Book Review: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon

This ChristmasSingle mother Sabrina Gervais has built a happy life with her daughter Charlotte in their eastern Long Island hometown of Holly Point. Having Charlie meant putting some of her own dreams on hold, but Sabrina is content to surround herself with family and friends, safe from the realities of the outside world. She had enough of that when the man she loved broke her heart.

Jake Killen’s career in professional hockey has brought him many rewards on and off the ice, but returning to New York brings back a flood of memories. When he sees Sabrina again, he discovers that he didn’t just run away from her ten years ago, but also from their unborn child.

Struggling with anger, guilt, and chemistry that’s off the chart, Sabrina and Jake wonder if they can find love again and, this Christmas, make all their wishes come true.

From Tule Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a review. One of a number of novellas set in New York around Christmas time.

It starts with Sabrina (“Bree”) finding out she’s 18 and pregnant by her brother’s skating team mate Jake. He’s no longer on the scene having gone back to his ex-fiancée who he believes is pregnant with his baby. Sabrina refuses to tell him that she is pregnant, as she sees that he has already made his decision and she doesnt want to make him choose.

Fast forward 10 years, and Jake is back in New York, having been divorced for much of the previous 8 years as he found out that Sydney had been cheating on him. On a children’s coaching session he meets Charlie, then meets Sabrina again and realises that he has a daughter he never knew about.

The next few months are spent where both Jake and Sabrina have to deal with the fact that both have made mistakes, both are still angry and sad at each other, but deep down they are still drawn to and in love with each other.

Good to see it doesnt turn out as an immediate “all is forgiven” situation, and there is some effort in showing how difficult things can be when emotions can turn on a dime. There are some nice touches for the Christmas period – Bree’s mother is Italian, so has lots of Christmas traditions (Including a wish box), both Bree and Nona have plenty of women friends on whom they can rely on, Bree’s father is a hulking huge man, who likes Jake but doesnt trust him; Charlie has spent years wishing for her father to turn up and now he’s here, wants to know him better. Slightly unsubtle “parents are away the one night the two of them are randy” but it was ok really.

There’s plenty of scope for other books in this series, so will be surprised if other books done come out.

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