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Home for Christmas

(Shores of Indian Lake #12)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Can a magical Christmas under glass…

…bring them back together for good?

Widowed dad Adam Masterson still doesn’t understand why Joy Boston left Indian Lake and broke his heart all those years ago. Now she’s returned to sell her grandfather’s beloved poinsettia greenhouse—and Joy and Adam’s connection is as strong as ever. But Joy has a life in New York. And Adam has only un
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Published November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I always love a visit to the fictional shores of Indian Lake, especially at Christmastime. Lanigan has created a charming town with endearing characters and heartwarming stories, where the definitions of ‘friend’ and ‘family’ are nearly synonymous. At Christmas, that dividing line is even thinner, and of course the intriguing Mrs. Beabots is at the heart of it all.

Home for Christmas is a sweet story of second chances at first loves, and the exploration of home and family is truly touching. Adam
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Another hit by one of my favorite heart warming authors! Lanigan has done it! Once again, she has created a Hallmark worthy story for readers. Every page turn pulled me farther into the story, and help me captive until the very end.

I absolutely love traveling to Indian Lake and seeing the beautiful scenery and wonderful characters. Lanigan uses vivid detail and wonderful depictions of the town and those that inhabit it, and it creates a wonderful Holiday image for the reader. Joy and Adam's char
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Home for Christmas set a beautiful scene for the upcoming holidays for me as I read it. This second chance love story had such heart ad a great setting. I liked Joy, Adam, and Titus and felt sorry for both Joy and Adam and the various hurts and insecurities they carried from the past. They were definitely attracted to each other again immediately, yet I could see that their past history as friends was as strong as their feelings for each other.

This was a very heartwarming story and was lots of f
Suzie Waltner
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This settles it. I want to live in Indian Lake surrounded by friends who show up, a mentor like Mrs. Beabots, and the romance that permeates the town.

Joy thought her life was exactly what she wanted but when she returns to town, she discovers more to the town than what her grieving and angry heart left without a backward glance. And, of course, right in the middle of all of it stands her first love.

With Adam’s persistence, an adorable and intelligent miniature Adam (his son), friends who step up
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Shores of Indian Lake (Book #12)
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Prism Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Home for Christmas by Catherine Lanigan is a sweet romantic book set in this beautiful town. 
Is Joy going to keep to her plan?
Joy Boston
Joy Boston has been away from Indian Falls for a decade and is only back to bury her last family member. She is an accountant and works at a big firm in New York. Joy gets back to town and finds a whole lot of thing
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Joy left Indian Lake a decade ago a d hasn’t looked back, except to fly her grandfather to New York to be with her on Thanksgiving. But after his passing away, Joy had no choice but to go back and plan his funeral and take care of business. She wasn’t really expecting to spend time with her high school sweetheart Adam.

Home for Christmas was just the right book to get me in the mood for Christmas. I really enjoyed following Joy and her friends as they prepared to reopen t
Ruth Hill
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 beautifully-composed, sweet romance with no offensive content. In fact, if you love Christmas rom-coms that appear on the Hallmark Channel every year, this is the book for you. This is just like a Hallmark Christmas movie, except it's even better!

I realize and accept the fact that from the outset, this is a predictable romance. Yes, sh
Carole Jarvis
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

There’s something special about Home for Christmas by Catherine Lanigan, making it an instant connection for me. Maybe I’m guilty of romanticizing small-town stories and coming home to family, but I never seem to tire of them. Adam and Joy’s story is one of reconnecting and building on a past foundation, as well as working to save a beloved family business belonging to Joy’s grandfather. I’m new to the Indian Lake series and suspect a few sec
Nicole Smith
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday
I really loved this book. If you are looking for a book to get you into the holiday spirit look no further. This one did get me a little teary eyed in the beginning because it is sad. This book gave me plenty of heart and feels. It's also a great second chance romance. Joy for me needed this journey back to Indian Lake. Revisit her tragic past to look beneath the surface of of a young girl's perspective to see what truly was there. Adam's little bit Titus is a sweetheart. He was hands down my fa ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home in time for the Holidays but not how Joy wanted it to be.
With the death of a family member she had to drop everything and fly home to take care of everything.
In the process she runs into Adam and his young son whom I fell in love with immediately!! Why you ask? Because he reminds me of my own son who can do anything that Titus could do. Although Titus is 6 and Michael is close to 18 but still you know? It made wonder where he got his smarts and talent.
But anyway, I loved loved this story o
Rachel DeVaughn
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love holiday books and I have read other books by this author so I was excited to read this book.This story is book 12 in the "Shores of Indian Lake" series but they can be read as stand alone books. I have only read one other book in this series and I really enjoyed it!

