I was reading this mid November and felt it was very timely. I have not felt Christmassy and this year is going to be special. My grand daughter and grandson along with my daughter and son in law are visiting for Christmas and I really need to get into the spirit of things to deal with two lively children! My family is appalled that I gave up on Christmas the moment they all emigrated but I never felt it was worth it for just two of us!!! This book put me right in the mood.
The story revolves around an Inn during Christmas week. The family is in chaos. Kelley and Mitzi who own the inn have had a marital crisis. Mitzi was caught in bed with George (Santa Claus at the Inn for twelve years) and Kelley feels that this is unforgivable. Twelve years and its a Christmas fling! she is now leaving him. On top of that their son is in Afghanistan on his first deployment and tension is high about his safety. There is then Patrick, Kevin and Ava the three step siblings who are having major crisis's of their own all happening exactly at the same time. On top of that their mother the first Mrs Kelley decides to come in to save things and this makes for a very unusual Christmas.
It is not a happily ever after ending actually but it certainly kept my spirits high. The characters were all distinctly individualistic ones, the story line and setting was credible and the warmth of the season crept through the whole book.
Sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Hodder and Stoughton for an unbiased review.