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TRUE LOVE IN HIS STOCKING? They say you can't go home again, but Keith O'Connell wasn't worried about staying. He was just back in town to sell his late mother's house and try to avoid old emotions. Of course, hiring estate sale specialist Kenzie Bradshaw meant the possibility of creating new memories before he left. Especially once the Matchmaking Mamas hatched a plan. Ke TRUE LOVE IN HIS STOCKING? They say you can't go home again, but Keith O'Connell wasn't worried about staying. He was just back in town to sell his late mother's house and try to avoid old emotions. Of course, hiring estate sale specialist Kenzie Bradshaw meant the possibility of creating new memories before he left. Especially once the Matchmaking Mamas hatched a plan. Kenzie Bradshaw was used to the turmoil involved in estate sales, though she'd never had a client like Keith. He wanted everything gone. She knew, however, there were some things—some memories—he shouldn't lose. Convincing him to spend one last Christmas in his family's home could melt his hardened heart. But would it bring back the man she used to know and love?


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TRUE LOVE IN HIS STOCKING? They say you can't go home again, but Keith O'Connell wasn't worried about staying. He was just back in town to sell his late mother's house and try to avoid old emotions. Of course, hiring estate sale specialist Kenzie Bradshaw meant the possibility of creating new memories before he left. Especially once the Matchmaking Mamas hatched a plan. Ke TRUE LOVE IN HIS STOCKING? They say you can't go home again, but Keith O'Connell wasn't worried about staying. He was just back in town to sell his late mother's house and try to avoid old emotions. Of course, hiring estate sale specialist Kenzie Bradshaw meant the possibility of creating new memories before he left. Especially once the Matchmaking Mamas hatched a plan. Kenzie Bradshaw was used to the turmoil involved in estate sales, though she'd never had a client like Keith. He wanted everything gone. She knew, however, there were some things—some memories—he shouldn't lose. Convincing him to spend one last Christmas in his family's home could melt his hardened heart. But would it bring back the man she used to know and love?

