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Sweet Laurel Falls (Hope's Crossing #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,164 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Spring should bring renewal, but Maura McKnight-Parker cannot escape the past. Still reeling from the loss of one daughter, the former free spirit is thrown for a loop by the return of her older daughter, Sage, and the reappearance of her first love, Sage's father. Jackson Lange never knew his daughter—never even knew that he'd left the love of his life pregnant when he fl ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Harlequin HQN
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Aug 05, 2013 BJ rated it liked it
Third in the Hope's Crossing series. This is Maura and Jack's story. Maura lost her youngest daughter in an auto accident in recent months. Jack is her first love and the father of her older daughter, Sage. This is the story of a couple, a family, and a town as they continue to heal. Another enjoyable read.
Julie Barrett
Jul 22, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
ISBN: 9780373776702
Maura McKnight-Parker wanted a vacation from Christmas.
She runs a book/coffeehouse and is open to book clubs to meet.
Hope's Crossing is the type of town that belongs in a snowglobe. Everything is in place and it looks so magical especially when it snows.
The straw that broke the camel's back is when her grown daughter, Sage brings her father into the bookstore on the night of the Christmas party. Maura has had a tough year, she buried her yo
Aug 03, 2012 Darcy rated it liked it
When I realized that this book had Maura I wasn't sure what to think. I wanted her to be happy, but worried that she was still drowning in her grief from her daughter's death and wouldn't be ready. As the book started out that was just the case, Maura was facing the holidays and barely getting by. Her friends and family's hearts were in the right place, but I can see why Maura needed some alone time.

When Sage brought her guest home, it stunned me, mostly because I didn't remember that we didn't
Nov 14, 2012 Dorine rated it really liked it
Book and review courtesy of Romance Junkies, also posted at TBR Mountain Range.

High school sweethearts reunite twenty years later when a daughter discovers who her father really is—and brings him home—unannounced, without warning—in the middle of her mother's book club Christmas party. Will the past dampen the reunion, or will the promise of the future give them hope?

Maura McKnight-Parker dreads the Christmas season this year. She needs to be festive as owner of Dog-Eared Books & Brew, but l
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Sep 30, 2012 Dani C. (Paulette's Papers) rated it it was amazing
Sweet Laurel Falls is one of those wonderful stories that take a hold of your heart and just won’t let you go. Starting with the beautiful cover (who wouldn’t want to sit on a purple bench with a view like that) until the very last page, I found myself captivated with this book.

Maura has had a tough year. Her youngest daughter was killed in a car crash and now at Christmas time she just needs some time to cope with it. Unfortunately during her bookstore’s party her oldest daughter Sage shows up
Sep 10, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
4 STARS Sweet Laurel Falls is a Hope's Crossing book 3 Okay was I on a emotional roller coast with this book. I admit to sharing some tears and smiling in other parts of the book. RaeAnne characters were real to me and I cared what happens to them. In other Hope's Crossing books we learn that someone is going around and helping people and the notes are signed Angel. In this the 3 book we find out who started it but others are copying the Angel. Maura McKnight-Parker had lost her teen daughter le ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Maura McKnight-Parker has had a rough year dealing with losing her young daughter Layla. She is just trying to cope with the Christmas season, when she is shocked to see her ex-love Jackson Lange walk into her book store, even more shocked that her daughter Sage is with him. Jackson didn't know Maura was pregnant with his child when he left town. Jackson & Sage discovered their relationship after a lecture at the College Sage attends. As Jackson plans to stay in town to get to know his daugh ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Maura McKnight lost a teenage child the previous year and she was just going through the motions of life, alive for her business and her college age daughter. Then her world turns upside down when Jackson Lange, her first love returns to town. He is the father of her older daughter Sage. This is a sweet comfort read, a story of family, love and forgiveness. I will say I liked the previous two books in the series a bit better. Maura was abandoned by Jackson and left pregnant by him to raise their ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
RaeAnne has given us another great story about the small town of Hope's Crossing,Colorado. Maura has had a rough year what with the death of her daughter Layla but things get enough roughter when her other daughter comes home from college bringing the man that Maura hadn;t seen for twenty years and announces that she knows he is her father. The entanglement of Maura,Sage,and Jackson in their small town and the other going on of their small community leads to a story of loss,love,forgiveness,and ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
**Received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**

