Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

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What makes a place feel like home? A mother’s embrace, the warmth of new friendship, a sweet reunion—all can be found in these unforgettable stories . . .
THREE’S A CROWD * Fern Michaels
This Mother’s Day will be the first in three years that Samantha Stewart has spent with her parents. And she’s bringing a very special gift—the baby granddaughter they’ve never met. Sam’s work as an overseas reporter was exhilarating and dangerous. Now she’s seeking stability for little Caroline—and answers for herself—and finding them in a homecoming full of surprises . . .
The moment she set foot in Blue Hollow Falls, Dubliner Katie MacMillan felt right at home. Back to help with her sister’s pregnancy, she’s contemplating her own future, especially when she confronts Declan MacGregor, her childhood tormentor and first crush. This Blue Ridge town was supposed to be a new beginning, but can it also be the setting for a second chance?
BRING ME HOME * Melissa Storm
For Hazel Long, spending time with her bedridden father is bittersweet. There’s comfort in the friendship offered by other hospital visitors—and the kindness of a handsome male nurse. And when Hazel’s father begins to tell her the story of the mother she barely knew, it’s an unexpected chance to bond, and a lesson in making the most of each new day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420146097
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 16,705
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood, Men of the Sisterhood, and Godmothers series, as well as dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over one-hundred ten million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com.
Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she is surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.
MELISSA STORM is a USA Today bestselling author of various romance and inspirational series. She loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe‑inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run a number of book‑related businesses together, including LitRing, Sweet Promise Press, Novel Publicity, Your Author Engine, and the Author Site. When she's not reading, writing, or child‑rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of a seemingly unending quantity of dogs and a rescue cat named Schrödinger. Visit her online at www.melstorm.com.


Summerville, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Hastings, Pennsylvania


High School

Customer Reviews

Home Sweet Home 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Cali-Jewel 13 days ago
Heartwarming, emotionally thrilling and engaging down home romantic adventures filled with exciting charters, witty banter, heart racing twists and undeniable sweet passion. Really enjoyed all three of these stories and the exciting sweetly emotional journey they send you on.
MzKCKitty 19 days ago
This is a compilation of three feel good short stories. The first on by Fern Michaels had a lot of substance and interesting characters and situations. I loved it. The second one was really confusing from the beginning. So many characters and their relationships to each other were introduced in the first few pages that I could not keep track of who was who and that made the rest of the story hard to read and not interesting to me. The third story was a lovely story and very enjoyable. I just wished it had been fleshed out into a whole book because it moved along well and then suddenly, bang bang bang it was brought to a conclusion and over. I felt the same way about Fern Michael’s story. Overall I was pleased with the book and it would be ideal for someone who just has a short time to read and they could read one of the stories in one sitting each time. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
boclairedesigns 21 days ago
This is a book with three short stories by some famous authors. I enjoyed the first two, but was not a fan of the last one. They're all short , quick reads and I'd say it's worth reading. I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions
sexyromcomreader 22 days ago
Three novellas about homecomings, reconnecting with family and finding love, all from established authors that always deliver quality storytelling. Three's a Crowd by Fern Michaels Samantha returns home to her parents with the granddaughter that they've never met and didn't know about. Her relationship with her parents is strained, and the story shows how they get reacquainted after all this time and secrecy. New Beginnings in Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman Two large families are brought together anticipating the birth of the newest member of their joined family. And adopted brother and youngest sister have stayed apart for years even though they felt that they were destined to be together, but couldn't. Very sweet story and my favorite of the three. I'll go track down the other Blue Hollow Falls stories. Bring Me Home by Melissa Storm Primarily the story of Hazel's relationship with her dying father, with a little romance for Hazel thrown in. Touching and very emotional. Three heartwarming, emotional reads.
Claire140 27 days ago
I initially wanted to read this because of the Donna Kaffman story in her Blue Hollow Falls series, one of my favourites, but I really enjoyed the Fern Michaels story too. THREE'S A CROWD by Fern Michaels - 4 stars This was about Samantha (former overseas reporter/Afghanistan etc.) and her baby daughter Caroline, who were finally coming home to the US and staying with Samantha's parents, who couldn't wait to see her after three years, but had no idea about the baby! I'm not sure why she kept it such a secret from them, even though there were admittedly government sort of things going on in the background. I found the story very enjoyable, with an added bit of mystery about the baby's 'missing' Father, which eventually was revealed. The ending felt a little bit rushed to me, but it was a short story, but I really enjoyed the relationship between Sam and her parents, both of whom were great characters, especially her Mum! NEW BEGINNINGS IN BLUE HOLLOW FALLS by Donna Kauffman - 5 stars This story is the reason I read this anthology in the first place, as I am a big fan of the Blue Hollow Falls series and would highly recommend all of them. This time we're back with pregnant Pippa (Irish folk artist/now married and living in Blue Hollow Falls) and her sister Katie MacMillan, her PA and right hand person, who comes over from Dublin to help control the influx of family visitors (lots of!) in the last months of a difficult pregnancy. Once there Katie realises that Declan (taken in as an honorary family member from a very young age / Katie's first and only love) has also moved there. They've avoided each other for 10 years but can no longer do that as they're now both living in Blue Hollow Falls. Of course they eventually resolve their issues and there is a really lovely ending. I just love this series, the characters are fabulous and you want them all to be your friends! BRING ME HOME by Melissa Storm - Didn't Read I must admit I'd never heard of Melissa Storm before, and even though I started the story it wasn't really my sort of thing (a story about a woman's Dad dying of cancer) so I gave it a miss. After the other two stories in this anthology I didn't think this one was really the right one to end it, it didn't really fit with the other two more upbeat stories, which was a shame. But I'm sure other people like her work and enjoyed it, just not for me.
