ABOUT THE BOOK
Mckenzie Forsberg is headed home. She's quit her big-city job to return to her roots in the small town of Lake Forest. Kenzi hopes to buy her childhood home from her brother, Tom, as a way of revisiting the peace and security she's been missing in her life. But soon she is shocked to discover that the house has a pending sale, and Tom won't budge from the sale—not even for his sister.
Handsome widower Jared Rawlins catches Kenzie's eye until she realizes that he's the one who is buying her house—but he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve. Jared is more than a little interested in Kenzie but has second thoughts when it seems that she may be sabotaging the sale of his home.
Slippery feelings of animosity and distrust ensue, with both Jared and Kenzie denying the chemistry between them. But then an unexpected discovery about their connected past puts a new twist in the dynamic. Now, can they put their differences aside and come to terms on a relationship that could last forever?
I had some interesting feelings about this particular book. I confess I didn't like Kenzie as much as I would have liked. Her unwillingness to forgive her father, her efforts to get her brother to sell her his house after already agreeing to sell it to someone else, and accidentally getting in Jared's way all annoyed me frankly. On the other hand, she's clearly a caring mother trying to find a good life for herself and her daughter after some heart-wrenching experiences. And Kenzie does try to make up for her mistakes where Jared is concerned, especially after a rather surprising connection between the two comes to light. I guess Kenzie comes across as a very human character, with both flaws and strengths. Jared is appealing from the get go, but he too makes mistakes. What the author does very well here is create a very realistic feeling book in terms of people behaving badly and well and having to work their way through to actual solutions to their problems. And of course the children provide plenty of heart and humor easing some of the tensions in the story.
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