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Home for Christmas (Sanctuary Island)

Home for Christmas (Sanctuary Island) - Lily Everett 3/3/15: Now Available!

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4 Stars!

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I discovered Lily Everett's writing a little more than a year ago and I have yet to be disappointed. Every time I read one of her books in the Sanctuary Island series, I am ready to pack my bags and move there by the time I finish the book. An island with wild horses and a great community - who wouldn't want to live there? While this book could be read as a stand alone, parts of this story build upon events from the previous book, [b:Shoreline Drive|17934434|Shoreline Drive (Sanctuary Island, #2)|Lily Everett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375932088s/17934434.jpg|24335690].

Andie is the elected sheriff on Sanctuary Island, a job which keeps her quite busy. Her world gets turned upside down in this book. Not only is Sam back on the island with a wild horse, she also gets a call from her brother telling her that she has a niece that she didn't know about. Before she knows it, Andie finds herself caring for her niece, Caitlin, on a full time basis. As if that were not enough, she must also try to keep her job as sheriff.

Sam is on Sanctuary Island but he isn't sure how long he will stay this time. He has brought a horse with him to rehabilitate. Andie's niece, Caitlin, falls instantly in love with that horse, Queenie, and responds to Sam better than anyone else. Sam sees a lot in Caitlin and knows some of the things the little girl is going through from his own past experiences. Sam has also brought a few secrets with him to Sanctuary Island that he works hard to protect others from.

I am always amazed by how much detail Lily Everett is able to put into her books. There is so much going on this book and everything works together so well. Each character has their own amazing story to tell. The focus of this book isn't just Andie, Sam, and Caitlin, but instead focuses on Taylor, Matt, the horses, and really the island as a whole. I love the fact that this book ties nicely into the previous book.

I really liked Andie and Sam together and thought that they had fantastic chemistry. I would have liked a little bit more of Caitlin's story but I have a feeling that more will be told in the next book. There was enough excitement in this book that I had a hard time putting it down and even though I found a few parts to be predictable, I loved the story overall.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. Lily Everett has written a wonderful story that takes place on an island I think most readers will want to visit again. I can't wait to learn more about the residents of this wonderful little island in future book in this series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.