car. Shaken, she takes the injured stranger in, listening with concern to Jake Mallory’s fantastic claim that he’s a Patriot soldier executed by British authorities.
Bringing Jake to her parents’ house, Melody concocts a story to explain the handsome holiday guest with the courtly manners and strange clothes. Mark, her close friend who wishes he were more, is skeptical, but her family is fascinated. So is Melody. Jake is passionate, charming and utterly unlike anyone she’s ever met. Can he really be who he claims? And can a man from the distant past be the future she truly longs for?
What I thought:
I chose this for a read-a-thon because it sounded like it could be a fun little read just before Christmas. I’ve never read anything by this author either so this was my first shot at her writing.
The idea for this book was really cute: a guy from a past time shows up and eventually the romance clicks. The only thing I had a problem with was Melody’s constant pessimism. She’s always denying that Jake could be from the past, even when her family believes it and there’s proof right under her nose. I can understand her not believing right away which would be normal, but after over half the book and she’s the only one? I didn’t like that. She also can’t seem to admit to herself how she feels for the longest time. Let’s not forget her troubles with Mark that she can’t handle either. I know she doesn’t want to hurt him but she can’t even talk to him like an adult.
Jake was a big sweetie. I loved that the way he talked wasn’t fully modern so the effect that he time traveled worked. He was also chivalrous and a gentlemen which is always appreciated. I think he was my favourite in the whole book. Especially how he kept worrying about his sister and treated melody with care. Melody’s family was also pretty cool too. Her brother, mom and dad were kind people and I liked that they were accommodating too.
This was cute and a good story to read around the Christmas season. If not for Melody’s constant denial I would have liked it a bit more. It needed a bit of a romance boost.