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A Family for Jason

(Back to Bluestone River #1)

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4.48  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  17 reviews
She’s not home for keeps

Unless he proves first love is forever

Bluestone River is a minefield of memories for Mike Abbot—all involving Ruby Driscoll. Twenty years after scandal divided them, they’re both back in their hometown. Ruby’s visit is strictly temporary. But as she uses her trauma expertise to help his vulnerable son, Mike faces what his heart has always known. Rub
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming Larger Print
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Ruth Hill
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, this is a clean romance in every sense of the word. Nothing offensive in any way. In fact, at first, I thought it might be too tame and clean for me to connect with the story and characters. Boy, was I wrong!

This book has everything the reader wants in a romance and more. A struggling small town. The reunification of high school sweethearts. A sw
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Andrea
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Sigh. Virginia McCullough knocks it out of the park again with this clean romance that is the first in her new series. Ruby and Mike had been high school sweethearts, until horrific tragedies separated them from each other and from the small town they had so dearly loved while growing up. Modern day difficult times, about 20 years later, have brought them both back home, neither one realizing that the other is there. It's a great foundation for a second chance romance.

The pain that the
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Hallie Szott
Aug 23, 2019 marked it as reviewed
The start to Virginia McCullough’s Back to Bluestone River series, A Family for Jason delivers a sweet story of returning home and second chances. It’s a perfect read for any reader in the mood for heartwarming contemporary romance.

Once high-school sweethearts, Ruby Driscoll and Mike Abbot are separated by twenty years and the lingering effects of tragedy and scandal they still can’t shake. But now, as they each return to their hometown, unbeknownst to the other, it is time to face the past—and
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Amy
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Virginia McCullough’s newest release, A Family for Jason. It begins the series Back to Bluestone River. I enjoyed this story of learning to forgive, moving on and having second chances. Mike Abbot and Ruby Driscoll find themselves back in Bluestone River, where they ended their prior relationship twenty years earlier. Unresolved feelings and trauma force them to bond once again. Only, Ruby does not plan to stay and Mike wishes she would.
I give A Family for Jason four stars. I recommend
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
A Family for Jason is everything you want the first book in a new series to be. You’ll care about the characters – both main and supporting – and you’ll become invested in this struggling town and all the possibilities for future books. A little humor, a lot of heart, and some healing too all make for an engaging read from start to finish.

Ruby and Mike have a past that could have been a great future, had a mutually-shared tragedy not driven them apart. Coming home again is bittersweet for both,
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Suzie Waltner
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A homecoming to a dying town, first loves reunited, and a precious little boy make Virginia McCullough’s A Family for Jason a book you don’t want to miss.

Ruby has returned to Bluestone River to care for her best friend. Painful memories surround her as much as the picturesque Illinois countryside. Tragedy and scandal forced her to flee years ago. The last person she expects to run into is the man who experienced the same loss and shock she did on that same night.

McCullough introduces readers to
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Carole Jarvis
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Family for Jason, book #1 in Virginia McCullough’s Back to Bluestone River series, is a sweet romance with an appealing setting and characters that are easy to connect with. I enjoyed this fulfilling, heartwarming story and look forward to all that is to come in the series.

A Family for Jason is all about the Bluestone River, a prairie town in central Illinois. The author conveys this setting beautifully – lake, covered bridge, small-town sh
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOKMy Rating 5 Stars

Bluestone River is the beautiful setting of this new book, A FAMILY FOR JASON BY Virginia McCullough. Ruby Driscoll I’d back inner home town only until her beat friend heals from her surgery. Then its another job in another city anywhere she can find a pace to work. But Michael (Mike) Abbot moved back to stay, hoping to help his small son from issues he I’d having. And neither knows the other is back, that is, until they accidentally run into each other.
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Kathryn Cooper
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Family for Jason is full of real life. Every one of us goes through trials throughout our lives. This book cuts deep and is real.

Ruby and Mike are in their late 30s and find themselves pushed back to Bluestone River, their home town. The story goes into the past with Ruby and Mike’s life as teenagers falling in love. Their memories of each other are so precious. But terrible things had happened which emotionally scarred both of them away from their home and each other. I love how they get to b
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Toth Jo-Ann
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This is a well written book dealing with a touchy issue of adultry done by 2 parents. It caused alot of pain for 2 people Mike Abott and Ruby Driscoll. It was the elephant in the room that drove them apart. I like how Virginia wrote this book for 2 people who really loved each other were driven apart by what their parents did. I like how Virginia brings them back them together. Ruby is a expert on trauma and Mike is trying to find his feet as a lawyer back in their hometown with his son who has ...more
Nicole Smith
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heartwarming
I like a single dad romance and this one had plenty of heart. This is also a great second chance romance. Ruby and Mike's life they planned in high school changed in a blink of an eye. Now years later fate has brought them back to their hometown. Mike's son will grab your heart strings. His past is heartbreaking, but his journey through out this book will lift your heart. The ending was perfect and brought a tear to my eye. This is a book you can easily fall into and just want to gobble up. Both ...more
Janice Sisemore
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Mike just recently got custody of his son. Jason mother passed away. It was so hard for Jason that he quit talking.

Ruby came back in town to help Emma. She and Mike have a history, and something happened that drove them apart. Will they ever be able to get past it?

I loved Emma dog. Peach helped Jason so much. Books with children and dogs are always enjoyable to read — nothing like the healing power of a dog.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This book review is
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Pam Jackson-gorsline
This was a sad story that had a good ending. The characters were well described and interesting. Though so much time was lost in sadness for wrongs they didn't commit. Why did it take them 20 years to see what happened? They were well educated and career minded but they couldn't get past they age of 17 emotionally. Sad.
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Amy
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about two high school sweethearts who were destined to be together but let something terrible disrupt and end all of their plans. Without giving too much information, the situation that dissolved their romance was pretty bad and understandably maybe they should have taken a break for a little while. Unfortunately, that little while was 20 years.

Both Mike and Ruby have come to their hometown again and coincidentally, around the same time. Mike has come back to help his little boy wh
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Lynn Brooks
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Family for Jason is the first book in Virginia McCullough's brand new Back to Bluestone River series and centers around reunited first loves, a lawyer and a crisis specialist as they each return to their hometown twenty years after the tragedy that tore them apart.

The characters were intriguing from the start, but slow to develop as secrets from the past were held a bit up in the air for a good chunk of the book. Ruby was a bit hard to like because it seemed she wanted to bury her head in the
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Rachel DeVaughn
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this sweet romance story involving Mike, Ruby and Jason. I loved reading about their town and their high school memories and growing up. It was so tragic how a past mistake affected so many lives for so many years.

I loved reading how Mike and Ruby try to help Jason with his traumatic past and examples with how therapy was working and the things they did as parents/adults to help a child cope with loss.

Great story line, great characters, clean romance... I can't wait to read more about
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A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels ...more

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