Author: Barbara Witek
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Emma Turner feels like her life ended with the death of her husband. Three years later she’s doing the best she can for her children and moving through life on autopilot. She doesn’t believe true love can happen twice in a lifetime. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t believe in much anymore. Putting her trust in one honest man might be just what she needs to move forward.
Bound by duty Jake Nicklaus never imagined he’d cross the line and fall in love with the woman he swore he’d watch over. If only he’d died on that chopper instead of her husband, she wouldn’t be hurting. The only way to heal her heart is to show her how to live again. Finding the magic in Christmas is the perfect way to start.
Will one kiss under the mistletoe change their lives forever?
My Thoughts on the Book:
Emma is a war widow who can't let go of her husband so much so that she's given up on Christmas and spends each year waiting for Christmas Eve when her husbands spirit visits her again. The problem is that her two children are also losing out on the magic of Christmas.
Jake is a firefighter and former soldier, who knew Emma's husband Larry. Larry made Jake promise to watch over his family and comes around making sure Jake keeps his word.
This story is very reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life with a modern twist. Instead of the "angel" there to teach George how important he is; Larry is the to help his wife move kn and continue living while letting go himself.
Throughout the story you are mainly getting to know Jake, Emma, and Emma's daughter Sarah but in the end you get to see how much Larry loves his family.
Jake is a sweet hero who longs for a family of his own even if it is an instant one. Most times the hero doesn't seem to understand children at all but Jake has an easy relationship win Emma's children which is endearing.
Emma is clearly in pain and rightly so though she's framed her life around grieving rather than living. It is nice to see Emma come out of her grief and move towards a new future.
I didn't have much hope for this story but I'm now very glad I read it.