Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Ballantine Books
edition language English
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Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.
After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.
Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.
Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.From the Hardcover edition.
This is one of those books you willingly read as an escape as it is heartwarming, joyfully imbued with delightful insight and as it also uses one of my favorite premises from the 1946 movie It’s A Wonderful Life
as well as trading on Dickens well known beloved classic book A Christmas Carol
the story had some messages you do not usually find in a contemporary romance.
The best part about reading romance stories that feature a couple whose relationship started in childhood and was one of antagonism rather than friendship is that it is fun to see how a few years and a few shared experiences can change that same antagonism into attraction or even love.
Addie let home in a moment of rebellious anger towards her father, in the 6 years that followed she learned to regret her hotheadedness but now that her father has passed away she will never get the chance to make amends. Coming home for the first time since leaving she planned to spend Christmas holidays with her Mom, only to find out her widowed Mother and her also widowed best friend and next door neighbor are planning on taking a two week cruise together.
Addie than finds out that the whole thing may fall apart as Erich Simmons, the son of her neighbor and Addie’s childhood crush who made her life miserable more than once, has been in an auto accident leaving him with two broken wrists and only his mother to take care of him.
Having a kind heart and not really wanting to see her mother lose the money she spent on the vacation cruise Addie volunteers to be Erich’s caregiver. After the initial rocky beginning to the arrangement surprisingly the two find common ground with of all things watching Jeopardy together. From that moment on things seem to change, for the better.
Along the way to finding out more about each other Addie and Erich also face some truths about themselves and before the two weeks pass the pair have fallen deeply in love with each other, proving that Christmas miracles present themselves when we least expect it!
A truly heartwarming story of change and holiday magic.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]