Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance
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Christina Forrester is starting over. After a financial scandal sent her ex-husband to prison, she's left raising her young son without any of the comforts of their old life. Budgets, coupons, lawn care—you name it, she's learning to do it all on her own. Well, almost on her own—she'd be lost without Gail Broughton, the kind widow across the street. But when Gail's son comes home, Christina's vow to never trust a man again is put to the test.
Will Broughton left town because he was tired of being "that poor man" who lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. But years have passed and, with his dad gone and his mom alone, it's time to go home. Only his mother's not alone. She's taken Christina under her wing, and the beautiful and determined single mother awakens something in Will he thought was buried forever.
As Will and Christina are forced to spend more time together, feelings that are more than neighborly grow between them. And with Christmas coming and a child filling both houses with holiday cheer, it becomes nearly impossible not to embrace the joy—and the love—in their lives.
This book is so heartbreaking! And also so sweet. It really runs the gambit of emotions, and I really liked it. Christmas has always been one of those magical times for me, and this book really capitalizes on that feeling. Both of the main characters in this book are going through some hard situations, and trying to find their way in life, which makes for some really interesting interpersonal situations.
So Christina is a single mom, to a really great seven year old boy, she’s really on her own because he ex ended up being a crook who embezzled/stole cash from just about everyone. Christina really is on her own at this point, and when he husband went to jail she was lucky enough to convince the judge not to auction off her sons things as well as everything else they owned. Now she works at the gas station, but she has a great neighbor, a widow who she has totally bonded with, and they really are their for each other.
Will is back in town after losing his wife and unborn baby, and the first thing he finds when he gets home to his mothers is some strange kid being babysat by his mother. Will is having a really hard time moving on from his loss, which I think is totally understandable. But he also can’t help but noticing Christina, he’s definitely attracted to her. And more than that he starts being a really good friend to both Christina and her son, he even goes as far as spending time with her son and helping to make Christmas special for his mother.
The two of them are both a little broken and I think sometimes it takes another person to help heal you, and this was totally the case in this book. I loved the dynamic, and how the two of them were really just trying to find their way. I loved how the son is such a light in everyones life, he is really the catalyst for every character in this book healing, that one boy brought these people together. Also I seriously loved the epilogue in this book, and I don’t say that about every book.
This definitely goes down as a feel good book for me. Yes there were a lot of moments along the way where my heart broke for these characters, but at the end of the day I was rooting for everyone in this story to get their happy ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to root for the underdog, I like this authors writing and the characters in this book, and I think you will too.