Digital designer Emma Wallace is finally poised for her big break: kitchenware giant Johnson Cookware is looking to rebrand – and with Christmas around the corner, Emma’s long-held philosophy of work-before-play may just give her the edge she needs to win the account.
The only peppermint twist in her Scrooge-worthy plan? She’s promised her ever-patient, architect boyfriend Sam Cole that after spending the last three Christmases in her office instead of in his arms, she’ll make this holiday just about the two of them. But as Christmas Eve draws near and the deadline crunch threatens her promise to Sam, Emma finds herself visited by three boyfriends “ghosts” of Christmases past, who come bearing the gift of hindsight.
Will showing Emma her past romantic failures, as well as her early courtship with Sam, help her to see the path to true happiness in time to save her future?
Title: Boyfriends of Christmas Past
Author: Edie Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 6, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
What would you do if by some Christmas magic you find yourself changing places (sort of) with Ebenezer Scrooge? Would you heed the lessons shown to you by the men in your past? Or would you ignore what is right in front of your eyes if you’d only truly “see” your actions for what they truly are or the consequences of those actions on those you love? This is the situation that Emma finds herself, and whether she saves her (future) life with Sam or not is entirely up to her and the choices she must now make.
A slightly different spin on the classic tale, BOYFRIENDS OF CHRISTMAS PAST kept me reading long beyond my bedtime (yes I am one of those readers who will start a book at 10:00 PM) and I do not regret one moment of lost sleep. I loved every moment of this story. While it is what I’d consider a short read it definitely packs an emotional punch on several levels. I could feel the moment that Sam reached the end of his patience, and my stomach dropped when Emma finally realized the depth of the hurt she’d caused the man she loves. Perception is an odd thing – it can change how we see the world and the people around us. But we’d get a far different view if we only stepped a bit to the right or the left then what we “thought” we knew would be clearly shown.
I would not hesitate for one second in recommending BOYFRIENDS OF CHRISTMAS PAST to any Romance reader who loves a really good story, likable characters, a few laughs, a few tears, and a heroine who learns lessons the hard way – but she does, eventually, learn them well.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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