by Lori Wilde
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS –
I will start off by saying I have not read the Twilight Texas series prior to reading this book. However this book was such a sweet little story I will be checking out the rest of the series. I wasn’t lost or thinking I had no clue what was going on. I was looking for a great little holiday tale and I’ll Be Home For Christmas fit the bill. The town and people in it are written so well I makes you wish you could stop by Twilight Texas. Be looking for more Twilight Texas reviews as I’m hooked now and can’t wait to read the whole series! I loved the story and Lori Wilde gets the heart of the books message across: Family is important each and every day not just around the holidays!
summary: Nothing says Christmas like New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde and Twilight, TX, and now Lori returns to Twilight for a brand new heartwarming holiday tale. The matchmaking members of the Cookie Club are up to their old tricks again!
Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe-a hometown guy with a restless heart-is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…
…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.
Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames “Trouble” won’t inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she’s never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…
Excerpt: The snow flurries had stopped, but a dusting of white laced the ground. She buried her hands into her coat pockets and hunched her shoulders against the wind. Katie had warned her that weather in North Texas in December could be quite unpredictable. There might be ice and snow, or it could just as easily be warmer here than in LA, and either weather condition could turn on a dime.
A cute couple, with their arms wrapped around each other, were peering through the window of a jewelry store. Shopping for an engagement ring? They looked so happy it made Gabi’s heart hurt a little. Would she ever have a love like that?
Shake it off. No feeling sorry for yourself.
Maybe she could find a love like that now that she wasn’t consumed with law school 24/7.
She got inside the car, cranked the heater, and sat for a few minutes warming herself, taking in the Christmas hubbub. Finally, she pulled into the flow of traffic, mindful of the pedestrians packing the streets.
Programmed with Katie’s address, the GPS guided Gabi away from the town square and down a windy road that circled Lake Twilight. She enjoyed the scenic route as she passed a marina decked out with twinkling Christmas lights. Outside a nearby diner packed with cars, a red neon sign flashed: “Froggy’s: Best Fried Catfish in Texas.” On the other side of the street was a volunteer fire station with an antique fire engine parked out front, a life- sized Santa mannequin behind the wheel. A sign propped against the fire engine said: “Official Toy Drive Drop-Off Site.”
She passed some regal homes overlooking the lake, but she knew this wasn’t her destination. Katie had mentioned that her home was modest. Which was absolutely fine with Gabi. An adorable bungalow was exactly what she was looking for. Having grown up in Beverly Hills in a house so ambling that she and her parents could go days without seeing each other, modest sounded perfect. Her mind was already spinning images of Iris’s English cottage from The Holiday.
Just like in the movie, her house swap with Katie Cheek had been straightforward— my keys for yours, my car for yours, my situation for yours, no questions asked.
Swapping places, sight unseen, might sound crazy to some, and in fact she could scarcely believe she’d done it.
But that was the point, wasn’t it? Shake things up. Have an adventure. Step outside her comfort zone. Although it had taken a lot of self- control not to Google Katie’s house on the Internet.
After a few minutes, the houses began to thin and the land flattened. She drove past a golf course, a small airfield, and a Christmas tree farm.
Um . . . there was nothing much out this way. Could the GPS be programmed incorrectly?
She pulled over to the side of the road, dug around in her purse for the address and
house key that Katie had mailed her. She was busy double- checking the numbers with the GPS coordinates when knuckles rapped smartly against her window.
“Eeek!” She startled, jumped.
About the Author: New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. http://www.twilighttexas.com
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.
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thank you HarperCollins for allowing me to read this sweet gem of a book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.