on October 4th 2016
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Can Miss Christmas find her spirit again?
After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shop—Forever Christmas—and, with the help of a surprise romance with the town’s sexy new handyman, Claire’s heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knocking…
Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wife’s death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?
¬¬Reviewed by Evelyn¬¬
CHRISTMAS IN ETERNITY SPRINGS is the twelfth book in the Eternity Springs series by best-selling author Emily March. I’ve only read one other book in this series, but it was fun to revisit this inviting little Colorado hamlet and its welcoming residents. The town has a reputation of being a magical place where people come to heal, and the hero and heroine of this story are no exception.
Clare Branham has had not one, but two life-changing incidents that happened at Christmas time. She quit celebrating the holiday, but she soon realized that she did not want to lose Christmas forever. She moved to Eternity Springs and opened a year-round Christmas shop, catering to the tourist trade that the quaint little resort town enjoyed.
Jax Lancaster, left his career in the Navy to care for his young son Nicholas who was suffering the after-effects of a traumatic situation that took the life of his mother, Jax’s ex-wife. After a very successful session in a summer camp designed especially for children with special needs, Jax decides to move Nicholas to Eternity Springs so that he could still be close to the people that had helped him take big steps in overcoming his problems.
Neither Claire or Jax felt they were ready for another relationship but they couldn’t deny the attraction they were feeling. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow naturally over time. Both were strong characters that had to deal with unusual situations, and they did it with love and understanding, not only towards each other, but also toward Nicholas and even towards a young adopted puppy.
The plot was steady and somewhat predictable, as most Christmas stories are. A huge twist was thrown at the readers, however, before everything was tied up in the mandatory HEA. This twist added depth to the plot, but also to the characters and how they dealt with it.
I thoroughly enjoyed my second trip to Eternity Springs and I’ve put Emily March on my must read list of authors. I’m giving this book five stars, and I can’t wait for the thirteenth book in the series!
I voluntarily read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.