CHRISTMAS IN CEDAR COVE
Rating: 4 Cups
5-B Poppy Lane
She would never have guessed that one innocent Christmas card could change the course of her life, but Ruth Shelton is about find out.
Like many soldiers overseas, Sgt. Paul Gordon is thrilled to receive cards from home, even if they are from random strangers.
Ruth has very strong opinions of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but regardless of her feelings on the war, she still supports the men and women who serve the country. Despite her views however, she falls hard and fast for a soldier she has never even met, even though she has no desire to ever become a military wife. Paul has always known that being a Marine was what he was meant to be, even if that will mean picking up the pieces of his heart and walking away.
With so many men and women positioned in the Middle East it is easy to feel Ruth’s trepidation over becoming involved with Paul. However there is no black and white when it comes to matters of love, and these two bring that reality right to your heart.
A Cedar Cove Christmas
As much as she wants to hate David for putting her into this position, Mary Jo Wyse knows that she is equally to blame.
Wanderlust, itchy feet, or plain old immaturity has had Mack McAfee moving from job to job, but since becoming a firefighter for Cedar Cove he thinks he may have finally found his calling.
Eight and a half months pregnant is no time to be running around trying to find the father of her baby, but Mary Jo is doing just that, even though she is pretty sure the search is hopeless. Coming to Cedar Cove turns out to be a shocking revelation for Mary Jo, as she gets ready to have her baby, and finds a whole community more than willing to lend a hand. Mack is on call when Mary Jo needs help, and for him it is an experience he will never ever forget.
A small community can be hard to handle if you are not ready for the ever-present gossip and support, but nothing beats that small town security and trust. It is wonderful to see Mary Jo benefit from all of those around her, and to anticipate a future with a kind-hearted fireman.
Stories like these are as warm and comforting as a delicious cup of hot cocoa, and just as sweet. Tender and loving from beginning to end, you would have to be the scrooge of all scrooges not to enjoy the two couples in this book. The reality of their situations is easy to understand, and the characters are a joy to get to know. If you need a stocking stuffer for any sweet romance lover in your family, this is it.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More