Ellie Washington lost her husband in a tragedy five years ago at Christmas. She wouldn't have made it through her grief if not for her husband's brother, Nick, who helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. And with every year, her feelings for Nick have grown.
Now she realizes she might be in love with him, but that's not fair, because Nick deserves a life that isn't about his brother's widow and son.
Sharing his life with Ellie and her son has been the balm that soothed Nick's soul after losing his bother. Now that friendship has turned into something deeper. Nick doesn't want to upset the status quo, but someone has to make the first move, and it's time they figure out if their feelings are real.
Nick believes in what they have. He salt believes in Christmas miracles, and he thinks they're both long overdue for one.
This was a great read, especially with the Christmas theme in it. I really enjoyed the family traditions that they incorporated with Ellie's son. Even though I can't relate to Ellie or Nick, I can empathize with their feelings and emotions.
Ellie lost the love of her life around Christmas and while she was pregnant. She was left to pick up the pieces with the help of her brother in law, Nick. Since then, Ellie has always had a difficult time celebrating Christmas or getting into the Christmas spirit, but she did even if she had to fake it for her sons sake.
When you live with someone and it's platonic, but you start to develop feeling for them, you start to wonder if it's because of the situation or if it's real. Ellie struggles with this and she tries to set Nick up with co-workers in hopes that if he is with someone, she will get over her feelings. She is worried what it means, to be in love with your dead husbands brother.
Nick has fallen madly in love with Ellie and he loves her son as if he was his own. He wants to take care of them and keep them close and safe. He feels this strong connection with Ellie and the sparks between them and he knows that she does as well, only she is in denial. How can he make her admit that they belong together and things can be perfect?
Even though this story is on the shorter side, it still goes through details and feelings that Ellie and Nick feel and how they interact. All the actions and possible consequences of those actions and if they can make it work. Only time will tell and with a little Christmas magic and push from a good friend, will Ellie let go of her husband and learn that it's okay to love again, even if that man is her husbands brother.
Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn't on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling wit her uncooperative grade, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy about of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She's a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you'll find in all her books.