Joy returns to Indian Lake after receiving news about her Grandfather. Joy hadn't been back since her parents had passed away because of all the memories, including leaving Adam behind. Joy has a hard time temporarily leaving
Harlie Williams
By now, yall are probably sick of me singing the praises of the Heartwarming line by Harlequin. Too bad because Ms. Lanigan has proven time again how much I love this line and especially Ms. Lanigan. What is there not to love about Indian Shores? You have the town resident, Ms. Beabots that drips in Chanel and seems to be the town matchmaker, to all of the other characters that have had their stories told, Joy and Adam were a welcome addition. This is a second chance romance that had a bit of sa ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, other-reviews
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a Hallmark Movie in print- full of adorable moments, swoony (clean) romance, and small-town charm. Joy Boston has been living in NYC since she went to college, leaving her grandfather and boyfriend at the time behind. She never wanted to return to the small town after her parents' deaths and left pretty much everything, except her grandfather, behind.

When her grandfather unexpectedly dies, Joy lives her high-powered job and coworker/fiance (more coworker than fiance) behind
Cathy Cermele
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every single time I read a novel set in Indian Lake, I can easily imagine residing there. It sounds like such a charming place where friends and neighbors rally around each other, even when a person feels underserving of it.
Joy Boston receives a warm and welcoming homecoming when she returns to her hometown after having been away for so long. She is surrounded by old friends who want to help her with reviving her beloved grandfather's poinsettia greenhouse. To be honest, I have never been a fan
C.E. Hart
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love the joyous Christmas spirit. Home for Christmas stirs that spirit, and has me yearning for the holidays.

Joy and Adam have a history in Indian Lake, but she left it long ago after painful events in her life made it too difficult to remain there. Adam stayed in Indian Lake and did the best he knew how, making a life for himself with the townsfolk that became his makeshift family. When their paths meet up again, they’re both a little surprised that the sparks, the dreams, and the emo
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prism-book-tours
I don’t read as much pure romance as I’d like to. I just don’t seem to have the time and I really do love a good suspense novel. But when you find a romance as good as this one (and the whole series really) you just have to keep reading!

Home for Christmas will keep you reading. It will feel like you just sat down with a good friend and before you know it, the whole book is over and you’re still longing for more time to chat.

Little Titus stole my heart. All the love eyes for that little one as h
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who knew coming back home would be so hard? Joy Boston's grandfather has passed away and she needs to leave her life in New York to make arrangements and sell his home and greenhouse. Home to Joy is not a place she wants to come back to. She has avoided going back home for so long, that when she finally returns to settle her grandfather's affairs- she finds out her grandfather was keeping a few things from her.

Joy's parents were killed in an auto accident in her hometown so as soon as she could
Lynn Brooks
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet holiday romance to warm your heart! With book twelve in her beloved Shores of Indian Lake series, Catherine Lanigan brings us the story of widowed single dad Adam and his high school sweetheart who has just returned to Indian Lake for the first time since she broke his heart a decade ago.

Joy catches the reader's attention quickly as we learn that her beloved grandfather has passed and it's up to her to return home to the town she swore she'd never step foot into again to sell the poinset
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Catherine but it won’t be my last. Beside sharing a name, and thus automatically qualifying as awesome, she has a talent for weaving a sweet story with just enough depth to keep the characters growing throughout.

