Review

Home in Time for Christmas

by Heather Graham

Melody Tarleton is looking forward to a good old-fashioned
Christmas with her family in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, on her
way home, she loses control of her car on the ice and hits a man
who is in the middle of the road. As if that wasn’t shocking
enough, the stranger is dressed in period clothing from
Revolutionary times.

Jake Mallory, a Patriot soldier, is confused to say the least.
The last thing he knew, he stood on the gallows in New York City
about to be hung for his involvement in the American uprising
against the British. Now he is in the 21st century where he has
just been hit by a strange piece of machinery with a young woman at
the wheel. While he is glad just to be alive, he has no clue what
to do next. He needs to get back home to 1776 in order to help his
sister, who may be at the mercy of the British army.

Melody takes Jake home with her to her family Christmas to try
and figure out how to help him, all the while hoping that his
memory returns and that he won’t divulge his fanciful
imaginings to her family. As she spends more time with Jake, she
begins to wonder if he’s actually telling the truth --- and
if he is, how can it be so? Time travel isn’t possible,
right?

Jake is wowed by the progress that has been made in over 200
years and takes in the new world around him with awe and wonder.
Television, computers, electric lights and microwave ovens amaze
him as well as the fact that America won her independence from
Britain. Modern times aren’t the only thing that makes an
impression on Jake, though. Melody is quite a woman, and he finds
that she occupies much of his thoughts.

But the last thing Melody needed was another man present at the
holiday table. She already had her work cut out for her. She is
determined to convince her boyfriend, Mark, that things are over
between them. Mark wants to get married and live a traditional life
with Melody at home cooking, cleaning and caring for their future
children. While Mark is a nice guy, it's not the life Melody has
envisioned for herself, and no matter how often she tells him they
have no future, he’s just not listening.

Somehow Melody manages to maintain her composure amidst Jake,
Mark and her quirky family. With a father who is an inventor, a
mother who is immersed in magic and potions, and a brother who
never misses an opportunity to tease her, Melody has to keep her
wits about her --- and that’s not going to be easy. Will
Melody be able to make Mark understand that they are over? Will
Jake be able to convince Melody that he is not crazy, just lost in
time? Will she be able to let him go if he manages to find a way
back to the past? It’s hard to say, but no matter how it all
will turn out, one thing is for sure: this will be a Christmas to
remember.

HOME IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS is one of those novels that really
touches you. You finish reading it and immediately want to start
again just to relive the whole experience. Every character touched
my heart and made me believe that Christmas truly is a time for
miracles. Don’t miss your chance for a bunch of holiday
smiles and a book you will want to reread every Christmas
season.

Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 24, 2011

Home in Time for Christmas
by Heather Graham

  • Publication Date: October 26, 2010
  • Genres: Fiction, Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mira
  • ISBN-10: 0778328236
  • ISBN-13: 9780778328230