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A Texas Thanksgiving (Homecoming Heroes, Book 5) (Love Inspired #468) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2008

Book 5 of 6 in the Homecoming Heros Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373875045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373875047
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.

She decided after that to get some help, and joined a writers' roundtable where she met once a week with some fellow writers who went over each other's work. She sold her first book in the early 1980s and has been selling ever since. She loves to tell a story. When she was a little girl she made up stories while playing with her dolls. On long trips with her family she would weave a story about the surrounding countryside. From those early beginnings grew a love of entertaining people with a story. She has sold nearly 5 million books worldwide with over 90 books.

When she went away to college, she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years. He is her support and her best friend. She has always felt she was the luckiest woman the day she bumped into him on campus.

When they married, they moved to Tulsa, where she finished her degree in special education and began teaching. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs. They helped her remember what is important in life. She also participated in the Special Olympics as a coach with her students and has attended the State Games in May for years. Recently she retired from teaching to write full-time.

Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, loves animals and there have been times they could have their own zoo at the house. The most interesting pet Shaun had is a leopard tortoise, which could outlive him. She has joked that his children will be inheriting a tortoise. He is married with four daughters.

When she isn't working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She has been to many countries in the world and loves to meet new people. Her favorite place is Tahiti -- Bora Bora. It is as beautiful as all the pictures portray it.

In her travels she has found herself in some interesting situations. Once, in London, she got caught in the middle of a protest that later turned into a riot over poll taxes. In the rain forest of Costa Rica, she was covered from head to toe in mud and ruined a perfectly good outfit. She should have remembered it was going to be wet since it was called a rain forest. In Rio, she and a friend were left with no means to get back to the hotel on the other side of the city. Neither Margaret nor her companion spoke Portuguese and there wasn't a cab in sight. Thankfully one finally pulled up to the curb at the museum because she couldn't see herself hiking across Rio to get back to the hotel at night.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Palmer on June 9, 2012
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Evan Paterson was busy working his ranch and raising his five year old daughter. Widowed after a long separation, the last thing Evan wanted was another wife! He had already given up his military career after his wife walked out on him and his little girl. But then one day at Show and Pet, he met HER...actually, it was his daughter who was friends with HER daughter, the same age as she was. And it just so happened that she was a single parent as well, except she had never married. Before long, he had offered to give her daughter riding lessons and she'd offered to give him cooking lessons!

The two girls played an important part in this book. After all, their favorite movie just happened to be "The Parent Trap," and we KNOW how that book turned out! The girls became best friends, reunited by a similar desire - to have a whole family! They spent the night with each other, were inseparable at school, and coaxed their parents into spending time together. But all through this, the parents knew and began having feelings for each other. They even went out on a real date!

Other series-long stories were in this book. We of course get to spend more time with Ali and his problems. He suffers another loss, but gains someone else who wants to love him. More drama unfolds on the missing soldier. Whitney is Evan's brother, and Evan receives some disturbing news about her whereabouts. This drives a wedge between Evan and Julia - one that Julia doesn't think can be removed...

Of course, Olag is still on the prowl, looking for suspecting couples to get together while trying to convince her preacher man to fall for her.

The emotions in this story will make you cry! I could feel Evan's pain over the losses he suffered. There is healing and promises made.

If you aren't, you should read thest books in order. They are MUCH better that way!!!
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Evan Paterson left the military after his wife died so he could raise his daughter Paige. Now his life revolves around his daughter and the Double P Ranch. The last thing he wants or needs is another relationship with a woman.

Julia is a single mom whose parents never forgave her for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Now she struggles to make ends meet in a small town working as a social worker. Little Ellie is her entire world and Julia doesn't need anything else.

When Evan and Julia meet at a school event, all of their previous good intentions start to waver. As they spend more time together due to their daughters being best friends, the attraction is there as much as they try to resist it. However Paige and Ellie have their own plans and to them, nothing would be better than A Texas Thanksgiving spent as sisters.

I was in the mood for some holiday reading so I picked A Texas Thanksgiving up off the book shelf. What a pleasant surprise!

Ellie and Paige are delightful and while A Texas Thanksgiving is a romance, these two are the real stars. They steal the show every single time they put in an appearance. Then there is the fact that their favorite movie is The Parent Trap, which sets off all kinds of schemes when these two five year olds put their heads together over how to bring their parents together. They often seem too old for their years, then one or both of them does something that reminds us just how young they are.

Two other subject matters near and dear to my heart come up more than one time as well. I loved the concept of having the entire Homecoming Heroes series revolve around a small Texas town whose livelihood centers on the military base not too far away.
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This was a sweet Holiday book about two little girls whose parents are "seeing" each other. This book was a pretty easy read, but several times I was thrown off because of some new character or scenario that was happening. I realize now that this book is the 5th in a series, and those characters and situations were things that had happened in previous books! That made the story line easier for me to follow, but I think it would be best to read the other books first.
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