While I wish Joy would’ve come around more quickly, I also think that so radically changing her life wouldn’t come easily, making the timeline of the book more realistic. I was also frustrated by how long she held onto her anger, but it provides some necessary t
Darlene Fredette
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. Book twelve of the Shores of Indian Lake is a perfect holiday read. If you are a fan of this series or a new-comer, you’ll love stepping into this quaint little town and you won’t want to leave. Joy returns after the passing of her grandfather and she is set on selling his greenhouse and returning to New York. But after rekindling her friendship with Adam, and the rest of her childhood friends, she is wrapped up in the warmth of being home. There are so many wonderful scenes in this s ...more
Dale Rogers
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Lanigan's romance, Home for Christmas, brings to mind decisions and regrets, as well as tragedy and second chances. And as we follow the journey Joy Boston makes back to her hometown after the death of her grandfather, we get a sense of how difficult second-chance decisions can be.

Taking a temporary leave of her career and fiance in New York and being reunited with her high school boyfriend, Adam Masterson, Joy is already experiencing mixed emotions, and striving to revive the old gree
Alyson  L
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What is it about these wonderful heartfelt, Hallmark-ish Holiday stories that always have me becoming a puddle of happy goo by the end of the tale every time I read or watch them? HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, written by Catherine Lanigan is overflowing that feeling in the town of Indian Lake. As is often the case in her heartwarming tales, I loved the detailing of both the characters and scenery to draw me into the story. Joy and Adam's story, a second chance romance, is one of my favorite tropes. Their ...more
Hallie Szott
Travel to Indian Lake for a sweet, second-chance romance this Christmas.

To sell her grandfather’s poinsettia greenhouse, Joy Boston returns to the town she left so long ago. Of course, she cannot return without crossing paths with her first love Adam Masterson—and his adorable, clever son Titus. Her life may no longer be in Indian Lake, but Adam determines to show her that it is still her home (with him). Is there enough Christmas magic to keep her from leaving again?

Catherine Lanigan’s Home for
Cathleen (Woven From Words)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home For Christmas is a touching story that involves matters of the heart and community. Joy Boston returns to Indian Lake after suffering the loss of her grandfather. Her task is to sort the affairs of her grandfather’s greenhouses, a timeless staple of her youth during the holidays. Adam Masterson, an old flame from Joy’s past, aids her in restoring the greenhouses to its previous stellar condition. Joy’s life in New York is fast paced, but Adam and the community at Indian Lake show her the se ...more
Toth Jo-Ann
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I'm not much of a christmas story person but I enjoyed the plot of the story. Its a story of rediscovery. When Joy Boston left she was hurting in so many ways. She left Adam Masterson behind and her grandfather. Now losing him, she was on a road that gives the author alot of different roads to travel. I really like how she develops the story for its a chance to reconnect with the past. Its a well written story and a great second chance romance. I love Adam's son. The description she uses gives m ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home for Christmas is the twelfth installment from Catherine Lanigan’s great series, Shores of Indian Lake. I loved this magical tale! It was great returning back to Indian Lake. I loved how the town has turned into a beautiful winter wonderland. It was great getting to know Adam and Joy. It was so heartwarming to learn some fabulous lessons of moving on and learning where one belongs.

I am giving Home for Christmas a very well deserved five plus stars. It is most definitely a must to add to any
Janice Sisemore
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Home for Christmas

Joy gets a call that her Grandfather passed away. He had a poinsettia greenhouse but she didn’t know he had to quit doing it. While she is home they decide to get it going again.

Adam is an widower with a young son. He is also a very good friend from Joy’s past. Will they be able to reconnect?

I loved Adam’s young son Titus. He was such a enjoyable character.

The book has so much meaning to it. There is lessons we can learn. Especially one concerning her grandfather.

I receive
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feeling depressed about having to stay at home, I picked up this book for something completely different. Reading this book transported me from a place of isolation to the warm embrace of the holidays in a close-knit small town. Hallmark Channel, are you listening? This is a Christmas story that can be enjoyed anytime of year.
Kate Vale
Another Shores of Indian Lake installment, in which Adam Masterson is thrilled when Joy Boston comes home, even though it's the death of her beloved grandfather that prompts her return. But will she stay?

She says 'no;' all she wants to do is sell the greenhouses and his house and scamper back to NYC and her fiance. But that's not what Adam wants and he sets out to show Joy what she's been missing during those years when she wasn't in Indian Lake. And his charming son, Titus, is all in! So, too,
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Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanig ...more

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