Event planner Eve Canaday and her secret crush, Dr. Ben Tyler, are unexpectedly drafted to help a little girl fulfill her late mother’s wish—a magical Christmas to create some happy memories. Eve sees this opportunity as a sign; Ben, as a glitch in his plan to leave Marietta behind for good.
As the trio checks off the to-do list of Christmas fun, Ben’s ‘bah-humbug’ opinion of the holiday fades, along with ideas about keeping his distance from Eve. Getting involved is the last thing he wants to do but, alas, there’s no accounting for cosmic interference.
With the season of miracles upon this jewel of a town, will Eve find it’s possible that Christmas wishes aren’t only for little girls?
It was delightful to be back in Marietta and to see another couple celebrate Christmas and fumble into love.
I liked the setup and the story itself a lot, it had a great flow, and the story was well written, easy to get into. I liked how Eve and Ben step up and help their friend in need. There were several adorable, Christmas filled moments in the tale when they are creating the perfect Christmas to make sweet memories for Lily. There seemed to be magic in the air, the kind that makes you want to believe in Santa Claus and Christmas miracles.
Eve and Ben had been friends for a year and seemed to have a meaningful relationship, as friends, I'm a sucker for a good from friends to lovers plotline, one of my favorite ways to find forever kind of relationship. And this is where I fumbled with the story. At the beginning, I was all excited, liking both of them just fine, and wishing everything would work out for them. But as the story went on it started to seem like maybe it wasn't meant to be that they end up together. Ben was clueless with social graces when it came to Eve, it seemed everything he did and said was taken wrong. Eve was a bit of a drama queen, reading into Ben's words and actions and making mostly wrong conclusions and accusations. They frustrated me towards the end, and the ending seemed rather light after all the drama, angst and tears.
Withholding the misgivings regarding the relationship between Eve and Ben, the story is deliciously Christmassy, generously drizzled with traditions, snow, love, decorations, children, even a newborn to make you swoon, and surely will set the mood for the upcoming holidays
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Barbara Ankrum grew up in Upstate New York, training to be a ballerina, but secretly dreaming of being an actress. Her first fangirl crush on Haley Mills led her to practice her British accent on unsuspecting store clerks, and she dreamed of co-starring in the remake of THE MOONSPINNERS. Because she was also a compulsive reader, she discovered that the film was based on a book by the fabulous Mary Stewart, which led to Barbara's lifelong obsession with romantic fiction.
Since Haley Mills was, sadly, not in the market for a co-star, Barbara pursued a degree in English Literature from the University of Tennessee. And when that degree, predictably, led to unemployment, she pulled up her socks and moved to Hollywood where she built a career as a successful commercial actress while raising two amazing (now grown) children with her sweet husband.
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