[Christmas Romance Review] Home In Time for Christmas by Heather Graham

Posted on 12/05/2012 in Book Review / 7 Comments

[Christmas Romance Review] Home In Time for Christmas by Heather GrahamHome In Time for Christmas by Heather Graham
Published by MIRA on 10/26/2010
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 195
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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 the injured stranger in, listening with concern to Jake Mallory's fantastic claim that he's a Patriot soldier executed by British authorities.Bringing Jake to her parents' house, Melody concocts a story to explain the handsome holiday guest with the courtly manners and strange clothes. Mark, her close friend who wishes he were more, is skeptical, but her family is fascinated. So is Melody. Jake is passionate, charming and utterly unlike anyone she's ever met. Can he really be who he claims? And can a man from the distant past be the future she truly longs for?


While I didn’t dislike Home In Time for Christmas, it wasn’t without its faults.  A very cute Christmas read, if you can step outside of reality for a second – and forget a thing or two you learned in middle school history class.

Home In Time for Christmas centers around Jake and Melody, two people from very different times.  Jake, a colonist from the 18th century, abruptly finds himself in 21st century Massachusetts, rather than the end of the noose from which he was dangling, right when Melody hits him with her car on a snowy, slick day.   Thus begin a series of “I-don’t-believe-yous” and “This-can’t-be-reals” while Jake just wants to find a way home to his sister, feeling guilty for leaving her behind.

So…I like Christmas romance novels.  There is something sweet about them that just makes my heart melt (and it’s hard to do that, no lie).  I typically don’t deal well with insta-love in books, but Christmas romances work well for me because the season makes me feel squishy inside, so…I guess I can accept it LOL.  Home In Time for Christmas was fun to read; the interplay between Melody and Jake was great, and actually, there was no feeling of insta-love (although timeline-wise, I guess not much time passes, so technically, it all still happens pretty fast) and their verbal sparring was entertaining.  I also had a good time reading the repartee between Melody and the rest of her family; they are definitely an odd family, but odd families are always fun at Christmas.

The plot, while obviously not believable, because DUH, time travel isn’t possible as far as I know, was interesting and had a bit of the paranormal, which is something that really speaks to me.  So now we’ve got Christmas + romance + paranormal.  Should equal win, right?

It didn’t, not quite.  Things went along rather swimmingly, with the exception of two things, and they are things I just can’t get past.  Remember before how I said forget what you learned in middle school history?  Well, in this story, Jake was being hanged in 1776, right after the Declaration of Independence was signed.  He tells Melody all about the time period, and also discusses the Constitution.  But….the Constitution wasn’t written for more than a decade later!  Believe me, I know, I’ve seen it, it lives only about 20 miles from me.  It surprises me that not only did the author get this detail wrong, but it passed through the editors and publisher as well.

The other thing that bothered me was the ending.  I liked where it ended, but getting there in the last couple of chapters just felt like Graham was dragging it out for the sake of getting a few more words in the book.  At one point, I was just rolling my eyes, like, get on with it already.  So while I liked the book – a lot really – these two sticking points (and the numerous typos found all throughout the book – Harlequin, what’s up with that, I paid for this thing!) were enough to drop the rating from maybe a 3 ½ to a 2.

That said, I did enjoy it, and I think anyone who enjoys Christmas + Romance will enjoy Home In Time for Christmas, so I still recommend it.



“I think we’ll be judged on how we behaved to our fellow citizens here on earth, and not how we sat in a church, a temple, a synagogue, mosque or any other place of worship.”



Disclaimers: This book was purchased by me, but my review is still honest. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.  *If you decide to purchase this book through any of these links, we do receive a small monetary kick-back that helps fund this blog.


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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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7 responses to “[Christmas Romance Review] Home In Time for Christmas by Heather Graham

  1. thegeekyblogger

    I love Heather Graham but I learned to stay away from her Holiday Themed books awhile ago. I don’t know, they just don’t read right 🙁

  2. Great review, thank you. As a Dutch reader, I would not know the detail about the Constitution, but I would be very iffed with many typo’s in a book. Still, I have a lot of her books on my shelves, and they will be read someday 🙂

  3. I read this a few years ago and felt exactly the same way ..Sadly I love Heather Graham.. especially her paranormal suspense series but this did not work for me. Great review!

  4. The Readingista

    Ack!  I don’t mind setting aside a bit of reality in exchange for a holiday romance, but this may be a little much for me.  Although the details in the history would be a sore spot for me too, but an ending that is lagging is a deal breaker for me.  Once I get in the place where I am saying, “Let’s do this already,” I am over it.  Thanks for your informative review.\n- The Readingista

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