Ellen Hall begins the book as a very, very spoiled woman. Since the reader is able to hear her thoughts, it is easy to see why she views life as she does. For years she has tried to be a dutiful daughter to her parents, and they have raised her to marry for social prominence and wealth. I really enjoyed reading of Ellen’s inner turmoil throughout the book as she fights her attraction to a man she has known all of her life and who definitely is not her parents’ choice of a proper suitor.
Daniel Braynard is a strong and noble hero for the story. He truly is a hero. He saved Ellen’s life when she was a child and races in to save a logger who’s life is in danger. But Daniel has had to make hard choices in his life. When his father died, things changed for him and he feels unworthy and unable to ever provide the lifestyle Ellen would desire. I really liked Daniel’s character. These two have good chemistry together, yet they both frequently misunderstand the other’s emotions! Very fun.
This was a sweet story and Ellen’s spiritual and emotional growth was tremendous. She learns that she has been placing value on the worldly things that are important to her parents, rather than the things that are important to God. Ellen really becomes her own person and that person is a very likeable heroine. (5 stars)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Rugged logger Daniel Braynard meets none of Ellen Hall’s husband requirements. Groomed for a prestigious marriage, she already has a choice between two wealthy suitors. She plans to make her decision by Christmas while visiting her hometown. But when tasked with creating the town’s decorations, she and Daniel are forced to work together. And her former childhood rescuer has matured into a man she can no longer ignore.
Daniel hardly recognizes the ambitious socialite Ellen has become. Somewhere beneath her airs is the spirited, warmhearted friend he has never forgotten. As Christmas nears, will the chill between them thaw to reveal the gift of a sweet love that was meant to be?
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