EileenAW 28 days ago
Home Sweet Home by Fern Michaels, Donna Kauffman, and Melissa Storm, is a wonderful compilation of three romances involving going home or finding home. Each author brought their romance to life in a short novella and left you looking forward to more from each of them. Each wrote a delightful romance in their style in order to tell their own story. Three’s a crowd by Fern Michaels features Samantha Stewart returning home for Mother’s Day after spending three years reporting from war zones; bringing with her a few surprises for her parents. New Beginnings in Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman features Kate MacMillan arriving from Dublin to help with her sister, Pippa’s pregnancy. Blue Hollow Falls felt like home to Kate, especially with so many members of her family popping in to check on Pippa. Kate is anticipating a new beginning but a second chance just might also be in the cards when she encounters, and confronts Declan MacGregor, her first crush and brother’s best friend. Bring Me Home by Melissa Storm features loner Hazel Long as she spends time with her ill father. While he is at the hospital for treatment she finds friendship among other visitors and the kindness of a handsome male nurse. Hazel’s father begins to share with her the story of the mother who died when Hazel was quite young. This was an unexpected opportunity for them to bond. Ms. Kauffman, Ms. Michaels and Ms. Storm wrote wonderful and moving stories that are not to be missed. Each story is filled with fun dialogue, engaging characters and the magic of being with family. I highly recommend Home Sweet Home to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Michelle Lindert 28 days ago
I have to say I don't read many three in one books but after reading this one I think I will for now on. I had mixed emotions reading each of the three books. I love the contemporary romance and the sense of family. Three's a crowd talks about a single mother who was a reporter and had to keep a few secrets of her own. This will keep you interested and in the end you'll see what happened. I like how Fern Michaels keeps you in suspense especially at the end. I didn't like New Beginnings in Blue Hollow falls. I didn't understand some of the language and I think the character's names could have been different. They actually reminded me of the real Kate and Pippa Middleton who are married to a prince. I liked Bring me home. It brought happiness and sadness all in one. it talks about a father and daughter relationship that was struck by bad news. It really hit home for me because I can relate to it. I am so grateful for Netgalley, the author, and the publishers for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for a honest review.
GLW2 28 days ago
Three short stories about falling in love. Sweet, clean romances. I enjoyed them all. My only complaint is that I wish that they were longer.
Andrea Yadon 3 months ago
5 stars for Fern Michaels. 4 for the others
Anonymous 3 months ago
How do you define "home?" Is it a house, a town, a person, or a feeling? Or something else altogether? The 3 stories in this book circle around the recurring theme of home, and each with very different tales. I like that they were 3 distinct stories, and that it didn't take hours of time commitment to complete a story. This book was perfect for reading on my breaks at work for that reason! Solid writing, good stories, and a great escape from the workday. The book opens up with THREE’S A CROWD by Fern Michaels - I was drawn in by Sam's story, but I felt like the wrap up at the end was a little rushed and incomplete. I felt like I could have used at least another chapter or two, and it felt like this story could have been devoted to a full novel on its own! I loved NEW BEGINNINGS IN BLUE HOLLOW FALLS by Donna Kauffman, as I love all of the books and characters in her Blue Hollow Falls Series. I liked seeing the little blurb at the end, and can't wait to see the next things that are in store for this series. If you enjoy reading this one, make sure you check them out. The biggest surprise for me, and the story that I enjoyed the most was BRING ME HOME by Melissa Storm. I have looked up the author, Melissa Storm, and learned that the characters in this story will have their own book "The Sunday Potluck Club, " which will be coming out in March - I can't wait to read it. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TarynLee 3 months ago
In the wonderful new book we are gifted with three romantic shorts that will definitely get you in the mood for love and romance. In the first short we meet Samantha Stewart who is returning home after several years to spend Mothers Day with her family. She has a daughter that her parents have never met, and is worried about how this reunion will turn out. You see Samantha has spent her life traveling as an overseas reporter and although this life has been very exciting as well as fulfilling it is time for a change. Having a daughter to take care of has her re-evaluating her life and the changes she feels she needs to make. In the second short Katie MacMillan has come to Blue Hollow Falls to help her sister who is very much pregnant. She feels an instant connection with the small town which starts her looking at where her future may be headed. When she runs into her childhood bully and first crush Declan MacGregor old feelings resurface and have.her questioning everything. Can she let old hurts go and look toward a future with a man who has always made her unsure? In the third short we meet Hazel Long whose life at the moment is spent by spending time with her sick father. He's in the hospital unable to leave the bed, visiting him engulfs her with bittersweet feelings that she isn't sure how to deal with. When her father pulls her in with a story about another she doesn't really know it helps her view her father in a different way. A great read filled with heart warming stories that will have you laughing, crying, and in the end happy and smiling!
