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Lewis Family #1

I'll Be Home

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I’ll Be Home: What could be worse than being laid off right before the holidays? For Starr Lewis that would include returning home jobless, single, and, oh yeah, just in time to attend her sister’s wedding on Christmas Eve… to Starr’s ex-boyfriend. In the midst of it all, her brother’s best friend soon has her wondering if she can take another chance on love.

Part of the book: All is Bright with three other authors

132 pages, Paperback

Published October 22, 2019

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Toni Shiloh

51 books1,101 followers
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and an award-winning Christian contemporary romance author. A native of Texas, she now lives in northern Virginia. Learn more at http://tonishiloh.com.

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Profile Image for Rebekah Morris.
Author 116 books219 followers
December 13, 2021
Having read Gabe’s story, I was eager to read a story about another Lewis sibling. Starr was sweet and I sympathized with her feelings of being the odd member of the siblings as the last born. I liked Waylon and his care of Starr and his friendship with Noel. Angel was awful! I wanted to talk some sense into her, but she learned eventually.
While this story takes place in December, and there were some Christmasy things going on, I felt as though Christmas was just a setting for everything else and not an important part of the story.
I liked that the main characters do pray over things and are willing to do the right thing.
While I liked the relationship between Waylon and Starr, I didn’t like all the kisses. They weren’t usually descriptive, but there were so many that it bothered me.
Profile Image for Aminata Coote.
Author 20 books34 followers
September 15, 2021
Beautiful 😍

Starr went home for Christmas with trepidation: her sister was marrying her ex-boyfriend and she was the only unemployed person among her parents five children. When she sees Waylon, her brother's best friend, feelings she never expected are stirred.

I liked the relationship that developed between Waylon and Starr. Their banter was sweet and at times hilarious. But what I liked most of all was that he saw her. Her family didn't always and it was a little sad for Starr sometimes because she didn't seem to have a place among them.

Waylon helped her carve out a space for herself among her family members and she began to realize that they did love her.

There's a theme of forgiveness running through this book as Starr struggled to forgive her sister, Angel. Readers will be reminded that God gives us enough grace to do hard things. He also helps us to make the right choices when we invite Him to be a part of our decision-making process.
Profile Image for Ebos Aifuobhokhan.
542 reviews57 followers
April 21, 2020
Leave it to Toni to wrap your heart with love and real life lessons.
A wonderful story of moving forward and trusting God with the outcome of life and with a Christmas theme to make it all the more enjoyable.
The story around Starr and Waylon will keep you glued to this book and bring to mind the precious gift of Christmas.

I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.
Profile Image for Lila Diller.
Author 12 books43 followers
October 11, 2020
Cute, but cheesy and needed proofing.

I liked the hero and heroine, but I hated how proud the hero was of his “smooth talking.” I don't trust smooth-talking guys; they're so fake and/or working toward an ulterior motive.

I liked most of the family dynamics, except for the sister. She was unbelievably one-dimensional, completely awful until right at the end. I liked that all the siblings were named after Christmas words, but I don't think Noel is a man's name—at least, if it's pronounced Noelle like the “First Noel.”

Favorite quotes:
“Kelly Clarkson's rendition of 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' crooned through the speakers. Starr shook her head at the unnecessary reminder...” (chapter 1, p. 7)

“She exuded the air of a socialite, while Starr embodied... Home. He blinked. Obviously, the holidays had put him in a nostalgic mood.” (chapter 2, p. 19)

“I don't need her to apologize in order to forgive. She winced, because forgiving Angel had never been high on her priority list.” (chapter 13, p. 101)

“'I don't deserve forgiveness.' 'None of us ever do.'” (chapter 15, p. 114)
Profile Image for Vickie Jameson.
247 reviews14 followers
March 1, 2021
Nice Story

I'll Be Home is a sweet, clean read. I enjoyed the story line and look forward to reading more books by this author.
11 reviews
January 20, 2021
Good book

I love the book. Starr and Waylon was an adorable couple. Angel and Alton did Starr so wrong. I love the ending. I can't wait to read the next book in the Lewis Family series.
764 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2021
God's love

When Starr came home she had no idea what she would find there. She not only found the courage to write but an unexpected love. Waylon was lonely missing his mother and sister while trying to keep his mother's store open but he got an unexpected surprise.
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690 reviews8 followers
September 6, 2020

Being the baby of the family, Starr hides her true feelings and desires as she tries to live up to her families expectations or at least what she thinks is expected.
The unexpected romance between Starr and Waylon was fun!❤ His cheesy lines had me grinning and groaning.
I loved the faith and forgiveness also the struggles with forgiveness.
I look forward to reading more Lewis Family stories!
*Now, on a completely different note. I normally love all of this authors characters but there is one person in this story that I cannot stand! Is it wrong to hope that other readers will too? 😉
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422 reviews14 followers
December 15, 2021
I'll Be Home by Toni Shiloh

This story of forgiveness and love made me love the Lewis family. I love Waylon’s Christmas store and Starr’s new career. We have a glass ornament that reminds me of the ice sculptures that they visited as well as the nativity one.

