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An Alaskan Twin Surprise (Home to Owl Creek Book 2)

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The family he was supposed to have…

His runaway bride is back…

With twins!

The last person Gabriel Lawson expects to find in town is Rachel Marshall—especially with twin toddlers in tow. Gabriel refuses to risk his heart again on the woman who left him at the altar years ago. But working to renovate her mother’s house means he must spend time with Rachel and her adorable twin
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2020 by Love Inspired
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Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
5 stars. This book is a second chance romance and it deals a lot with forgiveness and letting go of fear that gets in the way of you living your life. It was all so well done. I loved both main characters and found them both to be relatable. Rachel only wanted what was best for everyone around her, sometimes at her own expense. She also had some trauma and fears that she couldn’t seem to move past. Gabriel was a sweetheart who’d been hurt. He wanted to make things work but anger kept getting in ...more
Bree Hill
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'll be chatting about my thoughts on this one this upcoming Saturday with my friend's Sarah and Chloe, on Chloe's Youtube channel, Always Booked.
This is my first Love Inspired, Harlequin romance and I liked it. I am definitely interested in reading more from Belle Calhoune. I have seen reviews from readers who felt this one was "preachy" but I didn't get that vibe though there are a lot of references to faith in the story. I didn't think it was overdone, you're just reading from the perspective
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Brittany
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story, packed full of emotion! The two main characters, Gabriel and Rachel were both very likable characters and I felt for both of them as they tried to work through their feelings and see if they could get along while Rachel was home to take care of her sick mother.

It was easy to see that these two characters still cared for each other, yet there were huge obstacles to finding a happily-ever-after. There was apologizing to be done, forgiveness to give, hurt to put behind them,
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Victoria Bylin
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Twins, the state of Alaska, airplanes and a truly loving hero . . . this was a delightful Memorial Day Weekend read.
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

This book was so adorable. It's an inspirational romance with a lot of talk of faith within the story, but I didn't feel like it was overdone at all.

This is also a second chance romance, which is a favorite trope of mine and I really enjoyed the relationship between Gabe and Rachel.

A perfect small town romance, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
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Kav
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo! Calhoune takes us back to Alaska in her second Owl Creek novel. And isn't that cover divine? Babies to smoosh and that loving gaze between the hero and heroine -- absolutely toe-curling. I'd buy it just on the cover's merit but Belle Calhoune is an auto-buy author for me too.

So, what happens when the runaway bride returns three years later? A lot of heart tugging angst, that's what! Especially since she's toting along twin one-year-olds. Tongues are wagging in this small Northern town an
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Connie Saunders
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would you want to read a story that has one young woman who fled town several years ago, a mother who is battling cancer, and a man who was left at the alter with no explanations as to why. What about the complication of returning to a small town with twin daughters but no husband in tow? Do you still want to read it? Well, you should because it would be a wonderful Christian romance that could have only been written by Belle Calhoune!

If you are looking for Christian romance with a theme of forg
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Heather Pickett
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rachel is back in Owl Creek to take care of her mother. Gabriel is the man renovating her mom’s house. He’s also the man Rachel left just days before their wedding three years prior. He doesn’t expect to see her again, and he certainly doesn’t expect to see she has twins!
Gabriel is determined to keep his heart closed. Rachel is hoping there will be forgiveness so they can peacefully co-exist. But can they do more than just “co-exist”? Can they learn to love and trust again? To come together...as
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Nancy
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed going back to Owl Creek. Gabriel was in book one of this series. I’m so glad we got his story. I can’t imagine the emotions a man who’s left at the altar would be and then she comes back with twins. The author does a good job in articulating those feelings well. We didn’t want to like Rachel, because we heard about her in book 1. However, she proved to be a likable character. The reasons behind her leaving are revealed here as well. Honesty with one another is good and so is for ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
I thought this book was really charming and really sweet. I love a second chance romance and this one did not disappoint. I loved the faith based element and the fact that it was all clean. The only thing I didn't love about this book is how short it is, but thats true for all of the Harlequin love inspired. I wanted more from the story and more from the couple to push it into 5 star territory, but overall I really enjoyed this! It made you think about what you would do for love. Can it overcome ...more
Melissa
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: li-suspense-read
"An Alaskan Twin Surprise;" by Belle Calhoune is no surprise another winner! I'm so excited to visit Owl Creek, Alaska. This is book 2 in her Home to Owl Creek series! The first book is, "Her Alaskan Secret Family."
Rachel Marshall has returned to her hometown of Owl Creek to take care of her ailing mom. She is not alone, though. She brings one year old twin daughters with her. This comes as a surprise to everyone in her small hometown especially Gabriel Lawson. Her one time fiancé she left two
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Shannon
I enjoyed the second-chance relationship element of this book, the chemistry was there and I think their was lots of believable communication (good and bad!) as well as processing of emotions, all of which was good. For me the relationship was the star of the show.

This was my first foray into Christian romance, and although it wasn't heavy handed or preachy, it was ever present the novel in terms of a source of inspirations, what guided decisions, etc. and I think that's just not for me. I thin
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Berna
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
2,5 stars rounded up to 3.
liked some parts of the romance but I think Christian Romance is too preachy for me. I like subtle hints about the goodness we should do/think.
I am glad I read it though because I wanted to explore new subgenres in my reading and I got my answer ;)
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Alaskan Twin Surprise (Home to Owl Creek Book 2)
By ;Belle Calhoune
224 pages
Publication date: May 1, 2020
Publisher: Love Inspired
5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

⭐My Review⭐
Belle Calhoune’s new book, An Alaskan Twin Surprise is a sweet romantic read filled with lovable realistic characters and is everything a sweet romance should be.

