Come Home to Me: A Homefront Novella

Come Home to Me: A Homefront Novella

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by Jessica Scott
     
 
Previously published as ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

From USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott comes an all new novella about a woman who came back from war changed and the man who loves her enough not to let her go.

All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But

Overview

Previously published as ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

From USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott comes an all new novella about a woman who came back from war changed and the man who loves her enough not to let her go.

All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.

But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.

This story has been featured in Home For Christmas: A Holiday Duet with JoAnn Ross.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940150634381
Publisher:
Jessica Scott
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Series:
Jessica Scott's Coming Home Series , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
135
Sales rank:
19,745
File size:
506 KB

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USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

Most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012. Learn More at

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Come Home to Me: A Homefront Novella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novella. Most of the military romances I read center around the male's service record and his emotional state when he returns stateside. All I want for Christmas by Jessica Scott, is the complete opposite. It is the emotional tale of Captain Samantha Egan, trying to go back to her life after her first deployment, where she witnessed many horrors, including the death of her best friend. Luckily, Sam's boyfriend and guardian to her eight-year-old daughter, Major Patrick MacLean, has seen it all and truly understands the loss and emptiness Sam is feeling. Patrick is her rock and because he loves her so much, refuses to let her dark feelings overwhelm her and prevent breaking up their family. Ms. Scott pens a moving novella that truly tugs at your heartstrings. Patrick is an amazingly patient man and never stops fighting for the two women whom he loves most in the world. The sex scene is sensual and affectionate, which truly brings out the love Sam and Patrick have for each other. Overall, this is a fast-paced read, with great character development and an ending that brings the holiday story full circle. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog All I want for Christmas is You may be short but it packs a powerful punch. Jessica Scott yet again tackles issues of being a soldier, not so much the actual job but what comes with it.  The strength of this story is not about the issues but the survival of these soldiers.  This is a story of love triumphs all. The aftermath of being deployed has hit Natalie and Patrick hard. Not only their experiences has left them emotionally and physically damaged; it also threatens their relationship.  It would take one heck of a storm and a manipulative little girl to fix this. My heart broke for Natalie and Patrick.  Because they both have been deployed for long periods of time, they have forgotten to be couple in every sense of the way.  But I commend Patrick on his strength to save their relationship.  He was patient but assertive in getting what he wanted.  Natalie is very lucky to have him. If you have time for a quick heartfelt read this holiday, I recommend this book. *ARC provided by author
GHott More than 1 year ago
Captain Samantha Egan isn’t the person she was when she started her tour. She used to scoff at those that said war changes you but now she knows – it takes your soul. She’s only the shell of the person who departed. So she does what’s best. She collects her daughter from her boyfriend’s and goes home. Except that her boyfriend, Major Patrick MacLean, has been where she is and isn’t willing to let go of his family without a fight! Hott Review: This is my first Jessica Scott book, but it won’t be my last! I couldn’t put ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ down and I cried through half of it! I think that this book not only serves as a wonderful holiday romance, but also an amazing reminder of what is done for us every day. There are many that are going to be turned off by the excessive foul language and one descriptive steamy section. More… Author: Jessica Scott Source: Morgan Doremus Grade: A Steam: Adult – Not a lot but a bit graphic. Setting: Maine Series: Coming Home 5.5
