- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: NAL; First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780451468376
- ISBN-13: 978-0451468376
- ASIN: 0451468376
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Time for Me to Come Home Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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Heath Sawyer, a headlining country-music star, has been on the road and avoiding his family for six months. Now, two days before Christmas, he’s just finished his tour with a big concert in New York City and suddenly decides it’s time to return to the fold, at least for the holiday. With rough weather looming in the Midwest, though, getting there turns out to be a challenge. Stranded in a snow-bound Chicago on Christmas Eve, Heath shares a cab to the hotel with Cara, a woman he met at the airport, and that’s where their journey begins. From canceled flights to derailed trains and finally driving through a snowstorm, this book resembles nothing so much as a romantic retelling of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Heath’s heavy drinking and sometimes childish narcissism are an odd match for Cara’s teetotaling, upright tendencies, and their story is a humorous litany of stereotypes and clichéd, introspective moments. Light on depth but heavy on warmth, this Christmas tale will appeal especially to country-music fans looking for a feel-good read. --Cortney Ophoff
About the Author
Dorothy Shackleford is the mother of country music megastar Blake Shelton. She has written dozens of songs over the past twenty years, including several collaborations with Shelton like “Time for Me to Come Home.” She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Mike.
Travis Thrasher is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including collaborations with musicians like Jimmy Wayne and Thompson Square. He lives with his wife and three daughters near Chicago.
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I liked the premise of the book- musician Heath Sawyer is trying to get home to his mom for Christmas. She called him on the road to tell him was time for him to come home. He promised so he is doing his best to make it home to Oklahoma in time for Christmas. It is in the men's room of the airport he first spots Cara. There is something different about her. He isn't sure if it is the way she rushed into the Men's room to change her sweater without a thought, or how she didn't know who he was...but there was something different about- something he was drawn to. Even fate thought so- and the pair end up stranded at the airport after their flight gets cancelled. And so begins a story that has the pair of strangers traveling to their respective homes for Christmas- homes that were a mere 40 miles apart in Oklahoma.
It was a quick and easy read- and yes it was a little bit predictable but still it was a solid story that I enjoyed immensely. The characters were easy to relate to and the story line was engaging. The book itself was fast paced and I finished it quickly (took me just two nights. I hope Dorothy writes another book- I would definitely be interested in reading it!
As life often does when you're in a hurry.Heath encounters one unbelievable mishap after another on his journey home. In my mind's eye, Heath sounded an awful like Blake Shelton, Shackleford's son. I could just see Blake reacting to various characters in the book and hear him speaking to them as well. I found the characters endearing
and the story charming. There was a great hesitation about returning home, but as great a need to be there existed. There was a decision of the heart made by the main character that affected the secondary character as well and let's just say it was a lovely coming of awareness for Heath and Cara.
Let your heart be your guiding light.