30 review for Coming Home for Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Ring in the holidays with a story about healing wounded hearts and finding love. Kenzie was the awkward girl next door, that grew into a beauty. Now a successful estate sale specialist she is enlisted by some meddling town match makers to help Keith O’Connell sell is mother’s home. There is history between Kenzie and Keith. Kenzie was Keith’s ailing sister’s friend. The one friend that stood by her until she passed, while her death tore Keith’s family apart. Kenzie pushes Keith into facing his de Ring in the holidays with a story about healing wounded hearts and finding love. Kenzie was the awkward girl next door, that grew into a beauty. Now a successful estate sale specialist she is enlisted by some meddling town match makers to help Keith O’Connell sell is mother’s home. There is history between Kenzie and Keith. Kenzie was Keith’s ailing sister’s friend. The one friend that stood by her until she passed, while her death tore Keith’s family apart. Kenzie pushes Keith into facing his demons. Almost professionally manipulates him into situations to heal his heart, Kenzie slowly chips away at the shell he has encased it in. This is a delightful tale of life, tragedy and love. Cozy up to a warm fire, grab a cup of hot coco and enjoy the home town romance of Coming Home for Christmas. I received this ARC copy of Coming Home for Christmas from Harlequin Special Edition in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 20, 2015. For Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    Sometimes going home for the holidays isn't all about warm fuzzy feelings. Keith came back, only to arrange the funeral for his mother, and get rid of everything that reminded him of the painful childhood he left behind. He hadn't had a relationship with his mother for ten years. Now he just wanted to get this chapter in his life over with. But of course, he didn't count on meeting Kenzie. In high school Kenzie had a burning crush on Keith, who barely noticed her. Now he is back in town, back in Sometimes going home for the holidays isn't all about warm fuzzy feelings. Keith came back, only to arrange the funeral for his mother, and get rid of everything that reminded him of the painful childhood he left behind. He hadn't had a relationship with his mother for ten years. Now he just wanted to get this chapter in his life over with. But of course, he didn't count on meeting Kenzie. In high school Kenzie had a burning crush on Keith, who barely noticed her. Now he is back in town, back in her life, even if just for a few days. She doesn't have long to make her case, and change his mind about the home town. It was heartbreaking to go through with Keith all the pain and hurt he was still holding on to, after ten years. The life with his mother after his sister Amy died, wasn't easy, things escalated, and Keith left town, never to talk to his mother again. Keith was rather bitter and unyielding. He was holding on to a lot of resentment and anger. He had lots on his mind, things get done, both practical and soul searching. Kenzie has a little PollyAnna in her, she was also rather curious, pushy, and determined to be part of Keith's life, no matter what. I have to admit, I found it hard to get her, her ways to push herself into Keith's business. She did have good intentions, just the delivery was, well, annoying, at times. But she was there with Keith during this difficult time, and they did form an odd sort of a friendship. I even understand that they did end up in bed together, but the forever lasting love and romance was hard to believe, since all they were doing, was trying to get through the estate sale and the funeral. They didn't really know each other, or share with each other that much of their lives, so the romance came a little bit from the left field, and towards the last quarter of the book. Overall, it is a touching, and wistful story, a story of forgiveness, moving on, and how you can sometimes find the holiday spirit, by simply giving and sharing with others around you. ~Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    *E-ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review* Well-written with a set of engaging secondary characters that immediately draw you in with their warmth and faith in love, Coming Home For Christmas is a fast-paced, heart-wrenching story of a man at war with his feelings and the woman determined to free him from the chains of his past. In essence, it’s everything a Christmas story should be from a romance storytelling master. I really loved and felt for the hero at the start o *E-ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review* Well-written with a set of engaging secondary characters that immediately draw you in with their warmth and faith in love, Coming Home For Christmas is a fast-paced, heart-wrenching story of a man at war with his feelings and the woman determined to free him from the chains of his past. In essence, it’s everything a Christmas story should be from a romance storytelling master. I really loved and felt for the hero at the start of this story. He’s so uncomfortable and out of touch with his feelings that my heart physically ached for him and what he was going through. It’s never easy to deal with guilt and regret from the past, or to go home again after what feels life a lifetime away. But even if he didn’t believe he belonged in his hometown or wanted to deal with the memories of his past, it’s clear he still has a place there, and people who care about him outside of the mother he lost. Not to mention the Matchmaking Mamas who are determined to help him find his other half and the heroine who is equally determined to help him overcome his warring feelings of anger and grief. This was one of those stories that really settled and resonated for me. I could see the events in my head, flashing like scenes in a movie. I loved that, particularly the middle scenes of the book that showed who Kenzie is and how much of a gift she is to Keith at this point in his life. He needed someone like her to push him and shake him up, bring him out of the downward spiral he’s in. Thank goodness the matchmaking mama’s brought her to him. He clearly needed their help in the worst of ways. If you love small town homecoming stories filled with grief, hope, love, and lessons in learning how to let go of the past and embrace the future, Coming Home For Christmas by Marie Ferrarella is a fantastic read guaranteed to warm your heart and make you look at life and the past a little differently.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Figueroa

    After the death of his estranged mother Keith is back in town to be rid of the last things she possessed including her house. Kenzie is just the women on the job to help him get rid of his stuff but she also realizes that there is more to whats going on with Keith and wants to help him out. With that comes also a bit of holiday cheer. I liked this book sweet, short and a great holiday read. I really enjoyed it. If you are looking for a bit of an escape during what will be a stressful holiday you After the death of his estranged mother Keith is back in town to be rid of the last things she possessed including her house. Kenzie is just the women on the job to help him get rid of his stuff but she also realizes that there is more to whats going on with Keith and wants to help him out. With that comes also a bit of holiday cheer. I liked this book sweet, short and a great holiday read. I really enjoyed it. If you are looking for a bit of an escape during what will be a stressful holiday you might want to cozy up and spend sometime reading this book. Its not overly dramatic as I would've liked but it was sweet to read just the same. Might want to put this on your holiday TBR List.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Hubley

