About the Book:
A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O'Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O'Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season.
One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake—Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent and intent on guarding her heart, she's the last person Logan can see himself falling for. And Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas.
Yet between the snowy silence of the winter woods, and toasty moments by a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide. The magic of the season brings them each a gift neither ever expected—a love to last a lifetime.
Christmas editions of series books are generally sweet and heartwarming; this is no exception. The hero, Logan, is the spurned father from Marrying Daisy Bellamy (my review). The baby, Charlie, is now nine and spends summers, Christmas and Thanksgiving vacations with his dad, living the rest of the time with his mom and her Air Force husband. Darcy, the heroine, is recently divorced. She loved her husband and his kids and was devastated when he cheated on her with his ex. To make matters worse, one of her sisters is married to one of his brothers and the families have always spent holidays together. For some reason that doesn't sound like fun to her so she accepts her best friend’s invitation to spend Thanksgiving, and later, Christmas, with her family, including her good-looking single brother. However, she resists the charms of the brother because not only does she not want to marry, she doesn't want kids, especially step-kids.
The story has the requisite kids’ wishes for impossible gifts, and of course Santa comes through. Of course Darcy realizes that by shutting herself off from love she is letting her ex win. Of course they have a white Christmas.
The book contains several recipes that are mentioned in the book and it also makes use of the tradition of the Christmas pickle. I have to admit it is one I've never heard before, though I have seen pickle ornaments.
There is one pre-marital intimate scene but it is more flowery than descriptive.
In short, your typical Christmas romance novel. Grade: B.
I’d like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.