Can’t Miss Christmas

Finding love again is the best Christmas present of all.

It’s two days before Christmas and bestselling children’s author Grace Alberts needs to fulfill a promise—to make it to a book signing for the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the place that did so much for her during a very rough time. But the weather’s getting awful and all flights are cancelled out of Boston, where she’s wrapping up her book tour. Then in walks her annoying but extremely sexy ex-husband, who (as usual) thinks he’s got all the answers.

Graham Walker just stopped by to get a book signed for Grace’s biggest fan, his niece, and wish Grace a Merry Christmas—why not? But he soon finds himself troubleshooting her dilemma. He’s got a Range Rover that can plow through a hundred-year Nor’easter. He’s even headed home to Philly. Trouble is, Grace’s and his past is a disaster, something he has no intention of reliving while driving through a winter storm, no matter how much he once loved her. And maybe still does.

Bad weather has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people, and when a run in with some deer antlers leads them to a forced stop in Mirror Lake, Connecticut, anything can happen, naughty or nice. Maybe a bit of enforced alone time and some Christmas magic can be just what it takes for them to face their past—and each other—once and for all.

If you want something ‘Christmasy’ to read this is a quick fix that can entertain you as you’re trying to decompress from the holiday stress or on a car ride over to your in-laws to put you into a more positive spirit.

Liasson unveils her story through Graham and Grace who are trying to navigate the holiday as exes instead of as a married couple. The way she portrayed the emotional rawness of their feelings towards one another was surprisingly good for such a short story. She didn’t have many pages to draw out their relationship and provide adequate background yet somehow she still managed to create a believable and realistic story of their life. The fact that this is a couple who has already been married made it easier to believe in the quick chemistry since it would make sense that if it was there once it could be there again.

The common yet difficult issues of loss, broken dreams, conflict and post-divorce tension were captured realistically and well-written just as were the lingering feelings, what ifs and obvious still there chemistry.

Liasson made me want them to get back together, to find a way to work through their issues as individuals and as a couple. I ended up liking the writing so much I want to dive into more of her books to see how she holds up over longer plots.

Thank you to Netgalley and Barclay Publicity for allowing me to review this!

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