Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas Series #5)

Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas Series #5)

by Lori Wilde

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It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062310255
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Twilight, Texas Series , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 54,660
File size: 904 KB

About the Author

Lori Wilde is the New York TimesUSA Today and Publishers’ Weekly bestselling author of 87 works of romantic fiction. She’s a three-time Romance Writers’ of America RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Award. She has won numerous other awards as well. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, with more than four million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her breakout novel, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a TV movie.

Lori is a registered nurse with a BSN from Texas Christian University. She holds a certificate in forensics and is also a certified yoga instructor.

A fifth-generation Texan, Lori lives with her husband, Bill, in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World; where they run Epiphany Orchards, a writing/creativity retreat for the care and enrichment of the artistic soul.

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Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I have not read any of the previous Twilight, Texas novels and this one means I now have another series to go buy. Definitely works very well as a stand-a-lone. There are a few characters from previous book included, but they are really side characters that we don't see too often. The focus of the story is directly on Hutch and Meredith and the two kids. We very rarely see anyone else at all - which was kind of odd thinking back on it, but I didn't really notice it too much while reading. There were just a couple of things that bothered me that prevented Christmas at Twilight from getting 5 stars. The first was that way too many people in this town come from the elite of the military branches. I know this is fiction, but having three grow up in the same town seemed a bit much. The other is an issue involving a kevlar vest - a device that manages to save the lives of two different people in two different situations. The second time it seemed more of a way to tie loose ends up instead of really an integral part of the story - almost an afterthought. These were the only two little plot issues that stood out and made me do a double take. Both Hutch and Meredith are great characters. They are perfect for each other. Meredith is going by the alias Jane - which was very confusing at first. She still referred to herself as Meredith in internal dialog, but everyone around her was saying Jane. Before I got used to it, I kept thinking there were two people. She is soft and hard at the same time and the way she treated both the kids was magical. I loved to watch her. Hutch was complicated. Not being able to speak made it difficult to get to know him too well right off the bat. It was all emotions and actions - but we learn to watch for the cues to how he feels and learn what he is trying to say right along with Meredith. This almost qualifies as a romantic suspense - which surprised me in a holiday book - it was a very nice surprise and a great way to break up some of the gushiness of the traditional Christmas story. I love those too, but you just need a break once in awhile. Christmas at Twilight was a great way for me to keep up with the holiday reading and mix it up a bit at the same time. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Snag61 More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Twilight is a nice story by one of my favorite contemporary romance writers, Lori Wilde. She writes small-town romance so very well. This is the 10th book in the Twilight Texas series. (See below for links to the other books.) I’ve read them all and I enjoy revisiting this fictional town and the array of interesting characters who live there.  CIT is a sweet romance between two people who sure could use a Christmas miracle. The hero, Brian “Hutch” Hutchinson, a former Delta Force Operator who was discharged due to recent injuries he incurred in Afghanistan. He has physical and emotional issues he has to work out. The heroine Jane/Meredith Sommers has her own set of problems and a secret past she is hiding from.  Both suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) so while this is a very good story, it also deals with some serious, dark issues. In addition, Borderline Personality Disorder and domestic abuse are also prominent themes in the book. It was not a sugary sweet Christmas story. So I’ll leave it up to you to read it when you choose. I definitely think it is worth the read, just keep this in mind. The story could actually take place any time, not necessarily at Christmastime. I liked Hutch –he was literally the “strong, silent type” – which couldn’t have been easy to write. Lori Wilde needed to convey his sexiness and vulnerability to the heroine without his words, I think it was accomplished very well. I was certainly smitten.  