A Christmas Homecoming

A Christmas Homecoming

4.7 19
by Melissa McClone
A kiss is just a kiss...

Unless it's under the mistletoe.

Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech "bah, humbug" billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season.

Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to


A kiss is just a kiss...

Unless it's under the mistletoe.

Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech "bah, humbug" billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season.

Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to give him a Christmas he'll never forget. But after a simple kiss under the mistletoe, Ellie and Josiah both start questioning everything. Can Christmas really bring the gift neither one of them were expecting: true love?

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A Christmas Homecoming 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
The jingle of a Christmas bell always get me excited, and this story uses a bell to help weave the story and romance of Ellie and Josiah. Having gone a decade without seeing each other, Josiah is surprised to see Ellie as a grown woman and no longer the annoying little sister of his childhood friend. Their lives have gone in separate directions, and Ellie is just the woman to show the cynical Josiah that Christmas magic is real and how to not be a Grinch as he heals from a near-death infection. Josiah helps Ellie to see her life can be more, and it's important to follow one's dreams, even if it means stepping out of one's comfort zone. But giving one's heart and love to each other while not sure about each one's future keeps them from fully embracing a relationship. Just when it seems all may be lost, Christmas wishes, the jingle of a bell, and a little help from Santa show these two how to find their happily ever after! I just love a wonderful Christmas romance!
Anonymous 11 hours ago
Touching story with the loss of a brother/friend and the changes and growth in the following years. Sweet story!
redmoran1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars ***This ebook was provided by Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review*** A Christmas Homecoming is part of the Bar V5 Ranch series and it was another great book in the series. From the book blurb Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech “bah, humbug” billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season. Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to give him a Christmas he’ll never forget. But after a simple kiss under the mistletoe, Ellie and Josiah both start questioning everything. Can Christmas really bring the gift neither one of them were expecting: true love? I loved the heroine Ellie, she was determined to enjoy Christmas and finally enjoy the holiday season. Josiah came to the Bar V5 dude ranch to recover from a serious illness and the last thing he needs is Ellie spreading holiday cheer all over the ranch but even he can't resist Ellie's charm and they soon share a kiss under the mistletoe that has the potential to be much more than just a kiss I enjoyed reading about characters from previous books in the series and I enjoyed seeing how Josiah started enjoying Christmas and realize that taking time off from work can be a good thing and that work doesn't have to be his only focus in life.
cowboysfan65 More than 1 year ago
Josiah Whittaker has been forced to take a month off work be cause of his health.His friend Nate brought him to the Bar Y5 in Marietta his home town.Josiah just wants to be left alone until Ellie Smith walks into his room. Ellie's brother and Josiah were best friends in school, but when Nate warns him not to hurt her. The more he is around Ellie he starts to see what he has but missing out on love and a family.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A story that will definitely get your Christmas spirits high, and put a smile on your face. Ellie's enjoyment and thrill of Christmas is pure and joyful. She genuinely loves the Christmas time, and to bring cheer to other people's lives. She is easy to like, her love for life and caring for others are endearing, her goals in life, and how she goes about fulfilling them are admirable. Josiah is a total opposite to Ellie, when it comes to Christmas. And I thought it was understandable, he didn't try to stop others from enjoying the holidays, he just rather not participate in the festivities. That is allowed. Both of them have such a giving heart, they are willing to go the extra mile for others. The charity work Ellin does, and Josiah helps her with, was thoughtful and important. I loved the spark between them, the attraction was immediate on both sides, but they are approaching it in such a sensible way. But the kisses are hot, addictive, and the connection that they formed a long time ago, in their teens, sparks up again, and feelings step in, feelings either one of them are not expecting, or ready for. This was a heartwarming story, filled with cheer, joy, caring and love ~ Four Spoons
emilyk52281 More than 1 year ago