    This was a great Christmas story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Good book. Keith goes back to his childhood home when he gets word that his mother has died. He hadn't seen or talked to his mom in ten years, and all he wants to do is sell the house and go back to the life he has made for himself. Before he can do that, he has to clear out the house of all the stuff that's there. Not knowing where to start, he takes the advice of his real estate agent and hired Kenzie to take care of it. Kenzie is the youngest in her family and the only one not married. She lov Good book. Keith goes back to his childhood home when he gets word that his mother has died. He hadn't seen or talked to his mom in ten years, and all he wants to do is sell the house and go back to the life he has made for himself. Before he can do that, he has to clear out the house of all the stuff that's there. Not knowing where to start, he takes the advice of his real estate agent and hired Kenzie to take care of it. Kenzie is the youngest in her family and the only one not married. She loves her business and is in no hurry to get married, despite the best efforts of her mother and sisters. While in high school, she had had a big crush on Keith, big brother to one of her friends. Being hired to help him with his mother's house is both good and bad. It's bad because she discovers that her crush never went away, and seeing him again just brings it all back. It's good because she can see that the weight of some of his memories is crushing him and she feels that she can help him through it all. I enjoyed the relationship that built between Keith and Kenzie. Keith had tried to bury all the pain that resulted from his sister's death and his subsequent estrangement from his mother. All he wants is to get rid of the house and leave again, but Kenzie isn't letting him pass all the responsibility on to her. I loved seeing how she was determined to help him through it all. She could see that there was pain under the bitterness that he expressed. Even though she had only been hired to deal with the estate sale, she can't help but offer her help on the personal side. I loved her offer to help with the funeral arrangements, and that she pushed him into participating in all the steps. I liked the way that she seemed to know when to insist and when to back off a little. Keith didn't know how to deal with Kenzie's interference in his plans. He didn't want to think about anything except getting rid of the house and everything in it, and tried to resist Kenzie's meddling. It was fun to see him get sucked into doing what she wanted and then liking it. Though he wanted to believe that he could handle everything, he found himself very grateful for Kenzie's help and support through the funeral. As the walls that he had built up to protect himself from his memories of his sister and his mother started to crumble, he discovered that other emotions were also making themselves known. First it was simple attraction, but then he realized that he was beginning to need Kenzie in ways he hadn't needed anyone in years. The strength of his emotions scared him into running back to San Francisco, where he thought he could go back to the way things had been before. Kenzie had quickly realized that her heart was in danger as she helped Keith through his memories. I liked the fact that she embraced her feelings rather than trying to deny them. She knew that there was a good chance that nothing would come of them, but she had to try. I loved seeing her let him go at the end, believing that it had to be his choice to stay. She did sort of get the last word as she stuck something in his suitcase that he wasn't expecting. I loved the ending and seeing the changes in Keith. I also liked the secondary characters. Kenzie's family was terrific. I loved the early scene with Kenzie and her sister, as Kenzie saw right through the attempt at matchmaking and stood up for herself. But in spite of the matchmaking attempts, Kenzie's relationship with her family is really good. I loved seeing the support she got from them whenever she needed help. It was really sweet to see how they made Keith feel like a part of their family, something he hadn't realized he missed until they did it. The matchmaking mamas of course made their own appearances, from the setup of Keith and Kenzie at the beginning to their presence at the wedding in the end. I loved their satisfaction at their unbroken streak of successful matches.

  7. 4 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: Coming Home For Christmas - Matchmaking Mamas 15 Author: Marie Ferrarella Published: 10-20-15 Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition Pages: 224 Genre: Romance Sub Genre: Series; Holidays; Women's Fiction ISBN: 9780373659197 ASIN: B00V3NNQW2 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . When one thinks of Going home for Christmas one thinks of family, friends, food, laughter and good times. When Keith O'Connell returns home this holiday season it is for none of those things. Keith has returned to his ch Title: Coming Home For Christmas - Matchmaking Mamas 15 Author: Marie Ferrarella Published: 10-20-15 Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition Pages: 224 Genre: Romance Sub Genre: Series; Holidays; Women's Fiction ISBN: 9780373659197 ASIN: B00V3NNQW2 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . When one thinks of Going home for Christmas one thinks of family, friends, food, laughter and good times. When Keith O'Connell returns home this holiday season it is for none of those things. Keith has returned to his childhood home to bury his mother and sell her home and things. He just wants to get it done and get out of there. To that end he hires Kenzie Bradshaw, an estate sale expert to take care of everything. Kenzie knows Keith has shut down his emotions to cope with his lost, but knows he will regret not take at least some of the mementos from his childhood to keep. She talks him into spending one last Christmas in his childhood home as a way to say goodbye to his mother if nothing else. She hopes to bring the spark of life back to the man she once knew and loved. When the Matchmaking Mamas are involved is there any doubt that love will blossom? If only Keith's hardened heart will soften enough to see the love waiting to fill it. How could I resist another title from one of my favorite authors? I was not disappointed. Coming Home for Christmas will is for anyone who enjoys a good romance and wants to feel the warmth of Christmas any time of the year. With characters that you can identify with and grow attached to. The Mamas are feisty and romantic as ever. It you have ever lost someone you love you too will be rooting for Keith to heal and find a love of someone special. Marie Ferrarella has given us a story of real feelings and hope. A definite 5 star rating. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... Barnes and Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/comin... Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... The Reading Room link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne Holly

