A Twilight, Texas Novel
Now this was a Christmas romance worth celebrating. Wilde makes no bones that this is loosely based on the rom-com movie The Holiday, in which Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet trade homes over the Christmas holiday.
Gabi doesn’t want to be home for the holidays because she’s dropped out of law school. Her parents are two high powered attorneys, and expected her to move right into the family business but after one semester, Gabi realizes she is not cut out for the law. Kate lives in Twilight, Texas, but she wants a break from the over-the-top, Christmas extravaganza year after year. So they agree to exchange homes and lives for a few weeks over the holidays.
Gabi’s never really celebrated Christmas. Her brother died on Christmas eve when she was just six years old, and her parents through themselves into their work to cope. His last gift to her was a snow globe of an old fashioned town square during Christmas, and Twilight feels like she’s walked into her snow globe. When she meets Joe, Kate’s brother, the sparks fly.
Turns out Kate’s home is a yurt, which definitely takes some getting used to. Good thing Joe is around to help out – he lives next door, taking care of his grandfather’s Christmas tree farm while the old man is in rehab. Gabi is thrust into the town’s Christmas festivities, taking Kate’s place on all the committees and volunteer gigs in town. Gabi and Joe keep running into each other, but it takes a while before they admit what everyone else sees – these two are made for each other.
I loved this sentimental, sweet story that had enough distractions to keep things interesting, and enough sex to keep things hot, plus all the Christmas traditions were a terrific added bonus. There are at least half a dozen Twilight, Texas novels, and that should keep me busy for a while.
10/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Lori Wilde. Avon (October 27, 2015). ISBN 978-0062311412. 416p.