I really enjoyed the characterization of the two children who were in the book. Four year old Ben, Meredith’s little boy and four year old Kimmie who is Hutch's niece. (Meredith rents a room from Ashley, Hutch’s sister.) The children share the same birthday and tell anyone they are twins. They add a little levity to what otherwise would be a suspense-driven story line. From the first time one of the children called him “Unca Hutch” I was a goner.  I think you will enjoy this book, if you go in knowing it isn’t going to be a sugary-sweet Christmas story—I feel it was much more appropriate that I ended up reading it over Veteran’s Day.   Lori Wilde |6348467]The Sweethearts' Knitting Club Book 1 The True Love Quilting Club Book 2 The First Love Cookie Club Book 3 The Welcome Home Garden Club Book 4 The Christmas Cookie Collection Books 5,6,7 & 8 The Valentine's Day Disaster Book 9
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde is one of the best “feel-good” holiday books that I have read. It has a very heartwarming story that is deep, touching, with a touch of sadness that raises the bar for HEA’s – at least in my opinion. This isn’t a quick holiday story; it is a very in-depth, family story that grabbed me from the very beginning. Jane/Meredith and Hutch both have things in their pasts that bring in that sadness that I stated above. They have an auspicious meeting – pretty funny, in fact, if it doesn’t happen to you, personally! – but when they realize working together they make a great team ? The absolute best! I think Christmas at Twilight has a different slant than Ms. Wilde’s other Twilight books. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and most especially, the children. They are adorable! Jane/Meredith and Hutch have such depth to them that you really feel that they are real people and are dealing with problems that anyone might have in this world, today. I highly recommend this book. Get ready for a roller coaster ride that will take you to some deep places, some high places, and to that wonderful HEA that we all crave. Lori Wilde has done it again!
julieford More than 1 year ago
Lori Wilde has written a truly amazing story about a wounded warrior and a spousal abuse victim that must overcome their PTSD to find a love of a lifetime. This story is so fabulously written that it makes you feel a part of the story. I highly recommend this book.
Cathyquilter More than 1 year ago
Hutch and Meredith are two broken people who have to hold it together in order to keep life as normal as possible for the two four year olds in their care. I don't usually enjoy books that are too serious - I read to get away from the serious parts of life- but this was heartwarming and sweet. Throw a little suspense in for good measure and you have a book that can't be put down until it is finished. Christmas At Twilight is set during the Christmas season but Christmas is not the main character in the story. It is a story about teamwork, friends and healing.
sybz28 More than 1 year ago
By far my favorite Lori Wilde book yet!!!  I could not put this book down until I finished it.  This takes us back to Twilight, Texas where we meet Hutch & Meredith.  Hutch has come home from his final deployment & can't speak due to injuries at war.  He thinks he's coming home to his sister & niece & gets a surprise when he finds Meredith & her son there.  He can't communicate with her due to his injury.  Meredith is a single mom on the run from an abusive ex husband.  Can't give you too much as it will spoil it for you but there are so many twist & turns to this book that you can't wait to turn the page.  I fell in love with Hutch & Meredith but the kids & stole my heart right from the beginning.  Everything was so real that I felt like I was living it with them.  If you've never picked up a Lori Wilde book you need to read this one.  She definitely does not disappoint.  Looking forward to what comes next!!!!!!!  
SW57 More than 1 year ago
I knew I would love this story, since I had never read a Lori Wilde book that I didn't love, but I was surprised at the serious subject matters. The book was set around Christmas, but not really a Christmas story. Two damaged souls found each other and saved each other in different ways. There is emotional and physical trauma in the background of both Meredith and Hutch, some of which continues throughout much of this story. However, there is an instant attraction and connection and a growing love between them, as well as for Meredith's son and Hutch's niece. Overall, you are left with a good feeling about the healing power of love.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I haven't done a review for Lori in awhile. So I am glad I got to review this story This book covers a lot of my favorite story lines. There is a troubled soldier to help fix, of course the damsel in distress, cute kids are always good and then there is Texas. It grabbed me when Hutch was a lone survivor and couldn't talk either. Only to find a stranger in his house and his sister gone. Meredith and her son Ben cared for Hutch's niece in the house. Boy are there a lot of spoilers in this book. She is terrified and he can't take care of his niece Kimmie. They work some things out but watch out for the ending's Big Spoilers. You really must read this story. Lori has arranged this story perfectly. Please don't pass it up. Enjoy!