Published by Avon on October 23rd, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She saw him in her dreams…
It’s impossible! Naomi Luther was standing face to face with the man she’d dreamed about over a year ago. Was it the magic of Kismet Christmas cookies that brought him to her? Or is there even a greater force at work? All Naomi knows is she is falling, hard and fast, for the one man all good sense says she should not have.
She was his best buddy’s sister…
Rebellious Mark Shepherd found order in the Marines but chaos on the battlefield. In a mission gone wrong, Mark is injured and his best friend loses his life. Haunted by guilt, he arrives in Twilight to keep a solemn promise. But when the Luthers mistake him for their handyman, he’s swept up in playing Santa to his buddy’s orphan son…and falling hard for Naomi’s irresistible bright spirit and sweet, sexy smile. But what will happen when she learns the truth?
In this magical Christmas story–the latest installment in the Twilight, Texas series–from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde, the Cookie Club is at it again meddling in the course of true love by wiping up a batch of matchmaker cookies designed to help the lovelorn find their soul mates.
There’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. If you sleep with a kismet cookie under your pillow on Christmas Eve, you will dream of your one true love.
I absolutely love the notion(s) that this story introduces~ kismet, fate, soul mates. That insta-connection that occurs between two people. This is certainly at play for Naomi Luther and Mark Shepherd. They seem destined for each but the path that leads Mark to Naomis’ door is strewn with trauma, regret and secrets.
Mark is a bit of a tortured soul. He’s got a lot weighing him down, but it’s the reason that he finds himself in Twilight, Texas that is at the heart of his struggle. When he finds himself in Twilight and practically living with the Luther family, the guilt he feels is doubled as he knows that when he exposes his secret, it will not only break his heart, but that of the very person he was led to, Naomi. The family Luther will provide the forgiveness he seeks, or so he believes. But his time in Twilight only solidifies the deep connection between he and Naomi and as their friendship grows, he’s giving Naomi more reasons to NOT trust him. I couldn’t help but feel like ALL the characters in book who know the secret feel – that maybe, just maybe it’s not really his fault.
And by the way Mark is not the only person that’s not sharing what they should *cough, cough – Naomi. But I really like Naomi and the devotion she has for her family. Speaking of family, Hunter is absolutely adorable. I love a well written child and the interactions between the family members. There’s lots of sage advice in that household.
This was the first book by Lori Wilde that I’ve read. I love finding a new author with a vast library. And many are set in the town of Twilight, Texas and I can safely say you don’t need to have read the rest in the series to read The Christmas Key, but I am inspired now to pick up the series. . This is a really wonderful small town story and it’s apparent that Lori Wilde is a seasoned author and knows just how to convey the small town feeling. I happily give my recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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