"The Christmas Family" [The Buchanons Series, Book 2] by Linda Goodnight
Author's Book Description : The Greatest Christmas Gift
Contractor Brady Buchanon can't wait to surprise single mom Abby Webster with his company's Christmas home makeover prize. But once he does, the struggling waitress turns him down flat! Raised in foster care, Abby won't accept charity. Yet when her dilapidated porch almost injures her daughter, Abby finally agrees to Brady's offer. As the hardworking bachelor pushes to finish the house in time for Christmas, he starts falling for Abby and her little girl. With the holidays in sight, Brady wonders if Abby will not only accept her beautiful new home, but also his wish to make her his wife…
My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, Abby has always been the “girl from the wrong side of the tracks” but after growing up that way, she has come to accept it and make the best out of her circumstances. Especially since it’s only her and her four-year-old daughter Lila, who has special needs as she’s been diagnosed with spina bifida, Abby does what she can and it appears as if she’s succeeding. However, everyone needs a little help now and then, but though Abby needs the help, she isn’t one to ask for it or accept it. Therefore, when Brady stops by her home to announce she’s the winner of his annual Christmas home remodel she declines, yet after she realizes how beneficial it would be for her daughter she reluctantly accepts. As her new house comes together, Abby and Lila become embroiled into Brady’s life and his family, so much so that by the time her house is completed she’s hoping for more between them. Yet, fate has a way stepping in. Will Abby step back when the going gets tough, or will she stick through the long haul?
While I liked the plot and characters, I found this novel to be very slow-paced and more about Abby finding her faith than about the romance between Abby and Brady. Though I usually have no problem with “religious”/faith-based romance novels, this one was a little too light on the romance for me to enjoy it as I’d have liked. Nevertheless, Abby and Brady were a cute pair. Then with Lila as the adorable angel on top of the Christmas tree, I could not stop reading! I liked their growing relationship and how they both stuck to their guns when it came to what they wanted, especially Brady he has such a generous heart. I think I have a “hero crush” on him. =0)
Overall, I am curious as to how this series will progress, as I really liked Brady’s family (not so much his father). I DO recommend this novel to those who are looking for a sweet holiday contemporary Christian romance.
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Author's Novel Extras :
Author's Series Extras : COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE - New Book News
Book Teaser(s) :
Lila, who had somehow managed to remain awake, said, "I like your house, Bwady. And guess what?"
"It's big like you."
Abby flushed in embarrassment. "Lila!"
Brady laughed. ~ within Chapter 9
Soft espresso-colored eyes gazed at him as if he must have an ulterior motive. He did. Her. Did he have to spell it out for her? Me Tarzan. You Jane. Let's go to the parade together. ~ within Chapter 12For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Linda, then please check out her website.