"My Christmas Dream" is set in a beautiful back drop in a place called Tuke Valley. It's in Washington state. Marilyn Miles writing style has you feeling as if you're there. With every vivid description you can picture the small farming town, it's beautiful. Readers get a small town love story between the pages of this Christmas set story.
We start out by meeting Jorden aka Jordie. She has lost her job and decides to become part owner of a book store. But things don't turn out well. Her business partner is the worst and always has excuses on why she can't help. Jordie has many battles in her life as she's attending collage, helping her parents with the farm and running a book store. It's just too much. It seems like she will have to give one up. Then along come Gilbert aka Gib who saves her from a nasty accident and also steals her heart with his helping hand attitude.
The description of the environment is amazing. You can almost picture your self there. I was pulled in from the get go. The characters are believe small town forks who fit in the the story so well. Jordie and Gib are described as warm, honest and lovely people who we all wish to be.
The book seemed like it was a true story because of the background. The title comes into play closer to the end of the book. There were a few moments where I was a bit confused and a few chapters that ended too quickly. I had the sense that something more was needed to finish them up.
Something was missing particularly in chapter six and chapter ten. Then in chapter twelve I wondered what happened on the way back?
Overall, an enjoyable story that needed a bit more.
Jorden “Jordie” Butler grew up on a farm, several miles from the small town of Tuke’s Valley in Washington State. When she gets a job at a chain bookstore in the nearby city of Vancouver, she and a coworker dream of one day having their own bookstore.
Fortunately, one of the benefits of her job is partial reimbursement of tuition at the local community college. Jordie decides to work toward a business degree. Unfortunately, Jordie loses her job when the bookstore eventually closes, and she has difficulty finding another one that will allow her to work part-time and go to school. Could it be that Jordie’s dream of having her own business one day may be just that—a dream?
Gilbert “Gib” Gibson also grew up in Tuke’s Valley, but when his mother passed away his senior year of high school, he moved to Oregon to live and work in construction with his older brother. Now he is something of an all around handyman who can do just about any kind of repairs, including carpentry, electrical, mechanical, and much more.
When his stepfather dies, Gib returns to Tuke’s Valley to sell the home and see if he can find anything that belonged to his mother. But the house is a mess of semi-packed boxes and he realizes it will take more time than he thought. A former classmate asks him to look at the bookstore his wife and her business partner just purchased, and give them an estimate on repairs. Gib agrees and when he walks inside the bookstore, he sees a woman hanging precariously from a ladder. He rushes up to help, just as she falls.