Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review of Home for Christmas by Melissa McClone

Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Rachel Murphy loves the scent of gingerbread baking almost as much as she enjoys creating custom edible houses at Christmastime. But she needs a bigger kitchen if she wants to make the most of her impromptu holiday business.

Enter Nate Vaughn, handsome venture capitalist turned Montana dude ranch owner and her brother’s boss. Nate’s commercial kitchen is perfect for the baker. And he thinks she might be perfect for him…as a business partner.

After being burned by a celebrity baker, Rachel’s wary of Nate’s interest in her gingerbread houses, not to mention his mistletoe kisses. She should leave the Bar V5 ranch and return to Arizona. Or can Nate convince her she’s already home?


 Melissa McClone’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University led her to a job with a major airline where she travelled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over twenty-five romance novels with Harlequin and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim and soccer practices, 4-H meetings and dog shows. She also supports deployed service members through Soldiers’ Angels and fosters cats through a local non-kill rescue shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. (They do!)

Christmas romances are some of my favorite romances to read. I look forward to them every year. Melissa McClone's Home For Christmas has the pleasure of being my first Christmas read of 2013. Rachel is visiting her brother in Montana and is trying to recover from being betrayed by people she thought were friends. She spends her time creating masterpiece gingerbread houses to sell to residents of Marietta, Montana in order to raise money for a down payment for her own business. When Nate, her brother's boss, offers advice and assistance in reaching her goals, Rachel is fearful of trusting him. Home For Christmas made me hungry for yummy Christmas goodies, hot cocoa and hot cowboys. With Rachel's struggle to trust again and Nate's need to learn how to not treat everything as business, Nate and Rachel's story will warm your heart and make you want to go Home For Christmas.

Do you like Christmas romances? Do you have a favorite?


  1. Thanks for the review, Stephanie! I love reading Christmas books! One thing that's great about my Kindle (and ebooks in general) is now if I decide I want to read about Christmas in the spring or summer, I can find new holiday books anytime of the year! I can't pick a favorite. There are just too many I've enjoyed!

    1. Hi Melissa, thanks for visiting! I am the same way. I have no problem reading Christmas books at any time of year. I can't pick a favorite either. :)

  2. Love Christmas novels! This was a great story, too!

  3. Thanks dstoutholcomb! So glad you liked it!