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Time For Me to Come Home

Time For Me to Come Home

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by Dorothy Shackleford, Travis Thrasher

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“It’s funny how going back can get you back to where you belong.
It’s the difference between just a melody and my favorite Christmas song.”

The fireplace is lit, the snow is falling, and sleigh bells echo in the distance—it’s Christmas, and it’s time to come home.

Thirty-five-year-old Heath Sawyer has


“It’s funny how going back can get you back to where you belong.
It’s the difference between just a melody and my favorite Christmas song.”

The fireplace is lit, the snow is falling, and sleigh bells echo in the distance—it’s Christmas, and it’s time to come home.

Thirty-five-year-old Heath Sawyer has finally made it to the big-time as a country music star. After a year full of the kind of success he could only dream of, it’s December 23, and he’s headlining a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. It’s only as the lights on the stage go down and the Christmas lights outside come on that Heath realizes there’s just one place he wants to be for the holidays: back home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

But journeying anywhere on Christmas Eve is never easy, and with flight delays, inclement weather, and the unexpected company of a feisty young woman who’s about to become his traveling companion, Heath will need a Christmas miracle to make his way home in time to open presents.

Filled with touching anecdotes inspired by the real holiday memories of Blake Shelton and Dorothy Shackelford, Time for Me to Come Home is a sweet and funny story that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and the true meaning of finding your way back home.

Sometimes the best gift on Christmas is sharing it with the ones you love.

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A country music star finishes a tour in New York City and is summoned home to Oklahoma for Christmas by his mother, but to get there, he'll face a string of travel disasters and meet a fellow voyager who just might be the woman of his dreams. Heath Sawyer has reached the pinnacle of his career, ending a long, successful tour at Madison Square Garden just days before Christmas. Contemplating a tropical vacation for the holiday, his plans change abruptly when his mother calls him and gently but firmly tells him it's time to come home. Managing to squeak on a last-minute flight, he gets to the airport in time to see the plane grounded, but in the midst of the chaos of stranded passengers, Heath meets Cara, a quirky accountant and problem-solver who is also trying to get back to Tulsa for Christmas and fails to recognize him, much to Heath's wry amusement. The two reroute to Chicago, where they hit a blizzard, and it's anyone's guess whether they'll actually make it home in time, despite Cara's resourcefulness and best efforts. Along the way, Heath finds himself drawing strength from and enjoying the forced company of his fellow holiday vagabond, and by the end of the bizarre journey, he is pretty sure he can't live without her. Now, if only he can convince her he's worth the risk, it just might be the best Christmas ever. Shackleford--mother of country music superstar Blake Shelton--joins with celebrity collaborator Thrasher to create a storyline around Shelton's Christmas ballad of the same name. A kind of homage to tried-and-true country song elements--the star who drinks too much, the escape from the big city to the purity of nature and home, the refreshingly normal girl-next-door heroine who knows a relationship with The Big Star will never work--combined with a Planes, Trains & Automobiles, everything-that-can-go-wrong-will sensibility. Nothing great or earth shattering, but a sweet, if clichéd, romantic Christmas tale that will warm some hearts. Fans of country star Blake Shelton and his author-mother take note.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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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Time for Me to Come Home 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. It made me laugh, cry and laugh some more. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure how this story would all play out but by the time I got to the train and then the cousin and all of the Santas, I was laughing outloud and tears were running down my face, This book really needs to be a Hallmark movie for Christmas. I will be waiting to see the movie. Thanks so much for a very funny, yet differnt Christmas story. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Dorothy Shackleford spoke of what she knows, and that would be her son, Blake Shelton. If you need a face to put with the character, just picture Blake. I found the book to be an enjoyable, light read and I'm looking forward to Ms. Shackleford's next book.
Petey20 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!  I couldn't put this book down.  This one is a must!!
Betty Johnson More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book by Blake Shelton's Mom! I know it wasn't suppose to be about him... But, I loved pretending it was him & the lady was me!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is fun, light reading but keeps your interest. Still waiting to see if they get thru the blizzard and home to OK for Christmas.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Time for Me to Come Home was a wonderful and magical Christmas story by Dorothy Shackleford (Blake Shelton’s mother) and first novel. The novel is fictional; however, based on holiday memories the Grammy-nominated singer shares with his mom. His mom has written several songs, one of which is a song this novel was based on and appears on Shelton’s Christmas album, “Cheers, Its Christmas.” Heath Sawyer - 35-year-old country singer from Oklahoma who realizes that he wants to be home for Christmas when he performs a sold out show in Madison Square Garden. Plenty of challenges stand in the singer’s way as he tries to make his way home for the holidays. One being the weather, cancelled flights, derailing of Amtrack, and some crazy characters. One feisty and independent woman he meets at the airport is one which changes his heart. There are part of the book which even remind you of Blake with his fun-loving humorous wit and his love of drinking. A sweet Christmas book with love of family and some romance. I would highly recommend buying the audiobook by Dorothy Shackleford and Travis Thrasher as MacLeod Andrews was very sexy as the narrator and could listen to him all day and night!
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
This was a very easily read book, told in first person of the main character, Heath Sawyer.  Heath, a famous country singer heads home for Christmas.   He is amused by people recognizing him on occasion and their reactions to their recognition.   He tries to be polite, but there are those that could be stalkers in their midst. 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.
Harmar More than 1 year ago
A true love and guess story! He had total share issues as well as she did but u knew that it would come together. His mother and family guided gently but it was his heart that took the final thrust to make the heart do what the heart wants. I was so wrapped up that I was so glad that she accepted the heart! Loved it!
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Bonnielois More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book...easy reading...written with feeling. I would recommend it.
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Been witing for 20 minutes for the book to show up in nook. It"s been payed for
pmlfw More than 1 year ago
I truly hope the song ( that this book is based on) is good, because this story was so awful! I finished it hoping it would get better. Too predicable. Rather simple, uninteresting writing. I always pick up a holiday story before Christmas to read in December. This one was just not a good choice. Sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very disappointed in this book. Would not recommend it to anyone.