Thursday, October 23, 2014

No Excessive Realism Here: The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek Book 7)

About the Book:
Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining. 

Eve's worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There's no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve's definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve's happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she's counting on the best Christmas of her life!

My Comments:
A couple of years after I moved to New Orleans I got involved in a church singles group.  Most of the members were like me--college graduates in their mid 20's.  One common theme you heard over and over was that people's friends had gotten married and they felt like third wheels or like they just didn't fit anymore.  While older than I was at the time, Eve is in much the same place.  She is close with a bunch of people she has known since childhood but many have paired off,either with other members of the group, or with outsiders.  She wants a child and a husband and is beginning to wonder if she needs to leave this small town to find them.  Then the stranger shows up.  The attraction is instant.  She knows he is lying to her (or at least not telling her the truth she wants to know) but does she dump him?  Of course not.  

As noted in the title of this post, the climax to this story is about as unrealistic as they come.  Honestly,other than hormones and seasonal depression, I don't see what a sensible woman like Eve is doing with a guy like him; it just doesn't fit.  Oh well, it's a Christmas romance, so you know the ending.  

The book is clearly part of a series and while those who haven't read the other books will wonder about some of the side stories, the basic plot is,well, basic.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B.  

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