Have yourself a steamy little Christmas…
After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn’t expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother’s Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory patrolled by the man who haunts her dreams—the forest ranger who sent her to prison.
Austin Wilder isn’t thrilled about Lacey working in his forest—but he soon realizes he needs her help. His family is depending on him to restore an old steam train for a spectacular Christmas event, and train expert Lacey is his only hope of finishing in time.
Working together challenges every assumption Lacey and Austin have about each other, and they discover a desire hot enough to melt even the deepest Montana snow. But will the season of second chances be enough to mend the most hardened broken heart?
This is the other side of the story, where His Christmas Gift told Lacey brothers and her lawyers' story, this is the story from Lacey's point of view, when she finally gets out of prison and her falling in love with Austin.
The story is heartfelt and emotional. Lacey does an amazing job with trying to adjust to the life outside the prison. It is not easy, so many obstacles, so many hurdles, both practical, physical, and emotional. But she is tougher than the most, and determined to build her life again. I love and admire her spirit and guts.
Her and Austin has a very painful history, he is the arresting officer, and his testimony was, what puts Lacey into the prison. But now through circumstances in life, they are working together, and learning to know each other, and see each other with a totally new eyes, see into each other's heart, finding a soul mate they don't want to live without.
I adore this story. The characters really got to me, they life hasn't been easy, but they make due with the cards they are dealt with. I love how well His Christmas Gift and this one were built together, but still separate stories, both stories totally getting into my heart. I'm glad I read the books in the order I did, I think the other one built this one up perfectly. These characters, their destinies, will stay with me for a good while, these stories are the kind that changes something inside of you, gives you a new kind of perspective into many things
~ Five Spoons