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Lonestar Homecoming (Lonestar #3)

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For most, it's the safest place on earth. For Gracie, it's the last place she wants to be...and the one place she must return.

With nothing but five dollars and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train to West Texas, to the townshe ran away from so long ago. There they find refuge in the home of Michael Wayne--devoted single father, se
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ebook, 336 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 11th 2010)
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Megan
Jun 17, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, far too similar to the other two books in the series. At least the author admits she has an obsession with "convenient marriages" in the afterword.
Barbara
Colleen Coble is a good author, and she skillfully combines romance with action/adventure and mystery. This book Lonestar Homecoming, is the third book of a trilogy based in Texas. The story centers on single mother Gracie Lister and her precocious daughter, Hope. Gracie is marrying Border Patrol Agent Cid Ortega, primarily so that Hope will have a father (which is a truly stupid reason to marry anyone) but, before they can exchange vows, gunshots are exchanged outside of her home by FBI agents ...more
Amy
Mar 09, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when you think it couldn't get any crazier, Colleen Coble steps it up. This book brought such levels of danger like I don't think we've seen so far in this series. The marriage of convenience basis to this series works like a charm, and it works again in this book. Great read.
Erika Quiroz
Revisiting this book in the light of day. Let me say that I still love Colleen. She's truly a master story teller and I still very much enjoyed this book. However, it is, in my opinion, the poorest of her stories that I've read so far.

Firstly, the marriage of convenience is sort of tired. I almost felt like because that plot device had worked in the previous two books in the series, there wasn't as much effort to make it believable in this one. This story would have stood just as well and still
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Lisa Crenshaw
Dec 03, 2014 Lisa Crenshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coble-fiction
Gracie is emotionally damaged. She has grown into a woman that runs from everything. She began running when she was pregnant with her daughter, Hope. Five years later she has run into Michael. He becomes her knight in shining armor. He realizes that she has some major issues but decides to entrust her with the care of his children. Michael is a military man, protocol is a way of life. Rules, regulation shadow all his actions. For Gracie, emotions lead the way. They decide to marry to protect all ...more
Susan
With nothing but five dollars and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train to West Texas, to the town she ran away from so long ago. There they find refuge in the home of Michael Wayne--devoted single father, seasoned soldier--who gives Gracie a job caring for his two children and the hiding place she needs from her former fiance.

Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away. And then trouble comes to call in the form of Gracie's
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Bethany
If this was a stand alone book, I would've given it 4 stars. Being the 3rd in a series and exactly like the first two in all the major points, I went with 3. Every main character in this whole series is a single woman with a 5 year old daughter who gets thrust into a marriage of convenience. And they all live in the same town. And they're all friends. Quite possibly the most unrealistic situation on the face of the literary earth. And WHY is Allie suddenly Hispanic in the 3rd book???? It was bey ...more
Tini Hansen
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Marian
Jan 14, 2015 Marian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, books-2015
Not quite sure how I feel about this book. the main issue that kept this from a higher rating was the fact that the h kept running from confrontation and digging herself into deeper trouble. she trusted the H enough to go to his house in a far remote area on first meeting but not enough to tell him, that the dangers the family are having could be related to the threatening calls her ex is making to her? Really? The H who knows she ran after witnessing a murder never asks if the dangers could be ...more
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Jun 13, 2016 Becky ♡The Bookworm♡ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Fans of Contemporary Western Romance!
It's Gracie's wedding day and her life had finally taken a turn for the better when the rug is swept out from under her. In fear for her life and the life of her young daughter, Hope, she runs with only her daughter and the wedding dress on her back. Michael has just returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He's come home to care for his children after his children were devastated by the tragic death of their mother...his ex-wife. Michale and Gracie's first meeting was something out of a fairy tale, ...more
Kendra
Aug 17, 2014 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main theme in this series of books has been very similar. Despite that, this book was very good and I enjoyed reading it. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I also appreciate that Coble incorporates passion into the Christian marriages in this series. It is always tastefully done but I appreciate Coble reminding Christian women that it is okay to be passionate with your spouse and that it is an important part of a well balanced marriage! I love that she includes that aspect wit ...more
Andrea Love
This is the third offering in the Lonestar Series from Colleen Coble. I have not read the first two books, and found the third to be an enjoyable read, which can stand independent of the series.

Romance is not normally a genre which I choose to read. I selected this book because the description led me to believe the emphasis would be on adventure and intrigue, and less on romance. But I was mistaken. Fans of contemporary romance novels with a heave Christian theme will enjoy this book.

Gracie has
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Kelly Hager
When Gracie and Michael first meet, she's wearing a wedding dress. She's with her five-year-old daughter, Hope, but there's no husband. (That's because she left before the wedding, after finding out that her fiance was still involved in a drug cartel.) She has $5 to her name and, even though they're complete strangers, he hires her to take care of his kids. (His ex-wife, who had primary custody, has just died.)

