’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays―even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.
Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wit’s end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby―and the inescapable longing in his heart―off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?
I really loved this book. It was one of those books where you need the hankies for the good parts and not because something bad happened (even though a lot of that happens as well). This is about the spirit of Christmas, about getting together, about helping each other, about belonging together and about love. And it is also about second chances, about moving on from heartbreak and bad choices and the people at your side who are there for you and who help you to get there.
What I really loved about it, is the combination of a story where lots of feelings are involved and people have to deal with their issues and get stronger by fighting them and a brilliant story with lots of action and several twists and turns that just keep you glued to your reader.
Wonderful, warm characters that I'd love to have around and spend time with, a Seal, albeit a former one, on a mission and two families that are still struggling to overcome a past filled with loss and grief that help each other heal and become whole again.
A beautiful story about everything Christmas is really about with a wonderful love story and a lot of action.