on November 1st 2001
Genres: Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Love & Romance, Holidays
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Twelve Days before Christmas, Rachel McRae opens her front door, and a social worker puts a baby in her arms -- one who comes along with a four-year-old boy and an eleven-year-old girl, siblings abandoned and in need of a temporary home.
But there’s a catch. Rachel’s family is falling apart. While she and her husband, Sam, have always dreamed that one day, they’d have a house filled with children, that dream has led instead to one heartbreak after another. Sam McRae has finally decided the only thing left to do is leave his wife.
Reluctantly, Rachel and Sam agree to take the children in, but just until after Christmas. They vow to do their best not to fall in love with them, not to get their hopes up that this time a miracle will happen. That these children will stay, and that Sam and Rachel’s marriage can still be saved.
Life is hard, love makes it better ~ Teresa Hill
4.5 Inspiring Stars! A wonderful heartwarming holiday read!
Lots and lots of love in this book, but there is also sorrow and despair. Sam and Rachel have suffered their own losses and it’s slowly causing their marriage to fall apart, but when 3 beautiful children suddenly come into their lives, it forces them to come together and give them the opportunity to come to terms with their past.
I really enjoyed this book! I fell in love with Sam and Rachel, and utterly adored Emma, Zach, and Grace…they were delightful! I loved how Sam and Emma connected, she feared him at first, and leaned on him when her little heart was breaking…*sob*! Zach…what a pistol…he stole the show and baby Grace was a sweet as they come! I wanted them for my own.
The Christmas setting added to the emotional level of the read, but the author’s heartfelt writing is what drew me in and had me flipping through the pages. She incorporated Sam and Rachel’s story very nicely with that of the children. They love each other, but both have had their doubts. They married at a young age and journey back through time, rehash over old hurts and tragedies to find their way back to one another. It was very touching. The sex is slightly steamy but appropriate for the read, it wasn’t too descriptive.
I loved the small town setting, and the involvement of Rachel’s family, it added another lovely element to the read. It’s a start to what looks to be an awesome family series.
I had two issues that kept this from being a 5-star read. Just a tad too much over-thinking on Rachel’s part, but she really had been through the wringer, so I’m cutting her some slack. Also Zack/Zach’s name…which one is it?…somewhat annoying, but I enjoyed his character and this book so much, and it’s free…so I’m willing to overlook it.
It’s a great story no matter the season, and read the author’s dedication, it was the inspiration for Twelve Days, that alone will have you shedding a tear.
*Originally posted 12/2013*