Title: A Family for Christmas
Author: Helen Scott Taylor
Opening lines: ‘…The Windshield wipers slashed madly to and fro in a useless attempt to clear the huge, fluffy snowflakes …’
A quick and easy Christmas story with lots of snow! After the death of her parents Eve and her brothers have drifted apart and she has been focussing on her career to make up for the lack of family ties. On her way to an important partnership meeting Eve ends up in a ditch. Rescued by Tom she is taken back to his farm where she meets his little daughter. Polly wants a mum so badly since her own mother abandoned her and she bonds with Eve almost immediately. Neither Tom nor Eve is particularly looking for love but through Polly they realise how empty their lives have been. Trouble is, Eve belongs to the cut-throat business world, and Tom has found peace in the country after leaving the city and doesn’t want to go back. But it is Christmas and magical things happen at Christmas.
Being a novella the story has to develop quickly, often this is at the expense of the characters. Author, Helen Scott Taylor, manages to bring her characters alive in the time given. A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS is a satisfying read that ticks all the warm and fuzzy boxes. I could ‘see’ all the settings and feel the heartbreak of broken families and cheer at the fence mending before sighing at the Happy Ever After.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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