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Meredith Sommers or “Jane” is hiding secrets that could sneak up and destroy everything she is working hard to build. Hutch has returned home only to be attacked with pepper spray by Jane. They come up with rules so they can live under the same roof and that care of Hutch’s niece as her mother ran off with a boyfriend. With Hutch’s injury’s he needs her help. As the time goes by the grow closer but Hutch can see the fear and secrets that Jane is trying hard to hide. Can Jane count on Hutch to help her stay safe? Or will she run off in order to save the people she has grown to love? This story pulls you right in and keeps you turning the pages. Hutch is sweet and funny but also very protective. Jane is strong and oh so afraid. It was great to read about them both as they healed throughout the story. There is some suspense in this story which makes it a total package. Can’t wait for the next book Lori comes out with! Highly recommend this story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel good story interspersed with holiday cheer. Predictable but a fun read
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Delta Force Operator, Captain Brian "Hutch" Hutchinson, was injured during an op and lost all five members of his team.  He lost a finger and had taken shrapnel to the throat.  He couldn't talk but the Army could find no medical reason why.  They said he was showing signs of Borderline Personality Disorder, which is the same as his mother had.  They Honorably Discharged him, so he went home to Twilight, Texas.  When he arrived at his house, he found out that his sister had run off with her current boyfriend and that she had rented a bedroom to a woman and her son.  Also, his sister left her little girl with the renter.  Meredith, the renter, and Hutch agreed to free rent in exchange for her helping with his niece, Kimmy.  Hutch still can't talk and he suffers from PTSD.  Meredith is running from a past she fears has caught up with her.  They desperately need each other and the kids need them too. I can't tell you enough how much I loved this story.  Hutch is the wounded warrior that is such an alpha man with feelings that run deep.  Meredith is a good mother that's only trying to keep her son safe.  The kids are adorable and the way the author wrote the way they spoke, really put their age into perspective.  The sense of family in Twilight is tremendous.  Everyone knows everyone and they all watch out for each other.  I really enjoyed this story about two people with kids, finding that one person who could help them heal.  Thank you Lori Wilde for this feel good Christmas story. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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miafaccheeMP More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons why I love Lori's books is that they draw you in & hook you when you least expect it.  This is her Christmas offering to us, set back in the sweet town of Twilight, Texas.  It's a great book, realistically portraying someone dealing with PTSD, another with bipolar disorder, & someone else dealing with an abusive spouse.  If you like books that are romantic but not overly so, this book is for you.  Lori also throws in a dash of suspense.  It's a wonderful holiday treat of a book, so grab a cup of hot cocoa & your favorite Christmas cookie & enjoy!
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I was so sucked in by this Twilight tale. The characters and dealing with different psychological issues was so well handled and understandably portrayed. Small vignettes into such sobering issues were well defined.
CherylS62 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Wilde never fails to deliver a well-written story but this one really hit home for me. I am currently in a relationship with a man who is dealing with both of the mental health issues Ms. Wilde writes about in this book. This was a very personal read for me for that reason. Ms. Wilde delivers hope for the future along with the HEA that she has written. Another emotional story from Ms. Wilde that I’m glad I got the chance to read.