4 stars

Profile Image for Melissa Henderson.
Author 8 books148 followers
September 10, 2020
A sweet, heartwarming story filled with love, faith and Christmas joy. Author Toni Shiloh continues to write the most wonderful stories. Great read.
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Author 4 books17 followers
December 18, 2020
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This is Toni Shiloh's first book in the Lewis family series. I really liked the fact that she started out by telling the story of the baby of the family first. Recently unemployed, Starr does not want to return home a failure. The fact that her sister is about to marry her ex-boyfriend does not help. But then her brother brings his best friend, Waylon, home for dinner. (Maybe being back in town might be alright after all.) First Starr has to survive the wedding. Then she has to determine whether she wants to go back to the big city. Waylon has to decide if he wants to keep operating his Mom's Christmas store, or if he wants to find a new dream. Then they both have to decide if a relationship is worth it.

I enjoyed this sweet romance by Toni Shiloh. I look forward to reading more in this series.
159 reviews
January 1, 2021
A sweet Christmas novella. My first read by this author. Very enjoyable!
312 reviews
June 15, 2021
Such an enjoyable book. I thoroughly loved Starr and Waylon's story. The family dynamics were complicated but God's love proved to be simple and just what they all needed. Thank you, Ms. Shiloh, for sharing your gift and God's word with all of us.
654 reviews11 followers
August 31, 2020
Sweet Christian romance

This was a sweet Christian and Christmas romance that I enjoyed. I liked getting to see a culture other than my own. I would rate it PG for kissing.
31 reviews
November 11, 2021
Loved it!

I loved that you didn't make this all about sex. It was a wholesome story that warmed the soul and kept true to the message. I also wanted to know what happened to Ashton. Also, just a note, there was a missing pronoun in the second sentence.
426 reviews
August 24, 2021
Loved it

Great story of family love and how we can feel unloved in a family but be loved
The author gave us a family of relatable characters and made us laugh and cry for them as the storyline progresses
Very enjoyable
Ready to read book two in the Lewis family series
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2,683 reviews7 followers
August 22, 2020
Clean, wholesome and inspirational story. Starr is a great character, the situation with her sister is....a shock factor. The Lewis family seems huge and I did get lost in the crowd a little bit in the beginning but that didn't last long. Waylon's instant attraction to her broke through a lot of barriers for Starr. He listened to her, supported her decisions whatever they were and made her think, which lead them both to remember to pray about all their pondering life and career decisions. Very encouraging story, I hope to read more about the other siblings in the Lewis' family.
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461 reviews1 follower
January 23, 2021
A good, fluffy, Christmas read.

I really liked this story. A cute brother's best friend romance. Starr and Waylon have a spark of attraction after not seeing each other for a few years. Waylon sees that his best friend's little sister isn't so little anymore and he's quite interested in her. Luckily she's interested in him too and they have the blessing from the rest of her family. These two are so cute. I loved their romance and the openness of it. Starr shares her "secrets" with Waylon early on and she kept him in the loop about things. They go on dates and hangout together throughout the book. I loved their interactions and time together. So sweet and realistic. Such a great book for the Christmas season. And the epilogue was so cute!

There is a Christian aspect to this book. Mostly in the characters praying and contemplating the reason for the season.
221 reviews1 follower
November 24, 2020
This book is a good clean Christian book. Starr is the baby of the family. she gets layer off from her job but she doesn't want to tell her family. She find unexpected romance with her brother's friend Waylon. I loved the faith and forgiveness in the book. God is always with you.
Profile Image for Robinett Versey.
192 reviews
June 1, 2021
The Right Love

Starr and Waylon’s was ordained by God. Angel was totally wrong for committing to arrogant Ashton without apologizing because sister love should be stronger. Shiloh is great with creating strong family ties. I have enjoyed every book. One question, why did Ashton speak so lowly of Starr? That really irked my whole being! Above all, bless and thank you for writing and putting God first.
Profile Image for Necee.
359 reviews
August 7, 2020

Beautiful, heartwarming, “I’ll Be Home” met all those happy Christmas romance feels. I loved the sense of family, healing, coming home, and finding your happily ever after. Shiloh always draws our hearts to the true meaning of Christmas, faith, and family, and the romance of it all.

I received this book in a giveaway by the author. I’m sharing my honest opinion. It was heartwarming and inspirational, just what I needed!
Profile Image for Kay.
438 reviews6 followers
October 13, 2020
I enjoyed this book a lot and I hope there are more to come in this series.
46 reviews1 follower
November 4, 2020
A sweet story

Some of the characters could have used more depth, but this was a very sweet story. I would have loved to see the villain in the story confronted with his actions.
58 reviews
December 30, 2021
Making Assumptions

Loved the story. We all make assumptions. Families will have their issues but love usually shines through in the end. Starr assumed her family would think less of her with her job loss. Angel thought Starr was jealous. The Lewis brothers had different stances on working in the family business. It proves that things are better when you get clarification. The quiet love story was icing on the cake.
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84 reviews
October 3, 2020
Christmas Love

What a beautiful Christmas Love story, I believe Starr came home at the right time it made her realize her true passion is writing. I knew Ashton was off the Starr stated that her was marrying him. Waylon is perfectly made for Starr everything happened in God's timing. Ms.Toni I love your books can't wait to read the next one.
Profile Image for Anne.
457 reviews14 followers
July 29, 2020
Super cute and fun Christmas story!!! It was light enough to be easily read in a short amount of time but deep enough to cause me to examine my own faith. I really enjoy this writers authenticity she brings to the table. I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.
44 reviews
January 6, 2022
Lovely read

This year a few Christmas books popped up as suggestions to read. I started doing a little research and came across this lovely author. I will be reading this entire series! Keep them coming!!!!
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