Life is too short and serious to not look at the lighter side. That's what I love about Ms. Ayala, she finds humor in the humorless, magic in the heartbreaking, hope in the unattainable. Her philosophy is anything is possible with a little love, a ton of faith and a lifetime of optimism. Case in point: Her Christmas Chance. For Bella, the world has been a challenging place and her body her worst enemy, but her heart is her greatest asset. Her empathetic nature helps her experience life in a different way. She sees beauty where others find despair. Chance is no hero. He's made one too many mistakes and disappointed the people that love him most, but even when hope is lost, he has a cheerleader waiting in the wings, encouraging him to become a better man. A great story, has basis in realism and Her Christmas Chance deserves high praise for that.
Is the payoff really worth the aggravation? This couple has trust issues, emotional issues, manipulative acquaintances, unearthed secrets, family responsibilities and career obligations standing in the way of their happiness. When does the drama become enough? I am not a fan of the serial format but I have to admit, Ms. Ayala is good at being unpredictable. Cade and Andie are every cautionary tale that needs to be addressed, but there's something to be said for persistence.
There is no perfect story, only gifted writers. Ms. Ayala is an expert at forging a connection between readers and her cast of eclectically irresistible characters. Whether human or animal, they all bring something to the table. Life lessons, emotional moments or just a figurative hug to brighten up someone's day, it's stories like Summer Love Puppy that have kept me in love with reading for years. Linx and Grady have traveled a hard road in order to find a second chance. Will there be forgiveness and understanding at the end of the trek? The beginning of something special is just waiting to be explored.