CHRISTMAS IN HIDING
Christmas in witness protection
After her ex-boyfriend's murder, Callie Martin has no choice but to trade her quiet life as a kindergarten teacher for the witness protection program. It's US Marshal Jackson Walker's job to keep Callie safe, but the men who would do her harm just keep getting closer and closer. Either someone on the inside is betraying Callie, or she's lying to Jackson about her involvement. So he decides to go off the grid, spiriting her away to the remote Vermont countryside at Christmas. Jackson wants to trust her, but with danger dogging their every move, he'll have to use all his energy to keep her alive.
Cate Nolan brings a fresh, vibrant voice to the Love Inspired Suspense line up in this debut Christmas novel.
I could totally relate to Callie. She has this child-like exuberance that can't be squelched for long. And it's contagious -- even though Jackson tries so valiantly to guard against it. Love how her faith sustains her. She has realistic reactions to the terrifying situations she finds herself in but she also has the ability to regroup and find things to appreciate during the most difficult times. "You could build a life snatching small moments like these so long as you took the time to appreciate them and give thanks." (p.97)
That optimism keeps Jackson off-kilter. Callie draws him in despite all his efforts to remain professionally aloof. In fact, you might say Jackson is the Grinch to Callie's Cindy Lou Who. He's a hyper vigilant grouch running on fumes but he can't help appreciating Callie's resiliency. And he's reluctant to admit it comes from her faith. I adored watching him slowly melt under the force of her infectious personality.
Christmas in witness protection doesn't sound very festive -- especially when you're running for your life -- but Nolan does an amazing job of infusing the Christmas spirit into every aspect of this story. In fact, the season almost takes on the persona of a secondary character and that made this read so much fun! Honestly, the best mix of Christmas and romantic suspense ever!!!!!
Action-packed and heart-warming. A holiday read to remember.
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