Clare Morgan is ready for a fresh start when she moves to the small Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge with her young son, Owen. Widowed for six years, Clare settles into her job as the town's new librarian. She appreciates the warm welcome she and Owen receive and truly enjoys getting the library ready for its role in the annual holiday open house.
Clare expects to take it slow with her new life. Then she meets Logan Farrell, a Boston ER doctor in town to help his elderly grandmother settle into assisted living. Slow isn't a word Logan seems to understand. Accustomed to his fast-paced city life, he doesn't plan to stay in Knights Bridge for long. But Daisy Farrell has other ideas and enlists her grandson to decorate her house on the village green one last time. Logan looks to Clare for help. She can go through Daisy's book collection and help him decorate while she's at it.
As Clare and Logan get his grandmother's house ready for the holidays, what neither of them expects to find is an attraction to each other. Better than most, they know all the crazy things that can happen in life, but everything about Knights Bridge and this magical season invites them to open themselves to new possibilities…and new love.
Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge is a small town where everyone knows each other, cares for each other, and in some nice ways, the time seems to have stopped in town. The Christmas traditions are deep, and everyone is willing to help and put in the time and effort to make the whole town look festive in time.
As Logan and Clare starts to decorate the grandmother Daisy's house, a slow simmering attraction, and interest, start to burn.
Even though in my mind they seem very similar, in Clare's mind they are totally opposite, and no good match at all. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is tight with the story. The ghosts keep visiting Logan, and the small town folks seem to have a preconceived notion about what kind of person, a city ER doctor is suppose to be, and not very positive one. I didn't connect that with Logan's personality, or how he was with people, but I guess that was a possibility in the future.
The characters didn't have very much depth to them, the dialog wasn't constantly smooth, and the story was proceeding jerky at times.
There are lots of food in the story, and the recipes for them are dotted amongst the chapters. I thought that was kind of cute, even though normally when that happens the recipes are at the end of the story, not a part of it.
Overall, a good Christmas story, celebrating the circle of life, mixed with history of Daisy and Tom, Logan's grandparents, sweet Christmas traditions, and picture perfect Christmas scenes.
~ Three 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