This story doesn’t start out as your typical Christmas story. It starts months before Christmas and with crushing news on top of the death of a spouse. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? But, soon the magic of Lori Wilde and her Jubilee, Texas takes control reveling hidden family secrets, guilty consciences and an attraction that won’t go away. Within a couple of chapters the tone is light hearted and you’ll be as engrossed as I became.
Lissy is a proud woman who doesn’t want charity but she isn’t getting the benefits that she’s entitled to either. Rafferty is her brother-in-law that she didn’t know about but he promised her husband that he’d take care of her and their son, Kyle. Neither expected nor wanted to be attracted to the other and that attraction may cause ripples that weren’t expected. It all comes to a head at Christmas but not the way either expected.
And, what happened on Christmas eve wasn’t what I expected either. Don’t expect a nice simple ending because that is not what you’ll get.
I really liked this story on so many levels.
The most important to me is the depiction of the military. Lissy’s husband, Jake, was in the Army and called up for a tour of duty. There he became an adrenaline junkie and dealt with PTSD. His portrayal was very realistic. The absence of benefits also came across as possible as Lissy did not live near a military base/post where she would learn about the benefits she was entitled to. If you don’t put in for them, you don’t get them.
But let’s not get wrapped up in the military because it was a very minor part of the story. There are so many layers that make up the whole. From cutting horses to illegitimate children to the best way for deaf children to be taught, each subject comes across as well researched and very realistic. Put it together and a wonderful love story emerges.
This is the third installment in "New York Times" bestselling author Lori Wilde's series set in "Jubilee, Texas", that gives readers a perfect present - a cowboy for Christmas!