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "Thank you for not giving up on me." Stars. Jessica Scott isn't a new author to me, in the fact that her Coming Home series of books have been on my reading radar for a while, but actually reading her work, that is new to me. Again, I am faced with the task of wanting to give myself a slap for waiting so long to actually pick up one of her books. All I Want for Christmas isn't a fluffy read, but it does encompass the spirit and meaning of Christmas perfectly. After returning to the US from active service, on a tour that saw her lose her best friend Captain Samantha Egan is struggling, her way of coping is to try and ignore the numbness that seems to have become a part of her everyday existence, and to leave everything that once meant so much, behind. She returns home to Saber Falls with her daughter Natalie, to her mothers house, also leaving behind the love of her life, Major Patrick MacLean. Patrick isn't giving up his girls without a fight, and swiftly follows Sam and Nat in the hope that he can help Sam with the Grief and PTSD she is attempting to pretend are not affecting her, and pull his family back together in time for Christmas. "Make me feel again, Patrick." This is an emotional and heart felt story, it makes you stop for a little while and think about all the things that you are grateful for, especially at this time of the year. If you haven't read this authors work before it is going to make you want to dive in and start the series (a bit like this reader), if you have, then you can congratulate yourself on not being a late-to-the-party-d**b**s like I am! ARC generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and very moving story!! I loved it!!
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read of Jessica Scott's and the first that I have read in her Coming Home series. For not having read any of the previous books in the series I think that Jessica did a great job of making this a stand alone novel that a romance reader could pick up and enjoy. In addition, I also thought Jessica did a great job of developing the characters from the beginning of the novella to the end. In regards to the content I think that she did a good job of describing life in the military. Although I don't personally live or work in the military from what she wrote i think she did an honest job and made it as real as possible. I think all in all this was a great novella that I would definitely recommend to my reader friends ad other authors. I am very interested now in reading more books from this author and series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...this story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I really felt for both Sam and Patrick. I only wished it could have been longer because i would have loved to see these two in their new life with Natalie. I wasn't quite ready to let them go yet. Jessica has this way with her writing. Her words wrap around you and pull you into the story and don't let go. You don't want to let go. Her characters and their situations seem so real that you can't help but want a HEA for them. You want the hero and heroine to find the peace and love they so desperately need and deserve. The story of Sam and Patrick was no different and was an excellent addition to and already excellent series. Sam...my heart hurt for her. She was so lost and didn't know how to reach out for help. Patrick *sigh* He was such a great character. Once he really saw what was happening with Sam he tried his best to get through to her and pull her from the darkness. They were such a great couple and I loved how their story ended. I also loved that Sam finally realized that Patrick was never going to walk away from her. I couldn't love two characters more if I tried. :) All I Want For Christmas is Jessica Scott at her best and the reason I continue to look forward to reading each new book. Thank you Jessica for such a great read.     Mariann at Belle's Book Bag
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
5 stars – I would give it 100 if I could I don’t know how she keeps doing it – each and every one of the books in Jessica Scott’s Coming Home series has taken my breath away. I read a lot of books – all kinds of romance – and her books are among the best of any I’ve ever read. I don’t know how she managed to pack so much feeling and emotion into a rather short story. All I can say is All I Want for Christmas Is You is a wonderful, heart-wrenching story. This story read to me like it must personal, but then again I’ve thought that about every one of her books in this series. If she hasn’t lived her stories then I’ve no doubt that she knows people who have lived them in one way or another. Her books are REAL. Sometimes I want to read a book to escape and get lost in the fantasy but sometimes I want to read a story that feels so real it makes you ache. This book does that in spades. If you’ve read the other Coming Home books you MUST read this one. If you haven’t read the other books – what are you waiting for??!! Each book in the series stands alone but you might enjoy them more if you read them in this order: .5: I’ll Be Home For Christmas 1: Because Of You 1.5: Anything For You 2: Back To You 3: Until There Was You 4: All For You 5: It's Always Been You 5.5: All I Want for Christmas Is You Don’t be intimidated by the fact that there are so many stories published before this one. All I Want for Christmas Is You doesn’t really connect directly to the other stories (the hero was a secondary character in Back to You). This would be a great one to start with if you haven’t read any of Jessica Scott’s other books yet. I was privileged to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
pwall55 More than 1 year ago
