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A Place for Family (Sawyers #4)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  93 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Book 4-The Sawyers

One suitcase is all Amanda Gardner has to her name when she ends up back in Harland, North Carolina. No one knows how the high-powered ad exec, the girl who couldn't leave town fast enough after high school, lost her glamorous life in California. Everyone's curious—except John Sawyer. He's done enough wondering about his childhood bes
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 18, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Book 4

This is the final book of the Family series. The series focuses on the Sawyer family and the strong bond formed after the death of their father. Each sibling has their own story, and though my favorite was the second book (Ridge), I really liked this book as well.

In this story, the next to youngest Sawyer falls in love all over again for his childhood friend who up and left without a backward glance. She has faced some tragedy (the reveling of her secret was a total shock to me), and
Feb 18, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

A story about a girl who left her childhood home to follow her dreams of something bigger and more exciting out in L.A. She returns with a secret to find out with some time and faith where her home always really was and who her family truely is.

A sweet story well written, I enjoyed reading it.
Jenna Anderson
Mar 18, 2013 Jenna Anderson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you.

I enjoyed the farm setting and the tight knit family vibe. All the brothers, wives, kids, etc. made it a sweet read. The Love Inspired books generally have a fair number of characters - family members of all ages. I enjoy that.

Unfortunately I didn't know where to focus my attention with this book. There seemed to be many storylines or ideas flying around - Amanda's financial trouble, her secrets, John is a womanizer, he likes her, loves
Glenda Alexander
A Place for Family
by Mia Ross

The cover of this book caught my attention first with the cozy farm house with a lovely wraparound porch looking out over beautiful rolling hills, some with baled hay some with beautiful trees. A place anyone of us would love to call home.
This is the first time I have read a book by Mia Ross but loved how she brought her characters to life with kindness and love.

Amanda and John best friends from the age of four living in a small town, one knowing that the town was/i
Liz Mcglinchey
Feb 23, 2013 Liz Mcglinchey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was happy to receive this book from the First Reads program goodreads offers!

This was a sweet story about a hometown guy and the best friend, with some fun twists. I really enjoyed it; disclaimer though: I happen to really enjoy romantic stories with predictable endings. This story was about as predictable as it gets. Without giving away too much, I did find it a smidge odd that we didn't find out about the main character, Amanda's, big predicament until midway through the book (although one c
Sep 20, 2013 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A sweet family-filled love story...

Amanda is a likable heroine. As a girl that has happily stayed in her hometown it was a little hard to identify with her desire to leave. Amanda has been citified but she genuinely tries to fit in when she comes limping back to Harland. She takes a job as nanny for the niece and nephew of her childhood best friend, John, and she throws herself into it with all she has.
John is a good guy. He never left the area he grew up in, instead he works with his brothers a
Feb 20, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I always love a good romantic love story and was especially happy to learn I won a copy of this book as part of the first reads giveaway. It is well written and has a great story line. It probably deserves a 4.5 stars instead of just 4.

I really liked how the author showed the friendship developing into love between Amanda and John. I like how Amanda finally realized she had loved John all along but didn't realize that "real" love develops from friendship. I liked how John supported Amanda even
Dec 04, 2014 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is a light romance novel that is teeming with forgiveness. Amanda Gardner has left glorious Las Angeles to move back to her farm-town of Harland, North Carolina. This is a place where everyone knows each other, everyone goes to church, and some people are quick to judge. But not John Sawyer, Amanda's old best friend and brother to Amanda's new employer.

John is the only one who can crack Amanda's shell. He helps her to remember how to relax, to open up, an
Feb 25, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a free Goodreads "first read". I found this book very easy to read. It was very enjoyable. I usually prefer more "romance" in my novels, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Mia wrote a good book. It is obvious that this book is part of a series, but I believe this was a good stand alone book as well.

I liked that the main character wasnt letting other people fix her problems and that she wanted to be responsible for herself. Though I'm not a huge fan of "inspir
"A Place for Family" by Mia Ross a book that yes I enjoyed the overall storyline, I was kind of bored with the lost sheep story line again. This is the fourth book I have read by Ms. Ross and the third one with the lost sheep in it. I admit they were all written differently but still when I saw it show up here in the book I couldn't help but roll my eyes.

I did enjoy some of the twists and turns this book took but sadly each and every twist and turn had a predictable ending.

I did enjoy the story
Feb 27, 2013 Antimidas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book for free as a first reads promotion from Goodreads.

Being a typical American male, I don't really do romance novels. When the book arrived, I admit to being a little dejected upon seeing the Harlequin mark on the back cover. But this is not what I imagine the typical romance novel to be. In fact, I don't even consider it a romance novel, but a heart warming story of a small town, North Carolina family.

This is a very down to earth, family friendly story. Sure, there are some a
Feb 18, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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* I received this book as a giveaway through Good Reads First Reads *

I'm the type of person that enjoys romance, but I usually read one of Sparks books once a year to get my fix. I think I forgot how fulfilling a well written romance story can be. Mia Ross made me really care about the characters and I was so happy to find her other novels revolve around the same core family. Right after finishing this book, I purchased another of her novels on my kindle and just started reading it. I think anyo
Sandy Mueller
Feb 20, 2013 Sandy Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Goodreads first reads, and found it to be very good! The book is about a woman named Amanda who leaves her hometown and best friend to become something better and realizes after losing her job and getting mixed up with a married man(who she didn't know was still married) that there's no place like home. With only one small bag of her belongings and a beat up car that breaks down near her old, male best friend's house she is in for a totally different kind of lifestyle. With ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
what a lovely story! A little lighter on the angst between main characters, but there was enough emotion to carry the story.
**Please Note: I received this book for free from Goodreads First-reads**

A Place For Family, by Mia Ross was a very fast read. The "love inspired" collection from Harlequin are light romance novels and this one had very tasteful, sweet undertones.

