Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Past

Merry Christmas! I L-O-V-E this time of the year and what a treat to wake up to my children screaming about the falling snow... its a white Christmas here in Virginia and I feel like a little kid as I jump out of bed and run for the window. Then my husband made a roaring fire and we opened presents, enjoyed yummy hot cocoa and fresh-made cinnamon rolls. And as I listened to my sons' excited shouts, it all felt like magic.  I wish for you all some wonderful magic this Christmas as well...

Who doesn’t want to believe in a little Christmas magic? Who doesn’t want to hope that mistakes we make years ago can be reconciled?  Christmas Past by Roni Adams is a story about those very things.  It is warm, cozy and feels good to read.

Christmas PastAs the story begins, Mark is living a lonely life primarily taken up with his work life.  He is longing to reconnect with his ex-wife, still unsure why she left him ten years earlier. When Bailee walked out on Mark before their first wedding anniversary, he let her go and has regretted it ever since.  After another lonely Christmas party, he makes a wish that he never expects to come true.

Until a miscommunication with their friends has them both at the same ski cabin the week between Christmas and New Year’s... Mark’s wish comes true. With neither of them willing to move into a room at the resort, they decide to share the cabin. The interaction between the characters is genuine and readers will find themselves cheering them on as Mark and Bailee begin to open up to one another.

Mark still loves Bailee and wants to reconcile, but Bailee isn’t as sure that can happen.  She still keeps her plans to meet Daniel, the man she met online, on New Year’s Eve. But then stuck together through an ice storm, indulging in a hot tub, and tapping into their past sexual attraction brings them even closer. The story becomes a bit confusing as they each struggle to resolve their feelings – first one wanting to reconcile, then the other and never agreeing – but I could accept that this may be a reality given their situation.

While Mark hopes to convince her to try again, Bailee must decide how she wants to bring in the New Year. A fairly short book with a fast developing plot, Christmas Past is a nice afternoon read that you won’t want to put down. After all, I just had to know if a little Christmas magic was at work for Mark and Bailee.

RATING: 3 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can be found by clicking on the following link:  http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1070
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