'A Christmas Homecoming' by Melissa McClone is a great read. I loved reading about Ellie and Josiah. This is a great 'feel good' Christmas story. I'm looking forward to reading more about the interesting characters at the Bar V5 dude ranch. Recommend to all fans of Christmas romance.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Homecoming, by Melissa McClone, is a selection of the multifaceted Copper Mountain series from Tule Publishing. It is Christmas at the Bar V5 Ranch in Marietta, Montana, and Josiah Whittaker has returned to his hometown for a forced period of rest and recuperation after a near fatal bout with blood poisoning. One problem with being at the ranch, or even Marietta, at Christmastime for Josiah is that he has come to cringe at anything Christmas. The other problem is that as CEO of Whit Tech, the company he founded right out of college and that had given him billionaire status, being away from the company and having very limited online access made him a little crazy. But the board of directors, including his best friend and board of directors member Nate Vaughn, had given Josiah an ultimatum--take this month to recover or he was fired. Josiah wondered why he hadn't kept 51% of the company when he went public! To keep his sanity during this forced retreat, Josiah would certainly need to find something to occupy his time. Little did he know this would come in the form of a particular bell wearing elf and person from his past as well as some very magical Kris Krinkle cookies. Throw in some kids at Buck's Place, a nonprofit created by bell wearing Ellie Smith in her brother's memory, and you have the making of a new man. This story captures the season, the meaning of giving, of oneself and ones resources, and the power of love. I found this book to be an endearing tale that is perfect for the holiday season, and that I would love to spend a Christmas in this magical town
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Homecoming is a short and sweet holiday treat. First off let me say that one of the things I find to be most intriguing about the story is it's tempo. I loved how she slowly leads the reader into a love story between the two main characters. That made the story for me so much more emotional because I got to learn some of the back history of their relationship as the story went on. On of the reasons that I always come back to Ms. McClone is that her understanding of emotion in her writing is superb. She is never showy but gets her point across and leaves me loving her work.
Kristyl21 More than 1 year ago
Josiah Whittaker has been forced to spend a month recovering from a life threatening illness at the Bar V5 ranch in Marietta Montana. The problem is its December and Josiah hates Christmas about as much as not being able to work. However once Ellie Smith delivers him a plate of cookies he rethinks his opinions on a certain decoration, mistletoe. Ellie is taking a break from kissing, especially with guests, after an incident with a married man. Both have changed a lot since seeing each other 11 years ago but after agreeing to help one another will mistletoe come into play?
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! The characters were wonderful.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
McClone definitely brings Christmas to life with this warm and inviting novel. The story was intricately crafted and really drew me in. I enjoyed each aspect as it came together. At the same time, it was a light and easy read that I really connected with. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and becoming part of their lives for this short while. They were fun and inviting individuals that I got to know as if they were my neighbours. I found myself becoming more and more invested in their lives. This novel was cute, sweet, funny, & heartfelt. This is definitely a Marietta Christmas that I won’t soon forget. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great additional novel set in Marietta, Montana including many secondary characters that are very familiar ‘friends’ after reading so many books set in this township. Having said that, you don’t need to have read any of those to thoroughly enjoy this story! As a fourteen year old, Eleanor Smith had secretly followed her brother, Buck, and his best friend Josiah Whittaker around. Her brother was seriously ill, but had a very positive outlook on life. Josiah was from the ‘wrong side of town’, struggling financially but very bright, able and hard working. The untimely death of her brother meant she no longer saw Josiah who left town and moved on to found his own very successful high tech business. Years later, Josiah had worked hard to succeed, in fact he worked so hard his health has suffered and the billionaire business man is returning to stay and recuperate at the Bar V5 dude ranch, where Ellie is a housekeeper, for a month. The month he’s staying is December but don’t let that make you think it will be full of festive cheer for him - he hates not working, dislikes everything to do with Christmas and really doesn’t want this enforced month long vacation with all his gadgets taken away so he just can’t play! Ellie is determined to help Josiah recuperate and enjoy Christmas. The two are soon friends but both are wary, for very different reasons, of becoming anything more. However, the festive season, an insightful Santa and love might just have