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Time for Me to Come Home

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  59 reviews
“It’s funny how going back can get you back to where you belong.
It’s the difference between just a melody and my favorite Christmas song.”

The fireplace is lit, the snow is falling, and sleigh bells echo in the distance—it’s Christmas, and it’s time to come home.

Thirty-five-year-old Heath Sawyer has finally made it to the big-time as a country music star. After a year full
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by NAL
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Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-to-movies
3.5*. Nice Christmas story. Ready to see the Hallmark movie coming this season, oh yeah, and Mr. Blake Shelton's mother did a nice job writing this story. ...more
W.C. Bauers
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the spirit of full disclosure, I work for the publisher and read this in manuscript form. And, I know the co-author too - great guy by the way. And a great writer.

The storyline follows a fiction country superstar named Heath Sawyer who's running from his past by self-medicating (alcohol - for the entire book). Thrasher's novel delicately walks that fine line between casting Sawyer as a sympatheic character while honestly depicting his "punch-drunk" approach to life. In this regard Thrasher n
Nicole R
Ms. Shackleford was heavily inspired by her son when she wrote this book...her son, country music superstar Blake Shelton.

Heath Sawyer is a country music star....superstar. He just finished up his tour by playing to a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden on December 22nd. He is contemplating a trip to someplace hot and secluded for the holiday but is ultimately coerced into going back home to Oklahoma to spend Christmas with his mom and three sisters and their families. The first Christmas sinc
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshare
This review begs the question is there a bad time to read a Christmas book? Obviously, I don't think so. I write this on Valentine's Day Eve. Yet, here I am, writing about a Christmas book. The Hallmark Channel introduced me do this book, interestingly enough. I first saw it as one of the ubiquitous Hallmark Channel Christmas movies that was first Recorded and then replayed in my house during the holiday season. Despite the lack of audio description, (shame, a thousand shames, on the Hallmark Ch ...more
Kelley Blair
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect Christmas read. A cozy fire and a cup of coffee will compliment this wonderful feel good story. I loved the story of Heath and Cara. It's never to late to come home. If you are fortunate enough to realize slowing down is important take action and what better time to do so than at Christmas. The journey can have challenges but there is no place like home and the memories there. I plan to watch the Hallmark movie soon. ...more
Phyllis Swain
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've seen all the movies and decided I needed to read the book. Lots of funny twists and turns that made me laugh! ...more
Jack Vasen
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, romance
Hallmark made this into a movie. I liked the movie better.

I did not like Heath. He is sarcastic to the point of being rude. But worse, he is an alcoholic and does not seem to care even when he is trying to win a girl who obviously doesn't like his drinking. He turns to drinking repeatedly even when things are calm. I'm probably not sympathetic enough with what a celebrity goes through when they are constantly on the road and under the microscope and just need a relief valve, but this man has a p
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every year around this time I pick a Christmas themed book- usually from the romance or chick lit genre to help me to get into the spirit of the holidays. This was my pick for the year and it was a good one.

I liked the premise of the book- musician Heath Sawyer is trying to get home to his mom for Christmas. She called him on the road to tell him was time for him to come home. He promised so he is doing his best to make it home to Oklahoma in time for Christmas. It is in the men's room of the ai
Beth Cutwright
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very easily read book, told in first person of the main character, Heath Sawyer. Heath, a famous country singer heads home for Christmas. He is amused by people recognizing him on occasion and their reactions to their recognition. He tries to be polite, but there are those that could be stalkers in their midst.

As life often does when you're in a hurry.Heath encounters one unbelievable mishap after another on his journey home. In my mind's eye, Heath sounded an awful like Blake Shelton
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I've been intending to read this for a long time. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am a huge Blake Shelton fan. So when I found out that his mother had written a book that was inspired by him and their Christmas song, it automatic fell onto my TBR. That was way back in 2013. Eventually, 6 years later, I saw the movie on Hallmark and I was looking for something Christmas themed to read and I came across the audiobook for this on Scrbid. The narrator does any amazing job with the book. ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Christmas love story

