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A Christmas by the Sea Hardcover – September 4, 2018
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that he was perfect--although he was rather attractive. But he was obviously enjoying her discomfort a bit too much.
He eased the bulky box from the shelf and onto the floor, leaning it against his leg. "So . . . you're new in town?"
"Not exactly." She watched as he easily picked up the container. Was he trying to be friendly or actually hitting on her?
When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.
Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea--and a fresh start--is hard to resist.
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However, it didn't start out slow with too much description. I kept thinking "Get on with the story!" Finally, the story started taking off and I enjoyed the ride!
I did not like the ending. After pages and pages of story building to the "I wonder how it will end" moment, it was wrapped up in a page and a half - very unrealistic and quick solutions for all that was building! How disappointing! I almost threw it against the wall!
Because the author had such a good storyline, I will try one more of her books to see if it does the same thing. Once she gets going, the author keeps you with wondering what will happen next. Hopefully she won't wrap it up so neat and quick in the next book.