A Hummingbird Christmas By Karen Foley Book starts out with Joy and her daughter Piper who have traveled to Glacier Creek, MT to spend time with her dead husbands family. Her husband was a smoke jumper jumping from planes to fight fires, along with his best friend Cole Tanner who she just crashed into on the blizzard road. He drives them to their destination and eases Piper into seeing all the cookies that were made just for her. Joy's job here will be getting everyone to help celebrate this holiday, even though they are down in the dumps that Matt isn't there with them... They also see the hummingbird and Joy says it's a sign from heaven where Matt is. It's winter and they are not known for the cold weather. I have heard the same about cardinals-a sign from heaven. Cole takes them into town for the festivals and Piper is overjoyed. Love hearing from others who live and work in the town, such a welcome and warm community. His secrets do come out but is it what she wants to hear about....she has her own problems and wants to keep them to herself. Like how the parents treat them both and how changes need to come about as they've all been grieving too long. Kind of a predictable story line but the process was good. Like hearing of his and her careers and how they are done, also holiday decorating. Sex and romance are indicated by not expressed. Other works from Tule Publishing are highlighted at the end and an excerpt from Heat by karen Foley is included. Won this in a book contest and this is my honest opinion.
Mia was in Sweetheart, Montana and going to see her sister Laney and stay with her for a bit. Mia was a widow and very pregnant. This was the first Christmas since Jared’s death. Jared had died in service to his country , now Mia had their sleeping son on her chest. But Mia had learned love was no guarantee for a happy marriage and she wanted no more men in her life. Jared’s gambling had ruined them. Then Mia had a contraction and the car slid off the road and then her water broke. And she was in labor. Will wa sin the cherry picking shed and he thought about his New Year’s Resolutions- get over Katy, finish the house and the Will added a third one- never fall in love again. Will had proposed on Thanksgiving and Katy said no she was in love with someone else and they were engaged and broke up with Will. Katy and will had been on again off again since H S but it was a foregone conclusion some day they would marry but not now. Then Will Hear a knock on his door and opened it to Mia half frozen and in labor. Will got a hold of Laney for Mia but Laney hadn’t made it home before the storm she also told Will there was no time to get to the hospital he was going to have to deliver the baby and she would talk him through it. Will could run a multimillion international business but deliver a baby the thought of it made him feel faint. Mia named the baby Jared Willian- after Will he did deliver the baby after all- but she decided to call him Billy. Will finally got Mia and baby Billy to the hospital to make sure the were both all right. Will thought Billy was a miracle just when he needed one. Mia was to stay with her in-laws after New Years. Once at her in laws Mia found out Jared had been cheating on her with his ex girlfriend also he had been fired by his father from his job l as he had been embezzling money from the family hotel. Any love Mia might have had even in the smallest amount was now gone. Will came to Billy’s christening as he was his godfather and Mia was very happy to see him. Before Will left they shared a kiss. Will also had a friend who owned a winery and he let Mia know that she could get a job there. Mia got the job three days a week and then more hours in the summer. Mia got an apartment in Sweetheart. Will wanted Mia and she wanted him too. They made a pact to always be friends no matter what. Also Will will always be there for Billy. Then they became friends with benefits.
I loved this story. It was a great romance. This book had a great pot and pace. I didn’t put it down once I started this book. I just had to see what happened next. It was a quick easy but great read. I loved Mia and Will together. Billy added to this book also I couldn’t find anything I didn’t love in this book which was terrific. I loved Will’s family and how good and accepting they were of Mia and Billy. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.
Emily McCreedy is checking off her list for a perfect holiday with a new baby on her hip, two adorable stepsons hunting for presents, and her husband’s love shoring up the life she rebuilt after the unbelievable tragedy of losing her young daughter to abduction seven years ago.
This is the first time I read this author. It was a pretty quick read. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. It was pretty busy and I felt like I missed something big by not reading another book first. For being only a novella, the author seemed to cram in everything from a previous book.