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A Family for Luke (Riverbend #3)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  157 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Luke Harris grew up without family. Now, it's all he wants. More so when he and his friendly dog move next door to widowed mom Janie Corbett and her three kids. For the first time, he can imagine hearing the pitter-patter of little feet in his own home. Listening to their bedtime prayers. Having a wife and children to call his own. But once-burned/twice-shy Janie won't say ...more
ebook, Love Inspired #476, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense (first published December 1st 2008)
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Jul 07, 2016 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke and his partner buy a house next door to widowed mom, Janie and her three children with the sole purpose to fix it up and sell it. Cooper, Luke's dog is excited to see children in the yard next door and rushes over to greet them. The youngest child, Autumn is frightened of the dog because of a past experience she had with a dog. Janice is very protective of her children and let's Luke know she wants nothing to do with him or his dog. Being that, Luke is in the fix it up business his trained ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janie is running a coffee shop and raising her 3 kids after her husband divorced her and then died... Luke is flipping the house next door. Can he forgive his own mother for abandoning him? Can Janie let someone help her?
Michelle Shafer
May 17, 2012 Michelle Shafer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of the Love Inspired books. They are good, clean stories with biblical truths woven in the story. This one was about forgiveness. I would recommend all of the Love Inspired authors.
The victim of a bad upbringing, Luke has always wanted a family he could rely on. His mother was often absent from his life, and before CPS finally removed him from her care, he ended up feeling rejected and abandoned more often than not. His foster father was loving and caring and introduced him to the concepts of love, acceptance, forgiveness and a real family. His foster father’s death a few years ago left Luke feeling abandoned and rejected all over again and so he leaves the church and imme ...more
May 22, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me forever to finish this book. Very nice, sweet, and predictable tale of a man abandoned by his mother and a woman who was a single, widowed mother of three. The woman was a little unbelievable as she worked OCD-ishly in her coffee shop with a nearly broken ankle. To be a control freak she had her priorities all wrong. Luke came off a a 'yes' man- just going with what the woman wanted from not fixing her roof to letting her make him leave when her ankle was nearly broken. ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Sparrow12 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book.
Jul 12, 2014 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
joyce lynn
down to earth characters, just like i like them to be!

boy, could i relate to the main female character, tho, WAY too much for my own comfort!!! at one time, i WAS her. unfortunately, in some ways, i still am 8^(

good uplifting story. a bit too unrealistic ending, but ... that's just my opinion. love DOES happen that fast, i know (been there, done that), just isn't too often that it LEADS to that, SO quickly
Mar 17, 2013 Janna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Grown-up Luke still deals with wishing for the family he never had growing up in foster care. Enter the next door neighbor with 3 adorable kids, add Luke's crazy, lovable dog and it's the perfect family -- once the issues are dealt with and the predictable romance runs its course. Still a likable book, and I especially appreciated the foster child theme.
Jan 01, 2015 Camy rated it really liked it
I normally love Carolyne Aarsen books, and I usually like books with teens in them, too, since I work with teens at church, but for some reason this heroine just didn't resonate with me. I loved the dog, Cooper, and the hero, Luke, was a caring man, but the heroine rubbed me the wrong way from chapter one and I couldn't quite shake that off.
Apr 20, 2009 Marcia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, these books are so predictable. Happy endings are nice and all, but I think I like the Nicholas Sparks version of happy ending. Someone can die, too. Morbid or realistic?
Sorry, I was unable to get into this book even after reading about 60 pages. However this story may bless or inspire someone else.
Olyvia Wheeler
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Jun 26, 2009 Lynnea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Very predictable and kind of cheesy but a easy quick read to relax.
Sarah Cole
Sep 03, 2013 Sarah Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved a awesome christian book. I love all love inspired books
Apr 08, 2009 Dakota rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Shelves: steeple-hill
the kids were adorable and so was the dog
Aug 09, 2015 IB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-warming read.
Jul 18, 2010 Wendie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feel good book. Enjoyable!
Brenda Robertson
Sep 11, 2010 Brenda Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good family story!
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Carolyne Aarsen is a blessed to have sincere Christian parents and to be married to a committed Christian husband. But her first love was always fiction. Because of her isolation from any kind of writing group, Carolyne learned to write by trial and error and by taking correspondence courses while she and her husband were raising their four natural children and the numerous foster children that ca ...more
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“I'm like a shark," Janie said. "I need to keep moving or die, which means I need to expand-" she stopped there. Her own father's business was successful mainly because he kept expanding, kept moving onward and upward. The only difference was Dan Westerveld didn't have a spouse who gambled away all available equity in the house and business.

But Janie kept that information to herself. Neither her sister nor her parents knew how dire her financial situation was.

"What do you mean? And you're kind of struggling as it is."

"And that's why I need to expand. I'm just trying to make sure I can sustain my current lifestyle, which is hardly extravagant."

"I'll say. I can't believe that beater of a car of yours is still running."

"Regular maintenance helps." And prayer, Janie thought. Something she spent a lot of time on these days.”
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