Linnea Olsen never thought she’d be back in Marietta for good. But when her parents ask for help with the family orchard and cider making business, she packs up her bags and heads to her hometown with her daughters in tow. Determined to settle in to the community, she plans a Christmas charity concert. She soon realizes she’s in over her head, so when she hears that her singer-songwriter ex is back in town, she enlists his help.
Uninspired by life on the road, singer-songwriter Nat Hathaway has quietly returned to Marietta to pen his new album. But his high school girlfriend, Linnea, has other ideas–she’s already volunteered him to co-organize a charity Christmas concert with her. As they spend more time together, Nat is drawn to the warmth and comfort that he sees in Linnea and her girls.
Linnea knows that this is only a holiday-romance because Nat will be back on the road soon and she needs stability for her girls. Still, as the holiday season begins to wind down, she hopes that a Christmas miracle will inspire Nat to put roots down in Marietta for good.
Titles in the Big Sky Hathaways series include: Baking For Keeps – Their Christmas Carol –
Title: Their Christmas Carol
Series: Big Sky Hathaways #2
Author: Jessica Gilmore
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: October 24, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Their Christmas Carol is a touching Christmas romance of a now older version of high school sweethearts who went different directions when their dreams couldn’t or wouldn’t follow each other. Linnea is now a widow with two daughters. She’s returned home to Marietta to tend to her parents, their orchard and business and to provide a solid community home for her kids. Nat has also returned home but more quietly, working on his songs, getting ready for the next album, wondering why the life he choose no longer gives him the satisfaction it once did. Both have changed, and yet they still have the same issues that separated them so many years ago.
When Linnea decides to organize a charity concert she may have bitten off more than she expected. But with Nat in town, he’s the perfect candidate to volunteer to help her get this event off the ground. The past, the present and a very uncertain future are all tangled up in this second chance to get it right romance. The love, the desire is still there between them, but have they grown older and wiser enough to realize that compromise is the answer to their happy ever after this time around.
I enjoyed another Christmas story in Marietta, Montana where the small town feel never gets old and the neighbors are there for you no matter what. Nat and Linnea make a believable couple who are dealing with current life issues, and maybe some left over feelings of the past as well. Each are dealing with current events that need to be faced before their chance for happiness together can be realized. If you love anything Marietta – then Their Christmas Carol is another perfect fit. I would recommend this story for any reader who loves small town romance, a second chance to get it right and the magic of the holiday season all wrapped up in a tender, touching romance.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
*This review also appeared on Keeper Bookshelf*
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