    Simple, standard fair that will likely occupy fans of short contemporary romances. Generally readable, with a quick and enjoyable storyline. I did find myself uneasy about combining the themes of "recently dead mother" with "Christmas magic," though this wasn't a deal breaker. (I was really weirded out by the idea that a man in mourning would be obligated to have a Christmas tree, and that Christmas decorations would be expected at the funeral reception - is this a thing in some places? Personal Simple, standard fair that will likely occupy fans of short contemporary romances. Generally readable, with a quick and enjoyable storyline. I did find myself uneasy about combining the themes of "recently dead mother" with "Christmas magic," though this wasn't a deal breaker. (I was really weirded out by the idea that a man in mourning would be obligated to have a Christmas tree, and that Christmas decorations would be expected at the funeral reception - is this a thing in some places? Personally, I would be inclined to cut the poor guy some slack in the festiveness department, but maybe this is regional.) The heroine was insanely pushy, though not unlikable (in my opinion), and the hero, though also likable, was extremely passive - and was simply not given enough rational motivation for his actions, especially his 10 year long feud with his mother. In general, the power dynamics are smooth, though, which I appreciate. (view spoiler)[However, the heroine had a drastic crush on the hero years ago, when they were kids, and basically used this as motivation to force him into a romance at a very vulnerable time in his life. I would have liked to have seen the characters deal with this fact and move on from it in a reasonable manner. Personally, I would have found it a bit creepy, if I had been him. I am bothered by the way this was never really addressed. (hide spoiler)] Still, the dialogue is nice, and the book moves at a very quick, fun pace. Made for a solid rainy afternoon's read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Coming Home for Christmas is a story about facing the past, dealing with loss and giving love a chance. I will admit this story had me crying throughout. Keith has experienced a lot of heartbreaking loss in his life and whether than face the memories and grief, he has bottled up his emotions and closed his heart to more pain. When he can put off going home no longer he comes face to face with the one person that stirs up all the feelings he refuses to face. Ms. Ferrarella balances this tearjerke Coming Home for Christmas is a story about facing the past, dealing with loss and giving love a chance. I will admit this story had me crying throughout. Keith has experienced a lot of heartbreaking loss in his life and whether than face the memories and grief, he has bottled up his emotions and closed his heart to more pain. When he can put off going home no longer he comes face to face with the one person that stirs up all the feelings he refuses to face. Ms. Ferrarella balances this tearjerker with comedic relief in the form of secret matchmakers that are both funny and help with the healing process. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Lyons

    Good story; but a little predictable I wanted a light hearted tale and found it. The story goes the way as expected. I was a little disappointed that the boy didn't remember the girl from high school. This made the description a little off, and they fell in love in only 7 days. But it is a delightful romance and one worth reading, if lighthearted is what you are looking for. Good story; but a little predictable I wanted a light hearted tale and found it. The story goes the way as expected. I was a little disappointed that the boy didn't remember the girl from high school. This made the description a little off, and they fell in love in only 7 days. But it is a delightful romance and one worth reading, if lighthearted is what you are looking for.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "The Matchmaking Mamas may have met their match in Ferrarella’s heartwarming Christmas tale starring a Grinch hero and an optimistic heroine. Their pitfall-riddled HEA is well deserved, and the close-knit community is the perfect mix of caring and meddling" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars). Miniseries: Matchmaking Mamas "The Matchmaking Mamas may have met their match in Ferrarella’s heartwarming Christmas tale starring a Grinch hero and an optimistic heroine. Their pitfall-riddled HEA is well deserved, and the close-knit community is the perfect mix of caring and meddling" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars). Miniseries: Matchmaking Mamas

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Schultheis

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    cute story, enjoyed Kenzie's spunk and take control of Keith's life. cute story, enjoyed Kenzie's spunk and take control of Keith's life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doug Bright

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joelle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Peterson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alva Surla

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Stebbins temple

  19. 5 out of 5

    Igri Mmaisu

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Malcom

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ash Kudva-shanbhag

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Palmer

    Somewhat flat characters but a relatively good plot.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thelma Cubic

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharlane

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather Floch

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debra

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Hansen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wheeldon

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