Clean, Christian Romance with humor and bite!
Ever since her high school boyfriend’s death from a car accident three years earlier, Jessica Mason and her hometown of Snow Valley, Montana with all its awful memories and guilt have not been compatible. Running away to New Orleans on a ballet scholarship, Jessica cringes when she thinks about confronting her beliefs and her beloved Pastor John and the community church–she doesn’t want to talk about God, not after He took Michael, the boy she was going to marry ever since third grade. In the local spiritual scene of funky New Orleans, Jessica seeks out Madame LaBlanc, hoping Michael will absolve her of her guilt the night of the car accident, but the spirit world is silent and she fears the grief will drown her.
Finally succumbing to family pressure, Jessica reluctantly returns for Christmas – and the little town of Snow Valley does Christmas BIG and obnoxious. When she visits Michael’s grave in the church-yard, Jessica is shocked to meet handsome James Douglas, Pastor John’s nephew, who’s studying for the ministry. No, she is not going to be attracted to someone who wants to be a preacher! Definitely not compatible! But James Douglas is unlike any minister-in-training she’s ever met. After all, James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely-tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world upside down.
Is she ready to take another risk on love?
A fast-paced romance with humor, family dynamics, Christmas, and kissing.
MY REVIEW (4.5/5stars): I loved the story as it was set at Christmas time and it was about second chances for love. The main character, Jessica finally returns home after 3 years away as she doesn’t forgives herself when her boyfriend, Michael died 3 years prior in a car accident. Why? She finally admits to herself she didn’t feel it was the right type of mature love needed forever in a relationship to last time. Michael and her were best of friends. She has to realize that life also goes on.
Her family is amazing as she has a great brother, Sam who loves her. She meets a young man, James at Michael’s grave. James is studying to become a minister and Jessica is hard to understand this as she has given up on her faith as Michael died. James helps her through this as she needs to forgive herself first and put God back into her life.
The author wrote a wonderful quick read that showed what Christmas is about with family, love, and faith. This story also showed how we have to deal with problems and be able to forgive ourselves also. I enjoyed reading it!
*I did not get this book for review. I purchased my own copy. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*