It is the second book in the Home to Owl Creek series and the story of Rachel Marshall and Gabriel Lawson. Both captured my heart, along with those adorable infant twin girls.The last p
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Elizabeth Fiscus
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! This book brought out so many emotions!

Rachel Marshall comes back to her hometown to take care of her terminally ill mother. She left three years prior, a mere couple of days before she was supposed to get married. Now she is back with toddler twins, trying to do what is right by helping out her mother.

Gabriel Lawson was once engaged to Rachel and it took him a very long time to get over her leaving without an explanation. Nothing can prepare him for seeing her again...and her g
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Valri Western
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book's main focus is about forgiveness and that is a great test in this story! Rachel left Gabriel at the altar years ago. How do you get over something like that? All your hopes and dreams were shattered on that day and in that act. Suddenly he opens and door one day and there stands Rachel, in his hometown and everything comes rushing back to him...the betrayal, the pain, the anguish. He can't do this again! But he's renovating her mother's house and that means he'll be seeing Rachel - AN ...more
Cynthia
I won a copy of this book from the author, I was not required to give a favorable review. This is a beautiful story at second chances. Rachel & Gabriel were suppose to get married, but she got a case of cold feet. She was worried of losing him in a plane accident like she lost her father. She never dealt with those feelings when she was younger and as it got closer to the wedding the fear showed up and she tried telling him, but he didn't understand. She loved him, there is a secret his mom know ...more
Karen
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Belle Calhoune. It is a Love Inspired book. I usually love these books and this book was no exception. Belle Calhoune does an amazing job of bringing her characters to life. I found myself hoping that the people of Owl Creek, Alaska (which is the setting of this novel) would be able to forgive and give the main character, Rachel Marshall, a second chance. Though Rachel had a lot of explaining to do with the people of Owl Creek especially her ex-fiancé, you c ...more
Kimberly  Bush
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to share my love of this story first of all. I saw this as a story of making mistakes and facing them, growing, forgiveness, selflessness, and that good ole love. The determination that Rachel shows to face her past and move forward is something that many of us can relate to, but many of us don’t have that fortitude to do it. Gabriel has taken the past of being left at the altar by Rachel and grown. He has still cared if others even when he could of become an angry man. The growth of ea ...more
Nikki
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Forgiveness and faith, that's what Rachel and Gabriel exhibit in this second chance romance to come to terms with all of the wrongs that need to be made right. After all, living in the past when you still love someone gets you nowhere.
An Alaskan Twin Surprise is such a heartwarming and endearing read. The characters are lovable and will have you rooting for them along the way. I haven't met a Belle Calhoune book that I haven't liked yet, and as always, I look forward to reading many more becaus
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Kathy
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book stresses forgiveness. Rachel fled town 3 years ago, shortly before her wedding to Gabriel. She left a note, but did not explain. Now she’s back to take care of her mother, who’s battling cancer. And she has one year old twin girls. She’s afraid to talk to him, but finally breaks down and tells him why. They slowly start to grow close again, then the same fear overcomes her. But with prayer, and her mother’s shove, can they finally find their way back to each other? A beautiful, thought ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Belle Calhoune is still fairly new to me, but I’m enjoying her books very much. I’ve never been to Alaska but reading her stories vividly shows me what it’s like. And it’s beautiful.

Her characters are strong and well developed. They make mistakes. Big ones. They forgive each other. They take care of each other. I’d love to have a cup of coffee and chat. And those twins are adorable.

If you enjoy a clean, light romance that truly does have depth then I highly recommend this book. And have y
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Readsandeats
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked this story.
The characters were written in a believable way and you could understand why they felt the way they did. I did however find that the story was shortened and that there could have been more depth to certain parts of the narrative.

This is Rachel and Gabriel's story. They were engaged but Rachel left before the wedding. She comes back to Owl Creek to look after her mother. It is a story of forgiveness, learning the truth about people and finding hope in the future.
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Karen Hackett
AN ALASKAN TWIN SURPRISE, Belle Calhoune’s second Owl Creek novel is a wonderful reunion romance where Gabriel and Rachel find another chance at love and forgiveness. AN ALASKAN TWIN SURPRISE is packed with emotion and a theme of forgiveness and redemption. Belle Calhoune set the pace with well-developed characters you cannot help but fall in love. I received this complimentary copy from the author exchange for my honest review.
Geri  Evans
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very Enjoyable Read

This is my first time reading anything written by this author, Belle Calhoune! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed Gabriel and Rachel and those twins were so adorable!

I am looking forward to reading more from Ms. Calhoune! Grab your copy if you haven’t read this yet! Kudos, Belle! 💜
Joann
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read. I had a hard time putting this book down. I felt a connection with the characters.
Alicia Abruzzese
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance
Amelia
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh! What a joy it was to be back in the quaint little town of Owl Creek. If you haven't read the first one, don't fret as they can both be read as a standalone. However, it was nice to be able appreciate some scenes that featured previous characters and how far they have come!

Belle Calhoune does such an incredible job with the imagery and just pouring herself into every little detail that makes her books feel like home. She takes her characters even further and you truly grow to love them as yo
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Alison
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet romance set against an Alaskan backdrop. Truly enjoyed.
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Belle Calhoune writes heartwarming, inspirational romance novels set in small, cozy towns. Married to her college sweetheart and living in southern Connecticut, she is the mother of two girls. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she is one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library allowed her to become an avid reader who aspired to be a romance writer. When she isn't writi ...more

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