Genre: Women’s Romance (Novella)
Reviewed by: Nancy Pennick
After her husband’s death, Sophie and her young daughter return to her family in Derbyshire. The Ferguson’s seem like a perfect family until you scratch the surface. With so many emotional baggage, and only nine weeks to Christmas, can Sophie bring them altogether for the perfect Christmas she dreams of?
Thomas, the gorgeous, moody renovator, is a man with his own agenda that doesn't seem to include Sophie. Even in his paint-smeared tee shirt, faded jeans and scuffed boots, he is immodestly masculine, handsome and sizzling hot. But when his eyes reflect the pain she knows so well, Sophie cannot help but wonder if there is another side to the cold exterior.
Thomas finds his heart opening to this beautiful, wounded woman from his past. A passion smolders as they work together in the months before Christmas. But he has been hurt before and hesitates to stoke the fire between them.
Will the magic of the holidays heal a family and bring two lost souls together?
Sophie returns to her small village in England following the death of her husband. She has a small daughter and feels that would be the best place for her to grow up, surrounded by family and friends. She finds a house just weeks before Christmas and is determined to have it ready by the holiday. Her mum helps out and finds just the right kind of decorator—handsome and hunky. Sophie falls almost immediately for the guy. He, in turn, is quite standoffish.
Joanne Rawson is becoming one of my favorite authors. She needs to stop writing novellas and dive into a full book! Her novella is filled with rich characters with baggage to boot. Sophie and her sister, Shelly, have a lot to deal with when it comes to mum. I could relate. The writing is fun and the pace keeps moving.
The only small problem I had with the story was Tom, the decorator. He did an about face too fast. He went from barely a hello to spilling his personal history on their furniture building date. Tom was like a different person from then on. I would’ve liked to seen Sophie call him out on that. The relationship happened a little too quickly for me, but since this is a shorter story I can understand why.
If you’d like a romantic, fun Christmas read for the holidays, I suggest picking up Coming Home for Christmas. Join Sophie and the Ferguson family in typical dysfunctional style for the holidays.