Monday, 9 December 2013

The Ultimate Christmas Countdown: The Christmas Catch

Since the death of her military husband two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she's managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine's best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she's in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart.

Bachelor professor John Steadman has given up on finding the right one. Spending time with his friends while keeping up with his job seems satisfying enough. Then one day close to Christmas, a beautiful woman from Chicago nearly runs him off the road during a snowstorm. What's more, she's got a kid in her car. It's only natural that John and his trusty golden retriever want to help drag them out of a ditch and steer them toward their destination. What John doesn't expect is that soon he'll be hoping Christine and her son will be staying in Vermont - for more than just a little while.

Sweet doesn't even begin to cover how utterly adorable the first book of Ginny Baird's Holiday Brides series is.

Christine's tired, overworked and lonely, so her boss tells her to take her four-year-old for a holiday in Vermont.  So far, so good.  

But then she meets John, a professor who's grumpy and brusque and soft as anything under all that.  Despite a fairly rocky start - they're nearly involved in a car crash - they begin to develop feelings for each other, not least because of the way John reacts when Christine's little boy falls in love with his dog.

It's the perfect snuggle up novella for Christmas.  One hundred pages, or so, of utterly lovely snowy romance which doesn't try too hard to be all or nothing.  I was really impressed with the fact that the development of the romance seemed like a natural progression - nothing about it seemed forced or the by-product of chick lit.


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