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Sweet Laurel Falls (Hope's Crossing Book 3) by [Thayne, RaeAnne]
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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

New York Times 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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  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EO70XY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Vox Libris TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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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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By Jbarr5 on 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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First let me start off by saying you need to read the other two stories in this series first (Blackberry Summer & Woodrose Mountain). You could read this book by itself but there's a lot of references to things in the other books that would help with this story. That being said, this story is about love lost & second chances. The lead character Maura is divorced single mom of Sage & has recently loss her younger daughter Layla(this event is told in the other books). The holidays have arrived & she's about at her rope's end with everyone watching her & they sympathy she gets & then the final straw comes to town in the form of Jackson her high school sweetheart & Sage's father which neither Sage nor Jackson knew about until they met at a college lecture. As you can imagine neither Sage or Jackson are happy with Maura & thus the story begins. There is also the relationship between Jackson & his father Harry the town artiscrat who bully's everyone to get his way because he has money. All angles of the story are well told & keeps your interest. If you have read the other 2 books you finally find out who is "The Angel of Hope". All in all a very good story & easy read. I am looking forward to reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. These 3 books have been my first books I have read by her & have enjoyed each one. REcommend book & author.
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