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Jessica Scott is an emotional “returning home” read. Much like all of her others, it is genuinely realistic. You can tell that someone who has seen these events up close and personal writes these stories. Instead of the male lead not adjusting to returning from deployment this one deals with the female lead, Samantha returning after losing her best friend who also served. I appreciated the storyline that shows all military personnel, male and female return home changed even if there are no physical injuries.  My favorite line was near the end when Samantha says to Patrick, “Thank you for not giving up on me.” I loved that he came as soon as his young daughter, Natalie, called him. I loved that he calmly held on to his family. I loved the ending when they were truly a family, paperwork or not. This is the perfect Christmas story. Reads well as a stand-alone but you cannot read one without wanting to read more by Ms. Scott.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
This was a very emotional and loving book.  The characters have a real depth.  Altho this is a novella, the story is well done and complete. I highly recommend not only this Great Book (!) but also all of Jessica's books.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Nice, enjoyable novella I received an advance reader edition of this book from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars This was a nice enjoyable novella. I liked the story and it was the perfect choice on an evening when I did not want to start a full length novel. This is part of a series but I was able to read it as a stand alone story with absolutely no problems. I really liked that this novella was about bringing a couple in a long term relationship back together instead of the typical boy meets girl romance. "I was terrified you wouldn't come home." The story opens with Patrick alone and heartbroken. He misses Sam and his daughter Natalie. Sam has recently left Patrick and returned to Maine with Natalie. Patrick is not Natalie's biological father but he has raised her and considers her his child. After a call from Natalie, he goes to Maine to see Natalie and try to make things work with Sam. "Then explain to me what happened, Sam. Because if you're going to destroy everything we built together, I deserve to know why." Sam is having a really hard time after coming back from the war. Instead of asking for help, she attempts to deal with her issues alone and it is simply not working. Both Patrick and Samantha have served in the war and taken turns being deployed, so much so that they have not spent a whole lot of time together in recent years. "It's a hard thing to admit that you're not okay." I could definitely tell that this author knows exactly what she is talking about regarding the issues those who serve in the military face when they return from deployment. I appreciated the fact that in this story it was the woman who is having issues after being at war and the man is trying to help her heal. I would definitely recommend this short novella to anyone who likes romances. This is the first story by Jessica Scott but I do plan to read her work in the future.
All-Night-Books More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read to show you the struggles both the men and women of our armed forces face when they come home from a deployment. It shows us a strong man, Patrick, who is willing to fight for the family he lost. A cute little girl who just wants her mommy and daddy back together. A strong woman, Samantha, who thinks she has to hold it all in and that it's the right thing to do to walk away, when she needs to stay and be strong. It's a book that touches the emotions and makes the characters real to the reader. It's a great holiday read that will have you believe in Christmas miracles. 
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dutcheja More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that if I could I would have rated it higher than a 5.!!! It was beautifully written, very moving and insightful and so very relevant to the times. It helps us all to see the difficulty and devastation that this war can do to our soldiers on and off the field, during combat and the journey home after they are on American soil. It was a love story in every sense of the word. I loved the characters of Sam, Patrick and Natalie. Sam is a returning soldier from the battlefield to a Mom and companion at home. Patrick is also a soldier but this time he is the one to keep the home fires burning and taking care of their daughter, Natalie. Natalie is so precocious and way beyond her years. Together they make a family.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
All I Want For Chrismas Is You by Jessica Scott is a poignant and emotional novella. It's part of her Coming Home series but can be read as a stand-alone. This was my first book by Jessica Scott but it won't be my last. The story about Captain Samantha Egan and Major Patrick MacLean is their story of hope and love. It's a story of soldiers returning from war and the emotional roller coaster that many of them face after having been in a war zone. With Jessica's background, this story felt very real to me as I was reading. Although this is a novella, the characters are fully developed and there is a lot of emotional depth in this story. I almost cried as I cheered Patrick on in his fight to save his family. This was a story of Christmas magic that sparks hope and reminded me of how strong love can provide the security for some one to heal. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy "real" military romance with honest conflicts. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.