Thursday, December 15, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Sophia Rose Reviews The Captain’s Christmas Homecoming by Lauri Robinson #HoHoHoHarlequinHolidayExtravaganza

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The Captain’s Christmas Homecoming by Lauri Robinson

Historical Romance

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical

Published: 10.25.22

Pages:  288

Rating: 4 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  NetGalley



GoodReads Blurb:

Enjoy this emotional reunion romance set after WWI

Can real life compare…

To the love in their letters?

When Emma first used a pseudonym to write to Captain George Weston on the front line, it was because she felt responsible for his broken engagement. Yet his letters became a light in the darkest hours, and she shared more of her desires than she ever dared before, never imagining they’d actually meet. Now that he’s home for Christmas, she longs to see him, but that means revealing who she really is… 


Sophia Rose's Review:

When he went away to war and his fiancé jilted him for another man, one woman’s letters sustained him until he returned safe.  Getting to know the man through his letters was a surprise she wasn’t expecting, but then he wants to meet her.  I only had to read the blurb showing this started as a correspondence romance and became a post-WWI Holiday Romance before I eagerly took up the book and delved into its pages.


George Weston comes from a wealthy family who are a great part of the lumber empire in Albany, NY.  Now that the war is over, his father is ready to bring him on as a full partner in the family business and George has some definite ideas that don’t include a merger with another logging company forged through a marriage.  If he was going to marry anyone, it would be the woman who put her heart into the letters he received.


Emma felt guilt and responsibility that George Weston’s former fiancé, her cousin, eloped with a man that followed Emma from NYC to Albany so she used her sweet old lady neighbor’s name and started writing George while he was overseas.  Getting to know the man is a complication particularly when he returns.  Her cold aunt isn’t done trying to get the lucrative merger back on track and besides, Emma has no intentions of marrying so something would happen, like what happened to her parents to make her regret it.  If only George wasn’t such a handsome, good man and old Beverly works some holiday magic of her own.


The Captain’s Christmas Homecoming was my first book from this author, but it will not be my last.  I was bowled over by her attention to historical backdrop and setting of Post-WWI Albany, the lumber and logging business world, the snags that complicate the romance that come from both sides, and the engaging characters of George, Emma, and sweet Beverly Buttons.  It spanned the whole holiday season from before Thanksgiving and I enjoyed how this element was slipped in with the rest. 


I enjoyed seeing George figure out Emma’s secrets and thought her awkward moments of keeping him from guessing cute.  She meant well and as the reader gets to know her awful and strong Aunt Jill, Emma’s fears made perfect sense.  Her issue about not getting marriage was nonsensical and a way to protect her heart just as George’s thing about not wanting to marry was easy to see through, too.  I really liked this pair together from the first time she caused the punch to spill and the beautiful dancing moments happening after.  It read easily and quickly with a heartwarming, sweeter tone that I love in my holiday romances and a well-drawn historical backdrop that was a grand surprise.  Slip this one into your gift stocking, for sure.


Author Bio:

Lauri Robinson's chosen genre to write is Western historical, and when asked why, she says, "Because I know I wasn't the only girl who wanted to grow up and marry Little Joe Cartwright."

With a degree in early childhood education, Lauri has spent three decades working in the non-profit field for Head Start, Child Abuse Intervention, the March of Dimes, and United Way. She claims the once upon a time and happily ever after premise of romance novels has always been a form of stress relief. When her husband suggested she write one, she took the challenge and has loved every minute of the journey.

Lauri lives in rural Minnesota, where she and her husband spend every spare moment with their three grown sons and their families, which includes three granddaughters, two stepgrandsons and two granddogs. She volunteers for several organizations, including her local library, and spends most fall weekends filling the freezer with homemade foodstuffs from the bountiful harvest of her husband's green thumb. She's a diehard Elvis fan (yes, she's been to Graceland), and loves to spend Sundays watching NASCAR, either live or on TV. However, she says her favorite weekends are spent in the woods of northern Minnesota on the land homesteaded by her great-grandfather.

Most of her childhood was spent in western Kansas, which is the setting for several of her stories. Lauri is a member of RWA, Northern Lights Writers,and Hearts Through History Romance Writers, as well as several online writing groups. She writes for Harlequin, Mills and Boon and The Wild Rose Press.

For updates on her writing please visit

Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, piano-playing, and gardening. Road trips and campouts, museums and monuments, restaurants and theaters are her jam. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

As a lifelong reader, it was inevitable that Sophia would discover book blogs and the joy of blog reviewing. Sophia is a prolific reader and audiobook listener which allows her to experience so many wonderful books, authors, and narrators. Few genres are outside her reading tastes, but her true love is fiction particularly history, mystery, sci-fi, and romance. Though, sorry, no horror or she will run like Shaggy and Scooby.




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  1. I love the sound of this one! I just can't resist a couple that gets to know each other through letters.

    1. Same here! I get hooked on correspondence romances.