Saturday, November 14, 2015

529 (2015 #86). I'll Be Home for Christmas

by Lori Wilde

The latest in Lori Wilde's romance series set in Twilight, Texas (aka Granbury, my current home town), at Christmastime once again.  The hero in this story is Joe Cheek, younger brother to Sam Cheek of The True Love Quilting Club.

Restless former troublemaker Joe (he has ADHD) is running his grandfather's Christmas tree farm while the latter recuperates from a stroke.  Although Granbury doesn't have such a farm, there is one just north of the next town north of here, although  it doesn't look anything like the one on the book's cover (especially with all that snow we don't usually have here in Twilight).

The plot set-up seemed a little far-fetched to me - but hey, it's Christmas, the season of magic!  Joe's sister Katie meets law school dropout Gabrielle "Gabi" Preston on a snow globe board on Pinterest (love the way Lori incorporated this social media sensation into the story).  They become friends and share their needs for a change of pace.  Then, as fans of the movie The Holiday (which I haven't seen), they decide to swap houses sight unseen just as the main characters do in that movie.  For the three weeks just before Christmas, Katie heads to Gabi's condo near the beach in Los Angeles, while Gabi gets Katie's yurt (yes!) just outside Twilight and across from the Christmas tree farm.

Of course Joe and Gabi meet, and sparks fly, and romance ensues.  It's a sweet story and I love how characters from other novels in the series pop up in minor roles in this one.  However, it's not necessary to have read those other books before reading this one.  Katie's backstory is interesting, and I would bet the next Twilight, Texas novel will be about her!

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[This book was borrowed from and returned to a library e-book collection.]

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