Hello, and welcome back! I hope you're all having some of the same gorgeous autumn weather we are here. We spent our afternoon walking in and out of galleries and museums at an annual Art Walk locally, for our young household artist. It was quite lovely, and several of us came home inspired to work on our own arts. In a few weeks, it'll be much too cool to wander about outside for any long period of time, which is why I chose today's book for review, to get us all in the proper frame of mind for the next season coming.
Debbie Macomber's A Cedar Cove Christmas (Mira) is out now, and just the thing to get you all thinking about winter. Mary Jo Wyse has three overprotective older brothers who don't seem to understand that she's old enough to make her own choices in life, despite the fact that she's soon to be a single mom. The one thing she wants to do before the baby's birth is to let the father's family know, even though she's figured out by now that the baby's father wants to be nothing more than a sperm donor. So she travels alone to snowy Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve to find his family. Only it turns out they're away for another day. But in her hunt for them, she meets some wonderful people who're only too happy to be of assistance, including the handsome paramedic Mack McAfee who comes to her rescue when she has a dizzy spell at the library. Mack is so kind to her, and she believes him when he tells her she'll be all right. One of Cedar Cove's very helpful residents, Grace Harding, takes Mary Jo home with her to rest. Meanwhile, Mary Jo's brothers have come looking for her in Cedar Cove, though they're really hoping to run into the missing father-to-be along the way so they can do their brotherly duty. When Mary Jo goes into labor alone at the Harding farm, the same hunky paramedic comes to her aid, and Mack helps her deliver her baby, and makes her believe in Christmas miracles at the same time. This one is charming, filled with characters most of you will know from previous Cedar Cove stories, and Mary Jo and Mack's budding relationship is quite sweet. If you need a quick read that'll put you in a better frame of mind, pick this one up, no matter which winter holiday you celebrate. It's a keeper, and has earned three and a half of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!