This story is about a small town girl returning home after life in the big city to reconnect with her childhood love. While this theme is not a new one, the story was still engaging and held my attention.

My only complaint with this book was that about
Feb 20, 2014 Maryann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have enjoyed this series, kind of sad to see it end.
Amanda Gardner has come back to her hometown with a secret (or two), her only possessions in a duffel bag, and no plans or ideas on what to do for the first time in her life. On her way back into town her car breaks down in front of her childhood best friend's farm. There, for the first time in her life she learns to rely on others for help, finds the way back to God and finds out what she really wants in life when there are no hidden agendas or strings attached.
This was a sweet and satisfying
Feb 26, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book is an easy read. Unfortunatly that is the best I can say. I don't feel this writer knows much about farming. Which spolied the book a bit for me. The story was just alright.It didn't reach up and grab me.I did like the religion that was put in. It was fairly subtle and not too pushy.John seemed not fleshed out as a character. I recieved this book as a First Read Giveaway, so I am almost ashamed to give this review, but I figured they wanted honest. I don't reget reading this book, but ...more
Destiny Rodriguez
Amanda Gardner packs up her suit case and is headed back to her home town Harland, North Carolina.
And then theirs John Sawyer, whom is Amanda’s childhood best friend.
John wonders what is the reason Amanda never called or contacted him. Wonders why not she took the time to write him or even visited. Johns thoughts point to maybe Amanda is in trouble some how.
She receives an unlikely job offer to be a nanny from her high school sweetheart’s family.
Amanda learns to slowly trust John again.

Mar 01, 2013 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a first reads win.

I hate giving anything under 3 stars, but this read just wasn't my kind of book. I guess I expected something a little different when I entered the giveaway. And let me just say if you like grocery store love stories or Nora Roberts novels, then you'd probably give this a higher rating. I just felt it to be predictable, and more like a book you'd find at the grocery store, or at airport on a turn rack. It was well written, but like I said at not for me.
Feb 20, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet..inspirational book. I'm not a religious person per se but can appreciate the devotion and heart inspiring belief that Christianity follows. We all need something to believe in and this book gives one beautiful lesson. Childhood friendship that blossoms into love..hope...and a chance for happiness. This is a giveaway win that I feel very lucky to have won on here and recommend highly. It will give even the most skeptically diverse person a smile with promise of hope.
Carrie Sue Pittman
I won this book as a giveaway/contest at

I very much enjoyded reading this book. It was well written, it's just I felt like I knew what was happening and going on from the start of the book, and knew how it would end. It was just a very predictable book. The character John, was just too good to be true, it was actually kinda funny. BIG JOHN the hero, to Amanda, saves the farm, saves Amanda. The only thing that was a surprise was the sex of the baby once born.
Rebekah Gyger
Mar 01, 2013 Rebekah Gyger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was actually a good book. Wondered because if how short it was that it might not be. I mean, I guessed what the secret was (though the tells made not sense to me), but I still found it to be a cute, quick read. I just wish that I had known ahead of time that it was the last in the four Family tales by the author ahead of time so I could have read those first.

If you want to know what other books I back, read my blog at
Nov 13, 2014 Krissys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First Reads:

Mia Ross is fantastic, I absolutely loved A place for family! A wonderful story about starting over and finding love in the place where you left it!
I instantly fell in love with Amanda because it was so easy seeing myself in her I really enjoy being able to relate to a character so well in a story and Mia does it flawlessly! I was rooting for John the entire time!
If you get the chance, read A place for family.
You will not be disappointed!!
Feb 01, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't typically read romance novels but this one caught my eye. It was a quick read and I did enjoy it. I loved the Sawyer family. They reminded me of the close knit farm families from my hometown. Amanda upset me since she didn't realize what a great guy she had, but at least she figured it out. Of course, if she figured it out right away then there wouldn't have been much of a story. :-) If you like romance novels, this will be a good one for you.
Apr 07, 2013 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, most of the reviews I read said they got the book for free then don't have much good to say about it. I PAID for my copy and enjoyed it very much. The whole Sawyer family series has been fun to read and I enjoyed Mia Ross's writing very much. I think she did a really good job of restoring a relationship that fizzled out for no good reason! The story line was enjoyable and all the questions were answered. The story moved along at a quick pace also!
Feb 20, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I really liked this story. A small town girl leaves home to see what's out there by getting a scholarship and moving to L.A. Things go well for her for quite a few years but then events happen that she's forced to move back home with some things she's not willing to tell anyone. Feelings arise between her and her best friend and we find out if they decide to do anything about it.
Lynn Lund
I have received a free copy of this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.
While romance is not the typical genre I go for, I have picked up a book or two that I did enjoy. This was not one of those books. I don't mean to say the book is bad, because it's not. Just not the sort of book I enjoy. I would recommend this to someone who wants a light read and doesn't mind predictability.
Apr 08, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off saying this was a good book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as the others in the series. I thInk it was because of her putting in the story, the main male love interest was adamant that only only a birth mother could love her child the way it should be loved. I have issues with that, and I think that put me off the book. The series is great and I recommend it.
Sarah Beth
This is a good reads firsts reads giveaway review.
This book opened itself up very very well. However as the it continued I found it hard to follow. There was so much happening and I wish Ross would have maybe pruned out some of the development or rounded it out a little more so you can get a better feel and flow of the story.
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