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Home in Time for Christmas

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,151 ratings  ·  283 reviews
Centuries ago, by a scaffold in Manhattan, rose petals drifted gently to the ground... snow on a wintry Massachusetts night. Melody Tarleton is driving home for Christmas when a man--clad in Revolutionary War-era costume--appears out of nowhere, right in the path of her car. Shaken, she takes in the injured stranger, listening with concern to Jake Mallory's fantasti
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Mira (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
I don't know if I am going through some sort of reading slump, but it seems lately I've been able to finds things to pick apart in the recent books I've read. This being no exception in that while the story sounded really interesting, the author didn't do it justice.

First, while she initially tried to have the 18th century gentleman speak proper English as he probably would have, it seemed like she gave up half way through the book. Then, throughout it all, the modern day heroine kept saying to
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
Disappointing. I didn't connect with any of the characters. Things that I probably wouldn't notice, or care about, irked me. Melody's parents are too nice and wacky. Too nice (think of a Hallmark Christmas movie!)! And of course, they live in Jake's old house. Yep, he recognized it. After 233+ years of remodeling and changes, etc it was still recognizable to him. (Yeah right). I could go on, but I've wasted enough time.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Story 3.25 stars Narration 4 stars. ***Possible spoilers***I enjoyed the story for the most part until the last fourth or so when things kind of unraveled a bit for me. I’ve read a lot of time travel and there’s so many ways authors have chosen to make it happen. This time it became really convoluted in the end. Jumping back and forth in time and changing up the ritual each time made no sense. You really have to suspend your belief in anything to go on with this story. Also all the different out ...more
Melissa-ann Strausser
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story if u like Christmas & history (1776). I loved it. ...more
This was the second book that I read for my read-a-thon last weekend in the Goodreads group You'll love this one...!! A book club & more. This was the very first book I've read by the author and I figured I may as well give this book a try since I think I've owned it for somethink like 3 years.

Anyways, the reason I wanted to get this one out of the way was because I wanted to try a new author but I was also craving another holiday romance after I finished A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tis the season to believe in miracles and love and Heather Graham Pozzessere delivers both with this delightful present in Home In Time For Christmas.
Graham is a prolific best-selling author of several genres from romance and paranormal to romantic suspense so it was a pleasure to find Home In Time For Christmas that combines her historical romance roots in a contemporary with a paranormal (time travel) element.
This unique plot for a Christmas story captivated me from the start with the collidin
Heather Graham presents a story where a Revolutionary Patriot (Jake) is about to be hanged, when his sister performs some magic and he is transported into the 21st century. There he lands in the middle of a road and is almost hit by Melody, the heroine of our story.

The following story is entertaining, but a touch longer than it needed to be. I enjoyed the characters and I liked how Graham wrote them, for the most part. I found myself not at all sympathetic to Melody, and found her to be quite a
I was disappointed with this book. The premise sounded good, and I love time travel romances, so I thought this was a good bet. I am all for suspending reality a little, don't get me wrong, but one crucially important fact about the time period was SO OFF, I felt embarrassed for the author. For clarification, the US Constitution was written in 1787. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, followed by the Articles of Confederation (and the final draft of those came a few years later- ...more
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't exactly like I expected. I thought it would be a quick, steamy, and romantic read, but I was wrong on the steamy part. There were no love scenes or even very much kissing. I've read young adult romances that were steamier than this. The plot of this book wasn't very believable but I guess the concept behind Christmas isn't very believable to some people. I found myself siding with Melody that people can't travel through time and that is just a ridiculous notion. But then I got t ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
In the beginning: The concept of this book sounds great... I am excited to read where this book can go... Jake appears in the road that Melody is driving on to go home for Christmas. Where did he come from? 1776...

In the middle: I am having a hard time getting into this book... There is no chemistry yet with Melody and Jake... I have been reading this book for days and I am only half way through and finding it hard to pick up to keep reading... I hope it gets better soon!!!

The end: 2/3 of the wa
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I probably can't very well sum up what I found wrong with this book, haha. The premise is cute and romantic, but the execution is, well, awkward, to say the least. The book was published in 2009, and yet the people talk as though they are in a holiday Lifetime movie from 1998 or something. It's awkward and unrealistic and it just doesn't flow well. Further, the storyline has promised, but that promise goes unfulfilled. It seems like a bunch of quickly-sketched plot points flimsily pieced togethe ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, romance
This book was a great disappointment. I thought the premiss sounded interesting, and it seemed to start off alright but quickly became predictable and sappy. I found the inferences to christianity and paganism disturbing. The author seemed to be trying to convince the reader, or least it seemed the underlining message of the book, that all beliefs are created equal and can live very happily intertwined...magic and the belief in God are all good and can be worshiped together. I also question whet ...more
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Typical of most Christmas stories, this book was corny and kind of cheesy. Unfortunately, there was no graphic sex scenes, which is one of my favorite things about this author's writing. So, that disappointed me.