DeniseP3 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I have to say that I LOVE Lori Wilde and am thrilled whenever one of her books come out. I get sucked in and cannot put them down until they are finished! So good!! This was the 5th Twilight, Texas book in the series and it grabbed me from the get go. It is a beautiful story of two wounded souls that come together. We have “Hutch” who is a wounded soldier that has come home to Twilight to heal. He lost a finger and was hit in the throat with shrapnel making it so that he cannot talk. What he can do with a look though doesn’t require talking, oh my! Then we have Meredith Sommers who is going by “Jane” while in Twilight due to being on the run from her abusive ex-husband who happens to be a cop. She has her young son, Ben, with her while taking care of her “landlord” Ashley’s daughter, Kimmie. The initial meeting between Meredith and Hutch ended with Hutch getting a face full of pepper spray. Hutch realizes quickly that with her sister gone and his niece left with Meredith, he needs her help. So he decides to let Meredith and her son stay on at his house. There are ground rules laid out so they can coexist but things do not work as planned because they start falling for each other and becoming a support system for the other. She has dealt with abuse while he is dealing with PTSD from his injuries and losing his comrades. This book is emotionally beautiful. Please read!!
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CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that this book had three of my favorite things before I ever got to storyline. First of all I really enjoy Lori Wilde's work. She writes a fabulous story and this one is another fine example of her wonderful work. Second, I LOVE Christmas stories and this one is set at Christmas time. Third, I love small town romance series and Christmas at Twilight is part of the Twilight, Texas series. So I was hooked before I ever started to read the book. However, once I started reading I was completely captivated and I could not put this book down!  Jane (Meredith) has been through so much and has so much fear she is dealing with. She will do anything to protect her young son. I love this mother's dedication to her child and what she has done to protect him.  Hutch is injured while he is serving our country. He spends quite a bit of time in the hospital and then is released to go home. He is in for a few surprises! First of all he has a roommate that he didn't know about. He has an adorable niece that is need of time with her uncle. There are a few other things but I sure do not want to spoil the suspense of this story for you. So I'm going to let you read it to find out what all Hutch has to deal with upon his return.  Meredith and Hutch set a few ground rules in order to live together. The biggest is NO TOUCHING EVER! It's not long and they both would like to throw this rule out the door. Hutch still has some major issues to deal with but he's a great guy. I couldn't help but adore this guy. He is so sweet to the kids and they take quickly to Unca Hutch.  Lori Wilde has done a fabulous job with this storyline. She has touched on many issues that made for a interesting and touching read.  It talks about the trauma of soldier who has been wounded and is finally returning home. Mental illness that runs in the family and how that affects the life of the other members of the family. It also touches on spouse abuse and how it affects the person and the children. There is also a lot of drama but I don't want to tell you too much about that. There is few twists and turns that I did not see coming and left me flipping pages to see what was going to happen next. This is a very emotional read but also had some very sweet moments.  This is part of the the Twilight, Texas series, however it is easily read as a stand alone.  I have not had a chance to read all the books in the series yet. I didn't encounter any issues of feeling I was missing anything I needed to know to enjoy the story.    If you enjoy small town romance series books with a lot of drama and suspense included you will love this book. I know I certainly did.  I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Christmas at Twilight. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read. The story quickly pulled me in and I couldn't stop reading it. You won't ve disappointed in any of Lori Wilde's Twilight Texas books. It is a great series.
amyoneal More than 1 year ago
Loved the story of hutch and meredith. The struggles that they both had to go through, I was so glad that they .made it past them. I love reading about twilight, Texas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely enjoyed Ms. Wilde’s previous books but this one was a bit difficult for me. Central to this book are the themes of PTSD, domestic abuse and mental illness – sadly, all of which are very relevant today. I commend her for writing about such emotional and heart-tugging topics in this book while still providing the reader with a happy ending that did not seemed forced or out of place. Ms. Wilde developed the characters of this book with a great deal of insight, respect and sensitivity. We were able to join in on the journey of these characters as they struggled yet overcame incredible challenges and were able to accept and make peace with their realities and move forward in a beautiful way and into their happily ever after together. This book was well written and perhaps, I would have enjoyed it more had it not been a “Christmas novel.” It’s just a personal preference but I prefer my Christmas reads to be a bit more light and magical. My personal preference, however, does not take away from what is a really well developed and written story that will take you on an emotional journey. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.