It's Christmas and Maura McKnight wants to skip it altogether. Since her youngest daughter Layla was killed in an unfortunate accident eight months ago she is not in the Christmas mood. But she puts on a smile on her face and keeps the facade that she is in the Christmas spirit, so she doesn't worry her family and closest friends. During a Christmas party that Maura was having at her store, Dog-eared Books and Brew, for her book club
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Miniseries: Hope's Crossing
Category: Contemporary Romance
"Thayne takes readers back to Hope's Crossing, where life's burdens are easier to bear because neighbors care. Thayne presents a heartfelt tale of sorrow, redemption and new beginnings that will touch readers." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars
Sep 30, 2012 Vox rated it liked it
One thing is for certain: this book is very sweet. So sweet, in fact, that it might induce a diabetic coma.

Maura McKnight's life at the moment is dark and sad. Her youngest daughter, Layla, passed away in a car accident, and her oldest daughter, Sage, is away at college. The girls have two different fathers; Layla's is Maura's ex-husband, and Sage's is Maura's first love, Jackson Lange. The two men have something in common other than Maura in that neither is around. Chris travels with his rock b
Oct 16, 2012 Janga rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the third book in Thayne’s Hope Crossing series, following Blackberry Summer and Woodrose Mountain. I enjoyed the others, but I think Sweet Laurel Falls is the best of the three. The accident in which Maura’s daughter Layla was killed links the three stories, and I have been hoping since the first book to see Maura begin to heal. Thayne does a wonderful job of showing both Maura’s near-paralyzing grief and gradual understanding that even a life irrevocably changed must go on.

Nov 07, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it
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It’s been a year now and the pain is still there. This Christmas is not going to be good for it will be the first time she won’t have her two daughters. Only one is alive and still the pain is still there. Maura McKnight-Parker loves her little girl, Sage, but sometimes remembers the good times when her other daughter was alive. Everybody tells her each day will get easier. Yet lately the holiday is becoming not only stressful but full of surprise
Dec 22, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Very good reunion story. Maura is still reeling from the death of her younger daughter in a car accident. She tries to put a good face on things for her friends and family but she isn't really in the mood for the holidays. Her world is rocked even further when her older daughter comes home from college with a visitor - the father she never knew. Maura had never told anyone who he was after he left their town saying he wouldn't be back. She had tried to contact him but he didn't return her calls, ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I think this one is my favorite of the series so far. I really liked the way that Maura's grief was dealt with in this book--both how the author wrote about Maura and the other characters' reactions. It was really well done. Jackson and Maura's courtship was perfect for both where they were in life and their history--I really enjoyed reading it. I was a bit disappointed with Sage's "problem", though--first, it was may to easy to figure out what it was, and second, I wasn't crazy about the person ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Virginia rated it liked it
I really like this series, I gave this one a three because while I liked it, to me it is the weakest in the series. It probably would not have made me want to read all the rest. The others always seemed to hint of other romances and this one did not. Everything fell into place a little too easily in this one, there was not tension of even the easy romance type.
May 24, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Sweet Laurel Falls is the third book in the Hope Crossing series. This book was published by Harlequin and released in September 2012.

Maura is trying to live one day to the next the best she can after her youngest daughter is killed in an accident. The holiday season is here and Maura is trying to focus on her book store and not on the first Christmas without her daughter. She is surrounded by her family and friends who are trying to as supportive a possible. But, when her oldest daughter comes
Aug 10, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Maura McKnight-Parker, owner of Dog-Eared Books & Brew, needs a vacation. But, Christmas is just around the corner and her daughter Sage is coming home for the holiday. She's had a really rough year with the tragic loss of her other daughter, and it's time for her and Sage to move forward.