FaeScot 3 months ago
I chose to read this anthology for Donna Kauffman's Blue Hollow Falls-New Beginnings. I have never read Fern Michaels or Melissa Storm before. I was unsure about Fern Michaels' Three's A Crowd until the end. It read like a suspense thriller short story and not a romance at all. Melissa Storm's story Bring Me Home did not impress me at all. In fact I found it depressing, dealing with a daughter going through cancer treatment with her father. There was a couple at the end of the story but it wasn't their love story. It was overall depressing to me. Fern Michael's Three's A Crowd is about reporter Samantha Stewart returning home with a 8 month old daughter after spending 3 years overseas, part of the time imbedded with the military in Afghanistan. She told no one she had a daughter and secrecy surrounds her missing husband. There is no love story here, just questions and potential threat. Donna Kauffman's New Beginnings is a second chance love story about singer Pippa's sister and Personal Assistant Katie MacMillan of Dublin. Pippa is confined to bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy and Katie is there to keep things calm and run interference with the multitudes of family and friends trying to visit. She arrives and finds Declan MacGregor is also made his home there. He was taken into her family at age 10 and she's been in love with him for most of her life. They finally clear the air about how they feel about each other. Seems Declan was dealing with guilt over loving a sister, even if they weren't blood. Pippa's delivery gives us all a delightful surprise for those following the series. Melissa Storm's Bring Me Home is a story of a father who has pancreatic cancer going in for chemo treatments. He and his daughter Hazel are very close as his wife died when Hazel was 3. Frank is an architect and Hazel has an interior design business that her Dad's clients often make use of. This story is about a daughter losing her beloved father and him coming clean about what happened with her mother. Along the way she makes some friends, 3 other woman who have family undergoing chemo treatments.We also meet a compassionate and very good looking male nurse. Of course she and the nurse fall in love but the story doesn't detail their story. It's mostly about Hazel and her Dad Frank. Sorry but I was not impressed and it was not a romance story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
jbarr5 3 months ago
Home Sweet Home by Fern Michaels; Donna Kauffman; Melissa Storm Like that this anthology contains three different stories from 3 of my favorite authors with one theme: going home. Other works by the authors are listed at the very start of the book. . Three's A Crowd by Fern Michaels Starts with Samantha and she had left her girlfriends shared apartment to head overseas to be a new reporter. Years later she's on her way back to the states, her parents think they will stay with her but she has some things she needs to tell them. She first meets up with her girlfriend and they catch up but there are some secrets she can't even tell her about... It's hard to go back to open up to your parents when they want all the details... She needs to be strong and get on with her life...Like how they spend their time for the first mothers day spa experience and getting to know one another again. Mystery really starts and things get scary when she receives flowers, nobody knows where she is at.... Her mother, the librarian and her father, the cop help her solve who is involved and they have a picture... Very short ending, very fast... . Blue Hollow Falls New Beginnings by Donna Kauffman Katie is starting over at home now that she's returned from overseas. Her sister is home also, pregnant with twins and just announced it... Katie's old boyfriend is nearby also, Declan and she knows she would just need to see him once and she'd fall all over him again... Story also follows Declan and his photography, career and loves what he captures... He had heard things from her he never should've heard at all... Lots of characters and at times it's hard to keep them straight. This is the first book in the series I've read. BRING ME HOME by Melissa Storm Hazel is an interior designer and she learns from her father of his cancer. She helps him at the hospital with the chemo as they remember stories of her mother that they had lost when she was just a toddler. He soon refuses chemo and just wants to be home where they lived and it gives them time to really talk about the hard subjects. She learns more about mother and the cancer club of women she had met and are helping as they are going through the same thing but her father just wants her to head to work...She also learns of his affair. Hard subject and she's mad at her mother for dying and now her father... Quick ending. Received this review copy from Kensington Books via Zebra via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion. #HomeSweetHome #NetGalley
Terri_C 3 months ago
This is a collection of three novellas by Fern Michaels, Donna Kauffman and Melissa Storm. The three stories all revolve around home and family, those two things that mean the most to all of us. The three stories varied widely. Three's a Crowd by Fern Michaels is the story of a reporter who had been overseas, but is now returning home to her parents bearing quite the surprise. New Beginnings in Blue Hallow Falls by Donna Kauffman is actually more of a story about some family members who are finding a new place to call home and a new place to fall in love. Bring Me Home by Melissa Storm is about a woman who must go through the process of her father's failing health while discovering things about his past that he had kept hidden. She might also find someone along the way to love her when she's all alone, The Donna Kauffman story was my favorite. That story seemed to transport me to a place of magic, faeries and love. And Pippa! Oh, Pippa! Loved it! I was given a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
howel2ce 3 months ago
This review is only for NEW BEGINNINGS IN BLUE HOLLOW FALLS by Donna Kauffman. I love second chance romances. It has been more than 10 years since Katie and Declan last saw each other, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t thought about the other during their time apart. Katie believed Declan wasn’t interested in her all those years ago, only that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a sweet romance with engaging characters and a guaranteed happily ever after. NEW BEGINNINGS IN BLUE HOLLOW FALLS is a novella within the Blue Hollow Falls series but it can be read as a standalone. If you have read the other books in the series you will see familiar, beloved characters.
