A HICKORY RIDGE CHRISTMAS
A season for love...
A minister's daughter and unwed teen mother -- five years ago Hannah Woods had been the talk of Hickory Ridge. Now her little girl was the light of her life, though Hannah was unable to forgive the one who'd lover her -- and then left.
Todd McBride had left town a boy and returned a man with a quest: to find the woman he still adored and ask for a second chance. But Hannah's secret - a child he hadn't known about -- threw his plans into a tailspan.
With Christmas rapidly approaching it seemed the time for love and forgiveness was at hand...
I had a hankering for holiday reading plus I wanted to review Christmas books early enough that the giveaways would reach their destination before Christmas so I ordered some early Christmas reads online at Harelquin. Unbeknownst to me, all three books that I ordered are re-releases of previously published material. That's fine by me since I wasn't reading Love Inspired 5+ years ago, but some of you might have been so I'm giving fair warning.
As another spin on the popular secret baby theme, A Hickory Ridge Christmas gets brownie points for it's realistic portrayal of the emotions and outcomes in this kind of situation. Hannah has had to grow up quickly -- as a teen teetering on the threshold of adulthood she was thrust into responsibility before she was ready to shoulder it. As a result she still harbors adolescent feelings that have left her thinking only about how her pregnancy has affected her. When we first meet her, she's still trapped by those emotions and I enjoyed watching her grow into maturity through the course of the book. Her unforgiving resentment of Todd has festered over the years and created quite a chip on her shoulder.
Todd on the other hand is eager to mend past hurts, eager and full of purpose when he hits town -- only to find that his hoped for happy reunion involves an extra person he hasn't bargained on.
A sweet Christmas romance with a happily ever after just perfect for the season.
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Hickory Ridge Christmas, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 14 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!