Celia Anderson doesn’t have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a traveling carpenter finds lodging at her boardinghouse, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man–the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle, though, to find roses during a harsh Wyoming winter.
But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .
At 172 pages, this is a short, hardcover book, but one I thoroughly enjoyed. A quick, easy read, the characters are no less deep than one would expect from Ms. Cabot. Celia is determined she’s not going to marry again – despite the best efforts of the local women to marry her off to one of the eligible bachelors in the area.
In walks Mark. A carpenter looking for his long-lost father needs a place to stay and Celia’s boarding house is just the place.
Together, they begin to forge a family without really realizing it. He helps care for her little girl and the boy she babysits. She helps him look for his father and deal with the information he finds.
I’m looking forward to Ms. Cabot’s next book, Waiting for Spring, arriving in January.
Overall rating: 8 out of 10