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Rescued by the Magic of Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Melissa McClone
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Book Description

Carly Bishop hasn't celebrated Christmas for six years—not since icy Mount Hood claimed her fiancé's life and left her a widow before she was a bride.

But this year, handsome Jake Porter is determined she'll enjoy herself. Jake is a mountain rescuer, big-hearted and courageous, but Carly is too scared of loving him in case she loses him. In a whirl of festive fun, sleigh rides and snowball fights, Christmas starts to weave its magic. Though it's Jake who is melting Carly's heart.

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  • File Size: 197 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Romance (October 23, 2008)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001J1S826
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read November 22, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm always a sucker for friends to lovers books, and had to nab this one when it was offered. Carly lost her fiancé six years ago on Mt. Hood the day before their wedding was supposed to have happened, on Christmas Eve. Her brother, Nick, died that day, too and her world was upended.

She moved out of state, unable to stand even looking at the mountain that destroyed her life and left behind friends and family with barely a glance back. Now, though, Nick's widow has remarried and is expecting a child. She's asked Carly to come home to help with her other children, Nick's kids. How can Carly say no?

This book is all about facing your past and moving on with your future. The conflict is completely internal, and we watch Carly struggle with memories and anxiety and worry. She starts to feel things for old friend, Jake, that are completely unexpected and unwanted because Jake is part of the mountain rescue team and puts his life on the line on a regular basis. She wants no part of that ever again.

Jake has a reputation for being a love `em and leave `em kinda guy - it's mentioned by other secondary characters more than once, but I didn't buy it and it made it hard for me to truly believe the angst he felt about Carly. We see in his head that he's really had a thing for Carly for years and years, so when he thinks that he's only after her for momentary pleasure, it doesn't ring true.

Carly's reticence is completely believable, though, and drove the story. I wanted her to figure out that she could let go of the past, that accidents happen even to people who aren't mountain climbers and that it was okay to reach for the gold ring.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of drama. December 24, 2008
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Six years ago on Christmas Eve, the day before her wedding, Carly Bishop lost her brother, Nick, and her fiancé, Iain, when disaster struck during the two men's climb up Mount Hood. Jacob "Jake" Porter promised Carly he would find them. Unfortunately, the Oregon Mountain Search and Rescue (OMSAR) team did not find them in time. Carly moved to Philadelphia for a fresh start.

Nick's widow, Hannah, has been remarried for two years now. She and Garrett are expecting a new baby. Carly returns home to help care for her nine-year-old niece, Kendall, and seven-year-old nephew, Austin, for a couple of weeks. She did not expect to be blind-sided by hard memories though. But strong and reliable Jake is there to help ease the pain.

Jake has desired Carly for a long time now. He held his peace when she fell in love with Iain, helped her get a job in Philadelphia when she left, and has been a "surrogate everything" to what remained of the Bishop family. Now Carly has returned. Jake finds that six years has not dimmed his feelings for her. But since Carly is only in town for a couple of weeks, the best think Jake could do was keep his distance from her and guard his heart. Too bad his heart was not listening to him.

***** Lots of drama in this story. I am amazed at how much I learned about mountain search and rescue teams without even realizing it. (I have a lot of respect for the men and women who handle such a dangerous chore.) Losing a loved one during the end-of-the-year holidays is difficult and can tarnish those holidays for many years to come. This story gets that feeling of desolation across, but also shows that life and love goes on. This book left me with a warm feeling and a smile on my face. Highly recommended reading. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Holiday Story! December 15, 2014
By Carol
Format:Kindle Edition
Rescued By The Magic of Christmas is by one of my favorite authors, Melissa McClone.

It is Christmas Eve and the day before her wedding. Carly Bishop and her fiancé, Iain, have had an argument because he and her brother, Nick are going climbing up Mount Hood. She doesn’t want them to go. Little did she know that that argument would be the last words they would ever share. Nick’s best friend, Jake Porter, is part of the mountain rescue team that went up to search for them and brought their bodies home.

Fast forward six years. Jake helped Carly find a job all the way across the country in Philadelphia. She just couldn’t live in Hood Hamlet any more with all the memories. Her brother’s widow has remarried and is about to give birth and they need Carly to come home to help with her little niece and nephew for a couple of weeks. She hasn’t celebrated Christmas for six years now. So how will she be able to take making Christmas special for her niece and nephew, her brother’s children? How will it be seeing Jake again after all these years?

Jake can’t wait to see Carly again. They grew up together but Carly was always “his best friend’s little sister.” So that meant hands off. As they got older he was just about to declare his interest in her when she started dating Iain, so he never told her how he felt. As soon as he saw her, he knew the feelings were still there.

“Was it time to move on? Or time—finally—to make his move?”

Jake is still on the mountain rescue team and no matter what feelings develop between them, the risk is too great. She can’t lose someone else important to her to the mountain.

“Life is about taking risks…and love makes those risks worth it even if we end up disappointed or hurt.
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I've always been a fan of fairy tales and "happily ever afters", but I'd never read a category romance until my senior year of high school when my A.P. English teacher, Mrs. Cooper, had the class study genre fiction. She assigned each of us a Harlequin Romance to read. Mine was set in the Canary Islands and I couldn't wait to read another one. And another and another. I was hooked. Needless to say, I owe Penny Cooper a debt of gratitude. And yes, we do keep in touch!

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in mechanical engineering, I worked for Allied Signal analyzing engine performance in Phoenix, Arizona, and my love of romance novels continued to grow. One day, I decided to write a romance of my own. Easier said than done I quickly learned, but I discovered the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America and realized how little I knew about writing romances.

After three years in Phoenix (Tempe, actually), I began to hate the Arizona summers. Who cares if it's a dry heat? Anything over a hundred and ten is still hot. So I took at job at United Airlines in San Francisco. I was still analyzing jet engine performance, but now I had travel benefits. I spent five years traveling the globe. My love for writing romances also grew.

Writing became a passion, and the few hours spent at the computer during lunchtime and in the evenings weren't nearly enough. With lots of prodding and support from my husband of six months whom I met working at UAL, I decided to follow my dream and write full-time.

It was a good decision. My first full-time effort, FIANCE FOR THE NIGHT, was also my first sale to Silhouette Yours Truly. When I got the call that Silhouette was buying my book, I was pregnant with my first child. I was jumping up and down so much, my husband was afraid I was going to go into labor.

I moved to the Silhouette Romance line with my second sale, IF THE RING FITS. My daughter was three months old at the time and I was so tired I barely remember the phone conversation with my editor. Thank goodness my husband was home once again when the telephone rang or I might have thought I dreamed the second sale!

I sold my third book, THE WEDDING LULLABY, when I was pregnant with my second child and got a literary agent, too. I'm represented by Annelise Robey at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. I started hoping being pregnant wasn't a trend or a requirement for future sales. It wasn't even though we now have three children.

With the closing of the Silhouette Romance line, I was moved from the New York editorial office to the Harlequin Mills & Boon editorial office in London in May 2005.

I live in Washington with my real-life hero husband, two daughters, a son, lovable, but oh-so spoiled indoor cats and an adorable forty-eight pound Norwegian Elkhound who thinks she's a lap dog. I love to ski, rock climb and read!

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