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Sweet Laurel Falls (Hope's Crossing #3)

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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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Ronna
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
Janga
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.

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Rhonda
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
Darcy
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
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
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
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Julie
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
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Julie Barrett
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
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Crystal
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
Cheri
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.
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Carla
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!
Patricia Solla
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
Dorine
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
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Susan
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
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Melinda
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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
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Megan
**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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Karen
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
Susan
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
Vox
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
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Becky
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
Bungluna
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...
Barb
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.
Christine
I wanted to like this book and have Maura find peace, but it seemed to drag on and on. She likes him she doesn't like him, I wanted to hand her a daisy. I am on to book 4 in this series however.
Diana
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
Barb Rustemeyer
Very good book

One of the best bookies I have read. Was going to save it for when I was in the hospital having knee replacement surgery. I couldn't wait.
Beth L.
I am continuing to enjoy this series. I wish now I had read it the order they were written because occasionally it gets confusing. But each book does stand alone.
Sherri
raeanne thayne never disappoints her books keep you interested and keeps you wanting more, I personally enjoy the series books where you learn more about your favourite characters from previous books, i cant wait for the next one
pats
Great novel

the book was excellent and I enjoyed the story It was well written by the author RaeAnne Thayne I will read more of her works
Polly
Joy. Book three is Joy, finding it after such sorrow and loss. Finding and re-inventing family after the loss. What a wonderful book.

Nancy Le
I couldn't put this book down for one second!
Shannon Rickert
moving on to number 4 loving this series!! Ya all need to check it out. It is so off what I would normally read but I like it bunches!
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Other Books in the Series

Hope's Crossing (7 books)
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