something to do about that! I haven’t read a story set in Marietta that I haven’t loved and this one is no different. The town has such brilliant, memorable characters who it is delightful to keep reencountering in different stories and even by different authors. In this story, Ellie had experienced so much in her life that she was using to help her help others, especially through Buck’s Place. I hope such places really do exist to help the siblings of seriously ill children have some time where the focus is on them, giving them time, fun and support, rather than everything being in response to the ill child. Josiah needed a wake up call to show him that life is for living and not just for working and he’s certainly had it, though he was determined to largely ignore it initially. With great characters, a superb setting and an emotional festive story this is a total winner for me. I really enjoyed how their relationship grew and developed, making this a brilliant, enthralling, festive romance that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Homecoming is by Melissa McClone. I was generously provided with this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Tule Publishing, and by Melissa McClone. A Christmas Homecoming finds us back at the Bar V5 Ranch in Marietta, Montana, one of my very favorite places to visit. Melissa has written several books taking place on this ranch and I always look forward to going back and revisiting my friends. Ellie Smith has worked at the ranch for a year and a half. She works in housekeeping but she takes her duties more seriously than some. She wants to do whatever possible to make anyone she happens to cross paths with happy. During her childhood, Ellie had a terminally sick brother. The years her family had to deal with her brother’s illness, Ellie learned how to keep quiet. Everyone had so much to handle each and every day, she never wanted to add more. Ellie loves her job on the Bar V5, but even more than that, she loves Christmas. Ellie loves everything there is about Christmas. Josiah Whittaker is the CEO of Whit Tech, a company he started himself that has made him a billionaire. But success didn’t come easy. Josiah works eighty hour weeks, his company is his life. Until he cut himself zip lining. It was just a small cut but he didn’t get it treated and became infected. Eventually he ended up with a serious blood infection and was hospitalized. Now, Josiah is weak and needs to recuperate, away from work. So he is ordered to the Bar V5, which is run by his friend Nate, for a month of rest. Josiah was best friends with Ellie’s ill brother back in high school and he can’t believe his eyes when he realizes that Ellie now works at the ranch. And she’s not a little girl anymore. No, she’s all grown up. The ranch is completely decked out in Christmas. Every corner of the great room is filled with Christmas cheer. But, Josiah doesn’t believe in Christmas magic. His motto is Bah, Humbug. How is he ever going to stand a month here, no cell phone, no computer, just all this Christmas cheer. Well, there is one thing he might not mind, the mistletoe, especially if he can get Ellie underneath it. The attraction is pretty immediate but Ellie is determined that Josiah is a guest which makes him off limits. Still, the more time they spend together, the harder it gets, until the mistletoe finds them. This was a really sweet story of two people who were kind of lost, each in their own way, who together, perhaps finally found something they didn’t even realize they were missing. Ellie has a dream she has been trying to achieve for a long time now and Josiah helps to make that dream within her reach. Josiah might finally learn that there is more to him that his job. Or will he? As always, Melissa McClone’s books leave me feeling all warm inside and always with a smile on my face. Her characters are endearing and wonderful. I have such an image in my mind of the Bar V5 Ranch and love my visits. I hope you will too.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Clean and Charming Holiday Romance. * * Purchased and Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. * * Judging a Book by it's Cover: Cover matches the theme. Happy, warm, inviting and romantic. I was a bit torn by synopsis, since it's tied to a series, I worried I'd feel left behind. But I was assured it could stand on it's own so opted to give it a try. I do like the hopeful holiday reads. Looking Deeper: Third person POV. I'd still consider this a novella, albeit on the longer side at just over 200 pages. Josiah really dislikes Christmas. Forced to take a month-long medical leave from his CEO position in the company he founded, during the holidays - to the festive dude ranch owned and operated by one of his best friends and influential board member at his company - just compounds his immediate dislike. Until she appears bearing cookies. Ellie grew up invisible, having a dying brother overshadowed much of her young life. But instead of letting it destroy her, she's make it her life goal to make others happy... on the ranch and her non-profit that she founded in her brother's honor. She's got big dreams and is working her hardest to make them happen. Lead characters are well-written and enjoyable. The