Liz Flowers has never enjoyed Christmas, but this one is shaping up to be the worst by far. She let her ex take her daughter to Mexico while she stays behind in a strange town, sitting her former mother-in-law’s high strung little dog. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, but this California girl doesn’t have much in common with the ranchers in small town Marietta.
Blake Canon perks up with male interest when he sees a new face at his friend’s Christmas cocktail party. His son is away and a light affair would take his mind off his financial troubles. Then he realizes he knows Liz. She was once married to the brother of his ex-wife.
Their children might be cousins, but Blake and Liz do the kissing—under the mistletoe. It’s the beginning of a new view of Christmas for Liz, but when their children arrive home unexpectedly, and family secrets are revealed, Liz isn’t sure she’ll stay in Marietta for Christmas after all.
What an interesting setting on this Christmas novella! Their ex's were brother and sister, and both divorces were battlefields. So when they find themselves to be attracted to each other, they have several obstacles on their way.
As Blake and Liz share about their past, and battles, they end up sharing their deepest secrets with each other.
At first there seemed to be a bit bitterness from the failed marriages, but soon the story turned into a warmhearted, picture perfect, Christmas love story.
I liked how they shared, and supported each other, in the face of the former in-laws, their children, and other crises that rose up during the story. Also the epilogue gave a full closure to the otherwise fast paced love story. ~ Four spoons!
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me