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Published by Carina Press on November 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Christina Forrester is starting over. After a financial scandal sent her ex-husband to prison, she's left raising her young son without any of the comforts of their old life. Budgets, coupons, lawn care—you name it, she's learning to do it all on her own. Well, almost on her own—she'd be lost without Gail Broughton, the kind widow across the street. But when Gail's son comes home, Christina's vow to never trust a man again is put to the test.
Will Broughton left town because he was tired of being "that poor man" who lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. But years have passed and, with his dad gone and his mom alone, it's time to go home. Only his mother's not alone. She's taken Christina under her wing, and the beautiful and determined single mother awakens something in Will he thought was buried forever.
As Will and Christina are forced to spend more time together, feelings that are more than neighborly grow between them. And with Christmas coming and a child filling both houses with holiday cheer, it becomes nearly impossible not to embrace the joy—and the love—in their lives.
I do love a good holiday novella, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who reckons Shannon Stacey sure has the magic touch when it comes to these babies!
Her Holiday Man, which releases early in November through Carina Press, is another winner from the holiday library as far as I am concerned.
Here are my thoughts on Her Holiday Man:
I really loved Christina and Will. Both have experienced loss albeit in different ways. I totally get Christina’s desire to make the best life for herself and her son on HER terms, and seeing her grow in strength and self-confidence is fantastic. I loved that she was self-reliant, but never too proud to ask for help. You can see Will wants to move beyond his grief, but there is something there that makes him think he can’t. He’s such a sweetheart, that you will want to help him find his way.
The romance that develops between them is sweet and gentle, and exactly what each needs and deserves. It may happen relatively quickly, but it never feels unnecessarily instalovey.
There is always such a lovely spirit in Shannon Stacey’s holiday novellas (and her full-length stories, for that matter) and I think a lot of that has to do with the characters, both hero & heroine and secondary characters. I could totally believe that what Christina and Will were feeling was real, Nathaniel (Christina’s son) has that typical 7 year old’s enthusiasm and Gail (Will’s mum) never veers into overbearing matchmakey mumzilla mode.
I really do hope that there are more of these to come. Shannon Stacey, if you write them, I will read!