Preparing for her holiday book club meeting, someone from her past just pulled up in front of her business. Unfortunately, he's just walked into her bookstore along with her daughter Sage who's just announc
Jul 11, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A story full of brave, venturous, strong family members. The McKnights are just the type of family
everyone wants for friends, neighbors and inlaws. Love the main characters. What a wonderful series this has been so far. Thayne brings love, trust, and sentiment to a whole new level. Warning: its a page turner. You won't be able to put it down. 5 stars.
Patricia Solla
Jul 09, 2014 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
The reader continues to learn about Hope's Crossing and it's inhabitants. We are introduced to a single mother raising her daughter. She is divorced but the ex is not the father of her child. The biological father does not know he has a daughter as he left town many years before vowing never to return (involves a relationship with his own father). Finding out he is a father of a daughter in college makes the man return to Hope's Crossing to confront his former girlfriend and his daughter's mothe ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
Stories from Hope's Crossing, Colorado continue with Maura, who lost her youngest daughter to a car crash just a short time ago. Now her 19 year old daughter has returned for vacation from college, with Jackson Lange, Maura's first love. Jackson has just found out that he is Sage's father, but Maura had never told him about her. Sage has her own secret as Maura and Jackson try to reconcile their problem pasts. Life is also complicated by Sage's new found grandfather, Harry Lange, the most hated ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Bungluna rated it it was ok
Slow, gentle and (maybe too) sweet second chance at love story. The low rating is due to some pet peeves this touched on:

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There were too mane little details niggling at me for me to enjoy the novel. Maybe the next one...
This series is getting better and better with each book. Unless there is a major twist going on with the Angel of Hope, I figured it out in the middle of the first book.
Can't wait to get started on the next!
Mar 09, 2015 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the chemistry is still felt in this book, that is not what this story is about. My favorite parts of this book are Maura's story. I felt the author dealt with her grief and stress in a wonderful way. She didn't skip over it or try to make us, the readers, think Maura needed to move on. She helped us see Maura's problems with not only moving on, but also with having to accept the sympathy from others in the community.

I was delighted to get to know Sage as more than a periphery character.
Oct 13, 2015 Sunshyne rated it it was amazing
So much hurt in this town but it's good to see everyone finding their place the death of Layla was a huge blow to Maura. I wonder how Chris Layla dad feels. Seems he didn't come for the funeral. Sage is pregnant and for another woman's fiancée. Gin called off the wedding. Jack an Maura back together. Riley is still chief. And Harry is finally getting his family back. I so want him and Ella to get together.
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 29, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, chaste
I love second chance romances, so it was a bit surprising I wasn't terribly engaged with this one. I kept waiting for it to happen, that moment of being right there with the main characters but it sadly never did. Which is really odd because on the surface all the right elements were there.

I think it may be that the events of the first book have lingered long enough that they're beginning to pall. This is the third book built around that central tragedy and I, for one, am ready to move on. So pi
Jan 15, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Can you go back again and start over? Well Maura McKnight and Jackson Lange are faced with the his exact question. Jackson left Hope's Crossing as a teenager and left behind his one true love, Maura. What he did not know was that Maura was carrying his child. She thought he had left because he did not love her enough to face his unhappy life with his father so she never told him about their daughter. Twenty years later our story begins and it is a heartwarming tale that you will enjoy.
Mar 19, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
I think my review for this will be nearly identical to my review for the prior book in the series. I am enjoying this series - good stories, nice town full of characters we're getting to know and I get the feels for the romance in the stories but...there is more story than romance so they are more in the category of chick lit than romance and I prefer more heat in my usual reading. That being said, I'm immediately looking to see if the next book is in my library's digital collection.
Aileen De Los Santos
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I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

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