They fall for each other pretty quickly, but the happiness is threatened by the fact t
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Sandra
Jun 06, 2010 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This charming book begins with Gracie Lister fleeing from her fiancee' on her wedding day. Gracie's response to problems seems to always be the same - she runs. Gracie fled with five dollars, a train ticket and the wedding dress she was wearing. She and her young daughter land in a small Texas town and are offered refuge by widower Michael Wayne. Michael is in need of a caretaker for his children and agrees to consider hiring her. Romance quickly springs up between the two but that is a limited ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Jun 05, 2010 Bluerose's Heart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, romance
If you like contemporary marriage of convenience stories I really think you will like this book. It has romance, of course, and some action. Gracie is the leading lady. She has a daughter, named Hope. On her wedding day, the FBI shows up hunting her fiance, Cid. They suspect him of working with the Mexican cartel. Gracie and Hope are suddenly in great danger. They jump on a train and run. She and her daughter need a new name, so Hope can enroll in school without being discovered. Michael is the ...more
Kathryn
Aug 09, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and I liked it better than the second book. This one had more action with the Mexican drug cartel. Gracie was used to running away from her problems. She ran on her wedding day after two FBI agents were killed in her yard trying to warn her of her fiancee's involvement with the cartel. She was only marrying Cid so Hope, her daughter could have security, but this wasn't what she had in mind. She took the train to Bluebird crossing to escape the danger in San D ...more
Fiona
Jul 13, 2010 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I didn't know, and didn't read the previous two books. From the synopsis of Lonestar Sanctuary and Lonestar Secrets, and judging from Lonestar Homecoming, they are not very related. I have no problem following this one.

Also, I didn't notice that this is a Christian fiction, and I kind of realised it when I was reading, and I'm not a Christian. However, the Christian elements weren't too much, pretty easy to ignore.

I read around 40 pages before my exams, then read from the beginning
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Sarah
When the FBI visit Gracie just before her wedding and she finds herself in the middle of a shoot out she quickly flees with her young daughter Hope. Still wearing her wedding dress and with only $5 and a train ticket to Texas she finds herself in a desperate situation. When Michael finds Gracie he wants to help her and ends up offering her a job looking after his 2 children. Feelings between Gracie & Michael quickly escalate but with Gracie's ex-fiance determined to find her and Michael's li ...more
Yodamom
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A romantic tale of rescue and trust. Gracie runs form her wedding, in he dress with her ver young daughter to start a new life. She is fearful and guilt ridden and does one stupid thing after another IMHO. ( I was shaking my head at her more than once) She is broke has a hungry child and meets a man, Michael, who has just lost his wife and needs help with his home and children. It's a good situation except both of them have a past that wants them to suffer and is not going to d
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Megan Guy
Aug 26, 2014 Megan Guy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Lonestar series I have read (even though it's the 3rd in the series).
I have to say I am glad i picked it up at the library beccause i loved this book. It was fast paced an I loved their live story. I love the family and their talks of God.
I have read Colleen's Aloha Reef series and fell in love with her.
I couldn't get into her Lighthouse series so I was a little nervous for this series but I will be hunting down the rest in this series.
Melanie Clemons
Jan 21, 2013 Melanie Clemons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed this story and thought it was a good read, I am disappointed in the series as a whole. Each book as a stand alone book would be great, but as a series they are like reading three separate versions of the same basic outline. ALL THREE books of the Lonestar series have such similarities in story it makes you wonder if the author is having trouble with new material. All three are women in trouble. All three women have a 5 year old daughter. All three have a medical condition. All th ...more
Jessica Johnson
Jan 29, 2014 Jessica Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read so many historical fiction books in which two people marry for convenience, or because one is a mail-order bride, I'm almost sick of the same old plot...but, I often wondered, how would this work in a contemporary fiction novel? How could you get two people to marry for convenience and fall in love? I think it's more difficult because it is no longer common like it was in the "pioneer days." So, that's exactly what happens in this book, and it was actually believable. I enjoyed it an ...more
Linda
Sep 15, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train in a wedding dress. She has good reason to run. This story kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me up all night to find out what would happen to Gracie and her daughter.
Rayme Allison
May 22, 2014 Rayme Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably my favorite out of the series. It flows better and has a very good balance of love story and intrigue, there never seems to be a lull in the story line. I loved how the biblical side of the story takes an undertone in this book but at every turn you are subtlety reminded of it. I would definitely recommend this book as part of the series or a stand alone. :) It's one I will go back to time and again.
Stephanie Snyder
Colleen Coble has recently become on of my new favorite authors. This book however is my least favorite of her books that I have read.
Teresa Gonzalez
Aug 29, 2016 Teresa Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes characters fall in love a bit fast for my tastes, however, it's a good story. Would make a good movie.
Lori
Apr 09, 2016 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I lost interest 3/4 of the way through the book. I think it was because Gracie kept trying to run away from her problems and I was getting tired of it. Obviously sticking your head in the sand doesn't make difficult situations go away.
Tracy
Dec 25, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick easy read by Coble. Really love her intriguing Christian romance/suspense novels.
Dawn Nicol
Jul 10, 2015 Dawn Nicol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this series! Suspense and romance and a bit of western flair.
Sara
Apr 07, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of, if not my favorite books in this series! I loved the romance Part and the mystery part had me guessing who it was and i was blown away at the end at how everything connected! Great read!
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USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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