Reviews - Contemporary

Dad’s Final Gift
Donna Walo
Clancy

When they were little, Peggy and Jim lost their mom on Christmas Eve, and their father was completely devastated. Unable to cope with his wife’s death, Robert Burns reacted by pushing his young children away and withdrawing emotionally. He refused to celebrate Christmas, or any other holiday. His bitterness poisoned any bond he had with his children, until now.

Melanie Krasinski returns home after a trip around the world to find that her brother’s rock band, Turn It Up, has become an international sensation. She reconnects with an old crush, Matt Conlin, the band’s bass guitarist, and their chemistry is off the charts! They want to see where things lead, hiding their burgeoning relationship from Melanie’s friends and family, but soon it’s obvious.

Gilly is a well-liked Type A over-achiever, which is great in an elementary school teacher. Both her extravagant flare for decoration and her extreme system of organization are a bit intense, but her fellow teachers appreciate her extra efforts.

A Holiday Love Affair
Kirsten S.
Blacketer

NOVELLA: Lucy Mackewitz is not interested in being involved in a relationship, least of all with Evan Waldorf. Even though there is a ton of chemistry between them, she is staying as far away from him as possible - until she opts to go to his lakeside cabin for a vacation. Evan may have everything in the way of wealth, but he wants Lucy and is determined to make her his.

The Accidental Text
Becky
Monson

Maggie and her family run a business together and have always done a lot of adventurous activities together, until they lose their mother. Their mother always wanted to jump from an airplane with them, so the family makes plans to do just that and honor her wishes, but Maggie is unable to do it.

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