Second Chance Holiday
All Hannah Dorchester wants is to give her orphaned niece and nephew a happy Christmas. She's ready for anything except their uncle Ethan Williams. Thirteen years ago she was planning their wedding and he was planning his escape joining the military without even a goodbye.
Ethan never meant to break Hannah's heart, but now the recovering soldier's back and he wants his late brother's kids. He's got one month to prove he'll be the better parent. But as they start sharing in the joys of the season, he's determined to show Hannah he's also become a better man.
Could this be their final chance at family and their second chance for love?
A delicate tale with deep emotions, ranging from utter despair with the loss of the parents and siblings, to the turbulent memories of broken hearts and promises, to the joy of Christmas, puppies, and playing in the snow and the angst of starting a new life, school, and all that it entailed.
My heart broke for Molly and Cole, the children whose life was upside down with the death of their parents, once again relocating and trying to find their footing in the new environment.
Hannah was doing her best, and that was a lot, the kids were lucky to have her, even if they couldn't understand it at the moment.
Ethan was a surprise that no one expected, yet he was determined to get his time with the kids, and finally get the chance to know them, and possibly be their guardian if he had anything to say about it.
The story had many conflicts, from the death of the parents, the ill great aunt and how she treated the kids, to Ethan never being around the kids, new environment and school, weather, and the turbulent past between Ethan and Hannah that has to stay in the background while the kids adjust, just to pick the most obvious struggles. But with clever plotting and storytelling the author gives a satisfying, heart-wrenching tale, that hit directly to the heart. With lots of love, patience, and faith in God's guidance and providence they try again and again until they got it right, or as close to the right as they can. I enjoyed the story, the lessons in having faith, learning to forgive and forget, understanding the past and growing, developing, and learning to ask for help when needed. This is another delightful Christmas tale and a story from the beloved Aspen Creek
~ Four Spoon With a teaspoon on the side
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