When I read the description for This & Every Christmas, I thought that it sounded like a fun Christmas tale that I would enjoy. I had no idea that I was going to discover a new favorite.
The author found such a cute and creative way to tell Noah and Clari’s story. Each chapter began with a flashback to different years when they were younger and would see each other or interact with each other at the Christmas tree farm that Noah’s family owned. Sometimes the reader would see the meeting through Noah’s eyes and sometimes through Clari’s. Then, the rest of the chapter would be the present day story when Noah and Clari reconnected after many years of not seeing each other.
The past story included brief glimpses into what was going on in the characters’ lives through the years and felt so sweet and realistic. The modern day friendship that bloomed into romance was sigh worthy indeed. Clari had experienced so many disappointments in relationships in the past and it was clear that she was afraid to even hope that things would work out with Noah. And Noah had been through a lot of hurt and loss in the past few years. But they were so good together and both of them were characters that I connected with immediately. Noah’s daughter and Clari’s family were also important additions to the novel and added to the book’s focus on the importance of family. There was also a solid faith message that flowed through the story in a natural way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
As teens, their paths crossed every Christmas. This year, their paths intertwine.
Single father Noah Appel has suffered more loss than a man of twenty-five should. Between his grief and the mounting pressure of the approaching busy season, he’s overwhelmed—until an incident at his daughter’s school reintroduces him to a girl whose wild hair and quirky family always stood out from other visitors to his family’s tree farm. Only now, she’s a beautiful woman with a kind and helpful heart who throws him and his young daughter a welcome lifeline.
Offering to alleviate some of Noah’s stress seemed like the natural thing for music teacher Clari Sinclair to do, considering his family’s tree farm was the site of so many wonderful memories with her Christmas-obsessed family. Especially since the charming boy she once knew has grown into a handsome man whose burdens call to the deepest parts of her romantic heart.
Can these two turn memories of Christmases past into a future worthy of the Appel legacy?
**This book previously appeared in Hearts Aglow: the 2020 Christmas Lights Collection with stories from Chautona Havig, Toni Shiloh, and Cathe Swanson. Find the sequel this year in the 2021 Christmas Lights collection, Home for Christmas.**
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jaycee Weaver is a wife, mother, and substitute teacher living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jaycee writes contemporary Christian romance with lifelike characters in everyday situations who always get their happy ending.