Anna's first visit to Carlton Heath in England was last May for the wedding of her cousin Ian to Miranda. The beautiful event ended with a dance under the stars and Anna receiving an unexpected kiss from Peter, the groomsman who caught her eye and now holds her heart.
Now, at the invitation of family and friends, Anna is returning to Carlton Heath for Christmas. She has Peter's recent email to fill her with assurance that he's looking forward to seeing her again as well.
More than his brief words, though, the vivid memory of their unforgettable kiss provides a promise of more to come. Anna, ever the imaginative artist, has been busy painting a romantic conclusion to her holiday visit. Certainly she's not the only one who has been dreaming of another dance and another kiss.
But when she sees Peter again, his intentions seem to shift as speedily as the blustery winter weather. Is Anna's heart misleading her, or will Father Christmas bestow on her the gift of love for which she has long dreamed?
Robin Jones Gunn has written 82 books over the past 25 years, with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. She received a Christy Award for her novel Sisterchicks in Gondolas, and speaks at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe, and Australia.
This is another wonderful book by Robin Jones Gunn and such a great Christmas story! I absolutely just could not put it down.
We find ourselves back in England with this book revisiting old friends like Miranda, Ian, Ellie and all my other favorites. However, this book focuses on Anna who is from America and visiting Carlton Heath again after attending the wedding of Miranda and Ian. She is Ian's cousin and an artist who has illustrated children's books.
She is excited to return to Carlton Heath for more than the reason of seeing family and friends again. She's very anxious to see Peter again whom she shared a sweet kiss with at the wedding. He has been on her heart and mind and she's hoping that she can get to know him better.
Peter is the son of older parents and he has a younger sister who has mental disabilities. He has great concern for her and feels a great responsibility for her. Perhaps this is the reason he hesitant to get into any type of relationship.
My favorite thing about this book is seeing Anna grow in her self confidence and her faith. I also liked the growth we see in Peter and how he learns to have forgiveness for himself. It's so wonderful sharing Christmas with all these wonderful people and I felt like I was friends with each and every one of them by the time I closed the book.
This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by FaithWords