gdsnv 3 months ago
Rating the three stories in this anthology, I’d have to give it four stars however rating them separately, I would give Blue Hollow Falls: New Beginnings by Donna Kauffman a full five stars, or more, if I could. In Three’s A Crowd by Fern Michaels, Samantha Stewart has been out of the country reporting in a war zone. She returns to the States, with a baby she has told no one about, and that includes her parents. It’s hard to say much about the story without spoilers so I will say that we learn what happened in the time she was away and it touched my heart. In New Beginnings in Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman, Katie MacMillan – Katherine Elizabeth to her mum – is staying with her pregnant sister (Pippa, whom we met in previous BHF stories; LOVE them!) and her husband Seth. Pippa is experiencing some difficulties with her pregnancy and Katie is playing gatekeeper for all the visitors who arrive. Declan MacGregor, someone from her past in Ireland, has also come to Blue Hollow Falls, ostensibly to take photos. However, when he arrives, he feels as if he has “come home”. What I can tell you about this story is that it is mostly told from the hearts and minds of Katie and Declan and just grabbed my heart and soul, as all the other stories in this series has. It’s a standalone so no worries however characters from other Donna Kauffman Blue Hollow Falls stories show up and I love knowing characters when I read. Love, love, love this story! In Bring Me Home by Melissa Storm, Hazel sits with her dad during a health crisis and the two of them work through some memories that didn’t happen quite the way Hazel has been told. As her dad nears the end of his life, their close relationship only strengthens. And Hazel’s difficult journey is helped by people she would never think to rely upon.
tsmb02 3 months ago
This book is actually three shorter stories: Three's A Crowd by Fern Michaels; New Beginnings in Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman; and Bring Me Home by Melissa Storm. Three's A Crowd by Fern Michaels - 4 star Samantha Stewart is an international news correspondent and has spent the past three years overseas. Sam was excited and nervous at seeing her parents again. What would they think of the secret she has been hiding in the form of her 8 month old daughter, Caroline? Of course they were were a little hurt, but mostly excited to being grandparents! Just as Sam is trying to settle back into being in the United States, something surprising from her past shows up again and it could make life really interesting. Blue Hollow Falls: New Beginnings by Donna Kauffman - 5 star Katie MacMillan, Pippa's sister has permanently moved to Blue Hollow Falls. She is excited to be with her sister again while awaiting the new baby, but even more important, Katie is looking forward to a new beginning in her life. Imagine her surprise when Katie finds out that Declan MacGregor is also in Blue Hollow Falls. Declan may have been Katie's first crush back in high school, but she has never forgotten him. It turns out Declan has never forgotten her either and quickly they come to find a second chance at love and their happy ending! Bring Me Home by Melissa Storm - 3 star Hazel Long lost her mother at a very young age and it has always been just her and her dad. Now when Hazel finds out that her dad has cancer it feels like her world is crashing down. Through the trips to the hospital Hazel meets three other women with family going through the same "C" diagnosis as well as the hunky chemo nurse, Keith. As things with Hazel's dad deteriorates, her new friends and boyfriend help her to navigate through the emotions. Overall I enjoyed the first book; loved the second book and had a hard time with the third book (cancer is a hard topic for me to read) but I did enjoy all of the characters and their stories.
AFerri 3 months ago
This is a very well written collection of novellas. Each story is the perfect length when you don't have time for a full novel. A wonderful collection of heartwarming stories that you hate to see end. Thank you Kensington Books/Zebra via Netgalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.