I actually got this book to test out how to borrow an e-book from my local library. I wanted something short that wouldn’t take me long to read. When I saw it was a book written by Jaci Burton there wasn’t an option. I have enjoyed her writing for years.
I can hear you saying, “Isn’t it a little late for a Christmas story?” But is it? Why can’t you read a holiday story any time of the year? When I was reading this short story, the Christmas theme was very muted so there is no reason that you couldn’t read this at any time of the year.
Riley Jensen is returning to her hometown for the holidays. She hasn’t been home for ten years. She comes from Deer Lake that sits just on the outskirts of the Ozarks. She’s a country singer with several awards under her belt.
As she gets off the bus, a cute little girl cries out her name and tells Riley that her daddy knows her. Her father’s name is Ethan Kent. The little girl’s name is Zoey. This is a story of “he done her wrong”.
Ethan finds that he still might have feelings for Riley. They unexpectedly meet at a candy store and Riley finds out that Ethan is part owner of his father’s construction company. Riley is having a concert and has invited Ethan and Zoey to be her guests. Zoey is on cloud nine. You can almost picture Zoey’s exuberance.
This is a story about starting over – of letting go of the past and starting fresh. Jaci shows us that there is hope for someone that has been out of touch with her town but can come home and be welcomed as if they never left. She leaves you wanting to read more about the family.
This is more of a sensual story than of a story heavy on the sex side. It’s definitely a story that will make you feel good. Since sex is not the theme of the story those scenes are not needed here and you won’t miss them. During the holidays, people are rushing around and have so much to do and so much to think about and very little time to relax. This is a book that you can sit down and just relax for a little while. You will definitely want to make time to read about Riley and Ethan.
Jaci then wrote a second book in the Kent brother’s story. “A Rare Gift” (which I just purchased today) is the story about Ethan’s brother Wyatt. This story just came out this past December. There is nothing on Jaci’s blog site, http://jaciburton.com/index.php, about a book three but I’m hoping there will be. As soon as I finish book two, I will post my review here as well.
I give this story 4 1/2 stars.