Series: Eternity Springs #12
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Can Miss Christmas find her spirit again?
After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shopÔÇöForever ChristmasÔÇöand, with the help of a surprise romance with the townÔÇÖs sexy new handyman, ClaireÔÇÖs heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knockingÔÇª
Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wifeÔÇÖs death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?
Christmas in Eternity Springs is the twelfth installment in Emily March's acclaimed Eternity Springs series.
I know lots of people who begin thinking about Christmas in July or earlier. If you’re one of those, or you just simply need a syrup sweet romance read, this is your book. It’s not that we spend the entirety of the story during the actual holiday season, no this story spans months, and in fact, begins in July.
What makes this story about Christmas is the ÔÇ£Forever ChristmasÔÇØ store owned by our heroine Claire, and the fact that there is something about the holiday that is trigger of trauma and grief, not only for Claire, but also for one Nicholas Lancaster. Odd huh? The Christmas lady of Eternity Springs almost dreads the very holiday season she spends her life surrounded by. But, it makes for an interesting quandary and I was anxious out exactly why Claire felt this way and what prompted NicholasÔÇÖ fear. March very cleverly brings the two plot points together and creates a super sweet and hope filled romance as the other key character in NicholasÔÇÖ father Jax. ThereÔÇÖs something magical about Eternity Springs, and a little magic is what Claire, Jax, and Nicholas need.
The backstories that March creates are emotionally rich and I found myself completely engulfed in Claire’s and JaxÔÇÖs connection. There are obstacles that get in the way but nothing quite like themselves. March does a great job with respect to the PTSD that Nicholas experiences and how his issues are worked through. the story is propped up with well thought out symbols and also sprinkles the story with sentimental notions of the holiday season. With MarchÔÇÖs descriptions of ClaireÔÇÖs shop and the town prepping for the holidays, you will find yourself getting excited for Christmas (and snow. Yes I said it, IÔÇÖm looking forward to snow).
This is only the 2nd book in this series that IÔÇÖve read but the cast is familiar enough to really pick up on the nuances of the characters that make up Eternity Springs. This can be read as standalone and while it’s not a terribly angsty love story, there is conflict that provides for some groveling and need of a certain someone redeeming themselves. Christmas in Eternity Springs is a solid 4 Star read!
~Review by Cyndi