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Her Holiday Family (Kirkwood Lake #5)

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Home for the Holidays

When her café goes up in smoke, Tina Martinelli decides to make a big change. She plans to leave Kirkwood Lake and start over -- somewhere without the haunting memories of family and failure. But just as she's plotting her new life, her girlhood crush Max Campbell returns to town…and suddenly takes notice of Tina all grown up. Having retired from his m
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Love Inspired
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"Herne’s characters are endearing and remind the reader of the irony in believing that our plans are better than God’s, as His timing is perfect. New beginnings and moving forward are fundamental" (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars).

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Shelves: romance, christmas
Heartwarming Christmas romance.
Nov 28, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite Kirkwood Lake book yet!

Let me start off by saying if your just looking for a sweet, magical Christmas story, this is not for you. This was heart-wrenching at times. There was a point in this book when a two word declaration just sent me to tears! There is a wonderful sub-plot - sad, but reality of life - that I cannot even discuss because I just don't want to give anything dramatic away. It's a total surprise, especially if you've been reading these in order. I guarantee

This story is about Tina and Max...

Many of us identify with Tina. Everything seems to be working out in her life, then she loses her job and has to start over. After working hard to make her dreams come true, tragedy strikes again -- and she back at square one -- again.

I've been back to square one too many times in my life . . . some of the time it was my own fault, for making bad decisions. We've all been there, I suppose.

What else can we do but try again?

Ruth Logan Herne does an amazing job sh
Nov 11, 2014 Kav rated it it was amazing
Another timeless Christmas story from this talented author. She captures the excitement and anticipation of the season but it's not sugar-coated. Herne adds a liberal dose of reality accompanied by grace and hope. The perfect combination for a story that will wrap itself around your heart.

This author's genius is in her characterization. Even the secondary characters come alive to carry the story forward...and to help reveal the essence of both the hero and heroine. Tina is a fireball of hurt. S
Mar 17, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this story! True to what I have come to expect and love from Ruth Logan Herne, Her Holiday Family entwines sweet romance in with real-life problems including guilt, grudges and loneliness. Despite her belief that she can trust her heart to no one, Tina learns that God can always be trusted and opens her heart to love. Max has carried a burden of guilt for years that has kept him away from his family and friends for far too long. Taking the steps to release that guilt to a ...more
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Dec 16, 2015 G Van rated it it was amazing
A very good book about Christmas happenings. This author uses a lot of words to covey her thoughts and many characters - this is a GOOD thing. I loved to think this was a “Who done it” book. I did not figure it out until later in the book. It was well written romance between Max (he is a military man and that is great) and Tina.
There was a quote on page 141 between the cook and Tina – “Is very good, no?”. “Is very good, yes!” says Tina. That sums up this Wonderful Book!
Dec 02, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Her Holiday Family by Ruth Logan Herne is one of the books in the Kirkwood Lake series. Tina Martinellis cafe burns down. Until police find out what caused it, Tina works at the hardware store helping out while the owner is out with cancer. Max is the owners son. He retired from the military and back home to help his parents run the hardware store. Tina and Max click. Tina ends up working for her aunt who owns Tina's parents ex-restaurant. There were some hard feelings there. A very good story ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I finished a great story in the Kirkwood Lake series. It's the fifth and the best! Tina Martinelli just suffered a devastating loss of her precious cafe business and has to work at the local hardware store. Here she is reintroduced to Max Campbell the son of Charlie the owner of the hardware store. Tina can't believe that after ten years Max has come home and to supposedly to stay! Will Max and Tina find love and forgiveness?
This is the first book that I have read from Ruth Logan Herne and I will be reading more. A wonderful Christmas love story about Max and Tina.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Dec 01, 2014 Leslie M. rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a great read this holiday season, you may want to check out "Her Holiday Family." Here's the link to my review:
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Mar 08, 2015 Wilani Wahl rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Christmas love story. A story of love, forgiveness, and family. In addition to a very well written book, I loved the Inspirational thread running through the book.
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Dec 19, 2014 Robin Bayne rated it it was amazing
Wonderful holiday story complete with a roller coaster of emotions and family problems. It will put you in the mood to drive through a small town lit up for the season.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 15, 2015 05:38PM  
Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work. She's sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kirkwood Lake (6 books)
  • The Lawman's Second Chance (Kirkwood Lake, #1)
  • Falling for the Lawman (Kirkwood Lake, #2)
  • The Lawman's Holiday Wish (Kirkwood Lake, #3)
  • Loving the Lawman (Kirkwood Lake, #4)
  • Healing the Lawman's Heart (Kirkwood Lake #6)

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