Title: Holiday In Your Heart
Series: Caribou Crossing #7
Author: Susan Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating: 5 stars
As the holidays approach, the air is filled with the festive sounds of bells chiming and carolers singing. Maribeth Scott loves Christmas, but she’s pretty sure that after years of waiting, Santa isn’t finally going to gift her with Mr. Right. In fact, the only thing she truly wants for Christmas is a baby to love. At thirty-nine, she’s determined to become a mother and she will make it happen, even if she has to do it on her own.
When Mo Kincaid returns to the rustic town after almost twenty years away, he’s seeking redemption from his checkered past. The last thing on his mind is romance, and he’s certain he doesn’t deserve it. But now there’s irresistible Maribeth, showing him the true spirit of Christmas and winning his heart. For the first time in Mo’s life, the future looks bright. Only one thing stands between them: Maribeth’s deep desire for a child and Mo’s conviction that he’s too flawed to be a father. Is his world-weary heart ready to take the ultimate leap of faith?
Titles in this series include: Caribou Crossing, Home On The Range, Gentle On My Mind, Stand By Your Man, Love Me Tender, Love Somebody Like You, Holiday In Your Heart
Read on for my thoughts on Holiday In Your Heart. No true spoilers, promise.
It’s always a bittersweet moment when any series comes to an ending. That feeling is very strong for Caribou Crossing for me, these characters have entertained me, made me laugh, cry and think – and I will miss them and wish them well on their life journey.
We have two very diverse people to wrap up the series with – on the surface they probably couldn’t be further apart, yet in the heart where it truly matters, they are a perfect match.
Mo Kincaid is back after decades away. He’s very unsure of the reaction he’ll receive from the folks here, but he has a purpose in returning and nothing will stop him from closing this chapter of his past life. In all honesty, Mo has a lot to atone for. He was an absolute horrible, disgusting person twenty years ago. His actions had long term effects. He knows that he’s changed over the years, that he’s learned life lessons the hard way and has come to find his true self. Will the people he once harmed discover the changes as well? Only time will tell, but he won’t back down. This is something he must do for his own sanity as well as for forgiveness.
Maribeth Scott has watched with happiness as friends have found their perfect for them match. Unfortunately, she’s not been lucky enough to come across her match, that one man who fits her perfectly. So, as she’s approaching 40 Maribeth has come to the decision that if she cannot have the happy ever after love story at least she can have the child she so badly wants. Technically she doesn’t need a partner for that.
But wait – maybe technology isn’t her only answer.
I got so caught up in Mo and Maribeth’s story. It’s full of glimpses of previous couples, and memories. And it also gives us a parting gift – that of redemption, for there is not a one of us who isn’t sorry for some action they’ve taken in the past. Maybe not as bad as Mo, but still – he deserves forgiveness and happiness. Maribeth had no previous encounters with Mo and she was able to see him for the man he is now with out ghostly images of the past clouding the picture she sees of the man she loves. Mo’s own self doubts of his worthiness almost cost him the chance of a life time. But it’s hard to keep a couple in love apart for long.
So, yes, I’m sad to let Caribou Crossing go… but I’m grateful for a wonderful closing story. I would highly recommend this story and this series to any Romance reader.
*I received an e-ARC of Holiday In Your Heart from the publisher, Kensington Books – Zebra and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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