Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heartbroken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects—like making a quilt for a wounded warrior.
Bodie Lewis is lost. All he’s ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker.
Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn’t immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she’s turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah’s presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he’d left far behind on the battlefield: hope.
Title: Wrapped Up in Christmas
Author: Janice Lynn
Genre: Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS is a Christmas story that will touch your heart, give you a few chuckles along the way, and introduce you to a tight-knit small town community full of mischief, loving people, and gossip, of course. One man who has seen more than any human should experience is heading to Pine Hill to give this thanks to a quilter who gave a gift of not only a beautiful quilt but hope for his own future. He never expected to stay long, his own memories and guilt wouldn’t allow for that, he thought. Yet, love can be found in unexpected places – and sometimes that place is in our own hearts.
Brodie’s and Sarah’s story is emotional while not being bogged down by that same sense of an emotional read. Two people who have each been wounded in far different ways will find their way to love, hope, and family – eventually. There are a few bumps in their road, something left unsaid that should have been disclosed upfront. Yet, that connection between Sarah and Brodie is strong. Only time will tell if it’s strong enough for a lifetime.
I enjoyed WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS on several levels. Our military personnel doesn’t get enough credit for what they experience in order to keep the rest of us safe – and far too little true understanding or empathy upon their return when they continue to experience the memories that simply will not fall into the past. Personally, I believe Brodie should have told Sarah who he was sooner, yet I understood why he hesitated and delayed.
If you enjoy your Christmas Romance with a touch of reality, with people who are facing difficulties, true difficulties and are working to overcome them and simply live – then I believe you’ll enjoy Brodie and Sarah’s romance. I was easily drawn into their story and quickly flipped pages until the end. I’d not hesitate to recommend this one to any Romance reader, no matter your preferred genre.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. 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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