secondary characters are mostly from books one and four, but you do not get an overwhelming sense of "What did I miss". Rather, there are points that truly make you want to backtrack to read their story, too. The chemistry and compatibility between Josiah and Ellie is gradual and natural. If you are expecting a hot and steamy book, this will not be the right one for you... it stayed clean throughout. Dialogue and interaction between the cast was enjoyable and fun. Not angsty or overly-dramatized. The plot was full, but not very dynamic - for the most part, it stayed steady. The flow was incredibly smooth. Most of the conflict came from Josiah's internalizations, but he'd quickly realize the errors of his ways. There was hardly any predictability at all. The conclusion was good: closed. I'd liked to have seen an epilogue detailing the outcome of the new project and what became of Pewter. Overall, it is a sweet, clean, holiday charmer that is filled with more tinsel and mistletoe than Santa's Workshop. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: 1.5 [G / PG] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
CArcidiacono More than 1 year ago
A trip back to the Bar V5 ranch was just what I needed, especially for Christmastime to see what the gang has been up to. Josiah is being forced to stay there for a whole month and he feels it will be like prison. He almost died and was told by his doctors to rest, so his friend Nate took him home to the ranch. He wasn't expecting to see his best friends little sister and boy has Ellie grown since he saw her last, eleven years ago. A great addition to the series. I would like to know Santa's cookie recipe ... I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
This was a great and fun story. Josiah is at the Bar V5 ranch on a forced vacation to recuperate from an illness. Ellie is is high school friend's little sister and, just by chance, an employee at the ranch where he is staying. Josiah and Ellie were great characters. Ellie is so sweet and caring and just does so much for so many people. Josiah has a good heart, but has been so consumed with work that he hasn't taken the time to really enjoy life. Great story with great secondary characters and left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
What a great addition to the Bar V5 Ranch series. Loved the story of Ellie, whom embraces Christmas to the fullest and Josiah, known as Mr Grinch. Josiah has come to ranch to re cooperate after being very sick, Ellie works at the ranch. They have known each other growing up, Ellie was the younger sister of his best friend that passed away. Now can Ellie show Josiah, that "Christmas magic can work miracles". This is the perfect read for a cozy afternoon read in this busy holiday season. I highly recommend this book. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An excellent addition to the Bar V 5 series. This is a heartwarming story and perfect for an afternoon read that will help you capture the holiday feeling. The always chipper Ellie and the grumpy scrooge like Josiah were perfect for each other. This is one I highly recommend.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
Ellie is doing her best to make the most of every Christmas. After losing her brother when she was young, life just sort of paused for her family. While her brother was ill she was put on the back burner, and while she isn't resentful at all, it has definitely shaped her. She has started a group that helps make sure siblings of the ill remember that they are still important and entitled to have fun. Josiah is a billionaire CEO who is recovering from a near fatal blood infection. He IS resentful and worries for his company, his job, and his sanity. As bah humbug as they come, Josiah is convinced that spending Christmas at the Bar V5 is going to kill him. Ellie is determined to help Josiah heal and to show him the joy of Christmas. Josiah, it seems, actually about to teach HER a few things about joy and giving. I absolutely adored this book. Sweet without being fake and cheesy and also funny and wildly romantic, this is a perfect holiday read.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
A sweet story about one woman helping a Christmas hating Scrooge overcome his hatred of the holiday. Josiah Whittaker hates Christmas. He never wanted to return to Montana once he left. And here he is at Bar V5, a working dude ranch and hotel that has been transformed into a Christmas winter wonderland. He is being forced to take some time off work after a serious illness. No work allowed. Ellie Smith was excited to learn the first billionaire guest at Bar V5 was one of her late brother's friends. The last time she saw Josiah, she was only 14 years old. Josiah sure has changed. Ellie is having a hard time keeping her eyes off him. When Ellie finds out Josiah hates Christmas, she sets out to change his mind. With a little luck, some mistletoe, a group of children and a real live Santa, Ellie just might be able to convince Josiah that Christmas is the best time of year. This wonderful Christmas story will really get you into the holiday spirit. Ellie and Josiah are the perfect example of opposites attract, and that going back home can lead to happiness and surprises.