This book is another cute, funny Hallmark Publishing romance- but it's funny too! The best part of this book is that it's actually written by Blake Shelton's mother, Dorothy Shakeford, and the main character is based on the famous country singer and "the Voice" judge. This is a light fun read in which anything that could possibly go wrong on a trip to come home for Christmas does go wrong... but also right at the same time. I recommend it to anyone who wants a fun esc
Linda Cousens
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
The writer was heavily inspired by her son, country music star, Blake Shelton. When I was watching the Voice and Blake mentioned the song and the book that followed as well as a movie with two sequels, I wanted to read the book. I ended up watching the movie first, and much preferred the movie to the book. The main character, Heath Sawyer, is very sarcastic throughout the book. It's a nice Christmas story. ...more
Marilyn Miles
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Always looking for a good Christmas story. This was one.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Just needed small read between bigger books. Out filled the bill for s couple of hours, though I wouldn't go looking for another by this author. Not quite my style. ...more
Melva Clark
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is based on a song by Blake Shelton. It was written by his mother. It is a sweet love story.
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written in the 1st person is a sweet/dad love story. Loved it.
Kristi Lewis
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! It was heartwarming, funny and the perfect story for Christmas! And now it is a movie that I am looking forward to seeing!
Geo Hendrick
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have not heard of the "Hit Song" or any of these people before.
Oh, What a beautiful story! I want someone to fall in love with me like that.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Even more vomit-inducing than Skipping Christmas
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed it. (Even more than the Hallmark movie.) It's a good Christmas book for anyone looking for an enjoyable book to read over the season. I ended up reading it twice. ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A good story..
Kathleen Nalley
Dec 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
While this may have been made into a Hallmark movie, it certainly doesn’t meet the writing standard I require to enjoy a book.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming and humorous ❤️
Judy D Collins
Time for Me to Come Home was a wonderful and magical Christmas story by Dorothy Shackleford (Blake Shelton’s mother) and first novel. The novel is fictional; however, based on holiday memories the Grammy-nominated singer shares with his mom. His mom has written several songs, one of which is a song this novel was based on and appears on Shelton’s Christmas album, “Cheers, Its Christmas.”

Heath Sawyer - 35-year-old country singer from Oklahoma who realizes that he wants to be home for Christmas wh
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well I totally loved this book. It is by the amazing country singer Blake Shelton's mom. Note there is also some amazing anecdotes inspired by his mom Dorothy and Blake of course Love how is mom did her's and how Blake did his. Love how the book was put together so nicely how Dorothy arranged it. Tale of singer whom is trying to get home for Christmas but has a few challenges during a snow storm airplane issues, train issues, lots of different things he meets another lady from the beginning who ...more
Jenn O'Brien
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: holiday-books
As much as I love Christmas books, this one just felt sluggish. The storyline was easy enough to follow and the Murphy's Law of travel during the holidays is one that many of us can relate to. The best way to summarize this story is: planes, trains and automobiles with a country singer.

My main issue with this book was the disconnection. There were two pages that I'm still trying to figure out. Was the main character dreaming? If so, this was never explained in the book. And why add a dream seque
Matthew Murphy
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had originally chosen this book because it was written by Blake Shelton's mother, who co-wrote the song by the same name on his 2012 Christmas album. I am so happy I did!

The story was a great mixture of Planes, Trains and Automobiles mixed with It Happened One Night. The story reminds us of the importance of family and true friends, especially in the rush and chaos of our lives.

I will admit my thoughts are slightly biased since I am entering my first holiday season without my grandmother but
Suzy Manning
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: misc
Absolutely fantastic. Don't usually buy hardbacks, but saw this on the clearance table for less than paperback and couldn't resist a Christmas book by Blake Shelton's mother. The story is based on Shelton's Christmas hit song The story starts with star playing Madison Square Garden on the 23rd of December, then trying to make it back to Oklahoma by Christmas. There is woman he meats on the plane who shares his adventure. There are flight delays, a snow storm, a train wreck, people who help, and ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Kirkus Reviews said it all: "Nothing great or earth shattering, but a sweet, if clichéd, romantic Christmas tale that will warm some hearts."

The author is the mother of country music singer Blake Shelton, and the story is based on the song by the same name, written by Shelton and Shackleford. Had I realized that, I might have been less enthused to buy this book. I have Blake's Christmas album, "Cheers, It's Christmas", and I usually skip that track.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
i didn't realize this was by Blake Shelton's mom until I started to read it. I was looking for a nice Christmas themed book to kick off Christmas spirit. I'm so glad I found this one. I'm not too familiar with the song is based on but I've since listened to the song once I started into the book. I couldn't help but internalize Blake's voice as I was reading Heath's story. I really enjoyed this book -it mixed humor w/ a deeper moral to the story. ...more
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