Lonestar Homecoming (Lonestar, Book 3)

by Colleen Coble

Paperback, 2010

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Thomas Nelson Inc (2010), 327 pages

Description

Fiction. Romance. Christian Fiction. HTML: For most, it's the safest place on earth. For Gracie, it's the last place she wants to be... and the one place she must return. With nothing but five dollars and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train to West Texas, to the town she ran away from so long ago. There they find refuge in the home of Michael Wayne--devoted single father, seasoned soldier--who gives Gracie a job caring for his two children and the hiding place she needs from her former fianc´┐Ż. Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away. And then trouble comes to call in the form of Gracie's ex-fiance who is now on the FBI's most-wanted list. Together, Michael and Gracie must find the strength they need to protect their newly forged family..… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

327 p.; 8.25 inches

ISBN

1595547347 / 9781595547347

User reviews

LibraryThing member love2readnovels
Gracie Lister has always run away from problems. She's about to marry Border Patrol agent Cid Ortega but not for love. She feels he can provide a good home for her daughter Hope. When she finds out that he has some dealings with the Cartel she demands he get out. He agrees and the wedding is on.
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While waiting in her wedding gown two FBI agents show up at her door looking for Cid. When gunshots are fired she flees out the back door with Hope, five dollars in her purse and a ticket for the train (which she is able to get on) heading for Bluebird to hopefully get a job and hideout.

Enter Michael Wayne. He's a soldier returning home to Bluebird after his wife died to assume the role of single father to two children he hasn't really been around. He will be working with the Border Patrol where he hopes to find out who killed his brother. But the killer is now after him. While waiting at the train station for a ride to Bluebird he notices Gracie and Hope. He sees how good she is with her daughter and over hears her tell her daughter she doesn't have any money left to eat. When Gracie collapses Michael comes to hear rescue. He offers her work as his nanny on a trial basis. She reluctantly agrees feeling like she has no choice. Sparks fly between them but neither want to admit there is something there. When she fears Cid will find her and Michael fears the he may be killed they both agree to a marriage of convenience to protect the children. Will that truly protect the children? What happens if your marriage of convenience turns out to be love? Who is the real bad guys and will they figure it out before it's too late?

I really enjoyed this story. I love the whole "marriage of convenience" storyline. Both Michael and Gracie were wonderful but flawed people who are both very protective of those they love. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Rick, Allie, Jack and Shannon from the previous stories. I also learned something about Synesthesia. I highly recommend this story to those who love a book you can't put down, characters who stay in your mind and a mystery you don't figure out 'til the end. You could read this as a stand alone but it's a much fuller story if you read Lonestar Sanctuary and Lonestar Secrets first. Great book. Great series.
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LibraryThing member judyg54
This was another great story in this series! Gracie Lister is running away from her wedding with her 5 year old daughter, Hope, in the very first chapter of the book. She ends up in West Texas with no money, no food and no place to go. Enter Lieutenant Michael Wayne, a seasoned soldier who in a
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single father and needs help with caring for his two children. Michael is so good for Gracie and to Gracie and you can see the chemistry between them right off. Gracie is also good for Michael as he thinks raising kids is similar to giving orders in the military. There are people though who are out to get rid of both Michael and Gracie so they must work together.
This story was filled with romance, intrigue, and suspense. I couldn't wait to turn the page and see what would happen next. I didn't put all the pieces together in the story till closer to the end, which for me keeps me more interested. I also thought the cover did a good job of picturing how Gracie really looked. Well worth reading!!
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LibraryThing member kathleen.morrow
Storyline was good, but writing fell flat. Little chemistry between the 2 main characters
LibraryThing member Becky_McKenna
It's Gracie's wedding day and her life had finally taken a turn for the better when the rug is swept out from under her. In fear for her life and the life of her young daughter, Hope, she runs with only her daughter and the wedding dress on her back. Michael has just returned from a tour in
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Afghanistan. He's come home to care for his children after his children were devastated by the tragic death of their mother...his ex-wife. Michale and Gracie's first meeting was something out of a fairy tale, yet believable enough to keep me fully engaged in the story. I loved it! My favorite parts of the book: I loved watching Michael and Gracie work with the children. Sure, they had disagreements, but they learned how to compromise and they both really WORKED at it. Parenting isn't easy and I liked how Ms. Coble shows that it's a skill to hone on a daily basis throughout the children lives. It was a nice touch of reality.

The series has taken off since the first book. I like seeing the other couples participate in the new stories, too. I should mention that the books are a little formulaic; all the couples enter into marriages of convenience, usually for the safety and benefit of one parent's child (or in this case, both parents children). However, there's a big payoff for the reader.

The couples face unique challenges. Without the benefit of a long courtship, they are literal strangers, forced to deal with the personal baggage each brought into the new marriage and blended family. Ms. Coble adds her talented mix of suspense and romance, faith and love, taking the reader along on for the journey.

Lonestar Homecoming is a fantastic addition to the series! It's by far my favorite installment to date!
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LibraryThing member TheYodamom
audiobook- 2.5 stars
A romantic tale of rescue and trust. Gracie runs form her wedding, in he dress with her ver young daughter to start a new life. She is fearful and guilt ridden and does one stupid thing after another IMHO. ( I was shaking my head at her more than once) She is broke has a hungry
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child and meets a man, Michael, who has just lost his wife and needs help with his home and children. It's a good situation except both of them have a past that wants them to suffer and is not going to disappear.
It was a short romantic tale, with bits of Christian beliefs thrown in but not preachy. I was seriously annoyed with Gracie's idiotic thoughts and moves a few times. Michael, the hero was a wonderful character. I felt sorry for him getting straddled to this clueless woman. I bet you can see that I didn't care for her character much. She was unbelievable and lacked common sense, and hid from everything. The narration was very good, it made the story more interesting.
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