The story was about time-travel. The hero, Jake Mallory, came to present times from 1776. We got to see what our society and technology would be like through his eyes. His reaction to cars, for example was one of wonderment and curiosity. Being a history buff, I found his story fascinat
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Home in Time for Christmas is the story of a man who is pushed from his own time by his sister and ends up in the 21st century. The biggest problem is that he is from the Revolutionary War. Everything he encounters, from electricity to the woman who nearly hits him with her car, is new and exciting.

This was not a nail biter of a book. You know it is going to end well and there are really no huge dramatic events. It was a pleasant read though and I enjoyed it.

Charming is a good word for it. This
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a cute little story.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-on-cd
A "meet cute" time travel Christmas romance that was enjoyable, yet forgettable.
Fay Roberts
Popsugar 2016 (Dec 2015-Dec 2016). A book with a blue cover.
Jessica Dudenhofer Beery
I enjoyed the concept of this book (Christmas, time travel, Revolutionary War, romance), but there was enough elements in it that I can only recommend it with great hesitation. The book does not have a faith-based storyline, so the entire story I was peppered with a few foul/disrespectful words and actions/decisions that I disagreed with (going night clubbing; spending the last hours together "getting to really know each other" in a private cabin in the woods with a lots of pillows and blankets. ...more
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a story of an American Revolutionary War hero, Jake Mallory, who is accused of treason by the British and is scheduled for execution. As he is dropped from the gallows, he is saved by his sister, who uses magic to transport him to the future. He appears in the middle of the road over 200 years later and is nearly hit by a car driven by Melody Tarleton. She brings him to her parents' home for Christmas. Her family is drawn to Jake's sincerity and goodness even though they think the bump o ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2018
3.5 stars.

This is a time-travel romance where the hero Jake was just about to hang for writing revolutionary pamphlets before the America Revolution. His adopted witch sister somehow managed to whisk him away in a shower of rose petals and he ended up in Present Day Massachusetts being hit by the heroine Melody's car.

So unlike what any sane heroine would do (like calling the police and reporting an accident), she takes this weirdly-dressed stranger home with him for Christmas. And of course, he
Trish R.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve read a couple of other books by Heather Graham and she’s pretty good. I did like this one especially, because time travel is my favorite genre, if it’s written well. And this was written well.

And I really like when the hero is the traveler, instead of always the heroine.

This was about Jake, who was about to be hanged during the Revolutionary War, when he suddenly disappeared and showed up in the 21st century and was nearly run over by the heroine Melody.

I loved every secondary character in
Angela Powell
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Christmas books aren't my bag, but when I saw this one included a bit of time travel with a dishy colonial, I decided to give it a try.
And it wasn't that bad! It got a bit preachy at times, and everyone switching places in the end was a scosh annoying, but all in all it wasn't a bad read.
Aside: Perhaps I overthink these things, but someday I'd love to read a time-traveling romance where the fella or lady pops up in the 21st century and immediately dies from the millions of diseases they're not
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book her mom has was written by Jake's sister and stops at the part where he is about to be hung- which is when melody finds Jake.

Her home is his old home and he wants to find out what happened to his sister. There's no mention of her death and they think she escaped also from the mob and found herself back safe at home. As a lot of Heathers books, she leaves you craving more and to finish the book fast, yet savor it!

Melody and Jake fall in love as she shows him around the new era of new yor
Charlotte Griggs
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book started out wonderfully and ended even better. Unfortunately, everything else in between was rough to get through.

I was very intrigued by the prologue starting in 1776 and was excited about where this book was about to go. Chapter 1 was a huge disappointment. Basically, everythi g between felt overly done and rather boring.

I felt like they over did it on the traveling between the worlds. Too much repetition gets boring and that's what happened here. The epilogue made up for that. It's
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Just suppose you are driving along and paying very clear attention to the road because of black ice. Then out of the snow, a figure appears in your headlights. He claims to be a soldier/writer from the Revolutionary War and his last memory is that he was going to be hanged. Your parents lovely old home happens to have been his home during the time of the Revolution. Of course, you are much too level headed to believe a poor man who obviously got a bump on his head but your whole famil ...more
A.E. Fuhrman
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A sweet holiday romance with the twist of time travel. Though I figured out well before the end what the solution to the characters' dilemma would be, I still enjoyed this novel. As with most holiday books, it has "cheesy" elements--over the top themes of family and belonging--and there are definitely PC themes as well--mainly morphing Wiccan beliefs into a Christian holiday--but I enjoyed the unique element of time travel, which I hadn't encountered in a holiday novel before.
Maureen L Payne
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good, so different..loved it.

Couldn't put this book down, the characters were great, I really felt as though I could see them as I was reading..So emotional as well, cleverly written and made you think differently about things you take for granted every day..
I really like this author a lot, so much that I have purchased a lot of servitude books and have not been disappointed by any that I have read..
Great read.
Read N' Reviews
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book a higher rating, but just can't do it. I think this book could've been better, but it seemed like the author rushed through the beginning and then was dragging out the ending. The story was a nice love story without being mushy, I just really wish there had been more to it.
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria

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