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This book was cute enough. It was slow starting and I had a hard time paying attention due to that. I didn't feel like I really connected with the story due to this. However, it was a quick cute listen and I'd give the author another try.

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I didn't mind this story. I thought it was rather slow to begin with. However, as the story progressed I began to enjoy the characters and the intrigue surrounding them. I really enjoyed how the puzzle came together towards the end. It wasn't a long story, which is great sometimes when you just want something quick.

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This short novella was the perfect mix of hope, happiness and Christmas. Small town Christmas holiday in fact. It's part of Conways Christmas Collection, book 5. They do not have to be read in order, they are very much stand alone.
How Conway can keep coming up with storylines along the same lines of The Ghost of Christmas to Come and Twelve Days is great. The characters he develops are perfect for each story, and so different from one story to the next.
This is a quick, cute, hope filled Christmas time novella. I listened to the audiobook and it was perfect for the holiday time travel companion.

Thank you Netgalley, D.P. Conway, BooksGoSocial Audio for the chance to listen to this amazing tale for an honest review.

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I am really enjoying this series. This book has a great twist at the end. I cried, laughed and enjoyed everything. I liked the narrator.

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First, I have to address the issues with the audiobook itself. Several passages were repeated verbatim in multiple chapters. I am guessing that this is an error of the audio production and not that the author wrote the same exact sections more than once intentionally, but it needs to be addressed. This book as a whole was less successful to me than the previous Christmas novella that I listened to by this author, The Ghost of Christmas to Come. I think that the issue with this one was that, while it was longer, not much happened to justify the longer length. Plus the moral of the story is so closely related to the previous book that I read to be almost the same, just with different characters. Both books deal with souls trying to tidy up their business on earth and make their way to heaven and it is just a matter of figuring out which ones. In this book, Jake is an alcoholic with a wife who kicked him out and large debts due to the IRS. He is traveling to a small town in Ohio to sell a house that he inherited from a distant relation. Who exactly the most recent owner was and their relationship to Jake was somewhat confusing, as was the whole family tree. Equally confusing was the lawyer who had been trying to sell the property on Jake's behalf. He is some nefarious character looking to buy the property cheap so that he can sell it to a developer but that whole storyline was weak at best and was never resolved. Jake, with his debt problems, is eager to take his money but it must wait until after Christmas. In the meantime, he gets drunk and intends to go to the library to read the papers that were taken from the house and donated since his great (or great, great?) uncle was a civil war hero. But he gets in the crosshairs of Big Rosie, who owns the boarding house that he is staying in. She and her maid, Franny, witness his excessing drinking and tell him to cut it out and miraculously he does. In the library, he finds letters from the Captain to his wife, Mary Frances, and reads about how he went missing in action in Gettysburg. Mary Frances gave birth to a son while he was away but he died after only a few months. Mary Frances, with no income, is destitute and ends up at Rosie's brothel, cooking and cleaning in exchange for a room in the basement. When the Captain suddenly returns, he is disgusted that his wife is in a brothel and he leaves without listening to her side of the story. That night, she and Rosie die in a fire. If you haven't guessed by now, Big Rosie and Franny are the same people as Rosie and Mary Frances and Father Tom is the angel trying to bring them to heaven while the mysterious Mr. Billings (or Billingsly?) is trying to bring them to hell. Once Jake finds the letter that the Captain wrote after Mary Frances' death saying that he was sorry that he abandoned her, Franny is able to let go. Rosie, who didn't leave with Father Tom for Franny's sake, now is staying to rescue another one of her girls. Jake decided not to sell the house and is going back home to reconcile with his wife now that he has stopped drinking. I must admit that I confusingly thought that Mr. Billings (or Billingsly?) and the lawyer were the same person for a while and who knows, maybe they were. But we never hear another thing about the lawyer once Jake decides not to sell so it is unclear. Also, so much time was spent with Jake getting drunk and going back and forth to the library to read the papers and letters that kept getting mysteriously misplaced that it grew tiresome. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This was the third book I listened to by D.P. Conway. I just loved all these characters. Narrator Steve Corona did an awesome job in performing all the characters as well. This story would definitely make a great Hallmark movie. I highly recommend this audiobook.

Thank you NetGalley and BooksGoSocial Audio for allowing me to listen to this ARC for my honest opinion.

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I unfortunately didn’t like this story at all. The characters and story telling bothered me a lot and although the ending was sweet it was too short to really appreciate it.

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I'm not crying! You're crying!!

This was very different, and packed quite a huge punch for a little novella.
This is book # 5 in D.P. Conway's Christmas Series.
And no, you do not have to read them in order.

Jacob's life is literally falling apart.
He drinks.
Too much.
His wife is leaving him.
He is an author, but has not written for years.

While all of this is happening, he discovers that he has inherited an old home, from a distant relative. Being as he has NOTHING ELSE TO LOSE, he goes to see the place he has inherited, in hopes that he can sell it and use the money from it to pay off some of his debts...

AND, now the story begins...
As Jacob meets the townspeople, he is transported back in time, and meets many people who will ultimately change his entire life!!
As well as the story of his ancestors, who happen to be very well known in this small town!

Although I had an inkling where the story might be going, I had absolutely no idea what I was actually in for, and that made it all the more sweet!

If you haven't read this series, please consider giving it a chance. They are all individual stories, and sweet, and sweetly told!

Thanks to #NetGalley and #BooksGoSocial for an ARC of the audiobook which has already been released.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me, as it brought so many beautiful emotions to the surface, and hit so many soft spots for me! As I said, huge amount of grit for a short little novella!

#HomeForChristmas by #DPConway and narrated beautifully by #SteveCorona.

