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Sweet Laurel Falls (Hope's Crossing Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

RaeAnne Thayne
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Book Description

Spring should bring renewal, but Maura McKnight-Parker cannot escape the past. Still reeling from the loss of one daughter, the former free spirit is thrown for a loop by the return of her older daughter, Sage, and the reappearance of her first love, Sage's father. Jackson Lange never knew his daughter—never even knew that he'd left the love of his life pregnant when he fled their small town—but he has never forgotten Maura.

Now they are all back, but Sage has her own secret, one that will test the fragile bonds of a reunited family. Thrown together by circumstances and dedicated to those they love, Maura and Jackson must learn to move forward and let go of the mistakes of their past for the bright future that awaits them and their friends in Hope's Crossing.

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"Romance, vivid characters and a wonderful story; really who could ask for more?"

--Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author on Blackberry Summer

"If you're going to read only one book this season, make it Blackberry Summer. --Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

About the Author

RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her books have won numerous honors, including three RITA Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. RaeAnne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373776705
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EO70XY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How 'sweet' it is September 30, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One thing is for certain: this book is very sweet. So sweet, in fact, that it might induce a diabetic coma.

Maura McKnight's life at the moment is dark and sad. Her youngest daughter, Layla, passed away in a car accident, and her oldest daughter, Sage, is away at college. The girls have two different fathers; Layla's is Maura's ex-husband, and Sage's is Maura's first love, Jackson Lange. The two men have something in common other than Maura in that neither is around. Chris travels with his rock band, and Jackson bolted from their small Colorado hometown of Hope's Crossing shortly after he graduated from high school.

Jackson left more than Maura behind. She was pregnant, but did not know it when he went away. She tried to get in touch with him, but he didn't return her calls. Over the twenty ensuing years, Maura has gotten accustomed to life without Jackson, believing he will never return.

But he does show up ... as a visiting speaker to one of Sage's college classes. The two have a chat, and in the course of their conversation discover that they share some DNA. Neither is happy with Maura's refusal to disclose Jackson's parentage, but when Jackson returns to town, he manages to forget his ire when he comes face to face with Maura. Old attraction, it appears, does not die, it just lies in wait for a reunion.

The two must come to terms with their lingering love for each other, and Jackson has some fences to mend with his cranky old father. Sage is a soothing restorative, but she has secrets of her own and needs her parents to help her find solution and solace.

The romance between Maura and Jackson unfolds slowly, as they come to rediscover their feelings for each other. This is very much a G-rated romance, so no fear of any hot headboard rocking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic must read!!! November 11, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a fantastic book. Laughed & cried & laughed some more. It is about a single mother raising her daughter alone. Another daughter by marriage has been killed in aq car accident & then her daughter that is in college walks in with er father. Only thing was... no one had told her he was her father...and no one had told him about having a child!!! So good. I'm not good at writing reviews but this is a terrific book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars x read September 25, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
ISBN: 9780373776702
Maura McKnight-Parker wanted a vacation from Christmas.
She runs a book/coffeehouse and is open to book clubs to meet.
Hope's Crossing is the type of town that belongs in a snowglobe. Everything is in place and it looks so magical especially when it snows.
The straw that broke the camel's back is when her grown daughter, Sage brings her father into the bookstore on the night of the Christmas party. Maura has had a tough year, she buried her younger daughter.
They head to her office and she admits that Jackson Lunge is her bio father. She had tried to contact him when he went away to college. She's not seen him in twenty years and it's been quite a shock to her system.
He's now an architect and he does lectures at college and that's where Sage had a conversation with him.
He now plans to stick around for a few weeks to get to spend time with his daughter as it's the slow time of the year for him. He also sees his father at the bookstore, being mean and rude and when he sees him he becomes ill and falls.
Harry agrees to be attended by EMT's and the hospital. Jackson thinks things would go back to normal if he just left.
They each daydream about their sensual sex life as teens, the places they shared their life's together.
When a crises hits someone in town the angel of hope pays a call, either by giving them cash or a much needed gift, or food.
The angel is about to be uncovered as Jackson has seen the person in action.
Tempers flare as Sage informs them both she is taking a semester off from college. He has a plan that might work for them all and it's accepted.
It helps them all out but it brings them all closer to one another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filled with hope and renewal November 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book for all of us who have struggled with loss. A beautiful story of loss and hope and redemption. Forgiveness and recognition of our human failings and our humanity. A happy read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional September 25, 2012
By rhonda
Format:Mass Market Paperback
4 STARS Sweet Laurel Falls is a Hope's Crossing book 3 Okay was I on a emotional roller coast with this book. I admit to sharing some tears and smiling in other parts of the book. RaeAnne characters were real to me and I cared what happens to them. In other Hope's Crossing books we learn that someone is going around and helping people and the notes are signed Angel. In this the 3 book we find out who started it but others are copying the Angel. Maura McKnight-Parker had lost her teen daughter less than a year ago to drunk driving accident. She is puting on a good job to others that she is coping alright. When she is not ready to let her daughter go just yet. She is getting settup to host another Christmas Book club in her book store when a old boyfriend Jackson Lange from over 20 years ago shows up in her store with her other daughter Sage in tow. Maura had never told anyone who the father of her baby was. She never told Jackson that she was pregnant. Never told her 19 year old daughter Sage. Jackson was at Sage's Collage giving a lecture and after Sage went up to him. Sage told him that they were from the same little town and she saw his father around town. Jackson asked who her parents were to see if he knew them. She told him that she never knew who her father was but told him Maura was her mother. He figured out fast that he was the father. Jackson hated his father and the small town of Sweet Laura Falls. He left for collage and never came back to his home town untill now. He was upset to find out he was a father all these years and did not know. He was going to stay at least threw the holidays and get to know his daughter. It has been a rough year on Sage too. She really missed her younger sister even though thier was a 4 years between them they were close. Thier is not much of anything to complain about this book except I did not have tissues handy. I will definately be reading more books by RaeAnne in the future. 09/25/2012 PUB Harlequin Imprint HarlequinHQN
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5.0 out of 5 stars This. Book wad thrilling from cover to cover I ...
This. Book wad thrilling from cover to cover I had not read anything by this author before and now I"be trad this whole series. Looking forward to more books by this aithot
Published 5 days ago by G Marie Whitford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel
the book was excellent and I enjoyed the story It was well written by the author RaeAnne Thayne I will read more of her works
Published 1 month ago by patricia benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series and the way it develops book by book!!!
Published 1 month ago by Laura Gail Link
2.0 out of 5 stars bit of a spoiler alert
This book was 'ok' at best. I've read the previous ones and will read the rest just because I will. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hope's Crossing Book
I loved Sweet Laurel Falls as I did the previous two Hope's Crossing books. I am now on book #4 and hope to finish all of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marsha Solana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Jeanine Teroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, I highly recommend this book.
This book held you captive from the first page. The story had some twists and a great plot. I could not put this book down, and can't wait to read the next one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Laurel Falls
This amazing, a love story, a family story and sensitive treatment of grief and loss.
Published 2 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveness and reconciliation in a light romance
Stories from Hope's Crossing, Colorado continue with Maura, who lost her youngest daughter to a car crash just a short time ago. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the series
This is another good book by RaeAnne Thayne. It is a stand-alone book but builds on the other books in the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SwissMiss
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including four RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. RaeAnne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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