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Suspend belief and read this tale in the true spirit of Christmas stories of old. Hard to write much without giving away the twist. Just a lovely, sad and also happy little story

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In this short story, Jake Butterfield, a (not very successful or inspired at the moment) writer, decides to drive to the small town of Sandusky a couple of days before Christmas to sell a house he's inherited from his father. The house originally belonged to his great uncle, Captain Butterfield, who was somewhat of a local hero. Jake rents a room in a small hotel / bar and gets to know some of the locals. He will soon discover that Sandusky and its people have the most extraordinary story to tell ...

It was a nice story, the setting reminded me of some of Stephen King's novels (minus all the horror and angst of course). I wish the characters had more depth though. Some of them had to deal with pretty heavy stuff (alcohol addiction, loss of a child etc.), but the emotion was lacking, it felt a bit superifcial to me.
(Trying to avoid any spoilers here) In my opinion, it wasn't necessary to explain "everything" at the end of the story. It would've been interesting to leave some details to the imagination, or just give some hints.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the author for giving me access to this audiobook for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

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I love the Christmas vibes of this cover. I was sad to have this series end. I have really enjoyed them. This one is one of my favorites. I loved how there were a few stories that intertwined. Big Rosie is the best. I wanted better for Jack from the start. I teared up a bit. It was just so heartwarming. This was perfect for the Christmas Season. Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial Audio for the arc in exchange for my honest review.

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DP Conway is an amazing storyteller. This holiday story is created with so much thought, heart and mystery. I received this audiobook for review. I am so pleasantly surprised. Check out the rest of his well created tales. You will be talking about them for years to come.

In this town people are not quite what they seem.

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Book Review: Home for Christmas: Book 5 in the Christmas Collection
Stars: 3 of 5
Author: D P Conway @dpconway
Publisher: Independently published
BooksGoSocial Audio
Thankyou @netgalley for audio ARC.

Jake Butterfield comes to his ancestors home in the town of Sandusky. Him and his wife have split, he has a mountain of debt and now no job. On top of all of that he has a drinking problem.

Jake has inherited his old family homestead and he has come to Sandusky to sell it. He wants the money from the sell of the house to pay off his debt and start over.
Jake ends up renting a room above the local bar which use to be an old speak easy. The people of Sandusky befriend him. There is Glen the bartender. Rosie who owns the bar. Frannie is the cook/housekeeper. Father Tom is the local catholic priest There is even a scroogist character named Mr. Bixby.

After a few days at the bar Rosie has a serious talk with Jake who starts to change his life. Jake finds out his great great uncle was a war hero and starts to research his family via the archives at the old library. Jake finds many surprises and answers as days pass. Jake eventually finds that he is a able to call this place home.

I struggled to get into this book but I was determined to plow through it. I am glad I did. The story ends up being very heart warming and does have suprises at the end. It has a hint of Dickins in it to. I ended up enjoying this quaint story filled with little mystery, hope and the Christmas spirit.

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Big love to Netgally for sharing this audiobook with me. I'll keep it real; at first, I wasn't feeling it. I mean, the story was just meh, and I was already dozing off! But then, after chapter four I was hooked like a fish on a line. I'm so glad I stuck around because by the end, I was all in and couldn't get enough of it!

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Sweet family Christmas story.exactly what we need in our lives at this time of the year. A nice reminder to enjoy the season.

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Jake is a struggling writer who needs to fix his life. His wife has left him, he owes tax money, and has developed a drinking problem. Now he is traveling to sale a house he inherited because he needs the money. When he gets to Sandusky where the house is located, he finds a mystery about his ancestors and the motivation to change his life.

I loved Home for Christmas by D. P. Conway. I was invested in the mystery of who Helen and Rosie really were as well as how Jake would change. He made mistakes along the way but he wanted to know more about his great grandfather and Captain Bradley Butterworth. This interest was enough from him to begin to find peace with himself. I think this was my favorite thing about Home for Christmas. It was about going home but always about finding peace.

The narration for the audiobook really brought the story to life and was well done.

Thank you NetGalley and BookGoSocial Audio for a copy of the auidobook.

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Heart warming holiday Story with excellent pacing and narration. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook

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Home for Christmas by DP Conway was a hope-filled story of an alcoholic who turned his life around when he went back to his roots and started over again.

Jake, the protagonist of this story, just could not catch a break. His life fell apart before his eyes, leaving him homeless, unemployed, and alone on holiday season. He blamed this stint of bad luck for his needing just one more drink. When he received word of his inheriting a property, he decided to visit that town and to sell the property to pay off huge debts to the IRS that he had accumulated, after writing a book and not understanding tax law.

Once in the area, he rented unique quarters, and got to know people around the town. I loved reading about the quirks and special qualities of these individuals. I won’t say more, as to not give away any spoilers.

This story left me in tears of happiness and hope, and I know that it will do the same for others who read it.

Thank you so much to NetGalley for this audio ARC!!

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Home for Christmas is not your typical Christmas story.
This book is about Jake Butterfield a struggling writer who knows he drinks too much. He finds that he's inherited an historic house that is somewhat run down. The small town where the house is located is friendly and happy to help him. Except for a bad guy who is trying to steal the house out from under him.

Many of the characters are dressed and speak in unusual ways. As Jake reads up on the history of his ancestors and the house, he becomes more intrigued. There is certainly a mystery to learn more about.

I listened to the audio version and the narrator was excellent.

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D. P. Conway expertly weaves a story of redemption with a twist of mystery. I loved this unique Christmas story.The characters are real and their struggles make your heart ache for a better day for them. I had difficulty pausing this audio book because I just wanted all the puzzle pieces to see the whole picture. The twists, turns, and big reveals give you all the feels!. I loved the ending and was reminded of my own “Rosies” that have helped me along my journey.

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